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ShaikhSpear Diaries: The Pleasure Of Sleeping Under A Heavy Quilt

9:00 am, 12-Feb-2019, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India:

The body clock is such a simple yet effective thing. This morning, my eyes opened at the regular time that I wake up in Pune. The cold however, didn’t let me get out of bed and start getting active as I would have in Pune.

It was almost 8:30 pm by the time we reached Shimla yesterday, and as the sky was clear, the temperature was lower than it would have been on a cloudy night. It was tolerable for me however, and after a yummy dinner comprising Daal, Makki Ki Roti, and Sarso Ka Saag, it was time to get into bed. I had a long day already so I was more than eager to snuggle into bed.

The bed – covered in a thin woollen bedsheet, and a blanket and thick quilt to cover. Aaaahhh… I can’t explain the satisfying feeling one gets when there is a blanket and a 5-6 kg quilt on your body. And the kind of peaceful sleep one gets in the warmth of such an arrangement literally forces the body to continue enjoying the comfort.

A lot of people ask me why I cover myself with a blanket all year round in Pune. Well, until there is something heavy on my body, I really can’t get a good night’s sleep. I use the fan and cooler to regulate the temperature around me in summers, but the blanket is always present.

I finally managed to get out of bed at 7:40 am and carrying out the morning routine ablutions was tougher considering the cold, finger numbing water. The hot water geyser came to my rescue and I indulged in a much needed hot water bath session to relax the body and drive away the accumulated tiredness from the travel yesterday.

We are headed out for some personal work for the day and will also meet up with our latest team member Sanjay Mehta to see if we can possibly visit some nearby places to carry out some winter activities.

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