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MANGO MEMORIES

We have learnt in school that the mankind can be divided into different groups on the touch stones of different parameters. But if you ask me, specially when the summer starts, mankind can be divided into just two groups....Mango Lovers tribe and No Mangoes tribe!!! Don't laugh... I am pretty serious! Mango has created a great rift in the human race. And I am the victim of the on going fight of the tribes in my own household!!!! With the advent of the summer, the King of the fruits, Mango is on the prowl. Most parts of India come under its grip. Mango mania can be seen every where from households to restaurants. I even know of few families who courier the mangoes to their near and dear ones across the globe!!! I have some sour and sweet memories of the mangoes to share with you today. Juice them if you like or cut them if you please...but relish it to the last line!!!

Here is one of my friend’s share of mango memory….. she studied in a vernacular medium school, so was introduced to the English as a subject only in 5th standard.  To begin with they had simple words to learn, like...fruits, flowers, vegetables etc. They had an English teacher who taught English in the most unorthodox ways… To help them understand that “Aamba” (mango in Marathi) is mango, she devised a phrase that its a  “man on the go”  And it clicked the students well because in those days getting Alphonso mangoes was difficult in their part of world. So it was like, mango…….already over……..“man go”:-(  Till now, first thing that comes to her mind when the mango season starts is a funny imaginative picture of mango, walking away like a man :-) :-)

There is one more very funny memory of another friend’s cousin bro.  They were all visiting their native village during summer vacation.  Their farm had 50 odd mango trees.  They could not wait to relish the tasty mangoes and so decided that they would climb up the trees after lunch time, to devour some delicious mangoes.  Being elder, the boys offered to climb and the girls waited down with the bags and mouths, both open!  Right then, one of the  heavier cousins ventured onto a thin branch.  Obviously it could not take his weight and gave way.  For his bad luck, he fell down right into a heap of bullock poop:-) They all erupted into a loud laughter, instead of checking whether he was hurt or otherwise.  Till date they tease him about his bullock poop body pack!

This one is my own mango memory...more sour than sweet! I don’t like the fruit at all. I have valid reasons to be on the other side of the fence, for sure. It was not the same in my younger days. In those days, I used to relish a lot of juicy mangoes. During summers, when my parents used to bring mangoes home, me & my brother used to love “aamras” (mango milkshake).  But mangoes were never kind to me! Eating mangoes resulted into pimples and boils! And getting rid of them was a big, tough task after all. And the pain that I used to have because of the boils, it was simply put, excruciating!!  

As the years passed by, distance between me and the mangoes grew farther and farther. Nowadays, when I get boxes of mangoes, I keep few at home. Because my better half and my daughter are from the other tribe! And I take pleasure in distributing rest of them amongst my friends and relatives who love them. In return I get blessing from all mango lovers tribe for being so kind!!!
  
Which tribe do you belong to? Would love to hear about your mango memories as well....

--------------------By MocktailMommy Rupa

24 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm on the other side of the fence! I simply LOVE mangoes. Although, I am the only one in my family who loves them so much. Your anecdotes about the tree climber and the 'man go' episode are amusing! This was a delicious post. :)
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  2. Man go is a a funny image that'll stay with me:)
    We are a family of mango lovers so we have to keep telling each other to remember to share:)
    M is for Maid of Honour

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    1. Thanks arti for visiting our blog. please keep enjoying mangoes!!!!

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  3. I love mangoes but they are so juicy I don't enjoy eating them whole! I love them chilled and cut up so I can pop them straight into my mouth.

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  4. I like mango, but I find them messy to deal with. Girl Who Reads

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  5. Hahaha. Loved the anecdotes. I very much belong to the Mango lover tribe . LOL. :) Cant wait for the season of the king fruit to begin!
    Best wishes
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting the blog.....Please enjoy your mango season..

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  6. mangoes are what i am talking about too:) and my mango memories are in my post as well..
    LadyInRead@MyRandRSpace - For Day 15 of#UBC & #AtoZChallenge - My M Post
    your anecdotes made me smile :)

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    1. Sure i will go through your blog and get back to you..

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  7. I ♥ Mangoes!! But yes, I need to be a bit careful for I get pimples too after eating them. As kids, at my granny's house, mangoes would be placed in huge tubs of cold water and we'd relish them with juice dripping down our elbows and soiled clothes. Now, we do indulge in eating mangoes but it's cut into small cubes and served in bowls. And no marks for guessing, which style of eating this fruit was more fun :D

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    1. Thanks shilpa for visiting the blog....Yes i too soak the mangoes in water and my daughter relishes them..

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  8. I am actually on both sides of the fence - I drool die over mangoes esp Langda n kuppi!!!!!!! BUT I get those ugly painful boils too. So I end up eating them with a pinch of salt - have a bite here and there , then wait for 2 days for any nasty eruptions :-)
    But it is the king of fruits n if I had my way I would devour it by the kilo.... ;-)

    Mother India Temple in Benares

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    1. Thanks for visiting the blog.... I will definitely try the salt idea

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  9. I am actually on both sides of the fence - I drool die over mangoes esp Langda n kuppi!!!!!!! BUT I get those ugly painful boils too. So I end up eating them with a pinch of salt - have a bite here and there , then wait for 2 days for any nasty eruptions :-)
    But it is the king of fruits n if I had my way I would devour it by the kilo.... ;-)

    Mother India Temple in Benares

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  10. I have tried mangoes before, but they are hard to get, and the ones you can get at grocery stores here are not very juicy...

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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  11. Heyyyyy I just finished commenting on another blog with the exact same topic for their M post! How awesome is that? :D
    I'm so sorry you couldn't enjoy mangoes without worrying about the pimples and pain they caused! Being a desi and not being able to peacefully enjoy mangoes sure is not cool! I grew up in my desi household always loving the mango season, so I can imagine!
    ~ Saraallie
    Sara Writes ~ The Crazy Life of a Silly Little Sister

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    1. Thanks saraallie for visiting the blog.... I am not so lucky in enjoying mangoes :-(

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  12. A die-hard mango fan here, you are probably only the third person I have come across in my life ever who doesn't like mangoes. I daresay you are in minority ;)

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  13. Wonderful mango memories! I am one of the few who like mangos yet can resist . I only eat hapoos and payri..... just can't bear looking at anything else. Which reminds me that it's pickle time too.....

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