On lockdown9:20 AM
That's it! Another school year came and went...just like that. Ishita had her very serious Graduation ceremony from pre-primary level yesterday. And, I am contemplating two months of hot Summer to occupy.
This is the time of the year that will send even the most patient mother for a spin. It is hot, humid and plain old nasty outdoor in Mumbai. Everybody in the know will tell you that there is zero point in going out between 10am and 5pm. And they are right, the only reason you could have to head out of your home is if you plan to go to a place that has the AC on full blast (the mall being one of the few options).
You see, in the more temperate regions of the globe, Summer is a fun season (which for many start in June, not March like it is the case in India). You get to get out, enjoy the beach, have barbecues outdoor, or go for a hike. It is the time to just have a blast and enjoy the outdoors full on.
In most of India, this is the hottest time of the year, to the point of even being injurious to health. People spend the day at home in semi darkness, shutting as much of the sun out as they can. Like all, I go through the ritual of shutting all my windows by 10am and pull the curtains shut where I can (not my living room though, they are too short and it would be too dark).
This daily ritual has the nastiness to remind me what I hated the most about Winter in Switzerland. I HATE being all shut inside my own home. It makes me feel claustrophobic. And the darkness doesn't do much for my mood. Add a child to that mix, and you go banana real quick. Ishita wants out as much as I do, but instead we are sitting indoors, still sweating away from the heat and trying to kill time until we can get to the park in the evening.
The best way to explain Summer in India to someone not familiar with the concept is to say it is like the harsh Winters in Europe and US. It is an extreme climate. The plains of North India get even hotter, much hotter than Mumbai (which is already hell). Replace the cold icy blizzards and icy rains with blazing hot sun and air and you have the same kind of critical climate no human being would want to be out into more than the strict necessary. People further up North stay indoor to avoid frostbites and hypothermia, in most of India we stay indoor to avoid sunburns and heat strokes.
The only difference being that kids in Europe don't have their longer school break when the climate is at its worst. They have their two months break in the Summer because they can enjoy that time of the year.
I spent all of yesterday afternoon braving the still somewhat moderate heat hunting for a plastic table cloth i never found. Stopped for ice cream and then took Ishita to the craft supply store to pick up an activity kit to keep us both busy. She choose rainbow looms (more on that later). The plastic table cloth plan was to cover our dinning table during messy craft projects instead of tackling newspaper that won't stay put under the fan.
I'll have to take that hunt to e-shopping sites today.
Now if you'll excuse me, it is almost time for me to go shut all those windows for the day.