Endless Summers

Pictures : Gopal MS

 

[Enter, summer] 

It's the time when even your most trusted pair of jeans go from being comfortable to unbearable. Three cups of strong, hot morning filter coffee, reduced to one. A routine daily shower increased to two, sometimes three. Despite the heat, the power cuts, the early morning pillow-sweat, the evening heat rising from the ground, and the low rusty swish-and-hum of ceiling fans everywhere, summer brings back a ton of happy memories— long train rides and short cotton shorts; lazy afternoons spent with a book and the urgency of a marble-pop glass-bottle lemon-soda; nights filled with laughter and board games, and gallons of sweet, mellow coconut water.

This is the nostalgia we've tried to seep into your heat-weary eyes, as you stare into yet another screen. Take a dip into all the visuals— art and photos that this summer-vacation issue is steeped with, and let the nostalgia hit. 

Our cover story, by Gopal MS, flâneur extraordinaire.


Summers come and go, but these memories are forever.

Last day of school before summer holidays. Govandi, Mumbai

Last day of school before summer holidays. Govandi, Mumbai

Nothing beats, beating the heat at the nearest beach, pond, pool or well. Chowpatty, Mumbai

Nothing beats, beating the heat at the nearest beach, pond, pool or well. Chowpatty, Mumbai

Every neighbourhood has a helpful Didi. Chembur, Mumbai

Every neighbourhood has a helpful Didi. Chembur, Mumbai

The sun's heat doesn't affect kids who play cricket. Versova Beach, Mumbai

The sun's heat doesn't affect kids who play cricket. Versova Beach, Mumbai

The best way to catch a cool breeze. Girgoan, Mumbai

The best way to catch a cool breeze. Girgoan, Mumbai

Of all the summer drinks, water from an earthen pot is the tastiest. Govandi, Mumbai

Of all the summer drinks, water from an earthen pot is the tastiest. Govandi, Mumbai

The man who pockets all our pocket money in summer. Khar-Danda, Mumbai

The man who pockets all our pocket money in summer. Khar-Danda, Mumbai

Ice cream with friends. Mini Seashore, Vashi.

Ice cream with friends. Mini Seashore, Vashi.

Licking and sucking mangoes. APMC, Vashi.

Licking and sucking mangoes. APMC, Vashi.

Watching the world through a train window on the way to your native place. Darjeeling.

Watching the world through a train window on the way to your native place. Darjeeling.

 

Gopal MS is a copywriter who works for an ad agency and a blogger who documents the streets of Mumbai at MumbaiPaused

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