Originally posted by Ice-Thinker
<font size="2">As the topic suggests .... summer seems special in India. Much more special in Delhi I feel...
<font size="2">For a person comingfrom the Northern Hemisphere ... the Indian summer is surely an experience to remember.
Although, I do consider it as the "extra special" warmth of my native land, I cannot but think how others may feel about it! Including those who have their friends or spouses native of countries where such kind of heat is just a fairy tale!
For me,although business doesnt need me run around alot (and when I have to go out, I use the car - but very rarely) - nor do my work with NGO right now.... still the "relatives" and the "shopping" etc etc etc (things which we fall into when visiting India) keeps me more or lessmoving out. If notfor the laptop ... things would be difficult.
Dehydration, scratches, rashes ... etc ... galoons of water ... frequent showers ... for me describes the India summer...
So how have your experiences been?.... Rashes appeared?.... If ur spouse (or friend) is a native of another (specially the nordic or northern hemisphere regions) place - did your expression of DISBELIEF caused interest and sympathy (in a curios/funny manner perhaps?...or differently?)
How did you tackle it yourself?...
If other experiences ... do share!
Last but not the least ... how do the INDIAN RELATIVE consider the DESI-PHOREN BIRADER behaving/tackling the Indian Summer HEAT!</font>
It sucks that every other month of the year, it's rainy and cold in the UK but the 2/3 months we have summer, it's winter back home! So every time we make a plan to go to India during the summer, we barely get any summer!
But the thing is, during that time it is monsoon weather so it just rains ALL DAY LONG which totally sucks! Yet it is still humid and you still feel exhausted..plus the creepy crawlys that pop up during monsoon scare the crap outta me! :( So my experience isn't restricted to only the summer..hope that's ok
It's exhausting to even go out shopping in the summer because it takes up all my energy just getting up and getting ready to go out lol. I also have to wash my hair every 2days there because my hair gets dirty really easy because of all the dirt around
and walking around the house without slippers is also a big no-no unless you want brown feet! lol
We get thirsty all the time so big bottles of bisleri water is essential! ;) that reminds me, in one of the local shops in matunga, if you buy a MASSIVE bottle of bisleri for some 120rs and then when you're done with it, if you return the bottle back they gave you 40rs back (for some reason I always found that interesting lol) I also remember that once when buying a normal bottle of water, when asked how much it was, we were told 118rs and then after buying the bottle we realised the sticker on the bottle said 'only 13rs' lol..saala chor kahi ka! :P mum doesn't really trust local water over there and boiling the water and then cooling it is a long process so bisleri is the best option, despite the slightly bitter taste it has to it.
Mum won't let us buy gola from there now either for the same reason
but we're still allowed ganne ka juice and pani puri!
Never really had a bad experience, I mean I never really get sick as such but almost always eat something dodgy and get a really bad stomach ache for a day or two.
But my uncle did catch jaundice when he went there =\
Gosh, I miss the Indian summer! It's so much fun going to matunga, eating the fresh dosa;s off the street, the amazing sandwiches they make, the 4rs peanuts/chane the kids sell, the vada pav and pav bhaji right outside the station..everything is just amazing!
and it's always great fun seeing locals trying to rip us off because we're 'foreign' yet they don't realise that my parents have spent more than 20yrs in the city and can deal with them very well.
Ahh I can't wait to go back! :D I'll always love Mumbai city..! <3 The city that never sleeps! (literally, you wake up at 2am and you'll find the city buzzing, but the watchman will be asleep at his chair haha.The paan wala's and ice-cream wala's are always read for business no matter what the time hehe)
Oh and I'll never get over the 'horn ok please' signs!
Not sure I answered your question but it brought back loads of memories so thanks! :)