Cityscape All you winter-haters should stop cribbing about wintry nights. It’s time you celebrated the warmth of the moment, for winter will not last forever

It’s harder to get out of bed these days and when you do, your mood resembles the landscape you see — cold, dark, and nasty. It is the seasonal slump that engulfs the local population during this time of the year.

The feeling is almost commonplace. You’re more tired these days, maybe anxious or moody. Cocooning with some book in hand and a bowlful of crunchies to munch, you happily surrender to the ‘I-can’t-wait-for-winter-to-end’ feeling that, many complain, generates sluggishness.

It is the seasonal affective disorder, aptly acronymed SAD that is pushing a major chunk of the otherwise energetic souls into seasonal doldrums.

“With the SAD-induced doldrums, it’s in the norm to gain weight in the winter. I tend to overeat accumulating extra flab that takes its own sweet time to melt and disappear,” says Anusha P., a B. Tech first year student.

The city simmers like a cauldron for most part of the year and yet people here don’t seem to miss the winter charm.

A very small section rejoicing the onset of the ‘very moderate’ winter is finally smiling. Summer heat is waning fast and nights are growing cold at last.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth. Sitting and talking beside the fire is what I miss the most in this mild wintry weather. Back home in Jammu, I love to watch snow embrace the trees and fields as if kissing them gently. The white quilt stays till summer comes again,” says Anju Barwal.

She talks excitedly about how cold wind blows making the trees rustle like living things.

“It’s a joy to wake up to a winter morning. In my hometown, I love to gaze at the feathery frost on the windowpane. It brings a smile on my face. I tell myself that finally it is cold enough to wear long coats and tights…cold enough for scarves and shirts worn in layers.

I love this time of the year. The cold is such a relief,” gushes Ambika Razdan.

The harried lot have the option to look at the brighter side of the colder days and revel in the warmth of winter chill.

P. Sujatha Varma