Tuesday, February 24, 2009

61. Spring in Delhi

I recently read a newspaper report which said that flowers started blooming early in Delhi this year due to high temperature, accompanied by absence of rain and fog. The flowers which normally bloom in early February started blooming in mid-January. Gardens in the city have been flush with dahlia, aster, petunia and other beauties. But I refuse to believe that this is spring. There is no fragrance in the air and no chirping of birds in the backyard. Days are very warm and nights quite cold.

If you are to experience the true spring, you must go away from Delhi to a place which does not suffer from extremities of climate, if possible to some countryside. Spring is a very clear short season which is neither winter nor summer. It is so relaxing to take a morning walk during this season, watching wild flowers on the roadside and feeling pleasant cool air on your face. In the evenings, you can hear some folk music in preparation for Holi. ‘Thandai’ that is served during Mahashivaratri can be immediately associated with the spring.

Delhi is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer, but I really miss the spring that I experienced during my early years in a small town. In Delhi, when the winter departs, the summer is too eager to take over. Rather, the summer sets in before the winter departs. They divide days and nights between them. One hardly gets to sing ‘sakhi, basant aayo’. For Delhi, one can safely say, if winter comes, the spring is not only far behind, it is simply not there.

8 comments:

Anirudh induchudan said...

interesting one

Sai Charan said...

Onkarji, you gave a nice description of the spring season in the second para.

Yes, we need to move to the country side to get the real taste of spring. Seasons can never be enjoyed while staying amid the concrete jungle.

Global warming is leading to unpredictable climatic changes and has disturbed the beauty of seasons.

Margaret said...

I absolutely love spring and can't wait for it to arrive. To hear the early morning chirping of the birds and feast on the colourful spray of daffodils and tulips in my garden.
Still have a long wait ahead of me though :( The garden's still covered in a thick layer of snow.

But I have it all to look forward to..... :)

Kadri said...

Our morning paper has predicted an early spring here too and that it's likely that we'll see spring flowers as early as at the beginning of April. I doubt that they are right though we've had the snow richest winter in a decade and I'm having a hard time picturing it gone in April.

Indrani said...

The normal cycle of weather is going haywire... no? And all at the cost of Spring, the most beautiful season.

Saadia said...

Mmmmm...beautiful thoughts on spring.

humanobserver said...

yes, you are true. I don't feel that the spring has arrived in Delhi.

lala said...

you know, in todays world of running around and running after things, we dont tend to appreciate these things in life... ah i mis those days in my hometown when i was a kid in school and spring was for all us kids to enjoy... i sometimes really wonder where those days have gone... and where that spring has gone.