Today is Winter Solstice which signifies that today is the shortest day and by implication, the longest night of the calendar year. From tomorrow , the duration of the day will start increasing day by day ' equal to the leap of a ram' as my late mother used to say. Notwithstanding the fact that cold climatic conditions are going to persist and continue for another more than two months, it feels nice to note the duration of the increasing. Sunny days are always welcome, as they bring cheer despite chilling cold. Cloudy days though warmer at times hardly lift the spirits. With the Christmas around the corner, tourists are expected to throng Shimla, though there is little hope of a White Christmas as the weather men have predicted a clear sky for a few days to come. Meanwhile it is Sun, with or without warmth during the day and nights are chilly making it necessary to cuddle up in the bed with hot water bottle.