Summer Sandstorms in Jaipur: Photo A Day - Season

Day 17 of "May Photo A Day Challenge" : Season

What can I say about the summers of Jaipur? They are extremely hot and extremely dry (just the kind I like!)... with regular sandstorms (the kind I don't like!) that cover everything in your house with a thin layer of dust and make your neighborhood look like this...

Summer Sandstorms in Jaipur

Despite the fact that you have to spend so much more time in cleaning the house, and that you get severely sun-burnt if you step out of the house, during afternoon, wearing short sleeves, there's still a lot of fun to be had in Jaipur summers.

You can satisfy your mango mania, without worrying about pimples and acnes. You can skip cooked meals and just fill your tummy with watermelons and cucumbers and litchis (WOW!).

You can replace hot tea and coffee with so many different varieties of summer coolers and shakes!

Summer Coolers

Enjoy a glass of chilled homemade lassi (recipe here) with breakfast, or make a mint raita for lunch.

Have freshly made aam panna / mango mint cooler (recipe here) for a mid-day snack, and keep a jug of iced lemonade or lemon tea in your fridge, for when you return from your evening walk.

When my sister and I were kids, we used to love having Rasna and Roohafza in summers. Another of my personal favorites was the khus sharbat, while my sister was more crazy about cold coffee. (She used to have cold coffee in a huge beer mug! LOL!)

So what's your favorite drink for summers?

And do you see such summer sandstorms/duststorms where you live?

This is my 17th post for 2013 May Photo A Day Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "Photo A Day - Mailbox"

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Afshan said...

such a bful post. I love Raita and cold coffee too . Not a large one but medium glass ;) Had experienced sand storms in Gurgaon last summer. They were horrible :) !

Hav a hot + cool day
Loved ur apt representation in pics

Shilpa Garg said...

I can do with Aam Paana and Lemonade right now! It is sooooo HOT right now! :|

Smita said...

No we don't have dust storms and there are times when I miss them. Having stayed in North for the better part of my life they were a very imp part of ma life :(

U know few mins back I was thinking if only I can have a glass of nimbu pani which was sweet enough but had no calories :(

Meena said...

Hv bever had Khus sharbat! I

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Afshan! Those sandstorms were on the day we had rains here... remember when your Bangalore rain came to Jaipur. And all these summer coolers... I made them all today except the lassi! :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Shilpa - Come over. Made this aam panna to go with dinner tonight... lots of it there! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Smita, nimbu is anyway negative calorie food yaar... add some honey to the lemonade instead of sugar... will be sweet, yet no calories! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Arre Meena... you must try! If you make it just right (neither too sweet, nor too less)... it tastes like jaanat! Seriously! I haven't tasted jannat, but that's the adjective that comes to my mind every time I have khus sharbat or khus flavored slush.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried Aam Panna yet. Must try it someday. :)

Rainbow Hues said...

I loved the post...I am too familiar with the sand storms we got in Gurgaon...and I DON't miss them :)

I'd like Khus Sharbat too :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@Jyothi - Yes, please do. I have linked to my recipe for it from this post. You can check it out too.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahahaha, Kajal I'm sure I won't miss them either if I ever moved out of Jaipur. Have you ever tried khus flavored slush?

Shail Mohan said...

Wow, quite a tempting array of summer treats! :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahahaha! Shail, anything for the blog! :P
Welcome back btw :D

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