… are trees that do not bear dates which is, honestly speaking, such a treat to my eyes. It’s such a pleasant change to not see date palms all the time. And it’s raining! It was exciting on the first day, fun on the second, but tiring on the third. Isn’t October supposed to be the post-monsoon month here in Mumbai? But alhumdulillah, it is because of these rains that the weather is so cool, we don’t turn on the ceiling fans (which is something very rare, according to some locals).
We moved into this place – which is an hour away from main Mumbai – a couple of nights ago. I noticed that most of the houses in Mumbai are built on small pieces of land, with almost no space between two houses. So I was taken by complete surprise when Masood took me here: an old style haveli built on top of a hill. It’s gorgeous, mashaAllah. And the best thing of all, the bedroom has four huge windows, which I keep open all the time. That’s one thing I can’t do in the U.A.E. I’m loving the fresh, cool air.
It’s been raining intermittently since we arrived in India. When it doesn’t rain, we sleep to the sound of crickets having a party, and wake up to the birds chirping delightfully. And we don’t have a television set. But we have an internet connection. It’s pure bliss.
I’ve never felt so relaxed in a very long time.