As I write this post it is well above 42 Degrees Centigrade out side. My FM radio says the roads are deserted. The ceiling fan in the room is just throwing more hot air around the room. This post is about all the cool things you can do, only in summers, when the mercury in the thermometers is raising northward. It might not be the most pleasant of seasons but it has its uses. Imagine how you would define cold if there was no heat. The heat of the summer brings the rain bearing clouds of monsoon to India.
Here is a list of lesser known reasons to appreciate the summers you might not have considered before.
Cleaning and getting the air-cooler functional for the summer is a yearly ritual. In the dry heat of Jaipur where even the AC fails, the cooler keeps life bearable.
This is the season when you can take long afternoon siestas without any guilt.
The days start earlier and you can go for long walks in the nearby parks & gardens.
You have perfect excuse to wear minimum clothes. Cotton clothes in summer are a rare luxury.
You can store water in buckets to have bath with later when the water is colder & nobody will laugh at you.
There are hardly any mosquitoes around. Aside from heatstroke etc. this is a healthy season.
You get to MAX on watching IPL cricket at the beginning of the summer.
Now a days you can even go boating on the Man Sagar Lake.
You get to go swimming & enjoy pool side parties and freak out at the rain dances.
If you like to gamble you can bet on all aspects of the coming monsoon.
You can relish cool water from surahi or matka.
You do not see many flowers in summers but Water Lilly does bloom gloriously just now.
If you like mangoes all through summers a different variety of mango is available in the market for your pleasure.
At no time is a glass of beer more welcome than on a hot afternoon.
In these health conscious days drinking sherbet might be out of fashion but I am very partial to sherbets in summers. They can cool you off better than a carbonated drink.
You can write a whole post on the wonders of having chach/lassi/ butter milk & curd in summers. You ought to try the meethi lassi in a kulhar on the M.I.Road at the Lassiwala next to Charmica to know what I mean.
You can have Paani Patasi with Iced-water on the Link Road next to Sarogi Mansion.
You get to drink iced tea & mint tea in summers.
This is the season when the whole family gets together to make mango ice cream in a bucket at home.
You get different types of melons to eat to cool off.
I hope reading this post took your mind off the heat for some time!
If you can think of some more cool things to do this summer please feel free to list them here.