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My Winter Memories (A humble attempt at Jackie Lynnley challenge)

Updated on December 29, 2014
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Venkat loves arts and literature and keeps reading books of all genre and developed an interest in writing literary and fictional articles.

My Introduction

After much hesitation and prolonging, I thought of giving an attempt to the prompt & encouragement given by Jackie Lynnley for writing a hub on Winter Memories. So, here I go with my vague memories and (below quality) narration of my winter experiences. I even do not have any photos to share my experiences of winter, which is a great drawback for me. Anyhow, I want to try to please be with me in my humble attempt.

About Winter

Winter is a very beautiful season to enjoy and narrate. The nature all around us looks very beautiful and aesthetic with snowfalls and fog and mist. It is a season of enjoyment for young and newly married couples who want to experience it to their full excitement and satisfaction. But it is even more exciting to children who can't resist themselves from playing with the snow and sledding on the ice.

Winter images

View from top of Mary Jane towards east at Parry's peak
View from top of Mary Jane towards east at Parry's peak | Source
Bournemouth Winter gardens
Bournemouth Winter gardens | Source

My Childhood winter

Winter in my childhood was exciting during the period mid December to full January. It used to be very chilly even though the temperature never went down 12 degrees in Chennai of Southern India. One of our important festival Makar Sankranti falls during this period for full one month up to 15th of January. On 13th January, it is celebrated as Bhogi which is a thanksgiving to Lord Indra (the incharge of clouds and rains) for giving timely rains in abundance resulting in good harvest.

So, we get up early morning at 4:30 am and burn fires in front of houses with harvest waste, old clothes, dry woods, etc. We keep shivering with chill and cold, trying to warm up ourselves with the flames of the fire. I was a shy boy while other friends used to dance and play small two headed drums known as "Damaru" which are sold during that period to children.

Bhogi bonfire
Bhogi bonfire | Source
Damaru played on Bhogi bonfire
Damaru played on Bhogi bonfire | Source
Wearing full sweater during my adulthood.
Wearing full sweater during my adulthood.
baati chokha
baati chokha | Source
baking litti on stove flame or in burnt wood or coal ash
baking litti on stove flame or in burnt wood or coal ash | Source
litti ready for eating
litti ready for eating | Source

Winter at my Adulthood

When I was working in Uttar Pradesh state of India, the winter experiences were very thrilling and exciting there. Winter starts in that region during mid October and lasts till end of February. December and January months used to be too unbearable and bone chilling cold with 5 to 10 degree celsius. I had to wear the coat with one more woollen sweater or sometimes two sweaters inside the coat for attending office.

In the late evening hours we used to stroll a bit in the lanes of the colony even in that extreme cold to have some extra enjoyment, sometimes with other families and at times only we two. After a stroll in the cold, the thrill becomes more extreme in sleeping. For sleeping, we had to protect ourselves with a combination of cotton stuffed three layered blankets (known as razai or bedquilt) and woollen blankets.

Weekends and holidays used to bring extra joy to us as we plan picnics and enjoy preparing some food stuffs known as baati chokha or litti chokha. These items are prepared with wheat flour mixed into hard dough and baked in round or flat shapes. Some times they are filled with some stuff like vegetables or cooked and ground pulses and spices, lentils, etc. The littis are normally baked directly on burnt wood ash whereas baatis are fried in oil. These items are prepared in open places, all the members giving some helping hand like burning of fire, collection of wood, mixing of dove and preparing spices and vegetables, making the round balls or flat baati with dove, baking litti, cooking etc. - all this done enjoying music or gossipping. Those days used to be very entertaining and pleasant memories.

I spent 30 years there along with my family; sometimes enjoying and at other times suffering the cold. But my routine used to be the same, whether it is cold, heat or rain. I never allowed my routine to change.

morning walk in winter
morning walk in winter
Fog in my neighbourhood
Fog in my neighbourhood
Myself at present wearing sweater
Myself at present wearing sweater

My Winter experiences at present

Presently, I feel winter nominal here in Hyderabad city of India, It rarely goes below 12 degree celsius here. During day time, there is no need for wearing woollen clothes. Early morning, I experience some cold but not much problematic. I use warm water to bathe. There is fog during mornings, sometimes with cool air and the fog keeps dense on some days hindering the visibility on the streets.

During nights, I have to wear the woollen sweater and cover myself with thick, large bed sheet for sleep. At times, I experience cold in my sleep which keeps me uneasy for sometime. But, after sometime I get deep sleep and do not bother.

A funny entertaining winter song

Now I have done my part of presenting my winter memories. Thanks to Jackie Lynnley once again for encouraging me to try my part.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am delighted with your comment, Harish Prasad. We used to enjoy outings to waterfalls and van bhojan in winters. They were the occasions of litti chokha and baati chokha.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment. My blessings to you.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Vanakkam, Sir, you have taken on the Jackie Lynnley 's challenge so well. In your beautiful style, you have narrated the winter season in India with such sweet and interesting memories. In Delhi, we face the chilly weather in the months of December and January. Looking at pictures of " baati chokha and " litti chokha " is so tempting ! A great hub. Voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for visiting and this nice comment.

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      Anisha Goel 2 years ago

      I must say a job well done. I’m really glad you did it. Hats off to you and Jackie Lynnley. I enjoyed your hub. After reading your experience I can say that you are very “down to earth” individual. Please do continue writing, I’ll be waiting to read more about your other experiences.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      You are right, Sushie. "Home is where heart is". Well said.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for sharing your winter memories, Venkatachari. It gets very cold here in the winter and sometimes we get way too much snow. Crazy as it sounds though, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. "Home is where the heart is" as they say.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks a lot Elsie, for your visit and a nice and warm comment. It's true that our Southern India is warmer than Northern India. But, even here we experience minimum temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees which is enough for leaving us shivering during December to Mid February each year. So it sometimes makes me uneasy during sleep. Thanks for your concern.

      Wish you also a very Happy Year 2015.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed reading your article of winter memories in India, until now I always thought of India as an warmer place to live, now I know different, Thanks.

      I understand what you said about trying to sleep when you are cold, I have the same problem, much better now since we brought a heat pump to help warm the house, but that's no good when we have power failures in stormy weather.

      Wishing you a happy 2015.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great to see you friend. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my hub. I was there in northern India about 80 km from Varanasi where it used to be chill with 5 to 8 degree celsius in winters. I lived there for 32 years. Now here in Hyderabad where it is not so cold.

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      This is fascinating! I found it weird that (in my opinion) it doesn't get that cold where you live - but then I noticed you live in Southern India. Just north of India is the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, where temperatures of minus 40 (Celsius as well as Fahrenheit) are common. In Hawaii, where I live, you feel the chill at 37C! That's because of the humidity.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you friend, for your visit and liking my article.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A wonderful response to the challenge. Those memories are precious, I love reading about life in different countries and this is no exception, beautifullly done.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Dana Tate, for your visit and nice comment. I am glad to know that the pictures are appealing.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'm so happy you decided to take on the challenge. You did a beautiful job expressing your winter memories past and present. And the pictures are gorgeous.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Many many thanks, Phyllis for your revisit and fan mail.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Venkatachari. You are very kind.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Phyllis, you have filled me with overwhelming joy by awarding so many grades at the same time. Thank you very much for this and your nice comment.

      May I also be allowed to bless you and your dear ones with all my best wishes and blessings. Wish you very very Happy New Year.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Nitya, for your visit and nice comment. Just I logged to your profile and found it to be very interesting with so wide range of knowledge.

      Wish you too a Very Happy New Year .

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Venkatachari, I so enjoyed reading about your winter memories and your winters now. You wrote a fine hub.

      May your New Year be filled with joy, love and warmth. Blessings to you.

      Voted Up, B, I and H+

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed memories of winter, enjoyed reading. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Many many thanks for your appreciating me so much with your nice comment. I am overwhelmed with joy.

      Wish a very very Happy New Year to you and your dear ones.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you so much Venkatachari for sharing your winter memories and I am so sorry to have missed you all this time. I will start following you so I can get a notice when you publish something. You have shared beautifully and I know we all enjoyed reading a life and climate unlike our own and that is what makes this challenge so good I think to get to know our fellow hubbers!

      Will share you with my followers of which I see a few here ahead of me but there are many more and will put you at the top of my list! Voted up.

      Happy New Year.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Jodah for your visit and very nice comment. Wish you also a very Happy New Year.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Venkatachari, you did well with your response to Jackie's challenge. Thank you for sharing your winter memories with us. Happy New Year.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dora. I am very happy to see people appreciating my humble work. Thank you very much for your nice comment.

      Wish you a Happy New Year in advance.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Devika again for this nice comment. You are so kind to visit and appreciate both my hubs simultaneously. I made my humble attempt and succeeded in this . Thanks once again.

      Wish you a Happy New Year in advance.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm glad you shared your experiences past and present. They contribute very well to the theme of a universal Christmas. Enjoy the rest of the season.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos and such a well-displayed hub. You thought of every detail so greatly.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Genna, for your visit and leaving a nice comment.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree with Bill...wonderfully done, in its beauty and humility. :-)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Bill. Its your greatness to categorise it as a successful attempt. I was waiting for your comment very eagerly although you missed another one. I am grateful to you also in meeting this challenge as I got inspiration from you at first besides Jackie Lynnley.

      Once again thanks to you for your visit and nice comment which I treasure much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully done my friend. A humble attempt? A very successful attempt!

      Happy New Year to you and yours.