You wait for the rain like a parched bird, and when it hits the ground on the first day of the monsoon you ensure you are drenched to the bones. The monsoon is your season. You wait for it with bated breath, find immense pleasure in carrying the umbrella around.
Singing Pyar Hua Ekrar Huya under the umbrella is your idea of romance. You can sit by the window all day and listen to the pitter-patter and look at the lashing rain. Sounds relatable? You’re displaying the signs you are a pluviophile – a person who loves rain.
Who Is A Pluviophile?
The definition of pluviophile is a ‘lover of rain’. That means somebody who finds joy and peace during rains. There is a bit of a pluviophile in all of us. But not everyone loves the rain like a true pluviophile. Can you watch the rain non-stop? Does a cloudy day make you happy? Is the monsoon your most favorite season? If yes, then you definitely check all the boxes in a list of signs you love rain.
What is the personality of a pluviophile?
Apart from the fact that a pluviophile is a person who loves the rain, they are also generally quiet, calm and peace-loving. They are loners who are not afraid of being on their own. This personality trait is directly linked to one of the most interesting psychological facts about rain – the pitter-patter of raindrops, combined with the soothing smell of the earth after a shower, helps relieve stress and can uplift the mood.
While you may have the most chilled-out personality, you truly blossom during the rainy season. Rain makes you happy, energetic and inspired. Pluviophiles are dependable people because they are contemplative and empathetic.
There is a perception in the West that those who love rain are dark and gloomy personalities but people who are born in tropical countries know that rain is associated with well-being and prosperity. Especially, in an agrarian country like India, rain becomes important for our daily life. Because rain is the harbinger of prosperity.
12 Signs You Are A Pluviophile
If you are a person who loves rain you should never think that you are negative or gloomy. You are actually someone who is in touch with the environment. You love nature and rain has a different kind of significance in your life.
The rainy weather inspires feelings of calmness, peace and restfulness in most people. So, then how do you tell whether your love for the rain stands apart from that of others? Pay attention to these 12 signs you are a pluviophile:
1. Rain makes you sing
Does rain make you happy? Are you one who loves the smell of rain? Have you ever noticed people around you let on an exasperated gasp because you can’t contain your joy at the sight of the first rain of the season? Do you equate rains and love?
Is the rest of the year just a long disquiet wait for the monsoon for you? Yes, yes and yes? Then you are unquestionably in love with rain. A hardcore pluviophile.
2. You dote on grey
Is your favorite color blue or a darker shade of grey? Do you dress in earthy tones? Does your wardrobe contain more greys than you care to admit? Do you like your room painted in white with white curtains? These may seem like the less obvious signs you love rain but that doesn’t make them any less true.
All of these choices are an indication that you find peace in the hues of nature, particularly those that represent the monsoon. Blue or grey, for instance, can be a symbol of overcast sky. White of floating clouds. Greens and browns of earth after a fresh spell of rainfall.
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3. Ahem! The wallpaper
Another one of the tell-tale signs you love rain is that it reflects in the general theme for your life. All of your screens, be it computer or mobile, will carry the representation of rain theme. It can be a lush green pasture drenched in rain or an urban cityscape through pouring rain: you would love to have such pictures to welcome you whenever you open your devices.
On days when rain remains elusive and the skies clear, these images become your panacea. A retreat to a setting you are most at peace with.
4. Rain songs on the loop?
If you are a pluviophile, then you definitely have a rainy-day playlist; sometimes maybe more than one. One for the road, one for the office, one for a lazy day at home and so on. Each one musically represents rain and monsoon. These are the only ones that give you absolute joy and you can play on the loop.
For you, the association between rains and love is so strong that you practically view them as the same thing. These playlists are not reserved for rainy days alone. They are your go-to choice, come hail or sunshine.
5. You can kill for the window seat
You can kill for the window seat, especially when there is a prediction of rain. Whether you are on a road trip or traveling long distances by train or air, you always want the window seat. That’s because, in case it rains, you want the front row seat to the spectacle.
You get lost watching the pouring rain and love it more than conversations with fellow travelers. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, rain makes you happy like it was your first time watching water drip from the skies.
6. Monsoon vacation is your thing
The rainy weather is your favorite time of the year, and that’s why you tend to plan your vacation around the monsoon. Whatever your dream destination may be, imagining that place with rainfall makes you desire it more.
For you, hills are alive only with the pitter-patter of the raindrops. Beaches are more enchanting when the water from heaven and earth meet. You have visited destinations known for their monsoon fury a dozen times. Your friends run for your throat when you suggest another vacation, the 13th one, there.
7. The monsoon wedding is the fantasy
Monsoon Wedding is not a film title for you, it is rather an inspiration if you are a person who loves rain. As someone for whom rains and love are inseparable, it’s hardly a surprise that you want to get married on a cloudy day in a rain-themed wedding.
Your guests may complain that their attire is getting ruined because of the downpour but you couldn’t care less. It’s your day after all. As long as you can find a partner who is on board with the idea, no one can stop you from getting that dream wedding.
8. Disco? Naah! Raindance? Yippie!!!
No, I’m not talking about some ancient rituals by aboriginal tribes in faraway lands. I’m talking about the puddles that you used to jump as a kid on rainy days ( and you still would, when no one is looking). I’m talking about the way you ditch your umbrella if even for a few minutes, to soak in the rain.
I’m talking about the paper boats that sailed and sunk, and maybe still do. I’m talking about all the little rituals that connect you to your inner child only when it rains. If you found yourself nodding fervently to each one of these, the signs you are a pluviophile are like the writing on the wall.
In that case, it’s hardly a surprise that rain dance is your favorite form of grooving. Even if it’s artificial rain, you are all for it. You hate the disco but can go on and on to the DJ’s beats at the Raindance Night any day.
9. Always prepared! That’s a bit mad but true
As a person who loves the rain, you are always prepared for it. You carry a waterproof bag, you have a chamber in that bag for an umbrella. Your shoes are water-resistant, your watch is waterproof. And you have a waterproof cover for your phone.
This perpetual state of preparedness is an indication that the thought of rain is always on your mind. These are all signs that show you are a person who loves the rain.
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10. A home without a terrace? Sacrilege!
When you look for a place to stay, the first thing you care about is whether the place has access to a terrace or at least a window from where you can watch the sky. For someone who spends most of their time waiting for the rain, the chance to be out in the open the moment it begins to pour is simply non-negotiable.
This is among the surefire signs you are a pluviophile.
11. You would vote for Rainy Day at work
As a kid it was easy, the schools themselves announced rainy days. Now, you have to come up with excuses to stay home and drink a cuppa every time it rains.
Rainy days are still your favorite holidays. You have been pestering the boss for a long time to announce one. You may justify your odd request with explanations such as the traffic is crazy, the waterlogging is dangerous, the puddles of rain water make you feel icky, or you don’t want to risk falling sick by getting wet in the rain.
The reality is exactly the opposite. You want nothing more than to stay home on a rainy day so that you can romance the pearls of water pouring down from the sky.
12. When it rains you die for coffee and khichdi
For a person who loves the rain, whatever be your usual poison, on a rainy day you would want something warm that makes your heart melt. Picturing yourself by the window, wrapped in a comforter, holding a hot cuppa coffee on a rainy day is what helps you get through those Mondays (Ugh!).
Khichri or Khichuri is the reigning favorite of rain lovers in India. From Gujarat to Bengal, from Delhi to Mumbai rains: a version of this rice and lentil mixture for every Indian pluviophile to make it complete.
Chances are you had always known your love for rain just didn’t know you are a quintessential “pluviophile”. Now that we have told you, next time anyone tells you you are obsessed with the rain just tell that person, “Dearie, I am a pluviophile.” We can already see that expression on the person’s face.