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Angels are unthinkable/in hot weather," begins a Monica Youn poem. We know. We feel the heat so intensely that we spend the first quarter of every new year feverishly planning trips that will take us away to places where we can laugh at locals complaining about the heat, like Europe, or Bangalore.

In his essay for this issue (pages 10-11), novelist and Lounge columnist Tabish Khair suspects (quite correctly, I’m afraid) that “the Great Indian Summer gets split into two extremes in our big cities: the cold and dark of enclosed air-conditioned spaces, and the shadeless glare and heat of asphalt, denuded parks and sidewalks outside".

In short: The weather as a topic for complaint has exhausted itself. So take a moment to contemplate the wonders of a snowy mountain summer (pages 14-15), or beautiful, quirky hats (page 7). You’ll find some suggestions for the best use of your well-earned downtime, but we also know you are ready to move into fangirl mode, squealing at the oncoming train that is Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie (page 17). While you are training to keep awake, fingers crossed for Serena Williams at the European Grand Slams, we thought you should have the lowdown on what playing tennis in India is like (pages 12-13). Each story carries a stamp: We categorized them as “Mind", “Matter" or “Soul" as broad indications of which buttons each one will press.

It’s time to shoo the pigeons out of the air-conditioning vents, and time to worry about this year’s mango crop. It’s time to picnic with the ghosts of emperors in Delhi’s stepwells; time for the benign neglect of your children so that they can get in some dreaming of their own. “Angels are unthinkable/in hot weather," as that Youn poem goes, “except in some tropical locales."

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