Thursday, December 17, 2009

SHOW ME THE WINTER

So, it's already mid-December here in Mumbai, and the shops are selling green tinsel Christmas trees and red Santa caps and rich dark plum cakes.

The colourful woollies newly-knitted by my mother are waiting eagerly in the cupboard. Where they are in the competitive company of a stack of other colourful woollies, all knitted by my mother down the years. Enough to warm the cockles of an army, if they felt any cold.

My elder daughter, Lil Cat, has taken out her monogrammed navy-blue school cardigan and has worn it to school for a couple of days, just because it is DECEMBER. Defeated by the clamminess and the sweatiness, she's keeping it off for now.

Her sister, the Copy Kitten, threw a tantrum and managed to get me to buy her a similar-but-smaller monogrammed school cardigan. Which is lying pristine, waiting to be inaugurated.

Our maid has gifted them two lovely bright batik scarves, and even these are hanging forlorn in the cupboard.

And the superpowers and the wannabe-superpowers and the movers and shakers have all hot-footed over to Copenhagen, interfacing and OD-ing on Global Warming and Carbon Footprints, and the Kyoto Protocol, some trying to slip in sly measures, some trying to pull a fast one, some trying to bully the weaker ones, all for their own short-term advantage. I mean, in the long term, it is like cutting off the branch on which we all are sitting, is it not?

And here in muggy Mumbai, we - all the small fry - are still waiting for winter to turn up.

13 comments:

Ugich Konitari said...

There is NO Winter in Mumbai :-) Just a cool breeze till you reach the bus stop.

But what takes the cake is all these fashion Page 3 types having Winter Collections. And even Fall collections. Feel like sending them all to Copenhagen.

And which Mumbai school is this that has Winter Blazers ? Hmm.

Swaram said...

Oh! They do hv a lot of winter stuff with them ;)
Winter it is in Hyd though ...there shud hv been winter holidays though :P Its sooo boring to sit n work :(

Kavi said...

As they say, in the long run we are all dead !

Nu said...

I know what you mean ! Winters ka apna hi maja hai which ironically mumbaikars have been missing...

Come here to Indore :) There is a lot of winter food to eat and have fun :)

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

oooo la la! A maid that gifts batik scarves!! Aren't we hi-fi!! :P

Well, in San Diego, we actually drive for 2 hours to get to snow since its 25 deg C in SD all the time! Then we drive our relatives in the east coast crazy by sending them photos of us in the snow which they have to look at whilst (see! I'm fancy too!!) they shovel snow off their cars!!

Heard that the amount of carbon emissions caused to convene the Copenhagen conference is the amount produced by 2,000 Americans in a year alone!!

Sumandebray said...

Well a late winter has got nothing to do with global warming.... or has it?
Does Mumbai gets cold or its like Kolkata.. you need a halfsleeve sweater at the peak

The Holy Lama said...

Come to think of it, global warming may be just another part of evolution and to talk of the summit-Well, it's just one place for the big firms to showcase their energy efficient technology, the parts of which may require the mining or extraction of minerals which may cause eco imbalance. Ironical. We seem to be going in circles and circle is the shape of zero too.

manju said...

We used to have winter in Mumbai when my kids were young! And I remember a time we needed thick blankets at night. Things have certainly changed now...

I hope your kittens get to wear their cardigans! :)

Vivek Patwardhan said...

Last year the winter touched 10 degrees celsius. No repeat show for the next ten years now!

Vivek

Onkar said...

In Delhi also, we are missing the winter that we are used to around this time of the year.

nsiyer said...

The question that needs to be asked in Mumbai is ' What??? winter???

Tomz said...

Nowadays seasons do not follow its routine..phaps a punishment given by the nature to men for the greediness..

Mina Jade said...

December is one of the loveliest months. Winters are beautiful here with all the snow. And I LOVE the several chocolate Santa Claus's in the shops here! They are adorable, especially when there are a lot of them.