I woke up in the middle of the night with goosebumps on my arms and the cause was not a nightmare but the change in weather. The cold breeze forced me to switch off the fan and cuddle in my blanket. My yet to be frozen brain cells answered my query...winter is approaching...Brr I planned my day for winter preparations. Rummaged through my closet to bring forward my winter clothes and packed the summer clothes back. Sweaters were pulled out. But wait a minute; a rather absurd thought flashed across my mind. I wondered if these would still be in fashion, considering the fact that long shirts have now reached the critical stage. I imagined how I would look with a long ankle length shirt with a waist length sweater on top. I certainly don't think that would be "The Fashion". That probably calls for a new winter wardrobe change. There go the prices...high...sky high After the closet, the next stage was to plan out winter utensils - candles, wood, matchboxes, lighters, cold creams, dryness lotions, and not to forget heaters You can laugh all you want but I still feel the need of a heater in Karachi Let's just say I can't stand the cold particularly in the early hours. Okay, so I managed to get hold of the lotions and creams, match boxes from the kitchen and had to use the stool to take out the heater from the built-in store cabinets. That was some mission Wood, I would not need, I presumed, and henceforth my list of winter necessities was checked. Next up was winter food. Food for the *to be frozen * winter soul. And this definitely doesn't happen only in my house. I believe a lot of you also go down the grocery store and grab a few bottles of instant coffee or sachets of instant/ready to make soups. If you don't, then here's a piece of advice. Grab it before the stocks are out Or you will have to end up spending hours in a cramped coffee houses. Oh and don't forget to get a few sachets of instant ioshanda, the new weather change is bound to give you a dose of cold, flu or a cough. Guaranteed Winters have always been a blessed season to counter the summer heat for Karachiites and are rather harsh for those residing in Lahore. The sights we see, though, deprived of snow, are still pleasant with the clear sky and serene sea. lslamabad, I'd say is an exception, since they are privileged enough to enjoy fads of beautiful weather most of the year. My hands have now refused to write further and I feel the need to hide them inside my gloves. With a coffee mug in my hand, wrapped in a cozy blanket, glued to the television screen...that will be my perfect winter. What's your plan?