The Fondest Mango Memories!

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Hey Bleedsters!
Here is a post about mangoes and all my childhood memories related to them. Seeing that Summer is already here, it seemed fitting to write about one of the best fruits on this planet!!!

Hope you enjoy this one! Write down in the comments below, if you have YOUR own mango memories! 😀
Love,
Kunal

The moment I saw the crate of mangoes, my mind dived into the hitherto unknown realm of memories.

It is funny how a simple image or the thing you see can trigger an onslaught of memories, good or bad. And that crate of mangoes, that particular one exactly, reminded me one of the fondest memories of my childhood. Funnily enough though, this memory in particular had been deeply suppressed in the back of my mind because of my busy schedule of exams. And that crate had brought it all out.

I remember stepping inside the apartment, that beautiful and wide apartment in Goa that my granny lived in, in which had been most of my childhood vacations. It always used to be the same way: I would step in and would immediately be met with the sweet relish of the fragrance from those mangoes. Then I would proceed to dump my bags in that room after the exhausting flight and immediately spot the crate of–you, guessed it right– mangoes laying in the corner. These were not any mangoes, these were mangoes either handpicked by my dozens of relatives (bless them!) from the personal backyards of their homes or bought freshly from the farmer’s market by my gran!

Then would start a vacation filled with Mango Sasav (a very innovative curry dish), the famous Aamras, Mango Lassi, Raw Mango Udad Methi and more! (Source: AllCanCook)

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And let me tell you one thing, I NEVER GREW TIRED OF THOSE MANGOES! It was one thing to see the mangoes, smell the mangoes, a whole other to experience them through taste and touch.

When, as a little kid, I would ask her how these Mango dishes would turn out to be so great, everyone would always voice the typical (and partially truthful) reason: Because Granny made it with love. But I knew that my granny (and my mom, because of that) was a great cook. And still is. She is the most amazing cook I have ever met in my life!

And another thing that made the Mango Feast special was the ambiance. Heat, coupled with the casually random breezes and the vast openness of the city of Panjim was a pleasant place to feast on some mangoes! Having lived in the busiest, most crowded and noisy cities in India (Mumbai), Panjim seems like a peaceful, ‘collect-your-thoughts’ kind of place. The change in scenery of people and places out of my window after coming to Goa was always enough to please me!

And finally, there was the company. Having mangoes is incomplete without your brothers and sisters. Cousins, a whole army of them, would gather around the table and fight over who gets the largest mangoes. I, being one of the youngest, would always be left with the small ones. But it was fun. The best thing about eating mangoes with them was that you could eat them anyhow. You didn’t need a fork or a spoon (God knows who eats mangoes with a spoon and fork but its not unheard of). My mum always warned us to not spill a drop of awesomeness from the mangoes on our attires. Of course, that never turned out to be so.

As I sit here, all these years later, I realize how times have changed. Cousins have grown up, brothers have left for jobs, engineering exams are an obstacle for my visit to Goa in this Summer…… But the one thing that has remained constant is that crate of mangoes, freshly delivered from Goa by my granny.

I love you, my dear Mummy Aji. You rock!

Mangoes, mangoes everywhere!

So before I go, let me ask you, DO YOU LIKE MANGOES? VOTE DOWN BELOW!!

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What is your take on Salman Khan’s recent arrest?

Hello, Bleedsters!
Exams are still in progress so I will drop by to ask you a small question, the answer to which I am desperately seeking. I don’t mean to spark controversy or a war, so be nice…

If you have anything to share or suggest, don’t let the comment section below remain empty! It desperately needs your attention 😀
Love,
Kunal

It has been 12 years since Salman Khan drove his car over the five men, who had been sleeping over the footpath and finally, we got a verdict! Salman Khan was sentenced to 5 years in Jail, before getting granted interim bail. But that is not the point of this post.

What I would love to know is, IS THIS RIGHT? I myself will not comment on whether granting bail to a person who killed 1 and injure four is correct ethically or otherwise, however I feel this is a strong point to discuss. And anyways, it has been so long since my last poll (which you guys liked) so I am trying a bit of controversiality (okay, I totally made that word up) in my posts!

I would like to present two major points though, one in favor and one against:

1) It HAS been 12 years and Salman Khan WAS drunk. And if you have ever been THAT drunk, you will know that you are never in control with so much of alcohol content in your body. Besides, the footpath is not a place to sleep (a weak point) and since then, he has apologized and done a lot of charity, humanitarian work!

2) However, driving while drunk is also against the law. AND on top of that, driving on a footpath is also very very illegal. And that too at night, with so much of alcohol in you? And is it really right if I kill someone and then do charity work, because last time I checked, doing something very bad and then doing something very good after that for someone else does not make the bad go away!

I will let YOU choose. Please do comment down below and tell me YOUR views!

Note that I have added a third option, ‘Other’ and if you tick it, you HAVE to give your view on it in the comment section below! 

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Love of Unconditional Kind [Poem]

 

When I could barely make a smile

When I could barely smile [Not for reproduction]

Love of Unconditional Kind

by Kunal Nayak

Only great sculptors can mold clay into perfection.

Only great artists can paint masterpieces.

Only great musicians can create melodies.

And for me, you are all of them,

Since I am your perfect sculpture, I am your melody and I am your masterpiece.

They say Men are what You make them.

They say You are the pillar– called love– to the greatest monument–me.

You made me what I am today from what I could have been.

You fulfilled my wishes and righted my wrongs.

You brought out the best qualities in me, when others tried to push them deeper inside.

You provided me inspiration, love, care and most importantly positivity, at the right time and place.

You showered me with unconditional love and happiness. 

What more could I want in life?

Mother, I bow to thee. For, this one day is not enough for me.
May my love for you never waiver, may our cherished bond remain perfect forever.

I thank Lynda Naik (mom, for me) from the bottom of my heart. THE MOST AWESOME WOMAN I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO LOVE AND CARE FOR!!!

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms. Enjoy this day to the fullest. After all, it is your special day 😉

p.s: Poem, or whatever you want to call the thing above, is written by me and I am new at writing so please forgive me if anything is wrong!