Back in the days when we lived in a world which was clean and unpolluted, its the change in the fragrance that symbolised change of weather.
These fragrances, hard to describe, heralded the onset of a season. The subtle shifts in temperature when we moved from winter into spring and then into summer or when we moved into winter.
The shifts, subtle yet so sensorial, we loved them.
Spring cleaning and warm clothes being given lot of airing before being packed or being put in the sun to remove the smell of nephthaline balls as preparation for winters.
All the cues of the change were out there for us to smell and to see and feel.
The symbols have changed. “Swimming pool is closed” notice on the society notice board tells us we are moving into winter. Or in March “swimming will open from…” tells us that it’s time for summer.
The clearing sales by various brands are another signal of a change. The conditioned air in offices and people complaining that it’s either too hot or too cold are signals of change.
There are no fragrances in the air or the perceptible shift in the temperature anymore. More than that, we don’t have time to feel any of that.
The day we made one screen our window to the world, is the day everything changed. Now our world is just size of the screen. The weather app tells us the weather. Posts and tweets tell us of the changes. Detailed weather charts tell us of the summer or winter or the monsoon.
Pollution has played havoc (we are to be blamed of course. Let’s not try to shift the blame anywhere else) and made the fragrances disappear. The temperatures don’t change much. Winter is just about two weeks of intense cold. Summer just doesn’t go away.
I am not going to get into the role food plays with the changes in season because that will make this post never ending, given the foodie I am 🙂
So here is to the onset of winter – swimming pool is closed.