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Monsoon Stories

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the monsoon. We love it when we’re curled up in bed in our favourite Dandelion pyjamas, a great book and hot cuppa. When you’re caught out in the rain minus an umbrella, things may seem a little less enjoyable. Whatever our feelings are toward the torrential downpour that is the monsoon, it’s something we have to live with. Luckily there are always ways to make the dreary more exciting so we reached out to a few of our favourite ladies and asked them how they make the monsoon work for them.

 

Pooja Dhingra, Founder, Le 15 Patisserie

Pooja Dhingra

What’s your favourite way to relax during the monsoon?

Snuggling in bed with a hot chocolate and good movie is the best!

What’s your favourite monsoon read?

I’m currently reading How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh, she’s absolutely inspiring.

Your favourite thing about the monsoon?

The skies, nothing beats the hues of the skies in a Bombay monsoon.

Your least favourite thing about the monsoon?

The traffic and the potholes.

A song that embodies the monsoon to you?

Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.

Your favourite monsoon snack?

Hot-buttered corn.

Your favourite Dandelion pyjamas for the monsoon?

The Paris print of course!

 

Isheta Salgaocar, Editor At Large, Huffington Post India

Isheta Salgaocar

What’s your favourite way to relax during the monsoon?

Curling up on my couch with a cozy blanket, a good book, a piece of dark chocolate and an endless supply of tea.

What’s your favourite monsoon read?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote or short stories by Alice Munro.

Your favourite thing about the monsoon?

The sound that comes with the rains — whether it’s a drizzle or a downpour it’s a magical sound, and if I’m in Goa it’s the smell of the earth post the rains.

Your least favourite thing about the monsoon?

Traffic pile-ups (but I always have my iPad with its kindle app handy)!

A song that embodies the monsoon to you?

Moon river by Frank Sinatra and Riders On The Storm by The Doors.

Your favourite monsoon snack?

A hot cup of chai with tons of ginger and mint, and a chili-cheese toast.

Your favourite Dandelion pyjamas for the monsoon?

That’s a tough one! I think it would be one of my oldest pairs: navy blue pair with white stars.

Hanna Stromgren, Consultant

Hanna Stromgren

What’s your favourite way to relax during the monsoon?

I love watching movies and shows, it’s as if it’s more accepted to laze around at home this time of the year! Whenever I’m home I enjoy keeping the balcony doors wide open—the sound of rain is soothing and reminds me of home (Sweden).

What’s your favourite monsoon read?

A Man Called Ove – read the book, then watch the film. It’s a beautiful story about a grumpy yet thoughtful man. Behind his cranky facade there’s a deep, long story of love and loss. The book will make you laugh and cry—it’s a really simple and special story.

Your favourite thing about the monsoon?

I’m from Sweden where it rains a lot. Because of that, the gloomy, rainy weather during the monsoon makes me feel at home. As much as I love being outdoors, nothing goes up against lighting candles and cuddling up under a blanket with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Your least favourite thing about the monsoon?

This might sound silly but, I get very pale during the monsoon! Being from Scandinavia, I feel like my body is naturally deprived of sunlight and during this time of the year, my body craves it more than usual.

A song that embodies the monsoon to you?

Fall Apart by Brothertiger. My boyfriend and I listen to it a lot in the car together, and since the monsoon equals a fair amount of increased traffic here, it’s one of those tracks I keep listening to. The lyrics is also about waves crashing down, so I guess it somewhat suits what’s going on right outside the window!

Your favourite monsoon snack?

Soups! I make a banging tomato soup. And a cauliflower one with bacon. I’m also a big coffee drinker, and because of the heat I go for iced coffees any time of the year except during the monsoon. In the rains, I drink it hot!

Your favourite Dandelion pyjamas for the monsoon?

I am a long sleeves and long pants kind of girl, especially when it comes to my pyjamas and cozy wear. I love the boyfriend look of the navy coloured notched collar full sleeve set. And the more feminine version of the same set, in pink and white stripes. Perfect for a girl’s night at home with friends, or to jump into first thing in the morning!

Priyanka Kapadia, Senior Fashion Editor, Vogue India

Priyanka Kapadia

What’s your favourite way to relax during the monsoon?

Sundays at home –  hanging out in my living room, watching the rain and the sky turn inky blue, long naps and monopoly deal.

What’s your favourite monsoon read?

My book of the season is ‘The Course of Love’ by Alain de Botton. It is one of the most beautiful books I have read this year and has me smitten. I also love going through my two-year-old nephew’s library. Children’s books are so imaginative and curious. I am currently obsessed with – Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – a must read for all adults.

Your favourite thing about the monsoon?

Love how city lights reflect on wet streets and how nature begins to reclaim the city.

Your least favourite thing about the monsoon?

Traffic!

A song that embodies the monsoon to you?

I enjoy my pop. Right now I have been listening to Feels – by Calvin harris and It Ain’t Me – Selena Gomez (on loop).

Your favourite monsoon snack?

Bastian’s choc chip pancake, hot chaat on cheat days and roasted sweet potato fries with chilli and lime on non-cheat days.

Your favourite Dandelion pyjamas for the monsoon?

My most recent personalised ‘Bride’ monochrome pyjamas. Love all things black and white.

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