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July 30, 2014

Summer is the least liked season in this part of the world (at least by me). ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ would seem like an insult here. Heat,dust and dust storms, sweat and smells,mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, creepy crawlies and so on. When the sun blazes down upon the earth, not only men and beast but also plants look tired and droopy. While spring and monsoon (rainy) seasons are feted by poets and writers, no major festivals or celebrations are held during summers. I wish I could sleep away the summers in a cool, dark room.

When we were children, summers were fun. Long vacations, visiting relatives, playing with friends and cousins. Huge meals, ice creams and puddings, fruits like mangoes, melons, watermelons, peaches, litchis etc, salads, refreshing drinks like squashes, buttermilk etc. made life bliss. We slept in the open liberally smeared with Odomos and mustard oil, studying the stars, listening to the sound of night birds and insects, giggling and talking, listening to grandma’s stories while the table fan whirred noisily nearby. We played in the sun, heat rashes, fever were a small price to pay for the enjoyment and freedom

The trees and other plants bear brightly colored flowers to cheer up the weary. Songs of birds- cuckoos, bulbuls, peacock, sunbirds and so on are pleasing sounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             .DSCN3074 DSCN3706 DSCN3084??????????DSCN3398DSCN2977 DSCN2949??????????DSCN3307 ??????????

I try not to get attached to any material things but some things become favourites- books, art material, gifts from loved ones.



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  1. Interesting how seasons in different parts of the world are viewed. Summer in New England is cherished because for four to five months of the year it is too cold to go outside except to plow snow. 🙂

    • Yes, so I have read and heard. We have varied climatic pattern in India from north to south and east to west. However, in this region, we have 6 seasons. The winter season is brief and cold with temperatures not dropping below one degree centigrade. The winter has become even briefer due to global warming. We have plenty of sunshine and celebrate several festivals. Rain is also very welcome any time, except when it causes floods and for several years we missed spring season because winters would abruptly turn into summers.

  2. I can only imagine (because I NEVER want to experience it!) how unpleasant much of the summer must be there but, your description of childhood summers sounds pleasantly similar to what many of us experience wherever it is we spend our summers. You captured many faces of summer 🙂

    • Thank you. Summers are no fun but some enjoy summers, especially aged and ill, who have more trouble with joint pains, arthritis in winters. I, probably, over-reacted because summer crops (fruits and vegetables) were less in supply and we are facing water and power shortage. Monsoons (rains) have failed which compounded the woes.
      All in all, one must try to make best of all seasons.

  3. You have very candid descriptions here. I love the part of odomos, which I have also experienced in my childhood, growing up in India. The pictures are very beautiful, especially the birds cooling themselves by the tap.

    • Thank you. It is still very hot and humid here. I am not sure whether Odomos is still being used. It is so unsafe to sleep in the open now. Even inside the house, one has to keep the bedroom locked.

  4. Ah this post brought back childhood summer memories. Playing with friends and cousins, mangoes and squashes… And of course the odomkos and sleeping outdoors….during those night-long power cuts!

    • Thank you. The world has progressed a lot and life is certainly much easier in so many ways but those were indeed golden days.(sigh!)

  5. In Ireland we are happy if we get 2 weeks of proper summer 🙂

    • We are lucky to have 6 seasons here but due to global warming summer season seems to last forever and ever. I often wonder if hell is hot or cold. I can now say that it is alternately hot and cold with no spring, rains or autumn to delight the inhabitants.

      • Would be nice to swap 3 months of pure rain for 3 months of proper summer 🙂 and everybody happy then 🙂

      • Be careful of what you wish! 3 months of pure rains will wreck unimaginable havoc. We have 2 months of monsoon. Believe me even though we love rains, our water resources fill up, our farmers rejoice, we celebrate rains, poets and artists are inspired and the peacocks dance but by the end we are ready for change in the weather. So everything is good in moderation.

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