I have been so preoccupied with setting up my new apartment that I forgot to make a note about something very small and important that happened some time back. I had awesome mangoes after what seemed like ages and it made me very happy.
It brought back memories of hot tepid afternoons - very quiet except for the hum of the air cooler (this sudden suspension of the day's activities would somehow make the heat more bearable). Then as the evening descended and life came back to normal, we would wait eagerly for Baba to come home. On his way back home, Baba would always pick up the family favourites - green Langras for himself,slender yellow Dussehri's for Ma, big huge Bainganphalli's for my sister and me. In our innocent mind it seemed like we were getting more bang for the buck with the ugly eggplant shaped magoes than those slender flavourful ones favoured by Mom. Post dinner we would sit around and have mangoes and cold milk - hmmm heaven. Sunday's however were reserved for the Chuski...these are little mangoes that you squish with your hands, taking care not to puncture the skin. Once you have managed to get the pulp inside all goooey, you make a hole at the top and suck it out....voila the original, natural Frooti for you.
There are other memories too - from times not that far back in the past. The summer of 2001 was on its way out when we figured we had not tasted the season's best pick. I was to leave for the US soon, another friend was leaving for the UK in a forthnight...our group of friends was going to disperse and we had not had mangoes together - utter disgrace. We decided to set it right and marched to the nearest fruit market. At nine in the night everything was closed, except for this one seller who was packing to leave...we proceeded to haggle ( another highly missed activity) for 5 kgs of his leftovers...obviously there was no resistance!!!. The mangoes were promptly consumed as soon as we reached home - with bare hands in the most uncouth manner!!! And I would like to believe that those were really nice mangoes for it was the last time I had mangoes in India.