7 am and it burns! Living in Dubai can be a weird experience. The infamous UAE summer is around the corner (to me it seems like we are smack in the middle of it) and the city is burning up. I’m used to tropical heat, but the desert brings its own formidable meaning to the word ‘hot’. Every surface seems to radiate heat, at 7 am, the sun is mercilessly blinding. In addition, the wind rakes up this sick smell of farm animals… Camels and Horses. Hey, now, I didn’t mean to come out all racist-like. But hell, it does smell like that. It doesn’t help when you hear “Oh this is nothing honey, wait till the ‘real’ summer!’, “That’s why we leave the country in summer”, “You can fry eggs on the street” Oh great! That’s just the fun I need in life, frying eggs on hoods of escalades. The subtle changes are already there: a look of murderous irritation in people’s eyes, an ever present thin film of sweat on Pratheesh’s arms and forehead, my shiny nose in arduous competition with Rudolph and the thirst… Oh the thirst! It feels like the sun just slips a straw in your head and sucks all the liquid out (Yeah like in that advertisement). Even the alley cats are riding low on the patience train. They spit and hiss and have a look in their eyes that’s just crazed if not possessed. Why am I griping? Coz we’re stuck all day in Air-Conditioned offices and when we step out for some fresh air, it’s like you are breathing water. Humidity is right up there in my list of woes, right next to World War III and bad hair days. One good thing to look forward to is the weekends where I will get to hang out with the guys. GA (Soon to be GS) has left Dubai and we are praying that everything works out for her. Looks like the whole ‘girls night out’ is still a big question mark in my future (as was in the past). The culinary virgin that I am, fate has decided ‘It’s about time’. In simpler terms, I’ve got to cook. Thomas, don’t make me come there and smack that silly smile off your face. Well, I’ve decided not to back down this time. Who won’t when you have two willing lab rats (Love them to pieces though!) Also, I’m pondering about writing a story…in parts you know, like publishing one small chapter at a time… Let me know what you think.