And it rained on my parade …

Finally … writing this from the comfort of my hotel room in Yokohama, Japan … but this trip has not at all been easy …
It has been an adventure … sort off … here is an account …

We were supposed to fly to Japan on the 26th night at around 11:30 from the Sahar Airport in Mumbai …
Just to be safe, we decided to leave early morning on the 26th by train …

I woke up in Pune, at 6:00 am to heavy torrential rains … like there was no tomorrow …
When we reached the train station, it was still raining …

We got into the Pragati Express and headed to Mumbai …
The rain was unrelentless … it was just pouring all the while with no letting down …

On the way, the train stalled at the Vittalwadi station, as the tracks were flooded with water and the train could not proceed …

We were stalled at the station for 3 hours … before Gaurang’s ( my team mate ) dad arranged for a car to pick us up …
Gaurang’s grandparents were also accompanying us …

The car picked us all up and took us to Mumbai …
On the way to the Airport, the road ahead got flooded and we got stranded …
All the cars stopped on the road and there was a pathetic traffic jam …

Somehow, we switched roads and ended up in front of a eating joint at around 5 pm
The rain was so bad, that all the umbrellas and everything was useless …

We were stuck there till about 10 pm

Then, once the rain got a bit less, the water started receding and we decided to make our way to the airport …

On the way, got stuck up at a very bad traffic jam …
We then got the news that our flights had gotten cancelled …

On our way out, we landed up at another water clogged place … where the driver just stopped the car and let it stand …
There were 5 of us … trapped inside a car … with knee deep water all around us ..
We even couldnt open the windows as the rain water would come in …

Finally at 3 am, we started moving … and landed up at a hotel at 4 am in the morning …
We luckily got a room there, and stayed there for 2 days … before Mumbai got back on its feet …

The flights were still not leaving … so we came to Pune, took a flight to Delhi and then to Japan …
Though we missed one day, the people here, made arrangements for us … so it was not a problem …

More about the Japan trip later …
Here are some pictures that we took of the entire rain onslaught thingy … the next day … once most of the water had pulled away and we could analyse the damage done …

The worst thing was that people had left their cars … thousands of them on the street and walked away … many of these cars were still lying there when we saw it the second day after the rain …

Motorcycle abandoned on way to hotelCrap in car … Leaves, sticks … water hyacinths even … that were stuck in car radiators, motors, etc …

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