Have any of you skilled heaven on earth? I’ve. A few years in the past, I discovered myself in a mango grove in Alagar Hills, Madurai, one morning. I walked within the green-tinted semi-darkness — the cover was so thick that it didn’t let a lot daylight in — my eyes vast on the sight of a whole bunch of neelam mangoes hanging low, glistening invitingly. I might merely put my hand out and attain 10 of the greenish-yellow fruit. I bear in mind sitting on the ground and consuming one among them — not too candy, however a flavour so intoxicating.
The mango is sort of a drug. Upon getting some, you can’t cease. There are such a lot of varieties, every with a novel flavour and texture. You may even plan a mango road-trip throughout India, stopping by at numerous states to style their specialities. You may be stunned at how the style adjustments with geography.
Pores and skin an imam pasand, dice it and pop it in; slice a rumani and scoop simply the flesh together with your enamel; seize a senthooram and suck the juice out by biting a tiny portion off the highest; slice a neelam and chew on it together with your eyes closed…wait, I’m taking a break from writing, the malgova on my desk beckons.
Evaluating it with another fruit is like evaluating Rajinikanth with Mohan or Sarath Babu. I imply, doesn’t everybody know there can solely be one Celebrity?
— Akila Kannadasan has a secret underground chamber by which she hoards mangoes to final her a 12 months on the finish of each summer season
An ode to banana
Vacation romance is refreshing, certain. However all people wants a continuing to face by them by probably the most mundane days. And banana is my fixed.
This cheerful yellow fruit is there for me to lean on, all by the 12 months. Not like mango, for which one has to attend for 10 months just like the protagonist of a tragedy anticipating the return of a cherished one, who then causes heartbreak. Or in my case, indigestion.
It’s a piece of artwork. No marvel, at Artwork Basel Miami Seaside final 12 months, a single banana taped to a wall drew as a lot consideration as, dare I say, a portray by Picasso.
Regardless of its superstar standing, banana is my 2 am buddy: when I’m simply going to mattress after an extended night time out (pre COVID-19 days) or after tiring my eyes out on OTT platforms (publish COVID-19).
Feeling lavish? Have a decadent banoffee pie. Frugal days? Combine it with jaggery and rice. In a health-conscious mode? Have a smoothie. This fruit is as versatile as Shah Rukh Khan — put it in any state of affairs and it’ll slot in simply wonderful. The banana is a fruit you’ll be able to depend upon; the Rahul Dravid of the fruit world. With it by your facet, you’ll by no means go hungry. It’s going to tide you thru all abdomen points. No seeds, no mess, no problem. Soiled palms? No drawback. Simply peel and eat.
Now, excuse me, I’ve to hitch the minions and sing the banana music. “Ba ba ba ba ba nana…!”
— Priyadarshini Paitandy is travelling the world, banana in hand