What to do when it’s winter

Does Chennai actually have a winter? I often tell myself that there only two kinds of weather here: the summer, which is infamously hot in Chennai, and the monsoon, when we bring out our raincoats and get ready for the roads to get flooded. But contrary to my view, there is a winter as this December proves. (Just goes to show what an ignoramus I really am!) Temperatures have really dipped in recent days. Go for a drive on a motorbike at midnight and you know how chilly it is.

This is going to invite scorn from readers in Bangalore or Delhi, where I am told the temperature the other day was as low as 8 degree C. But for a city that boils to a 44 degree C during its summer, it’s a relief when the minimum dips below 25. Also the temperature never dips so much that we need to bring out sweaters and leather jackets.

Here are then a few things you should try this winter:

1. Go to Bessie beach on a weeknight. Make it really late. Keep any kind of identification with you should the cops decide that you look “suspicious”. Walk on the sand. It’s really good.
2. Go for a midnight snack. You will be surprised how many teashops and restaurants are open late. Keep you car at home and take a two-wheeler. Enjoy the cold wind on your face
3. Wait for a day it rains in the afternoon. Go to the nearest ice-cream store like say, Baskin Robbins, and order chocolate ice cream. Eat it as you watch the rain dripping outside.
4. Get wet on the terrace when it rains at night. Catch a cold. Call in sick to office the next day. Sit on your bed and watch DVDs all day long.
5. If you live in a colony, go for a walk after it rains. In the highways, this sucks.
6. Go to the Marina and eat fish. I know that’s available all year long, but it tastes better in winter. Trust me.

Any of you have bright ideas of your own? Do tell us how you have a good time.

15 Comments so far

  1. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    I’d like to add to the list – hot coffee with tiffin as you watch the rain outside and stay dry & warm indoors.


  2. Karthik Thirumalai (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 3:26 am

    I remember during our school days, once it rained me and my friends used wade through the water(for people who don’t fuss on it being clean etc) and stop at a tea shop for some Bajis and coffee/tea.

    Also, when it rains, take your motorbikes through Marina beach road(inside road) and then stop by Saravana Bhavan for some hot tiffin and coffee……yeah I am addicted to good coffee.


  3. Shyam (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 3:41 am

    Nothing to beat freshly roasted groundnuts and hot tea/coffee in a lazy and rainy afternoon. I would not mind hot bajji/pakoda…

    But the most uncompromisable (whew!) thing in a rainy day is to sit at home and have nothing to do…trust me, it is the best feeling in the world :)


  4. Giridhar (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    Get drenched in rain while returning from office. Change clothes and towel ur hair. Get a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Sit on the balcony and enjoy the drink watching the rain


  5. Radman (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    forget the coffee/tea/hot chocolate. give me a single malt scotch, a dominican cigar, a roaring fire, a good movie, and ….. cheers.


  6. Anonymous Coward (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    Make babies!


  7. Giridhar (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    @ Anonymous Coward…. LOL


  8. randramble (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

    Good post. But the 4th point was a bit too much, Nandhu…


  9. desigirl (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    At Ethi, we used to sit in the canteen, enjoying fresh samosas, dreaming of masala chai to wash it all down. A stomach-lining dissolving feast at Gangothri is the best way to enjoy rain. Added advantage for the guys is the scenery!

    Anonymous Coward:
    Shyam was talking of the regular kadalai ;)


  10. desigirl (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    At Ethi, we used to sit in the canteen, enjoying fresh samosas, dreaming of masala chai to wash it all down. A stomach-lining dissolving feast at Gangothri is the best way to enjoy rain. Added advantage for the guys is the scenery!

    Anonymous Coward:
    Shyam was talking of the regular kadalai ;)


  11. desigirl (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    oh bugger! Sorry for the repetition folks, didn’t mean to!


  12. Krishna (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    Sitting near a window or in the balcony and enjoying crispy pakoda with a hot filter coffee………..hmm……that would be something….

    and to add more spice to this, listen to Illayaraja’s 70/80’s hits….


  13. Axpov (unregistered) on December 14th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    drench in music rain that never fails to
    pour in chennai at this time of the year…


  14. Sanjeeva (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    Rum and Cola with boile ver kadalai!thereafter for a hot biryani and a good snooze……….dvd’s? naaah… not me….


  15. www.chennaipc.com (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    hi friends , take a two balls of cotton and close ur ears and sit in the sofa watch to good music , take tea bonda and enjoy then the whole world is urs .. this what iam doing in my office ,, ( god my office guys should not see this)



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