Mercury Soaring

“Veyil thaanga mudiyalai” (Rough equivalent of “It is exteremly hot this summer”) is the Numero Uno quote in Chennai.

There is a common tendency among people. They tend to feel that the current summer is hotter than the previous one. However, that isn’t a tendency anymore. It is not even May, the hottest month of the year, yet. It is not even days of the “Fire-Star” (Agni Nakshatram/Kathiri Veyil for the loyal Madras resident)yet. It’s wicked hot already. Summer is characterized not only is the heat and humidity but also by power-cuts. To add more misery, these power-cuts have become an every night occurence lasting upto three hours. What more, middle-aged women take yet another opportunity to rant on “how children can’t study for their exams”, or “how can people be expected to work the next day if they can’t get a good night’s sleep” while warding off those huge, humming mosquitoes (it’s spring time for them too, see?). For the solitude preferring types, it’s a great season, because relatives from other parts of the world will not willingly choose a summer vacation in Chennai and hence relief from pesky, nagging children.

Small mercies include air-conditioned theatres and several films opening every week.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ram (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

    Where did you get that Fire Star translation Kirthi??. I liked that ;)

  2. Krithiga (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    You haven’t been following Nancy’s blog, do you?

  3. Santa (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    Hey Kiks,

    Ahem. You should have told me directly if you didnt want me to come to Chennai this summer.

    Pesky Relatives uh!

    Your Loving Brother (read in UPPER CASE)

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