Funny thing happened today morning. I normally wake up at 6.30 am and go out for a walk by 7. I love the winter, I love the biting cold wind hitting my face in the morning. It is so fresh and invigorating. Well, I bundled up and I went out for a walk. I sleepily noted that there was no fog. ‘Nice” I thought, “Dont like breathing in the fog’ and I set out for my brisk morning walk. I told ya I was sleepy? Well I was! About fifteen minutes into the walk, I wondered why my hand felt wet. I opened my eyes and looked around. It was drizzling. Thing is that I was wearing my cap, sweater, shawl and shoes, and was so bundled up that I did not notice it. Daymn! Rushed home in a hurry! But it made me so chirpy. Aah I love Dilli ki sardi.
For a person who spent her childhood in the hills, winters is the season of joy. And saadi Dilli gives us so much in the winters ….. ahhh BLISS! Summers are too hot and it takes too much energy even to move a finger. Ahh winters!
Think about the wonderful food! I sometimes feel that even the vegetables love winters. Carrots get redder, peas and capsicum get shiny green, cauliflower gets whiter and there are so many leafy vegies that come into their own like methi and palak. Yeah I am a major foodie. The distinctive winter food – Yummy! Chicken soup heads the list. Then come steaming hot momos with spicy chutney. Aloo tikki, roast potatoes steaming hot from the oven with a twist of garlic butter or cheese, aloo methi, sarson saag, the endless varieties of stuffed paranthas (I make do with non-fried ones). Of course dilli ki sardi comes with its own special brand of winter food. Roasted peanuts, tea in kulhads, karahi vaala doodh (milk flavored with saffron and full of dry fruit cooked in a karahi), besan milk, besan barfi, gajar halwa, moong daal halwa, pinnis, I could go on and on!
Waking up in the morning to a complete white out or my early morning tryst with the drizzle- such joy!
Snuggling into a loved one or slipping into a warm razai – especially when someone else warmed it for you 😀
Rewaris, gajjak and nuts (sigh need to source sugar free ones)
One can’t enjoy clothes in any other season like in the winters, and Delhi winter clothes are so colorful. The sheer variety … astrakhan caps, bonnets, hats, jackets, even khadi ones, mufflers, coats, wool or tweed, cardigans, pullovers, shawls, wool blazers, capes ….. sigh one even spots people walking around bundled in blankets and wearing monkey caps. The latest thing doing the rounds is ear muffs. I think I’ll get myself a pair … LOL
Winter is when we all move outdoors. Open theatres, parks, music events or even sitting in the lawn on winter afternoons soaking in the sun munching on freshly cut salads, oranges and kinoos with booze.
And the flowers … roses, chrysanthemums, sweet peas …. beautiful
Summers don’t come back too fast. This is the season of delight!