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A Bangladeshi’s story of romanticizing the rain

People have been romanticizing the rain since the beginning of time. There are poems and stories written that revolve around the beauty of this season. There are paintings of the scenic beauty of rainy days in Dhaka, and as time goes by, we seem to come up with more reasons to romanticize rainy days.

Most importantly, because the weather in Bangladesh rarely changes, the rain is something people look forward to. And even if it disrupts us going to class/work on time or floods the roads of Dhaka, the rain is an absolute delight, right? Because the rainy season is always glorified so much, I tried looking for a few things we can always get out of a rainy day.

The only time everything looks aesthetic

The best part about rain is that every place in Dhaka looks picture-worthy. Hell, the sky’s the main attraction so does it really matter what else there is in the background? No matter where you live, and where you are, the dull sky and lightning make every single place in Dhaka aesthetic. Even if your home is next to a local slum, the rain will have some way of making it look good. And why would you NOT make a video of this blessing of a season?

Finally becoming a photographer

Whether you have a flip phone or a DSLR, today is the day you finally become a photographer. Even if it’s of the trees and signboards breaking down and blocking the street, you need to take a picture. There’s beauty in destruction too, after all. Taking a breath-taking picture on a rainy day will definitely be the stepping stone of your photography career. But since it’s important you make it look professional, get yourself some photography gadgets. Save up to buy the best DSLR in the market, with lenses and a tripod. Or better yet, buy an iPhone! We all know every iPhone user is a pro photographer by heart.

Getting in touch with Bangla literature

This is the time of the year a lot of people get in touch with Bangla literature. At least, that’s what I got from the pictures. During rainy days, people read almost as much Bangla literature as they do during the month of February. And jokes apart, this is probably the most beautiful thing the rain brings to Bangladesh. You’ll find many people reading Bangla poetry and novels, even if it is for that one day. And even they don’t, they’ll definitely take it out of the bookshelf just to take a picture, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Whatever the reason is, don’t stop yourself from reading a few lines of Bangla poetry just because some writer said it’s mainstream in a humorous piece about the rain.  

Unleashing the writer in you

Now, you’ve taken a lot of pictures of the rain, the sky, and everything else around you. But you definitely need something deep to caption it. Since you took advantage of this day to turn yourself into a professional photographer, why not become a writer too? Today, you can write whatever you want (as long as it’s so deep people don’t understand a word of it and avoid reading) and use it to enhance the aesthetic vibe of your photography. However, if you don’t think you’re capable of writing yourself something amazing, there are always lyrics from Oniket Prantor or Shei je Boshe Ache that can save the day!

Surviving the heavy Dhaka rain: Must have closet essentials

Imagine that one morning you wake up to the cool breeze of the wind and the sprinkles of rain touches your face through the window. You can’t wait to make yourself a cup of milk tea and grab a book to read. The scenario is nothing but pure perfection.

As much as that daydream was worth it, a part of you probably wishes life was that easy. You have to get out and put on your work clothes. With classes, jobs and chores to do there is no time to sit home and hide inside the blanket. However, nothing should stop us from enjoying the rainy season and for that the right kind of gear is necessary.

Get yourself THE Umbrella

Its time you ditch the boring old black umbrella and get yourself something funky and worth not losing! Umbrellas are a must-have during this season. Like everything else, umbrellas have their cons too. To get that one umbrella to be your saviour for this season, make sure you get the ones with a strong handle and not fragile enough to take you off with the wind.

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Ajker Deal, One Stop Shop BD, Online Shopping BD, and Intermix, BD online shop — these sites have plenty on offer. You can also order custom-made umbrellas online! New Market has plenty of umbrellas for you to choose from with a price worth bargaining.

Carry something to protect your phone and wallet

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This season can often catch us completely off guard. And we might let go of everything but our phones and our wallets we must carry all the time. Carry a simple polythene bag all the time to protect your phones and wallets. Thank us later.

Bring back Raincoats!

Raincoats can be that one major throwback you would enjoy to rekindle from your childhood. It is the perfect attire to protect your formal wear and enjoy the rain while you’re on the road.

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If you want to get yourself something out of the box that is both useful and fashionable, try Cyclehub BD, Bike Shop BD, Auto Fair BD, among others — online shops that will certainly not disappoint. Gulshan DCC, Nurjahan and New Markets will be worth the penny too.

Rubber Slippers and Boots all the way

Skip the stylish leather shoes and amazing mini heels because it is the time for rubber slippers and some boots to shine in your shoe section! You will be amazed by the comfort and the enjoyment to jump in puddles because the streets of Dhaka will disappoint you but these bad boys won’t!

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Visit any of the outlets of Apex, Bata, Step Footwear, or Lottos and you will be impressed with the variety in terms of collections they have in case of design and comfort.

Last but not least, keep a travel coffee mug with yourself to enjoy the rain all the while you’re drinking nature’s energetic gift. In this hectic life, we have created for ourselves you can only do so much to love the little things in life. We only seem to get summer and winter more often than not throughout the year so let us enjoy the monsoon season this year for a change. Say goodbye to mud-drenched pants and monsoon blues!