lahori summer – garmiyan

Ok I am not a summer person. I hate when it gets too hot and humid in Lahore. But I love a few things associated with Lahori summer. Like mangoes and falsa (errr.. what is falsa called in angerezi?) and oh not to mention tarbooz (watermelon). For some reason I always find it funny when I see people eating tarbooz in public :D.

When I was a chota sa bacha (little kid) going to school, garmiyon ki chuttian (summer vacations) was the best part of whole year. Chuttiyan was the only motivation that kept me going to school everyday. But then three months of freedom and befikri, visiting cousins and reading all the books from library. And the short trips to Karachi in June. Silly that Karachi always reminds me of too salty food and the huge metallic planes (pankho wale) that flew over our apartment. Anyways coming back to summer vacations, I know not everything was good, there was home work. But c’mon, it was nothing compared to waking up at 6 everyday and going to school. I think I miss those gurmiyon ki chuttiyan.

Hmm.. So tell me what makes you love Lahori summer? Chuttiyan, memories, fruits.. what??

13 Comments so far

  1. Saadu (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 4:41 am

    Same here. What nostalgic memories your article brings!
    I miss not worrying about school but working like a crazy monkey to finish off the summer H.W. during the last week.
    I also miss rain actually and that sweet smell of mud as it statrs to rain just before a hot summer day, and those first warm raindrops on the face, and the water that would accumulate on the roads in the afternoon. My mother would send me to bazaar to get samosay at dawn :P Those were the times.

  2. Pineapple (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 9:02 am

    For me, summer meant falsay. Tons and tons of falsay, and eating them even though all the elders told the kids not the eat them. and then the aam, and the ice, and the rain ofcourse. the smell before, during and after it rains is the smell i love the best. also, it was fun to make tiny boats to sail down in all those nalas that used to pop up after a good rain. funny enough i never remember how hot it gets.

    ps…i doubt falsay has an english word…can’t find em out in the west. anyone know?

  3. Farangi (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    phalsa or Falsa

    Grewia subinaequalis
    syn. Grewia asiatica

  4. Detox (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    This is what I associate with summers in Lahore:

    – Deserted roads on midday as if it was midnight
    – Hot “loo” blowing across our faces
    – Boiling water in the taps
    – Falsay,Allobukharay,Tarbooz,Aam,Rooh Afza,Milkshakes,Sikanjawei (lemonade)& Lassi.
    – Vehicles parked under whatever shades they can find (theres always a shortage of such places)
    – ACs in the cars failing to function properly
    – People trying to justify the “tinted” windows to the Police.
    – Swimming (wherever U can)
    – heat emiting from the walls n floors even in the evenings.
    – High electricity bills and ofcourse the dreaded LOADSHEDING

  5. rida (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    i miss visiting my grandparents in summer holidays :( who can forget those chuttiyan. how could you guys forget jammuns :) and thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories

  6. Saadu (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    ^^ In that case how can you forget ‘gundairyaaN’ (sugarcane to chew), ‘roe’ (sugarcane juice), bair (i dont know what bair is in english, they are a like apples but NOT apples)

  7. sheepoo (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    Cool article, and falsa is called BlueBerry in English :)
    I miss the summer siestas, when my mother would put a lock on the main ‘darwaza’ so that me and my bro could not go out in the ‘chilchilatee garmee’ :)
    Unfortunately Falsa and good Aam are not available in the West (I really pity these people!) and no one has heard of ‘bairs’
    I remember NEVER completing my summer H.W and always getting a flak for that :-D. But yes, those were the days!!!

  8. zeeshan (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    i wonder if anyone like ileechi and garma:)? i have a rural background so we used swim in a pond and then take shower under a tube well. the best feeling in the world if you know what i mean.

    if i am given a choice i would love to be a school kid again

  9. Darwaish (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    sheepoo: i think blueberry is a different fruit and only found in n. america.. not sure if thats the right word in english for falsa :)

    and yeah… summer in village is totally different.. used to be should i say.. too bad technology has ruined simplicity that once existed ..

    oh and Saadu same here.. i was the other crazy monkey if you know what i mean.. heh :P

  10. lahorimunda (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Mango Milkshake, zindabad…with crushed ice in it. The water at the bottom of the praat after the tarbooz has been eaten… heaven. Falooda near Purani Anarkali. Kachnaar te keema… I loved kachnar. It’s not found in USA…. sad. Karele te keema. Rooh Afza with tukh malangan. Something I have sort of outgrown. And sleeping on the roof when mosquitos are dead and gone. Walking on Mall Rd or just sitting on a thara there having chai after 10 pm into late late night.

  11. Balloon-o-Eight (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    Does anyone here remember Sattu ka Sharbat?

  12. marium (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    and who didn’t work like a crazy moneky here? :). we all miss our childhood. Sattu ka Sharbat is nice but I dont think there are many places where it can be found?

  13. psyched (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    kapdeyyyyy!! lawns galore! in all possible colours..white shalwaarein….my males friends have a field day with girls’ white shalwars (that they team with any colour of kameez)….somehow, no matter the material, the cost and quality – these damned white shalwars are always transparent! :/

    but im the winter type…..i’ll freeze…but winter for me anytime!

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