WINTERS ARE ALWAYS A WIN-WIN
By Neel Anil Panicker
We all have our favourite season of the year, don’t we?
Winter is my favourite season. I have always loved the winters.
For me the joy of winters begins much before the actual four month long winter season sets in.
There is that slight chill in the air, especially in the early mornings, when while walking past long blades of grass over to the park, you feel the slight moistness in the air; the soil, if you care to touch leaves you with a sweet tangy wetty feeling.
And soon enough the air above changes as the sky changes hues, quickly going from bright red to mauve, to mahagony and a hybrid orangish, magenta, pink mix.
The air all around becomes dense and hangs like bat’s overhanging wings casting long dark shadows all around.
All through the wintry chill you feel as if enveloped in a dank embrace as the sun, hitherto bright and sparkling, begins to play second fiddle, only occasionally peeping out through dark nimbus clouds, showering small little petals of heat, just enough to warm the cockles of puckered hearts.
Winter is also the time when I get to cover myself in glory, adorning my already stocky frame in layers and layers of my favoured clothing materials__be it plain jet black and smoky maroon silk scarves, pure leather multi-pocketed jackets, knee high boots et al.
Winter again is when my sartorial senses come to the fore allowing me to raid the cupboard to extricate the best of woollen wear, dusting and drying them weeks ahead, even sending them to the dryers if need be, and then gloriously waltzing down the chilly snow laden streets, gently rubbing mummified fingers wrapped in gloved hands and exhaling deep pearly breaths into the rarefied air.
And how can I forget the gastronomic pleasures that await a foodie such as me during this cold season!
Leisurely mornings are best savoured lying tucked in bed under the comfort of heavy silk blankets while biting into hot samosas and pakoras dipped in green chutneys, sipping hot Darjeeling tea in crystal glasses while locking horns with crosswords and sudokus.
I mean I can go on and on as there is no end to the delights that await me come the winters for this is one season that I never whine about but instead always pine for.
©neelanilpanicker2017 #nonfiction #winter #myfavourite season