Winter Blues: Dear Rest of India, Can You Please Stop Cold-Shaming Mumbaikars?

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Winter Blues: Dear Rest of India, Can You Please Stop Cold-Shaming Mumbaikars?

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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umbai, for the rest of India, has only two seasons – the scorching summer and the manic monsoon. The Mumbai winter is like Sohail in the Khan-daan, the third sibling no one is willing to admit exists. If you tell someone who is not from the city that it is winter in Mumbai, they look at you the same way your money-making friend looks at you when you tell him Android is better than Apple – with utter disbelief.

Here’s how every winter’s tale unfolds in Mumbai. When the temperature falls from 36 degrees Celsius to 27 and we Mumbaikars start wearing monkey caps and post pictures with #WinterIsCome before boarding that 7 am train to Churchgate, we are sledged at with the aggression of Virat Kohli in Australia. “Is this winter? Winter is when you spit and your saliva turns into ice crystals before it hits the ground,” our friends from Delhi mock. Sorry for having low standards, but for us, if we aren’t dripping in sweat by the time we alight the train, we declare it winter.

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