"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Climate Control

Very few houses here use air-conditioning.
In my own home, it has been removed from everywhere except the guest bedrooms.

Like most Indians, we depend on fans to keep us cool.
There are two ceiling fans in most of the bedrooms, four in my main hall (sitting room), and five on the roof terrace.
So much more comfortable than the AC’s icy blasts, which tend to leave me with aching joints and dry eyes.


Picture of fan repair shop taken in Kannur.
Picture of Indian Punka-wallah taken from the web.
Sound clip from “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” a BBC TV comedy series, set in British India during World War II.

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