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The Perfect Apps To Get You Through Mumbai’s Monsoon!

June 23, 2016 | by Farozan Dossani

Grey, stormy and oh-so-gorgeous, monsoon in the city of Mumbai is my favourite season, provided I’m indoors! For me, staying at home with a steaming cuppa and a good book as I laze under one of these quilts is the definition of a perfect day. Unfortunately, life isn’t always a bed of roses, and I often find myself begrudgingly face the elements. So for those of you who suffer as much, read on to find my list of monsoon apps that are bound to make rainy days outdoors a bit more bearable.

1. M-Indicator

Like a lot of Mumbaikars, I depend on public transport to reach work every day. This causes a bit of problem as the rain often plays spoilsport with train timetables and schedules. Keep that guesswork game out of your trip with this handy app that tallies schedules of trains, buses, the metro, and even ferries. The fare guide is also a blessing for those who are afraid of being conned by taxi or auto drivers.
Available for iOS and Android users.

2. Ola Cabs

When the trains are away, I have no option but to hitch a cab. Ola allows you to rent a car from the comfort of your home or office and it luckily offers a ‘Share A Cab’ option that helps cut down the cost of your journey by up to 35% percent. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thanked myself for sharing a cab towards the end of the month!
Available for iOS and Android users.

3. Mumbai Monsoon

I often find myself laden with an umbrella and windcheater when it is sunny outside, and then stranded without any cover when it’s raining up a storm! The Mumbai Monsoon app, created by the Municipality Corporation of Mumbai, collates information from more than 50 automated weather stations placed at strategic locations across Mumbai! It ensures citizens can get details of rainfall at their location with accuracy.
Available for iOS users.


Kisha is a brand of umbrellas that come built in with a Bluetooth chip that you can sync with your smartphone. All you’ve got to do is  download the app and you can avail of a host of features such as find your umbrella, weather reminders and forecasts and more!
The makers proclaim it is ‘The perfect companion for the perfect umbrella’ and I must say, I’m intrigued.
Available for iOS and Android users.

Farozan Dossani

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