Delhi Fog: The Real Reason Mumbai “Winter” Will Never Match Up to Dilli Ki Sardi

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Delhi Fog: The Real Reason Mumbai “Winter” Will Never Match Up to Dilli Ki Sardi

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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n what passes for a winter morning in Mumbai, I rise from bed and exhale forcefully, in the hope that I’ll see a cloud of vapour form in the slightly chilly January air. But all that comes out is a sigh of disappointment. Yes, I’m that annoying Dilliwala you see in the memes popping out of nowhere and asking, “Yeh koi thand hai?” But there’s more to our disdain of Mumbai’s winters than meets the eye. Mumbaikars might be sick and tired of us out-of-townies acting all macho when the mercury drops, but that’s just a front to cover how we’re pining for the pristine, idyllic season we left behind at home – yes yes, pristinely preserved in our imaginations only.

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