Mumbai, India receives 85 inches of rain on average between the months of June and September annually, a period of time known as monsoon season. Hailing from a significantly dryer western part of the United States, I was looking forward to experiencing this season. However, I could not begin to anticipate the sheer volume of water dispersed in such a short amount of time, as well as the unbelievable amount of humidity and the massive rivers and pools that fill the roads.
For many in Mumbai, this rainy season is a joyful time. Countless children across the city form giggling throngs, splashing in troughs of water, washing their hair in the downpour, and generally having a wonderful, wet time. The entire city cools down from the stifling 90 degree temperatures of the previous weeks and the city’s youngest inhabitants rejoice.