Winter, where art thou?

At least two of my contacts’ status messages yesterday on Facebook were relating to the cold weather. These friends were obviously based outside of Pakistan, but I couldn’t help feeling a bit jealous all the same. Karachi’s winters are well known to arrive late and leave early, but after last year’s experience, when temperatures sometimes went down into single figures*, even well into late January and early February, I some how, for whatever naive reason, expected the winter to arrive on time this year.

Yet here we are now, barely days from December, still sitting in office with the split turned on. Admittedly, it has been really arid off late, and does get some what chilly in the evenings and at early dawn, but the days are still distinctly warm with the mercury steadily keeping up in the 30s (the forecasts on my Google home page today read: Monday: Clear; 33 | 17, Tuesday: Clear; 33 | 17, Wednesday: Mostly Sunny; 32 | 19).

My sister insists that the real test if winter has arrived, is not when the temperature readings go beyond a certain point, or when you start wearing woolen articles of clothing, but when it is so cold in the morning, you don’t want to get out of bed and the regular dose of morning chai becomes twice as sought after. It is true that the above may be true for some people all year round, but clearly, even by regular standards, winter is yet to grace Karachi.

Of course, for some other skeptics Karachi has only one season, that being warm. Devoid of the regular four seasons the rest of the world has, this ‘warm’ season, such people argue, has its degrees. Spring is akin to just warm, summer to very, very warm, autumn to mildly warm and winter to not warm. But being the avid winter fan that I am (it is by far my favorite season of the year) I of course dismiss such theories. Here’s hoping the winter season drops by soon, in the words of Viraj Bhanshaly

This Winter came so late,
It hasn’t even come,
The warmth still remains,
From late Autumn,
At thirteen it stays,
No frost, wind or coldness,
No shrill in the voices of men,
As they stare into the oncoming snow,
The breeze and quality ice,
Nothing… nothing at all…

It doesn’t feel like Winter,
It feels like Late Winter,
That the control panel,
For Winter has been overridden,
Taken over, not knowing when,
How, or even why to start,
Journal burnt in Autumn,
Crisp, warm weather,
Nothing remains,
No snow walks, evenings by the fire,
Staying away from the cold,
So warm…

Please, Late Winter,
Arrive, we’re waiting,
So real Winter can begin,
At full speed, steaming ahead,
Faster than the world can take it,
Late Winter… arrive…

See also:Previous posts welcoming the winter: 2005, 2006

*All temperatures in this post are in degrees Celsius

13 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    ah ! we are expecting some rain in next 2-3 days at Lahore, which will boom the already running cold days.

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    We used to have good winter days back in early 80s to Mid 80 when we started wearing warm clothes in November. Now those days are gone. Sorry Zainab you were not in this world to enjoy Karachi’s Winter Days(which were dependant on Quetta). Infact Karachi doesn’t have its own weather.

    It seems Global warming took away our old good Winter season.

  3. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    i dont like winter in karachi as its a bit dry. only winter with rain is acceptable

  4. Lazzy (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    Yes ! Karachi is poor people’s city, 12 months of a year people can easily wear same kind of cloths….so enjoy it as it is….:)

  5. zafer (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    If you ask me, someone who lives in the cooler parts to north america, I’d rather have the karachi weather all year long instead of enduring bone chilling cold (-30 degrees), winds, freezing rain, and snow that lasts a good part of the year. I bet you’d ever have the same longing for cold weather, as you do now, after having spent a few years in this arctic weather. grass is always greener on the other side. So Alhamdulillah for Karachi weather.

  6. silver (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    Boooringg… controversy people controversy… add some spice… where are the comments… where is the bashing

  7. llama (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    ooooooooooh i just bought winter clothes for my daughter today! I’ll bet winter’ll hit us smack in the middle of some shadi event where we go wearing chiffon and sleeveless and then find out that its single digits w/ wind suddenly! hah! karachi weather loves to spring the unexpected…

  8. bluemax (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    @silver, isnt it obvious. As one learned person has already mentioned “We used to have good winter days back in early 80s “. What happened later, obviously MQM. They took away our city’s winter too (may be by playing their part in global warming by $@^!ing too much).

  9. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    lol @bluemax.
    @silver, this is the base post for bashing.

    MQM took every thing away. i wonder yu dont they drop bombs on gulshan iqbal and destruct it at once instead of digging each road every day?

  10. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    i think winter has got the habit of becoming late in karachi as we have the habit of goin late to offices. November is abtto end and still no WINTER.
    where art thou?

  11. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm


    Cant you guys see?? Its all those bloody Zionists! Taking away our winter is another one of their tactics to keep the Muslims down :{.

    Lets all stop drinking Coke in protest……but not Pepsi! :P.

    seriously though, people raised in Karachi esp after 1980’s cannot take the winters. If you expect temps in single digits, you should also be prepared for an influx in hospital wards.

    Not a good thing – unless ure a Doc ^ ^

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    BlueMax, MQM takes away only those things which are beneficial for them.

  13. shobz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    it’s not that bad even though i love winter. i have spent a not so warm summer in London (it rained all summer). I think the temperature is not bad at all considering what i have been through.

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