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.