Winter in Kashmir

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It all gets covered with the colour of winter, the colour of dusk. Shades of grey start to dominate. Temperature starts dipping, air breeze gets cooler, people add more layers to raise their body temperatures.

It all gets covered with the colour of winter, the colour of dusk. Shades of grey start to dominate. Temperature starts dipping, air breeze gets cooler, people add more layers to raise their body temperatures.

Winter in Kashmir is a five months season but the real winter is experienced in the forty days of Chilai kalan, starting from December 21 to January 31, and if it snows in these forty days, the experiences get worst. Old aged and children are forced to sit inside as the snow in Chilai kalan freezes gets harder and becomes slippery to walk.

Going by the status of Bone and Joints hospital, after the season’s first snowfall the number of fracture cases are up by almost 30% and the figures are likely to increase further seeing the weather, they say.

Snow blanketed mountains, plains and white outlined trees especially Chinars may sound good to ears and are the usual clich?d lines used to describe the beauty of winter in Kashmir. It is beautiful to visualize as well but for its native’s winter brings a different experience. It is the worst season in the year, they say. Because of the facilities available in here, locals refer to winter as the ugliest season.

Heavy or light, the snowflakes cut the three regions, Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu, from each other.

Many of the vehicles carrying both passengers as well as goods get stranded on the Srinagar Jammu highway for days or even weeks. As Kashmir does not produce ample quality of goods for itself, it gets all essentials from Jammu, Punjab and other states of India, so the closure of the highway ceases the supply of essential as well. The blockage makes people to suffer, sometimes Kashmir falls short of even baby foods also.

As the weather was being kind for last few winters’ people this year were not prepared for a harsh winter. They did not have enough stored stuff at home. Locals well aware of these hardships used to keep dried vegetables, stored rice, good quantity of kerosene in their homes but this year’s winter was an unpleasant surprise after a long time.

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