Daily Prompt : Rain

Daily Prompt: Singin’ in the Rain

Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof… describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RAIN.

The Journey

A long winding road, lush greenery on the sides, flowing mist and soulful music playing. We were traveling with friends to a farmhouse. Laughter is everywhere. I open the windows and the wind is in my hair.

Someone spots a waterfall on the way, as if the rain wasn’t enough, we go towards it hungry for more. The water is cool and refreshing.

A little stop on the way for food and everyone is full and happy. We make a move from there and soon we reach our destination.

The journey is more important than the destination.

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Sunshine In The Rain

It’s a gloomy day, I put on my favorite dress and perfume. We have decided to meet in the coffee house today. I look outside the window, the clouds are big and gray, foretelling rain. I quickly pick the umbrella and head out for the coffee house.  It’s a swank place opened recently, lovely furniture and decent coffee.

Lots of tables are empty when I get there and I go for the one near the wide french window. Soon it begins to rain heavily and people start pouring in. The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the place. I look at the watch, he should be here anytime now. The rain drops on the window makes it difficult to see outside.  All I can see is colors but there is no sight of him. What is talking him so long? Just then the door bell tinkles and it’s him at the door. My sunshine in the rain. It warms up the place and my heart.

Ripped Into the Headline : Delightful Surprise

Daily Prompt: Ripped Into the Headline

Write about something that happened over the weekend as thought it’s the top story on your local paper.

Photographers, artists, poets show us something from your WEEKEND.

Mumbai gets it’s rains around the 10th of June and this time it decided to surprise us and come early.

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Crazy pouring rain pattering away on tin rooftops of shops, making small puddles on the road. The aroma of hot pakoras and steaming cups of chai.

A change in climate, a change in clothes, colorful umbrellas mushrooming everywhere, people scattering for cover, trees bursting with new life…

Me cooing with my baby just like the cuckoo bird, coo coo.

Tips For Healthy Hair During Monsoons

The Summer is over and monsoon is here. Mumbai’s had it’s first rain of the season few days back.Image

It’s almost irresistible to not go out and get soaked in the rain, isn’t it? I love doing that.

Come monsoons and the hair problems begin. I have compiled a list of tips to keep hair healthy during the monsoons.

Keep heating products to a minimum – Curling, straightening etc. dries out the hair. If you wish to color your hair try to wait and do it after the season is over. If not then treated hair need special care, use a mild shampoo and conditioner. Try the L’Oreal professional range, Schwarzkopf Professional Anti frizz products or Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo-relax Smoothing Shampoo.

Shorten your hair – Now is a good time, you want a change in hair style go for the short hair cut. They are more manageable in the rains.

Natural Products – Use homemade hair packs and natural conditioners. Curd, eggs, mayonnaise make very good conditioners. Rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar or beer (fresh or flat) also helps. Just use 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar and rinse the hair followed by a water rinse after 5 minutes.

Oil your hair – Hot oil massages are very effective. Keep the oil in the hair for 1 or 2 hour before a wash. Do not go out in the rain with oiled hair. That will just attract dirt and grime and lead to infections. Coconut oil or olive oil are good choices.

Wash hair regularly – Hair should be washed every 2-3 days to keep it clean. Rains water invites a lot of infections.

Tie hair Loose – When you are out in the rains, tie the hair in a loose pony tail or a loose bun so that it does not retain rain water.

Stay healthy – Eat lots of protein rich food, include nuts (especially walnuts), whole grains in your diet and drink plenty of water.

Hope the tips help you. Happy Monsoons!