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Flowery trail

I follow my nose to tell the climate. In summer, I smell jasmine (malli) flowers and Rangoon creeper (which blooms in white and turns a deep pink by morning). In the rainy season, it is the Indian cork (maramalli) that I sniff at, and in winter (what passes for the season in Chennai), it is pavazhamalli (parijatham). And throughout the year, it is the champa (frangipani). We have a few

Just beat it

Everybody is talking about it. Switch on the TV, there is somebody advising you on how to face the hot summer months; switch on the radio and there is yet another person telling you how to stay cool in the torrid heat. Open the newspaper and there are columns written on how to beat the heat. WhatsApp also offers tips to maintain body temperature. And mark, these are not experts