And it is upon us - almost overnight- the temperatures are soaring, 33C this week, the sun is unfurling from its winter slumber and India celebrates the season of colours. With that of course the inevitable appearance of the mozzie brigade and more dust as the absence of water will last a lot longer.
So it is quite miraculous I find that at this time nature is at its best. The Indian silk cotton trees are all flowering in hues of coral, the amalthas are vibrantly yellow and the flowers in the garden have this in your face if transient quality to them. Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated today the 8th but already from a few days ago I saw school children with paint all over them.
I attended a lovely event organised by Dilli Saaga which is an initiative of Global Adjustments and AGS Four Winds where the history of Holi was explained. Look out for their future programmes bringing the traditions and the mysteries of India to us. We were offered the wonderfully refreshing Thandai drink made from milk, cardamons and ginger ( but not with Bangh ( Hash) which is a great favourite at this time of year ) and delicious platefuls of Chaat, the snack par excellence.
HAPPY HOLI HAI