By afternoon, most of the busy arterial roads these days in the capital are sporting a deserted look. It's as if nobody wants to venture out in the afternoon.

The reason is obviously the rising temperatures that have already started to touch the 38 degree C mark.

Thanks to the summer heat, the roadside joints that sell ‘Jal Jeera', fruits, soda and sugarcane juice among others are doing a roaring business.

With large number of marriages and private functions lined up in the next few months, the ‘ice' sellers too are smiling these days. Surely, the time has come to prepare for a long summer.

M. SAI GOPAL