White winter in Delhi?
Funny how a subject long regarded as the most inane of conversation topics could be generating so much of excitement—the weather! And it’s all because Delhi dipped to 0°C.
If freezing temperatures bring to mind romantic notions of cuddling next to a warm fireplace (or a warm anything), a serious reformatting of the imagination is called for. In short, it’s bloody cold! Generally, we worry more about surviving the summer than the winter as the summer is much longer, so we are not exactly equipped to handling the cold. No “winter curtains” or anything of that sort!
In fact, it is difficult to decide whether it’s colder inside the house or outside. Yes, there’s a relentlessly cold wind blowing outdoors, but there is also bright sunshine. No wind inside, but it does seem a couple of degrees colder, what with me not being among those fortunate enough to own a heater. Actually, the warmest place in the house seems to be the interior of the fridge!
The cold wave is no joking matter though. While we brush it off lightly, send ribald SMSes to people outside of Delhi about various parts freezing and falling off, and don yet another sweater or pair of socks, there are people dying out on the streets from exposure because the state is just not equipped or willing to help people cope with it.
(For more on the last subject, read this. And get a picture of the real India.)