A Welcome Change!

The other day I was at the billing counter of the local horticulture shop, when someone rushed ahead with, “Hey brother, give me one packet of ….”

I gave a typical ‘irritated old woman’ look and the stocky, bespectacled youth returned an apologetic smile, “You see, I had finished my purchases and left the shop, but then I remembered ginger-garlic paste….” I moved aside and he bought his spices. Continue reading

Amazing Craft!

Just have a look around — so many amazing things! Be it a delicate web woven by a tiny spider or the huge arch of a rainbow spanning the entire sky; or a dainty flower spreading its beauty and scent around or take the case of a minuscule plantlet sprouting out of a seed. Yes, I know, each and every thing has a scientific explanation —-

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But still, sometimes, doesn’t it appear like some magic? As if some invisible magician has waved his wand and ….Presto! Must say, our dear Mother Nature knows her craft truly well!

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Written for the Daily Post Prompt: Craft

The Deluge (II)

Hello once again! So, we were talking about the ‘Whatsapp forwards’ (I am not sure about you all, but at least I was). The variety available here is simply mind-boggling, to say the least! And the speed with which they proliferate! If you read one message or a video in one group, within a few minutes the same thing pops out of multiple other groups! Continue reading

The Deluge (I)

You start your day and the first thing you do in the morning is to check your phone. (Who says I am addicted to social media or the phone? No please, …..it is only to check my mails, you see). And what do you find in your phone? Many many colourful flowers (or babies or puppies or kittens or….some such cutie cutie things) popping out of each ‘group’ to wish you a happy day.  Continue reading

Gone …. or have they?

Gone are the moments, never to come back again

and so have gone the days, months and years!

But every moment has its own memory,

and each  day weaves a different story.

The months and years bestow their experience

too valuable are they in their own place.

 

So, all these moments, days, years

are inseparable  part of ours.

They stay with us always…..always;

become a part of our being…….

So, in all honesty, ………… have they truly gone?

 

Written for Daily Post Prompt: Gone

Need Of The Day – Relax.

Relax – the word brings to mind many images; something calm, serene, something that conveys peace.

No two opinions about the fact that, of late, the world as a whole has turned into a great roller coaster ride. With too much of competition in every walk of life, in every field imaginable, each person is busy running a mad rat-race — and trying to be the fastest of them all.

The result, as expected, is tremendous stress. And that is when one needs stress-busters and means of relaxation. Continue reading

Ice Ice Apple

It is summer — and it is SO HOT! Yes, I know, this is an understatement (and an unwarranted one) at this time of the year in the Indian subcontinent. But the same Nature that pushes us in this furnace, also provides some beautiful remedies for it.

One of them is Ice Apple. Come summer and we find hand carts laden with these fruits of sugar palm or the palmyra palm. Big clusters of round, purple blackish fruit with greenish tinge are seen around the city market places. The black cover is only the outer shell enclosing fibrous husk and inside the husk are three or four fleshy kernels  —  which the British named as Ice Apple.

The almost transparent, sweet flesh resembles lychee; however, lychee has a pit and the ice apple has sweet water at its centre. This fruit is not only good as a coolant, but it also has many components which are beneficial for an overall good health. Along with hydration, it provides vitamins A, B complex and C, minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and also riboflavin and thiamine. Ice apples are considered good anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants.

 

Each ice apple is covered with a creamish, fibrous skin. But the kernel or the fleshy part is very delicate. Once the outer husk and the skin are removed, it deteriorates very fast and ferments rapidly.

[Its scientific name is Borassus flabellifer and the origin of this tree is considered as India. However it is found all over South-east Asia. Each part of this tree — its fan-shaped leaves, sap, tree truck — are useful in one way or the other.]

This summer treat brings back some good memories.
The favourite weekend outing for our family always used to be the long walks along the beach. Walking into the sunset with the beach breeze buzzing around — that was a high point of the weekend. So Mumbai’s Juhu beach was a frequently visited spot.
However, the ever increasing crowds and the narrowing breadth of the beach fast discouraged our long walks there. But then, the Aksa beach was there to offer us some solace. For us, it was almost equidistant in other direction and it was a long stretch of sand with hardly few people strolling around. (This was long time ago; I’m sure, now even this beach is over-crowded)

In addition to the peaceful walks, another attraction of the place was the Tadgolas. At that time, these ice apples were not so abundantly available at every place. We could find those only in a few pockets. At the Aksa beach, the locals (people of Madh Island) would stand with tall clusters of these sugar palm fruits at the mouth of the gully leading to the beach and we could get a haul of the fresh fruit while returning from the walk.

Now of course, these are available right at the corner of the road, but they do bring back the cool beach breeze along with their sweet taste.

Do you have any such favourite natural summer coolant? Do share with us.

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