Oh summer, thou art fabulous!

Published: June 25, 2012

With the scorching heat and indefinite amounts of loadshedding hours, summer is not exactly the best of seasons here in Pakistan. 

However, there is always a silver lining and in spite of such gruesome circumstances, there are always reasons to shun away the cynicism that the three hours of loadshedding might bring.

Here are just a few of them.

The musical treats by “Coke Studio”

No matter what the naysayers might say, “Coke Studio” is and will remain one of the best things to have ever happened to the Pakistani music industry. Never in the history of Pakistani music have people followed folk and qawali with such fervour as “Coke Studio” has made them do. Every summer, Rohail Hyatt brings you the best of present and upcoming music in Pakistan. Unconventional duets, out of the box compositions and mash-ups of the best of cultural music with a hint of modern music is what has made “Coke Studio” the phenomenon it has become today amongst the youth.

“Coke Studio” is in its fifth year of production, and releases a series of five episodes every summer leaving its fans wanting for more. What better way is there to kill time and combat the heat than to indulge in some lyrical brilliance? After all, where else can you enjoy Meesha Shafi and Atif Aslam without paying a fee for a ticket?

Tahir Mithu. PHOTO: KOHI MARRI

The succulent splurge of fruit

Summer fruit; they are healthy and delicious.

How many of us can say the same about the carbohydrate filled junk we love to devour all year long?

We, fortunately have the best of summer fruit available to us – a blessing many regions of the world can’t boast of. A slice of melon, a glass of mango milkshake or a box of cherries is all you need to cope with the heat or to quench that unsettling thirst.

Summer marks the arrival of some of the most delicious fruit of the year. Water melons, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, leaches, pineapples, and the king of all fruits – mangoes. The variety of fruit available is innumerable. So ditch those toasts, eggs and parathas you gallop down every morning and replace them with a slice of mango, some cherries and freshly squeezed melon juice and you will notice the difference yourself!

A time to go on holiday

For those of us who are still studying, the summer time has vacation stamped all over it. After a gruelling season of assignments, quizzes and mid-term exams, summer always comes as a welcome relief. It provides one with a much needed break.

So, instead of wasting your days simply lounging around in your pyjamas, go for a splash! Make the best of this free time at hand; pick up a new hobby, travel, read and just enjoy life.

Pakistani youths cool off near floating trash in a polluted canal during a hot day in Rawalpindi May 11, 2012. Heat-wave conditions in Pakistan brought a high of 41 degrees celsius in some parts of the country. PHOTO: AFP

The endless list of summer blockbusters

The summer of 2008 gave us The Dark Knight to our eager pleasure. I can safely assume that I am speaking for the most of us when I say that we will never forget the antics of late Heath Ledger as Joker and Christian Bale’s intoxicating persona as Batman in the movie.

Hollywood’s summer releases always contain some of the most anticipated sequels and action-packed movies of the year. This year’s lineup is equally drool-worthy.

Our favourite, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) stared in a role so interesting that will have the biggest of Twilight haters want to go to cinema to catch The Snow White and the Huntsman.

Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spiderman looks equally promising. And which sane movie buff on earth is not waiting for The Dark Knight Rises to release?

So, I say don’t go for the cheap buzz killing cinema print DVD’s and enjoy all the Hollywood’s best on the big screen; there’s nothing like a evening spent experiencing a paisa-vasool (money’s worth) film at a multiplex.

So, after all these fabulous perks of the Summer, I can safely say that the summer time is ‘the most wonderful time of the year!’

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI, PUBLICITY, REUTERS, AFP

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Usama Humayun

A student of Chemical Engineering at NUST, who writes on topics ranging from fashion, film and music to social issues and current affairs. He Tweets @Usama_Hamayun

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/430/faraz-talat/ Faraz Talat

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  • Sarah

    Very well written Usama Humayoun! A refreshing post after a very long time :) Keep up the good work!!Recommend

  • Parvez

    It also helps if you have a positive, cheery mindset willing to block out all the other depressing stuff happening.Recommend

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    And for women a chance to wear awesome lawn shalwar kameezes :-)!Recommend

  • Sara

    It’s great. You can also roam around completely naked at home with all the heat and loadshedding!Recommend

  • Hira

    You had me at the mangoes.Recommend

  • Offended

    you have offended most of us with three hours of loadshedding. We have 12 hours on good days. Sorry couldn’t get past that line.Recommend

  • Sanaa

    And the point of this was…?Recommend

  • Blind folded

    @sanaa: what do you mean ‘the point was?’
    this is a blog lady, ever heard of it? :p lool you can write about whatever you want.
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    @Sanaa:
    Being positive and having things in life to focus on other than politics :)

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