The Autumn Winter Joys….

I know I have been away for like a mini-while but work and social commitments and everything else got in the way!  But I am back and I realize so is Autumn –Winter! I have soooooo waited for this season to arrive; I hate and the word is HATE summers and cannot eulogize enough about the Autumn-Winter. Many who have read my blogs in past know that I always celebrate the coming of these seasons and push away the thoughts of summers into far back subconscious of my mind and make believe that they will never come back again – unrealistic I agree but I don’t want to think about unpleasant things, when good times roll! God know there will be time enough for the long, blazing unrelenting heat, where the earth is scorched and fire pours down from the heavens! Therefore on, to the good things and happy times – and in celebration, I began this game last year, where I quote my favorite autumn/winter poem, and list some of my favorite place, books, films and music, that celebrate this season with me –

Film – Fargo directed by Cohen Brother. Francis McDormand made history by playing the character of pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in trail of kidnappers and murders, set in the white snow bringing home the fact that goodness does triumph!

Music – Can there be anything better than the wonderful, rich and velvety voice of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald immortalizing the autumn, specifically in New York.

Book – I know this is may be a bit clichéd but nothing speaks Winter as brilliantly as War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It a tome of history, philosophy, politics and fiction, but it all set in the backdrop of the crystal white snows of Russia- the picture perfect postcard season that finally stops Napolean’s unstoppable march! One of my most favorite all time reads, a perfect winter book, to be read during the cold long winter nights

Thing – Tea, pots and pots of tea! Especially the “masala chai” that’s made in this part of the world, with dried cardamom, ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks and black peppercorn, all mied with black tea. The most fabulous drink for big books and cold winter nights!

Poem – I love this beautiful and a little melancholic poem by William Butler Yates; it is not the most happiest of the poems, but it is beautiful and absolutely brilliant – published in 1917.

The Wild Swans at Coole

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,
And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.

Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.

But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful;
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes when I awake some day
To find they have flown away?

So, here’s to the smell woodfire smoke, hot chocolate/chai and gathering around the fire, here’s to festivals and togetherness and merry making, here’s to holidays and long nights under warm blankets and big books!


8 thoughts on “The Autumn Winter Joys….

    1. No…I don’t think so, but I am woefully behind TV stuff because I don’t have a TV….when I want to watch something, internet is very supportive of the cause :)…I will look up Fargo the TV show asap!

  1. Ah, there you are! I was about to PM you. You’ve been much too quiet lately, even though you had good reasons. 😉

    Well, I have to say that I like summers because otherwise it’s usually rain, rain and more rain. However it’s been really dry lately, which is rather scary. I may have a new appreciation for rain when it returns.

    Try Moominvalley in November and Moominland Midwinter for some autumn books. Very cute and fun (although my favourite is Finn Family Moomintroll, by far).

    Did you know that masala chai tea is sooooooooo popular here? You can get it everywhere.

    Warm blankets and lots of reading sounds wonderful. Now I just have to find some way to make it happen. Happy beginning of autumn!

    1. Hey Cleo…I was too busy socializing! Infact I think its time to turn into a hermit again, but it ain’t happening soon as there are series of stuff planned!! Oh! Lord! Summers in Canada are way better than Summers in India and rain here just makes it more humid and eeky! So go autumn and winter! I have not read Moominvalley ever….so I am definitely looking them up! I am both supposed and glad to hear Masala Chai is popular in your part of the world…trust me its one the best drinks ever! You already have lots of reading, so just add the blanket and a hot drink to it and you will be set for the season…you are halfway there anyway with the books! Happy reading!

    1. I am soooooo not a summer person, but I do understand that it may hold an attraction for many…I guess thats what makes this earth so wonderful, it caters to all of us in all her bounty and variety!

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