Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-05-22 11:55 Bengaluru: Monsoon is round the corner, and it is time to carry an umbrella, and Bengaluru’s shopkeepers are all geared up for the approaching season with a variety of umbrellas. “Umbrellas come in all sizes,” said Mohammed Hussain, who sells umbrellas for a living on OPH road. “There are foldable umbrellas which can easily fit into hand bags. People also purchase long, crook-handled, single-fold umbrellas too as they come with polka dots and are attractive but you can’t carry them in a bag.” Umbrellas cost anything between Rs100 to Rs1500, and they come in attractive colours and designs. A children’s umbrella with various cartoons and designs printed on it costs Rs100 to Rs150. Shuba C, mother of six-year-old child, said it was fun for kids to hold umbrellas and dance in the rain or pose for the pictures. “Recently, I bought an umbrella for my daughter with a whistle attached to it. It cost me just Rs120,” said Shuba. But young people also feel umbrellas should define one’s style and personality. Manisha, an MNC employee, said she would buy an umbrella with rainbow colours as she felt it made her feel that life was colourful. Shikha, another MNC employee, said she bought a polka-dotted umbrella last year as she wanted to travel back to the retro age. Sameer P, a PhD student, said he bought a cream-coloured umbrella for his girlfriend which had black hearts printed on it. “I have been in the business of selling umbrellas for 45 years,” said Abbas, another umbrella vendor. “There is lot of demand for umbrellas in June, July and August.” Some online retailers are also selling special umbrellas for two-wheeler riders. The umbrellas measure 71 inches in diameter and are also windproof. They come in plain colours. Costing around Rs1800, it can be fixed on the front portion of the bike. Penguin, Batman’s nemesis, may have used an umbrella, which he called by its British name brolly, as a weapon, but for Bengalureans faced with the city’s unpredictable weather, a brolly is a defensive weapon they can’t do without, against Namma City’s unpredictable rain.