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Hot on the trail

india Updated: Jan 06, 2011 03:05 IST

What's the matter with you? You seem to be bundled up for the Arctic winter.

Yes, these are stalactites that I am talking through. I freeze up when the temperature dips below 20 degrees. This must be the defining difference between the south and the north.

Oh, we in the north have many ways in which to keep warm. One, of course, is our cuisine which consists of such heartening fare like butter chicken and incendiary chilli chicken on a good day. I don't suppose you have anything like that in your repertoire.

We do, in the form of rasam and such like. But, we are more tropical in our outlook. You can see that in the way we look at life. Very calm and easy.

I am telling you very nicely that things are much better here in the north, even though you are giving me a lot of lip. We northerners may be a bit fiery but I assure you that I am asking you to agree with me in a very cool manner.

I notice that despite the cold weather, you seem very hot tempered. I must ask you to calm down and not get so hot under the collar.

Please don't let me say anything I might regret later.

Do say: We can weather this.
Don't say: Let's keep our cool.