Things to do in monsoon

Monsoon! Beautiful wheather, cool breeze, droplets on face, jump in poodle, hot chai with pakoda, cozy blanket, intriguing book to read and endless lazing time. Some of the emotions that surfaces at the instant when we think of monsoon. Its by far the best season for me, untill its Monday and I have to go to work. lol.

So with weekends coming up, lets do a round up of things to do in monsoon:

1. Long drive

Long drives are essential in monsoon. When it showers, I like to take an early morning drive to Marine Drive. Its one of the most beautiful place in Mumbai. And what better when it rains. My mind and heart gets filled with multiple emotions and thoughts. Sometimes artistic, romantic, thoughful, deep, blank. And marine drive is just a place to be!

2. Take short vacation but in multiple doses

Take a short weekend trip to nearby places and stay put with your friend/ family or just yourself. I like to take a stay at Bohemiyan Blue, located in Alibaug. Its a quick short ride of 3-4 hours and you are in mini vacation heaven. Lounge at the cafe and eat yummy hummus platter and sip on cocktail while lazing on hammock. Its a good place to bring in your boho vibe and get some guitar if you are into it. Or like me, just carry some books and comfort clothes for read and sleep marathon.

3. Pick a new/ old hobby

I find monsoon very rhythmic in nature. It helps me pick something new or old. Hobbies for me comes as season. So when i am pursuing a hobby, I’ll keep doing it. And then after a point find something new. Rain brings the freshness in air and mind to completely start something new or pick something already tried that I love. This one time I picked up craft work. This season I am into sewing. You might get poetic and feel an itch to scribble.

Stare game with the trees in the woods

 

Bohemyan Blue, Alibaug

Entrance of the cafe

This is a new section that I have been meaning to start, for a simple reason – my love for cafes. There is something so soothing and so comfy about cafes. Cafes can be romantic and can be so solitary. Cafes can be place to laze and place to amaze. Cafes can be a place to take break and can be a place to work. Cafes can be a place to bump into new people and can be a place to meet old friends. Cafes can be a place to have hear-felt discussions and can be a place to break commotions. Cafes can be a place to try new pies and can be a place to savor all time favorite pies. Cafes can be a place to just sit and write your heart out and can be a place to shut up and listen your mind out.

About the cafe:

Bohemyan Blue cafe has a soothing feeling as its been built inside the bungalow with the proud owners living on the 1st floor of the property. The entrance welcomes with lovely clay toads and pots and lots of greenery around. The property is surrounded by big trees providing natural shade and comfort. I did spot some DIY around – they have antique sewing machine converted into table to dine upon. One thing that I found here in abundance, apart from trees, warmth and happy staff smiles, were hammocks. I mean literally they are everywhere, giving a complete “susegat” vibe.

Bohemyan Blue houses a cafe, a shop and a stay. They have “villas”, which are about two minutes walking distance from the cafe. The villas are basically the luxury tents with loads of greenery around. The entire place stands true to its name – Bohemian. You will site lots of cotton fabrics with Indian motifs spread around either as table runners or as bed sheets or as curtains or as mere decor. Giving the homely feeling to the entire space. One of the draws in the villas is the open air bathroom, its like bathing with nature.

The food has a good blend of Indian spices with fusion recipes. My most favorite was raw papaya with carrot salad which was tossed with sesame oil and roasted peanuts – the flavors were infusing my mind and heart. I also tried some Thai curry with rice, lemonade and home made malai kulfi.

Their story:

The cafe is the owners house which has been converted into a cafe and shop. From my brief interaction with one of the owner I got to know that the cafe was his wife’s dream. Mr. Albert mentioned to me that about 25 years ago his wife, who I gathered is an artist, had told him that she would like to start her own cafe. And here they were fulfilling that dream together. It was really touching.

 

Virtual tour of the cafe:

Front side of the bungalow. Notice the little clay toads adorned on the roof

Entry way to shop with some cafe tables outside

Cafe set up in soothing pergola at the back of the bungalow

Villa for stay. Lovely combination of cotton sheets and straw thatched roof making it all cozy from sun.

Lovely rocking chair made in their wood-shop. Yes, they make most of their furniture.

Villas and cottages for stay

Another cafe near the villas. What a lovely touch of marigold flowers.

Cute shop which is filled with lovely cotton clothes, hats, breezy dresses, artifacts, umbrellas, candle stands, etc.

There are pretty flowers almost everywhere. Feels so welcoming.

Do you know of such unique cafes’ that you think I should visit? Please do tell me.