When one thinks of summer, the first thing that comes to mind is the heat, the hot sun, sweat pouring down as one goes about with their daily chores. An annoying temperament but one has to do what one has to. Of course, the AC being there or not being there has nothing to do with it. The heat gets to you nevertheless. This is the scene at most places in the temperate and tropical zones. The degrees in the temperature are always on the rise threatening to break the previous records.
One could evade the heat by escaping to cold places but for how long? The summer isn’t going to go away anytime soon. And then one remembers some of those many philosophies of life that keep circulating in mind.
Face it, fight it and learn to adapt. Remember, your ancestors too survived the heat, that too, without electricity or electrical means.
True, but the Earth was greener, cooler as there was hardly any pollution. Summer nights would be spent outside under billions of stars that were visible clearly as there would be no citylights in the horizon to hide them in the night sky. Dozing off under a starlit night sky with a soothing cool breeze that would lull one to sleep after a hard hot day, is a privilege that today’s generation hardly know about.
But then, there are still some summer delights that would make you forget that heat for just a while and make bearing these hot summers worthwhile.
At the very onset of the summer season, the roadsides fill up with sellers selling this big but smooth rock like things. No prizes for guessing what these are for the thought of these fruits make one’s mouth water in no time. Of course it is the watery Water Melon, with its hard green exterior, but delicate, sweet water filled red soft interior that quench one’s thirst and fill up the stomach in no time. This cool fruity wonder is a must have on a hot day.
If you are in the southern part of India, one cannot avoid a fresh flowery fragrance emanating from different corners in the evenings. It is the season of the mogra flowers (Jasminum sambac) also called mallepuvvu in Telugu or malligaipoo in Tamil. These beautiful white flowers with a strong fragrance is a favourite among all. Summers are the best time for these flowers to bloom. One can find them in abundance in the markets, either loose or tied in garlands, ready to adorn the deities and/or eagerly decorated on the hair of females, irrespective of the length of the hair, irrespective of the age of the female.
And no matter where you are, one delight that cannot be missed are these wonders in yellow, the king of the fruits, the delicious, the luscious, the gobble-up-as-much-as-you-can fruits, the one and only mangoes. There are variety of mango species one can choose to eat. Though the Alphonso is said to be the king of mangoes, being a South Indian, my taste buds yearn for the local variety, i.e. Banganapalli mangoes. Originating from a town with the same name in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, these mango varieties are the most sought after in South India.
These delights are my most favourite. But apart from these three, nature offers many other summer delights in the form of fruits, flowers, cool summer breeze during the evenings. ACs, icecreams, cool drinks might make bearing summer easier. But without these natural delights, summers are just not enjoyable.