Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mango

Mango, the King of Fruits, the Soul of the Spring and the Fruit of love…

Is there anyone who cannot be tempted, lured and conquered by a Mango?!!

A mango can tempt me any time. I adore its lovely heart shape, its magical hues and I am a slave to its oh-so-unforgettable taste.

Mangoes trigger an avalanche of childhood memories and the moment I behold one, I fly happily towards a carefree childhood, blissful summer vacations and wet rainy mornings.

Years ago, we feasted like birds on this smooth succulent fruit, until our tummies threatened to burst.

Stone missiles that brought down these darlings were our treasures. Hollering aunts, uncles or parents did not deter us from climbing the formidable fortress of mango trees; the spell cast by these yellow sorcerers was unparalleled.

Those sunny afternoons when we begged every passing squirrel to throw us a mango, the wet mornings after a rainstorm when we rushed to the mango groves even before the sun rose, are testimonies to the extent we were beguiled.

Mangoes bring back memories of the dim light of granny’s oil lamp, the mild and mystical smell of her ayurvedic oils and her tooth-less smiles. It is reminiscent of those days when we prayed for the nights to end, so that we could rush back to the world of mangoes. Small, long, rounded …they came in all varieties. 

When the season ended, granny’s salted mangoes in the big round mud pots soothed our whining taste buds.

New friendships formed, many battles fought, trap-pits dug and races run, all in the presence of these enchanting beings.

Time has flown, granny and granny’s salted mango is just a fond memory, but the charms of mangoes are still fresh. May be it is a forever love.

This post is a part of Blogging from A-Z April Challenge.

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. My theme is #Learning Everyday, I post about new random things every day.


  1. Stone missiles that brought down these darlings were our treasures. Hollering aunts, uncles or parents did not deter us from climbing the formidable fortress of mango trees; the spell cast by these yellow sorcerers was unparalleled.

    This brought back so many memories.
    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  2. Mangoes are my favorite too :) I still eat mangoes with the juice dripping down my chin :) You just reminded me that there are still 2 mangoes left over in my fridge :P

  3. Oh..mango is my favorite ...even I used to indulge in salted mangoes during the summer holidays at my granny's place . It's a lovely post :)

  4. What a beautiful ode to mango in prose. This was such a delightful read that even those who have never tasted or don't care for mango would fall in love with mango. Beautifully written, Preethi

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

  5. I second Beloo Mehra's comment. Mango is not my favourite fruit, but this post was delicious!

  6. My family loves mangoes...My husband's family has a mango farm too..But I just don't find mango or for that matter any fruit exciting..But yes I loved reading your M for Mango :)
    M for Motherly-Random Thoughts Naba

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  8. hello fellow Mango lover... Just wanted to drop by and read up your ode to the king!
    Coincidentally my post for M is also about mangoes but nowhere as nostalgia inducing as yours... I used to go visit my friend who's dad had mango orchards..Lots of skinned knees and shredded hands came from our attempts to climb up the tress and the competition to break down as many kairis as we could before being chased out was like the hunger games minus the bloodshed...
    Zoya @ http://threesamosas.blogspot.com

  9. Yum! This is the second A to Z Challenge writer with a mango topic- I love it. It is really making me want some mango! What a lovely way to share a moment. thanks so much!


  10. I love mangoes. Those mangoes looks different than mangoes in the Philippines.

  11. Mango!! Summer and mangoes! What s not to love

  12. We LOVE mangoes and it is mango season. Whoohoo! Visiting from A to Z. http://iamclothedwithjoy.com/

  13. I've never had a mango. I've had mango as an ingredient in something else, but not just the fruit. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Suddenly craving for mangoes. haha. Thank you. :)

  15. I wholeheartedly agree, M can on;y be for mangoes!

  16. Completely living in the mango season Yes this fruit is one that brings in energy not just in taste buds but also memories!!
    Loved this post...

  17. Nice read, I am reminded of my mango adventures. :)

  18. That's so lovely Preethi. :) Mangoes, they are yumilicious. :) I am reminded of great stories of mango hunts.