i’ve been wanting to write for a while now. the stimulus in the form of a relaxed evening with nothing but a drink and lots of time at hand has hardly been available. then this tag came along my way at a time when i was neck deep in work. things seem to have eased off on the work front, albeit temporarily and so i am taking it up now.
it is quite a task to talk about the interesting aspects of something i’ve never really liked. the summer. i’m not at all the summer person. i’d any day prefer the freezing cold. believe it or not, i once spent the january winter in delhi and varanasi with nothing but a flannel shirt. ironically, i’ve spent all my life in warm, humid conditions. it is a fact that life doesn’t always give you all the things you want. i’ve known people who are simply incapable of accepting this fact, and all i
could do is pity them. now thats another thing altogether and before i wander into the wilderness of my thoughts, i’ll tell you the things i like about summer.
1. the wait, for winter – although there is no such thing as a ‘winter’ where i live, i try and make good of what i am endowed with!
2. the sweat – out here, we don’t sweat, we just pour. and the bum has more problems coz he just tends to sweat excessively, even on normal days. strange as it might sound, i kinda like the feeling. i feel like i am being detoxified. and at the end of a tiring day, theres nothing like a nice bath and some good sleep, which only comes naturally 🙂
3. the afternoon sea breeze under the cool shade of a tree. by around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the sea breeze sets in and if one is blessed with strategically placed good geographical location with not many impediments to the flow of air (which is becoming increasingly rare these days), the salubrious breeze can actually transport you into a different world altogether. preceeded by a decent dose of afternoon tayir sadam with this or that pickle, it can be the perfect setting for a siesta! am still reminded of the days when as i young boy, i visited this uncle who lived in a tiny
little quarter that had this huge golf course right across. and the afternoons, though warm, were breezy and eagerly awaited for.
4. this year has been hotter than the rest. or so it seems. i don’t know if its the bum who is becoming increasingly intolerant and fussy, or perhaps if its the effect of global warming. but the sweltering heat reminds of all the people – the labourers, construction workers, traffic
cops, postmen, salesmen – battling it out in the heat, and i can’t but be grateful to all these people for donning their roles, even in highly oppressive conditions, and doing it with a sense of dignity. they do what i can’t do myself, and serve as a reminder that we are all here to play our respective roles and it is our bounden duty to play it well.
it also reminds me of the comforts i am blessed with, an air-conditioned workplace, where the only things that are really stressed are the brain and the fingers! how can i not be grateful for all this when i see the vegetable vendor trudging along with his cart in the sweltering heat?
5. the frequent power cuts. especially the ones that happen on a sunday afternoon, which IF it happens to be a day off work (that isn’t by default, mind you), is the only time for some physical rest. now, how can the bum be grateful for it, u might wonder. they remind me of the power
crisis we are in. and that in turn reminds me of the larger picture – of increasing human populations, ‘improving lifestyles’ that lead to more and more consumption, and therefore the impending danger of a resource crunch, not just of electricity. and since i’m so obsessed to remember it, i try and do my bit in conservation. and i strongly believe that the first step is to reduce consumption, in every form.
6. the people around me and their constant complaints about how hot, humid and uncomfortable it is and all that. it is a natural thing for humans to complain, i know. quite normal, you might say. yes, and fortunately, such normal things don’t fit into the my bill. all these rants only remind me of how we tend to get bogged down by the insignificant things in life. and i am grateful for such people, for they constantly teach me not to be like them 🙂
7. the english and their fancy for the ‘english summer’. what with most people here suffering the heat and all that, i am always fancied by how varied cultures can be and the widely differing perceptions they can cause among different people. in fact, i am prompted to tag novel,
devil, z and sophie – and anybody else who might be interested. i chose these friends coz i know they live in different parts of the world and i’d be interested to know their perception on the summers!
8. for the want of writing the 8th aspect, i’d chose buttermilk, known as neer more in the local language. it is a refreshing drink, much cheaper and probably also healthier than those bottled drinks that baba ramdev calls toilet cleaners. and whats more, it comes very cheap – for poor
people. and for bums.