Fun-filled, traumatic, joyous, troublesome, boring, cruel, pleasing, satisfying, challenging, tempting, misleading - yes Life is full of 'em - that is why life is so very SPECIAL - and yet the thrill is in "living" life! And all the accompanying ordeals are the frills attached with the thrills.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Summm...er

People call me strange but I would still like to stick on to my preference - I love hot climate! It may appear strange but I seem to have got the fascination for this climate for all the good reasons!

From time I can remember, summer meant long vacation and those planned trips where we try to revive the 'lost links' between long forgotten relatives, friends and places. A typical summer vacation, even otherwise without the trips was 'Sleeeeeep-eat-play-eat-play-play-eat-play-sleep'. The indoor games would resurface after its hiberation (owing to exams) - Trade, Monopoly, scrabble, cards, carrom. And ofcourse the routine 'never-miss' evening visits to the beach! En-route home, we would visit the library and try to grab the Archies, Tinkles, Tintins and Asterixs before someone would.

Other pictures which flash to my mind about summer :
The mushrooming thanneer pandals (water sheds?) where enthusiastic party men prove their might and even distribute butter milk and rasna at times! and then those many many hand-carts and heaps you see all the way on the roads with water melons, cucumbers, musk melons and my ever favourite mangoes and maavadu! Nature's bounty is best seen during summer. Then comes my another favourite - icecream! Though I have no distinction between icecreams, I have a special liking for the kuchi icecreams - tangy orange, semiya, paal ice but I had to give up on those owing to the unhygienic water/methodology adopted these days.

Inspite of people lamenting over the heat, humidity, sweat and the likes, I find they are at their active-best during summer. Every one is busy doing something or the other. You would hardly see anyone laid back. People are either travelling, shopping and our folks at home are busy making either vathals, karuvadams, maavadu, pickles or squashes, jams and the likes and the kiddies keeping up with summer camps, tennis or swimming . In short, there is some kind of 'festive mood' in the air during summer.

One notable sight (which is sadly on the decline these days due to apartment culture) is people placing water pots outside their homes. This is for the thirsty traveller! Hmm... what a noble gesture!!

Another important event generally making its appearance during summer is the election! Somehow I feel that during this time, everything else goes un-noticed. So even if you were to commit a petty offence, it seems to be absolutely fine ;-)

The evenings are fun too. Long chats on the beach sands, which obviously gets continued at homes with lots of star gazing and then the group dinner with cousins (generally kai urundai).

The best reason I would attribute to summer is the flexibility of going out unlike the rainy and cold seasons (well not applicable for Madras though).

Traditionalists say that the winter's exodus starts soon after Mahasivarathiri and now that Mahasivarathiri was celebrated last Sunday, summer is not far behind (I am reminded of Shelly's lines : If winter comes, can spring be far behind?). Did I hear a sigh? Well don't worry. With the right clothing, right food, lots of water, summer is definitely an enjoyable season. So let's welcome summer with arms wide open and a 'warm' hug! :-)

13 comments:

simplemissie said...

After a long time finally u've made a come back along with the summer season.In the mean time I created my own blog

வேதா said...

hi ravi,
summer always meant summer holidays to me. in school days, we used to wait year long for these two months. summer means bright sunny days, fresh watermelons, neermore, etc,.. the list is too long. we used to literally wander in streets playing cricket,football, kannamoochi, nondi, even goli( appdi porikiyiruken chinna vayasula). in college days summer meant good films, visiting friends, going on tours, in all the three yrs in college each summer we went on tour and by the end of the third year, i had toured almost all places in north india.so summer is always full of good and nice memories to me.

Ravi said...

Soumya,
Congrats and welcome to the blog world!

Veda,
Reading your post, once again, I was transformed to those good old days. Happy that you were able to relate too. Thanks for your comments.

simplemissie said...

Thank u sooo much ravi

simplemissie said...

ravi,
Check out my blog I have a real story published in my own words.
And well yup summer is back and I feel like eating lots of icecreams,

simplemissie said...

oh sorry the me here is soumya

வேதா said...

hi, i forgot to mention one important that i really enjoy during summer. athu night-la motta madila vanatha pathukite thongardu.
really i use to wonder the creation of this universe, why are we here? what happens if universe doesnt exist at all?

Ravi said...

Soumya, oops, funniemissie, what did you do to your name?

Veda,
I mentioned about that too! :-)

simplemissie said...

well ravi,
there is already another blogger by the name of soumya dev,so I had to change it..

sthupit girl said...

new post please!

Ravi said...

Preetika, welcome back! I thought you were busy with your sem exams (though I did see a few new posts in your blog). I'll try to post one soon.

sthupit girl said...

oi... o hanky panky. I'm always for reading a new post by u.

Ravi said...

Just seeing this comment Preetika. Pleasure is mine...