Goodbye my Mango Summer #The Daily Post

Responding to a “summer” prompt on #The Daily Post

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Goodbye summer, hello rain

Claps of thunder and a bursts of lightening disturbed  the early morning peace. Like a noisy encore to a wet and gloomy Monday symphony, it was a sign say  goodbye to my mango summer.  Despite the heat, summer is best spent in Mumbai because it is that time of year when the schools are closed and I could enjoy the restful quiet of near empty roads ; a time to make pickles and preserves; a time to celebrate with friends and family.

Summer also meant sunset walks in the company of a warm sea breeze or early morning ramblings.  It meant fresh fish before the fishing stopped and movies in air-conditionned pleasure.

But this summer was oppressively hot and I’m glad to bid farewell. It’s sad to see King Alphonso go but glad  to welcome the sweet Kesar,  and its Northern cousins Dussheri and Langda. Seasonal  fruit like  Peaches, Lychees, plums and cherries , growing in cooler climes once again make their presence felt in our markets and supermarket shelves.

It’s time for walks in light rain showers, eating roasted corn, smoked on coal. Hot cups of tea with bhajias made of onion or potato.

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Cherries, plums, peaches and lychees with mangoes from the North, help bid goodbye to my mango summer

So into the cupboard back they go, my cool summer whites and open toes and out come the flip flops and capris and umbrellas that turn upside down. It’s time to to latch the windows and fasten them so they don’t fly off in a gust of wind. It’s time to say goodbye to sheets drying in the summer sun but bring them in to dry,

Our monsoon spell is short but sweet and it won’t be long before the sun comes out again.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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10 Responses

  1. Dashy says:

    Gladly welcoming monsoon! I guess the summer was too hot everywhere this time. Either way I’ve always preferred a hot tea in the rains to an ice cream under the sun. Have a lovely monsoon with showers of joy! 😀
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  2. pins & ashes says:

    Umbrellas that turn upside down! 🙂 🙂
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  3. Truly Happy says:

    Beautiful post!

    Umbrellas that turn upside down, windows that need to be latched, no more washing lines in the balcony or outside…that’s such an apt description of bye bye summer.

    Walking during light showers eating bhutta, onion bhaji, hot cup of tea! I love the monsoons in India. Little joys of life!

    I am so glad I am returning home. Can’t wait.

    Again, a lovely post!

    • Bellybytes says:

      There’s something about India that you can’t forget or leave behind. Whenever I travel abroad I enjoy the discipline , the cleanliness , the efficiency even but always miss the chaos and the smells , the sounds that are India.

  4. RT says:

    so poetic and well captured as always!

  5. You paint such a vivid and beautiful image. I enjoyed reading this.
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