Why I mourn Dussehra
Every time I jog my memory, I come up with a distorted picture of my home state, Odisha. When I try to compare my childhood memories with the present climate patterns in the state, I realise that things have completely changed. And most Odias will agree with me. Till about 25 years ago, the winters here would make a precise entry on Dussehra day, which usually falls within last week of September and second week of October. Around a week before Dussehra, my mother would take the warm clothes out of an old trunk. "Now it is late-November that we get a bit of the cold. Only a few days in December are cold enough to wear warm clothes," says my mother.