The Face of Hell is White

Aiyyooo, my creaky old bones can’t take this cold.

It’s a cold hell in the Northeast parts of America today.

There’s a thick White carpet of snow outside.

Heavy Snow in Northeast USAWhite Carpet in Upper Manhattan
(Pix Courtesy: NYT)

Life Halts

Most activity has come to a standstill.

Where I live it’s 14°F (i.e. -10°C) outside.

If you take into account the wind chill, it feels like  -4°F (i.e. -20°C).

Snow all over the ground, several inches of it.

Right now the snow is in powder form but slowly turning into ice. A bad situation turning worse! 🙁

Tens of thousands of people in the Northeast have lost power.

Schools, courts, post offices and county government offices are closed.

Highways are deserted.

How I long for the summer heat of Chennai, body and clothes drenched in sweat and smelling like, well, an Indian. 😉


8 Responses to "The Face of Hell is White"

  1. msveda   January 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I am in Chennai Today.

    Better Climate during this month of year. Responds:

    Horrible outside.

    Before America went bankrupt (i.e. before the tax breaks to the corporations, the stupid wars in Iraq, squandering billions on NSA etc), they used to plow the snow off the streets promptly. Now the back-roads and side streets are often a mess.

    Oh well, I will pour myself a large glass of Soju.

  2. Naveen   January 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    It looks like Chicago is going to be among the worst hit with temperatures lower than -40F with wind chill.

    The poor souls should have declined Yashraj permit to shoot Dhoom 3 in that beautiful city.

    Lucky escape! (until the tornado season) 🙂 Responds:

    1. After > 25 years in Chicago, my friends moved to FL.

    It’s getting better here – Just 36F right now….the snow is also starting to melt.

    2. Media reports from Mera Bharat Mahaan say Dhoom 3 has turned out to be a big hit.

    Could you please let me know the theaters closest to you.

    BTW, Deepika on home page of Wiki.

  3. rvasam   January 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Dear SI, Stay safe and warm !!

    I think warmer temps will start showing up by next Thursday…. Responds:

    It ain’t all that bad now…snow on the ground is melting outside!

  4. MadAtBollywood   January 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    While your guys’ behind is freezing, we are having a good time in 80 degrees here in California, playing outdoor sports and enjoying other recreational activities outdoor ;-).

    Why don’t you move here and spend your “last days” in good weather?! Responds:

    You write: Why don’t you move here and spend your “last days” in good weather?!

    When the much anticipated next big earthquake hits you, I’ll be hobbling but still be able to lead the dirge team mourning you! 😉

    • MadAtBollywood   January 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Yup sweetie ;-).

      We’ve been waiting for the big one since 1994.

      I would still want to live here and take a jolt or two once in two decades than to subject myself to 4 – 5 months of severe cold, depression, and not being able to go outside much during those months.

      But u stay warm and safe dear 🙂

      Have u watched The Lunchbox starring Irrfan and Nawazuddin? It’s a really nice movie. Responds:

      1. I went out for just a few minutes without gloves to get the mail and it was hell! 🙁

      2. Lunchbox, No!

      Where I live, we get only the SRK, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salmam Khan junk.

  5. Madmax673   January 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

    It’s bitter and depressingly cold here.

    Schools are all closed today. Responds:

    Terribly cold here too. 🙁

    With the wind chill, it’s -8F here (-22 C) right now.

    I went out to get a cup of Mocca (with Extra caffeine) from Wawa this morning and I barely returned alive.

    All schools closed but library is still open.

    • Madmax673   January 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Someone chose the wrong time.

      I thought last winter was weird.

      Expected this winter to be wild. Around the same time last year it was upper 50s-mid 60s.

      I remember walking out with just a fall jacket. Responds:

      Isn’t doing time same as being out in the cold in a metaphorical sense? 😉

      Or is it the other way around?

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