By: Madhur Prashant, Humber Student & International Centre Student Ambassador
has lately experienced a variety of weather conditions.
Thundering heavy clouds darkened its skies as the city soaked
within a day a month-full of downpour. Equally raging was summer that saw it
steaming and sweating wrapped in a hot blanket. Such weather conditions are,
according to locals, rare here.
the deluge and heat wave, and with due respect to winters, I did not once long
to live a winter day. Having experienced winters more than once, I can safely
call them ruthless, and not just cold. And since I am in the midst of a
recurring heat wave and cool showers, I can safely talk about my winter
Weather here changes more frequently than my moods and I am
not sure if it will still be warm by the time I finish writing this!
You know, it’s the kind of cold that silences even the birds .
Every exposed part of our body freezes and eventually stops reacting anymore to
any further fall in temperature. The entire face with its gleaming smile, sparkling eyes and
chattering mouth, stiffens and refuses to gleam, sparkle and move.
appear weightier in their winter gear- with many layers of clothes, heavy long
jackets, fur coats and hats, thick gloves, and bulky boots.
Fresh, white snow takes shape of the things it falls upon.
White rooftops, white roads, white trees and white everything, the world
suddenly becomes brighter, if not colourful!
How is winter ruthless? Here’s how…
Many of us are stuck to our electronic devices, like flies on sugar,
when walking on road or when dining on a date during warmer days. This scene changes drastically
during winters. Our use of electronic devices reduces significantly when
outdoors. Reasons can be many.
screen phones respond to stylus, which comes with a few
phones, and to our fingers in the case of others. Screens usually do not recognize the touch of
woolen-covered fingers. And, it is a terrible idea to text with exposed
fingers, even if for a few seconds. Not only will those (fingers) freeze and
hurt to the point of being numb; your text will end up speaking Greek and
- Many electronic devices require utmost focus which, during
this time, is needed more for balancing oneself on icy road, and navigating
through howling winds and flurries
- Seeing through fur/woolens covering half your face is not
easy and so, devices remain generally inside.
remember, one Fall I was walking home biting into tiny brownies when the chill
froze my greedy, bare fingers and stopped me from eating anymore. My fingers
turned stiff and refused to move, lift and hold. I was forced to wait until I
reached home to finally get back to eating. That day I rebelled and finished
six soft and creamy brownies!
and potential students, please note. This is not meant to scare you
into changing your plans. Winters can be troublesome only when
they do not get the required respect. If you are layered adequately and prepared as winter
sets in, there is less to fear! Everything, including local public transport,
offices, schools and shops are well-heated. You might even end up sweating in
your winter gear!
You must research on ways and tricks to befriend winters. It
is altogether a different season, and one can never get used to it. But, we can
learn to create laughter, color and warmth around us even in severe, biting
By Madhur Prashant