|A Maine winter...|
Some people may be surprised that India experiences winter. North of us is Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, both of these states get snow, but they are both mountainous regions. Here in Punjab, we are living in the plains, so we never get snow. Yes, I said it..a winter with no snow...sad, I know! So, what is our winter weather?
I have already posted about the summer here, and the summer for me is always an endurance test. But, most people here, find the cold months as hard to bear, as I find the hot months. People always ask me "Don't you feel cold?" My answer is always, "Sometimes, but I like to feel cold!"
|A pleasant October day|
|Visiting in a village...warming up village style! Villages get colder than we do here in the city, because they are an open area.|
|Waiting for the train to Delhi on a cool morning in December|
Some interesting things to note...our houses here have no heating system, and are not sealed. So, whatever the outside temperature is, the inside temperature is not much higher. Also, our house is brick, cement and tile, so when it is chilly and damp, it gets very chilly and damp in the house. Many others live in much less substantial shelter than we do, so they are even more affected by the cold. We wear the same amount of clothes indoors, as we do outdoors, and it is very difficult to get clothes to dry.
Thankfully, this type of weather only lasts about a month, and then by February the temperature will start creeping up again.
The children have only seen snow a couple of times in their lives, and are hoping to someday visit the US in December and January, so they can experience a "real Maine winter"!!!