Dark and Stormy

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{Just before the rains in Hubli, India}

 India has five seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer, and summer. The first summer which typically occurs from April to May, is characterized by blistering hot, dry heat. It’s common for the temperature to hover around 110+ degrees, and if you leave a pot of water on your counter in your kitchen – it will evaporate in a day.

Now we have graduated to the second summer, or rather “swamper”. Hot and wet summer days and nights have you sweating the moment you walk out the door. The idea of putting on make-up or sunscreen can seem just plain pointless, and being at the office suddenly feels luxurious because of the intense central air and temperature control. And just when you think you can’t take it anymore, dark and stormy clouds lean over and flood the streets. After the rains is the best time in Delhi – where the streets are cool and the air is clean. The perfect time for an evening walk to places you may not have seen in months.

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