Zini, me & life in general

Disclaimer: The post is not about pyaar (love), it’s about dilli ki sardi (Delhi winters) which is supposed to be extreme…

We are in the middle of the famous Dilli ki Sardi (well Noida is almost Delhi)…I generally don’t like winters and rains and summers, but forget it! We are talking about winters..

I hated it when I had to wake up at 6.45 am to reach the classes at 7.00 am. I just used brush my teeth and sometimes wash my face too. A glass of milk and I would get out riding my bicycle like a Dhoom bike to reach there in less than 5 minutes πŸ™‚ I hated riding bicycle in the cold mornings with wind blowing on face (because i used to cover every other body part with some or the other woolen, so wind could blow only on my face). And this was just Ahmedabad winters..

After Ahmedabad, I stayed in Hyderabad for 4 years!! And the weather there was perfect!! The winters were pleasant and never extreme. Same can be said about Summers. Well the rain was in abundance, but it didn’t result in kaadav -keechad (mud and dirt)!! What more one can ask for!!

So when we shifted to Noida, one of my prime concern was the winters and how to survive it. I had a perfect plan in place. Turn on the heater on the next day of Diwali and don’t get out of the house till end of January!! But like all best (?!) laid plans this failed too..

I forgot to account for my toddler who wouldn’t stay put in a place for longer that 2.93 seconds. I had to take her out to the park (shudder)!!

In the first winter i felt a little lonely too. We had shifted just 2 months back which meant I didn’t have many friends around to spend the dreary winter evenings (& afternoons) with!! And the Sun decide to go AWOL for weeks (ok, one week)!! I get depressed when I don’t see the Sun!! One Delhi winter and I had Vitamin D deficiency!!Β That’s when I actually understood what people mean when they use “Sunshine of my life” phrase!! And the day Sun decided to report back to work, i found myself singing “Goodmorning Sunshine” (Yeah, by admitting of knowing this song i admit that i am from older generation, but i’ll take the risk)!!!

But when the Sun shone again, i realized the importance of it. Till then I hadn’t given much thought to Sunshine…In my last job I spent most of my time in front of a computer in a air conditioned lab!! Which meant I didn’t really know how the weather was outside and I hardly cared!! It was comfortable inside and i preferred it that way.. But now, Β for the first time in my adult life, I had the luxury to bask in the sunshine without worrying about projects and deliverables!! Add to that the fact that i could munch on Dates, peanuts, chikkis and other sundry stuff!! It was fun!!! Undhiyus, Jalebis, Gaajar halwas, Sarson ka saags, Leelva kachoris, Methi Muthiyas, Theplas, Vedmis, Paalak paneers and choco lava cakes were made and consumed in abundance!! Even simple tomato soup with a sandwich felt heavenly!!Β And now that I have friends to hang out with and share my coffees with, the winters aren’t lonely anymore!! Winter now is the time to eat, drink (coffee, soup and anything hot) and make merry when the sun shines!!

I’ve learnt to appreciate the weather (at least winters) now!! I would still not call it my favorite time of the year. But I can have fun while it lasts!!

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Comments on: "Pyaar Tera, Dilli ki Sardi…" (14)

  1. I used to love the north Indian winters when I stayed in Lucknow during college years. After Cheebu was born, we spent the winter in Gurgaon and I didn’t like it at all. Winters are fun if you don’t have to do anything, but with a child to look after it is no fun at all. Thankfully, winters in Mumbai are nice and mild πŸ™‚

    • True!! When we have a little child to look after then no weather is fun. We constantly worry about they catching some illness or the other 😦

  2. I didnt read anything in your post except the food bit..I WANT UNDHIYU NOW!!!!!

  3. Sigh… same here about being in an air conditioned room for most of the day

  4. Winters with a hint of sun are ideal for me! Love the food party you mentioned:) You need it to get through the winter.

  5. I believe all seasons bring with them a particular type of cuisine and I look forward to them. Ideally the summer here is too bad but still the nights are so much pleasant you can be out in the dark unlike we can in the winters! πŸ™‚

    Lol at you not liking any either! πŸ˜› Like my bro who believes stay in the AC man why bother about whats outside! πŸ˜›

    • I definitely look forward to the cuisines πŸ™‚
      And yes you are right about summers. I loved dhabe suvanu!!
      I was like your brother only, but now i’ve started appreciating weather.

  6. I was in UP, until I turned 15 :-/ I am not sure of the emotions back then , but I would love to see some damn change in the weather in Mumbai . We get hot afternoons and a li’l chilled nights and mornings. ( a shawl is enough). The monstrosity of the summers.. the monotonous weather – it is too boring – I like change – and weather is no different πŸ™‚ (except rain – oh my! the sad state of hygiene + rain = disaster. Well, I would give anything to be in Mussorie right now, having a snowball fight – is just ONE of the things πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

  7. Hey Pankti, found your blog link while looking out where to find undhiyu veggies in Noida πŸ™‚ I have recently shifted to Noida from Mumbai about a month back with my almost 6 y/o daughter and hubby… We have lots in common…. From being gujaratis to having married inter-caste( I married a tanjore Marathi) to having lovely daughters…. Cooking, sucker for happy movies to reading and watching Harry Potteragain and again, to adventures ( both me and my hubby are P1 certi holders for paragliding !)
    I would definitely like to know more about you. If you can share your number on my email id would love to talk to you !

    Smiles from Jayel πŸ™‚

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