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My tryst with winters

English winters are famously notorious. During these months, the sun makes an appearance only past 8:00 in the morning and by 4:00 in the evening it is already on its way home. So yes the sun rises but that does not mean that you get to see it - for it usually comes out wrapped in a thick quilt of clouds. There might be an occasional gap in its garb, but that is promptly patched by the very breeze which introduces it. The breeze also accentuates the cold and makes it feel like a good two or three degree centigrades lower than what the weatherman’s thermometer would like you to believe. Leave home without a muffler and a thick jacket on top of your 4 layers of clothing and the breeze will find a way to enter and tickle you in most the most intimate of your joints. Just when you are feeling glum enough, a gentle drizzle will make you realize that what you thought was miserable just moments ago, was actually splendid state of affairs. Having spent over three years in balmy Bangalore weather, I had forgotten what winters were like. London has made sure that this time I don’t forget them in a hurry. In fact, it snowed for just long enough for me to earn my bragging rights. (Yes, in subtropics/tropics we brag about having seen it snow!)

This picture was taken at Festival Pier (the bright blue structure visible in the background) near Embankment at around 1:00 in noon. It rained shortly thereafter. And no, I didn’t slap the gentleman on the extreme right though the cold wind might not have been as clement.
posted: 5.1.06


thatz an amazing sky...sometimes its just best without the sun...;)

By Anonymous Kris, at 6.1.06  

I'm guilty :)

By Blogger sajith, at 6.1.06  

Thanks Kris! I those days most when the sky is "patchy" :)

Bad boy Sajith :)

By Blogger Deepak, at 6.1.06  

Hey Deepak! Happy new year!
I wish I had known earlier you were in London.Maybe we could have had a quick blogger meet... Next time.

By Blogger Sunrayz, at 6.1.06  

This convoluted dedication to the London winters was obviously written from a warmer place in retrospect. Here, one would just say "Festival Pier. Brrrrrrr."

By Blogger Ink Spill, at 7.1.06  

:) Brrrrrevity is the soul of wit?

By Blogger Deepak, at 7.1.06  

Deepak, I see that you're nominated for an award.

Shall we begin the campaign? Shall we go rig? ;)

By Blogger sajith, at 7.1.06  

ha ha ha... the part about slapping the englishman made me laugh.. thank you for giving me a good Saturday start.

Although a picture speaks a thousand words, just few extra smart interpretations adds dimensions uncountable because it results in smiling and laugther.

In Toronto, last evening was around -5 degrees but no snow, today morning its full white everywhere. Maybe you should visit here Jan sometime [when its expected to be -20 or lesser at times]. :-)

By Blogger Richard Hsu, at 7.1.06  

Hey Sunrayz, A very Happy New Year to you too! I'll definitely ping you the next time London beckons (which should be in a few months :))

Hey Sajith, Shall be delighted to have your valuable vote, but let's leave "rigging" for those in desperate need of oil - Ukraine, and I hear Bulgaria :-)

Hey Richard! Happy New Year!
-20, and you want me there :o! remind me, are we still friends ;-)?

By Blogger Deepak, at 7.1.06  

That's another amazing image - I am so impressed with your composition. The light and reflections are amazing.

I'll definitely be back for more..

By Anonymous Helmi, at 10.1.06  

Thanks Helmi!

By Blogger Deepak, at 10.1.06  

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