This rainy season keep these things in mind

The smell of fresh air, pleasant weather, cool showers & peaceful sleep at night, which we were all eagerly waiting for during the heinous heat wave set upon us in the usual summer season of India


The rains are finally here but along with the bliss the rains bring along a lot of painful moments   –wet clothes, various contagious infections and also travelling to work that is bound to drive any Mumbaikar to the point of insanity. Commuting, obviously becomes tough in these conditions. The roads in a “metropolitan” city like Mumbai flood within minutes of a heavy downpour bringing traffic to a standstill & waves halfway up the sides of the vehicles and suddenly you find yourself cursing the raingods.

Here are some simple hacks to withstand these loving yet unflattering rains.

1) Carry an umbrella (Ofcourse,who doesn’t).
It is rather safe to suggest someone to carry an umbrella than ask him/her to be brave enough to tackle Mumbai rains without it,which may result in getting bedridden popping Crocin pills in an attempt to shoo away fever while listening to Rihanna singing about ‘Umbrella’


2) Avoid Rush Hours ( stay put )
Heavy rains tend to make commuting extra difficult. Avoid the added hurdle by steering clear of the 07:00 A.M and the 06:00 P.M crowd of commuters unless you want to find yourself dangling by the doorside of a local train or getting an unintended body massage or getting stuck for hours at an already crowded Railway Station or flooded bus stop.


3)Get your mean machines(read:Vehicles) rain ready
Now that you are ready to step out in the rain, it’s time to do a quick check and ensure that your machines rain ready too. Mumbai monsoons are not known for being kind on commuters. The roads are extremely slippery during rains due to oil spill from the vehicles or blame the civic authorities for not rain-proofing Mumbai roads which resulted in several potholes. Also,manholes get flooded & are potential danger for two-wheelers especially. A thorough servicing of your vehicle is a must & safer option before you set out.

3) Get Your Mean Machines Rain Ready

4)Plan your Route
To avoid any pay-cut from your impending salary or to reach late for your commitments, try planning out your route before you take off. You definitely don’t want to get stuck in the bus or taxi listening to much hyped clichéd travel songs such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Highway’ while cursing yourself to death. To make your commute much simpler, plan your travel itinerary through ZopHop Android App, as it gives you the fastest and the cheapest ways to travel around the city.

4)Plan Your Route

5)Know where to go incase you are stranded
If you happen to get stranded in a flood-prone area don’t hesitate to seek refuge a night or two at the house of a relative or close friend during high tides or storm.They’ll surely understand your situation,especially since the alternative would mean that you have the tread knee or waist-deep level flood just to get home. You can always return their hospitality by inviting them to lunch or dinner at your home as a token of appreciation.

5) Know Where To Go Incase You Are Stranded

If it is really urgent and necessary for you to reach home,then we suggest you to download our android app ZopHop. It’ll help you to Check-In at your current place to get an estimated time of immediate bus or train which you can board & reach home through the fastest route.

With these quick tips we hope to reduce the monsoon madness and make the rainy season safe and fun for the entire city! You are more than welcome to ask us for the latest traffic updates on our Chat With Us option.

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Earthquake Safety Rules

Our deepest sympathies lie with the people of Nepal. We too have suffered causalities  in UP and Bihar. As rescue missions continue, this article, I agree, comes a little too late, acting in retrospection seems to be our thing. Nevertheless here are a few do’s, don’ts, other safety tips and preventive measures for dealing with earthquakes.

Safety Tips

  • Have an earthquake readiness plan.
  • Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  • Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.

If Shaking Begins

  • Do not panic, stay calm
  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

After the earthquake:

  1. Check for casualties and seek assistance if needed.
  2. If you suspect a gas leak, open windows and shut off the main valve. Leave the building and report the gas leaks. Do not light a fire or use the telephone at the site.
  3. Turn off the main valve if water supply is damaged.
  4. Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency or to obtain assistance.
  5. Stay out of severely damaged buildings as aftershocks may cause them to collapse. Report any building damage to the authorities.
  6. As a precaution against tsunamis, stay away from shores, beaches and low-lying coastal areas.  If you are there, move inland or to higher grounds.  The upper floors of high, multi-storey, reinforced concrete building can provide safe refuge if there is no time to quickly move inland or to higher grounds.


We did the reading for this article from this National Geographic article and this government guideline. The image was originally seen here.