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Do's and don'ts during cold winters in Delhi
People walking along the streets covering themselves with thick shawls, over-crowded tea stalls (serving hot garlic tea), men and women decked up with layers of clothes, and strangers gathered around a bonfire, are some common sights in the NCR region, which has been gripped with severe cold wave.

DELHI RECORDED its coldest day in the last 44 years, yesterday on January 2 2013. People are trying out different methods so as to make themselves warm. Welcome to Delhi-NCR, a city of extremes.

The capital is almost unbearable during the peak winter time and the same can be said for the summers as well. There are a number of deaths that take place in the city during such times. Most of them are poor people who do not have a house to live in. Normally, on the streets, we see such people making the best use of the paper wrappers, broken twigs and whatever combustible items comes in sight to make a bonfire to keep themselves warm. This is the best they can do to beat the winter chill, apart from wearing regular jackets, extra clothing, which still is not enough.

The cold wave does not know of any caste, creed or colour, as people from different walks of life are affected by it. People residing under proper roof might reside in their home and switch on the warm blower, but still, those blowers are not able to beat the cold, which is increasing day by day. The weather has turned out so cold that people are drinking more coffee, more soup just to keep their body warm from inside. It does not work everytime.

Basically, the food also has to be served hot, else the food turns cold in the blink of an eye. If all these things fail to keep one warm, then the final resort might be a peg (not more) of whiskey or rum within the four walls of the house and go to bed. Such weather also gives smokers and drinkers an extra reason to smoke and drink, but people should not take undue advantage of it.

For those who need to travel anytime during the day, avoid using public autos as there are more chances of feeling cold inside the three wheeler. So, it is better suited to use a bus or the Delhi metro. The closed ventilators does not allow the wind to come inside while travelling, which would provide them a comfortable ride, at least for some time. But, once your reach your destination, be prepared to encounter the gush of cold wind right on our face. Keep your mufflers and caps ready at the time.

The early morning fog has been characteristic of Delhi's morning at present. Due to this, people driving in their vehicles also needs to be careful while driving and not go full throttle, as visibility becomes very low. It increases the chances of accidents. People during such weather also need to be careful about their health, especially with cough and cold, which is common during winters.

The best tip that one can suggest to people who are not able to cope up with Delhi's cold at all - book a ticket and head over to some place within India or abroad - depending on your budget - and get rid of your woolens, blankets, and bonfire, etc.

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