It’s October again!
“The night is a bit cold, feels like October doesn’t it?” said my friend while getting ready to serve during one of our midnight tennis sessions. I nodded in agreement. After all, in Delhi, nights getting cold mean just one thing – it’s October.
October is when it’s cold but not uncomfortable. When you could still wear your t-shirts and walk around feeling the breeze, and not worry about getting a frost-bite. When children still flock in their regular uniforms and their mothers – women with frizzy hair wearing shawls, chase them with a cap or a sweater. The leaves are still green and aplenty. The landscape still fresh from caress of monsoon.
Why not then should October be a little different from other months? A little special. Like the cherry on the top of a chocolate cake! One that marks the beginning of the cuddling season. One that says let’s beat the heat! And when you live in India, there are a very few things that can help you do that!
You might ask, if you have not already, that what is the point of all this foreplay with words? Come on! Have I not given enough hints already? It is the season of love. The season of making the lives of those around you a little more special.
Of course, most of you would know that the Hindu festival Diwali (alternatively called Dipawali) is coming up in a few days. Diwali is the festival of light. It is the celebration of all things that are good, that bring us joy, that make us pure, and enlighten our lives. So, even if you know nothing about it, you can light up a diya (lamp or candle will also do!) and pray (to whichever god) for peace, solace, growth, and satisfaction.
But I’m also talking about another important thing. This is the time to make new friends, to enter that relationship you have been keeping off for long, to gift your soul mate memories to cherish. There’s the romantic long walk on a winter night. But there are few things as good as lying next to your partner on a cold night under the quilt and talking softly under dim lights.
So, why are you still reading this? Didn’t you get the idea yet?
That’s all for now,