Fever Bytes

Summer Drinks

Source: ayumicassini.blogspot.com

I have been down with ‘The Fever’. It is a sick thing, I tell you. People come uninvited and seat themselves comfortably on the couch. What’s more, they also send across verbal menus: orange juice, fresh stew, garlic bread. This Fever tagged along with Dad one evening. When it had had enough of him, it came calling on Mom and finally on me. It parked its butt on the rear end of the glass thermometer and did a good tugging of the mercury.

Now, I detest the lying about part that the Fever necessitates. All you feel like doing is sleeping and when you wake up, your eyes still droop. I can do no reading and certainly no writing. What is even more irritating is the problem of SHOUTING. When I was in school and in bed with a hot water bottle, people talking in the other room would seem to be shouting in my ears. Birds singing on the clothesline would be screeching on my head. Now, my problem with ‘fever sounds’ is worse. I get very irritable and the quietest of sounds jars my hot head. Very trying for the dears who are trying to nurse me. To make up for this, I try and keep myself to myself for the most part.

See, the capital is gearing up for summer. You find campaigns and billboards that advertise thanda drinks, colourful mocktails, chilled panipuri, prickly heat powder, summer dresses. In the midst of all this, all you are drinking is black kaada (which has basil leaves and a host of herbs) and whatever you are wearing is covered with a bedsheet. Even good food doesn’t lift your spirits. If that isn’t morose, what is?

So, anyway, what you can gather from this little ramble is:

A, heed my humble advice. Avoid the sun in the afternoons/avoid thanda paani straight after you get inside/cut down on the ice cubes/stay away from running noses and coughing throats.

(But then again, did someone not say it is Healthy to get Seasonal Flu? Does wonders for the immune system. So you can conveniently forget whatever I said. Few things compare to the joy of refrigerated water on a hot, hot afternoon. :P)

B, and this is important, amazing smells are coming out from the kitchen. I am up and about and feeling quite hungry. That should speak for ‘The Fever’. It has been finally shown the door.


40 thoughts on “Fever Bytes

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  2. I read this quite late…well very late…so I am sure you are now as healthy as wild horse πŸ™‚

    Flu is also an epidemic in my city right now, every one seems to be having it. I had my period last week…but flu is never a big thing for me, I rarely have fever or headache…only running nose.

  3. Did I tell you that your posts are a complete package with their usual dose of humour, wit and interesting narrative? πŸ™‚ Loved this line – It parked its butt on the rear end of the glass thermometer and did a good tugging of the mercury. πŸ˜€

    I hated fever because when I’d be down with it, I’d be forced to eat rotis all the time (to the great pleasure of my sister) and I being a rice-loving person I need to have rice in my lunch πŸ˜€ It was like torture!

    Good to know that the fever has been shown the door. Keep well, Debo. πŸ™‚

    • Did I tell you that a good dose of compliments always works when you are ill? πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Ajay. πŸ™‚

      Ditto about the rotis! Even I am a rice person and for Bengalis, it is sacrilege to not have rice meals twice a day. But even I have been subjected to rotis owing to the fever and it isn’t one bit of fun.

      I hope to get back to rice and all things thanda very soon. πŸ˜€

  4. Hey glad to know that you are better … and I absolutely hate these seasonal fever that comes with the onset of new season….oh..light chicken pepper soup works for me everytime in fever…get well soon

    • Light chicken pepper soup sounds lovely Sukanya. Even though I am much better now, I must try that one out… been ages since I had good soup. Thank you dear. πŸ˜€

  5. I hope you are doing fine now Debs.. and yes summer is here finally the last two days have been WARM and SUNNY πŸ™‚ finally the lounging in the garden the bar-b=ques and Thandi beer yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy πŸ™‚

    Take care

    • Great to know summer has arrived there too. Have a good time with the lounging and the thandi beers. I will have to refrain from all things cold for a bit. But only for a bit. πŸ™‚
      Thanks Bikram! πŸ™‚

  6. I hope you are feeling better by and the aroma from the kitchen should help you kick the fever out soon πŸ˜€
    The changing weather is very deceptive and we sure need to control the temptation to gorge on chilled foods atleast for a while πŸ™‚
    Get well soon Deb

    • Exactly, lovely foods and aromas work best when you need to dispel illness. πŸ˜‰
      I have learnt the hard way… will keep away from chilled foods until the throat clears up. Thanks ME. πŸ™‚

  7. Get well soon Debo :). Its only when we have fever that the craving for all things desirable begin. I used to be horrified after the steam therapy. I hope no one forces you to do that!

    • I know Dhanesh, it is such a sad irony of life. Sigh.
      Oh God, the steam therapy is horrible! I haven’t been subjected to it so far this time as the cough isn’t all that bad. I hope God keeps me safely away from the same. πŸ˜€

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