One of the most difficult times of the year for me is summer time. It used to be when I was growing up everyone from my village used to come to my city for keeping cool in summer. I remember the evening baths with semi-hot water running from the taps, the white pleated frocks, the summer bob cuts--it was a big deal of course. Ladies wore white cotton sarees with light starch to keep themselves cool. Jasmines were in full bloom. Men usually wore loose white pants with cotton half-sleeve shirts. And then there was lemonade, watermelon, cantaloupe, ice cream, cold tamarind juice, and butter milk. We hardly ever drank cold water from the refrigerators. There were new mud pots bought and filled with water. Guavas were our favorite fruit for summer. Mangoes of all kinds were brought in baskets. Mango juice was served with every meal.Evenings were filled with excitement of making cotton beds upstairs on the terrace under the moon light with lots of water sprinkled over the bed sheets to keep us cool.
Every effort was made to keep ourselves cool with as many natural products as possible.
There are several reasons for us to feel the heat as we do now, so fierce and tiresome. Air conditioners, intake of sugar and starchy products, intake of fatty products, wearing synthetic materials such as nylons, polyester, spandex, silks etc., drinking less water, lack of exercise, stress, pollution, and lack of nutritious foods, among other things.
There are several ways to enjoy our summers without getting sick and escape the scorching heat:
Air conditioners: During summer people tend to decrease the temperature settings on the air conditioners in hope of keeping themselves cool. As a matter of fact this very act results in discomfort and summer colds that very many people suffer from. When the temperature on the a/c is kept at a low setting, our bodies get used to it and when we get out of the cool rooms or cars because of the fluctuations in temperature, our bodies tend to react differently. We confuse our own bodies as to how they should react to outside heat. This leads to decreased immune systems and summer colds.