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Go outdoors and get under the sun

Usual snuggle-up-with-a-quilt-and-a-book routine getting to you? This January ditch both, dress warm and head to the great outdoors to live it up.

brunch Updated: Jan 28, 2012 18:40 IST
Prachi Raturi Misra
Prachi Raturi Misra
Hindustan Times

Now that you’ve had time enough to feel like an icicle this winter, it’s time to slip into those walking shoes, plan family picnics, catch up with old friends over lunches that stretch to evening coffees or simply sit back with a book and soak the comforting winter sun.

This is the time to thaw so let us help you out.

PicnicBrunch Up (you knew this was coming!)

Brunch is perfect if you wake up feeling like you need to go through the day at your own pace. Rustle up some tasty grub, let the wine do its magic and don’t forget dessert. That and great company.

Don’t stress over the menu. Rustle up stuff you will enjoy making. Fruit bowls, eggs, sausages are simple and tasty options. Don’t forget the sangrias!

If you hate cooking, consider hosting a potluck brunch (you could just arrange the drinks!).Don’t invite more guests than you can handle. A brunch is a lazy, languorous affair, not a noisy party.

Get adventurous

This is the time of the year when your energy levels peak, the sky is good and the weather is clear so rough it out, we say!

climbingIf you like mixing adventure with some learning, how about cycling? Anusha Subramanian, an adventure enthusiast and regular trekker counts cycling as one of her favourite winter activities.

“Some days it does get hot but now even at noon you have cool breeze so you get less tired.”

You could also consider rock climbing. Most cities have artificial walls to help you practice your skills.

If, however, you’d rather be on real rocks, look for a rock climbing club in your city. Dhauj (Haryana) and Ramanagram (Bengaluru) are great options.

Heritage walks
Tucked away inside the city you live in is a hidden city: from sampling gastronomic delights to discovering a structure you always drove past and wondered what it must have looked like ages back, there’s a lot you can discover.

Himanshu Verma’s Flower Walks that take you through the flower markets of Delhi are pretty popular.

Brunch recommends
Delhi: 14 Historic Walks by Swapna Liddle (Tranquebar Press) and the forthcoming Mind the Gap: Walking Delhi with the Metro by Wilson John (Amaryllis Publishing House).

sangriaAvian Adventures

Hook up with the birdbrains (sorry, couldn’t resist!) in your neighbourhood and go feather-spotting in the wild!Pack a Picnic

Who says grown-ups can’t picnic?

If you miss the feel of soft grass under your head, the blue sky above and the impromptu Frisbee matches of your childhood, this is the best way to relive them. Choose a quiet place to relax, listen to music or read. Have kids? A visit to the zoo, bird sanctuary or an amusement park should do the trick.

Finger food works best. Think sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, cold roast chicken, boiled eggs and candy. Remember, picnics are meant to be stress free, so simple works best.

Slip bottles of water inside the freezer, then pack them inside the picnic cooler. They’ll keep foods fresh as they thaw.


To keep things festive

and colourful, carry soft quilts and blankets for lunch in the shade. Make sure they’re cosy enough for the post-lunch siesta.

A Kindle is a great device to bring with you if you plan to have a quiet read but don’t want to lug around tomes.

Smartphone users, carry an extra battery pack with you. Those suckers don’t even last a day.

Noyonika Chatterjee, model
“I sit out a lot in the garden and love to go for morning walks in winters. My husband and I often take our daughter to Hauz Khas or Lodhi Gardens for picnics.I enjoy winters in a simple and sweet way.”

Mohnish Behl, actor
“Since Mumbai has no winter I love going to colder places like Leh, Ladakh and Rohtang Pass. I once went skiing in winter and really, really enjoyed it!”

Prahlad Kakkar, ad guru
“I enjoy deep sea diving in Lakshadweep as it is cold there and underwater diving in warm water feels great. Some people like having sex in winter to make it all warm and cosy. Opt to make out in the open and enjoy the fun of constantly checking to ensure no one is watching you.”

From HT Brunch, January 29

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First Published: Jan 28, 2012 14:24 IST