Mango Mood in Mumbai


The last fifteen days of summer!! Already the dark clouds have started gathering in the sky, heralding the onset of monsoon…very soon. *Sigh* Three months of muddy feet, browned clothes, greasy hair and the sniffles. The whole country thinks that rains are romantic and looks forward to the dark clouds with eagerness; I don’t. This isn’t a pretty city and it gets uglier in the rains. Trains stop, traffic stalls, roads flood and everyone’s passing colds to each other. Moreover it reminds me of that miserable time heralding the start of a new school year right after a delightful vacation. ‘Back to the grind’ is the overwhelming feeling I have right through Mumbai’s monsoon.

But today the sun shines and on Random Shuffle, I drift into the streams of

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it’s all right

What spells summer better than aamras? Succulent golden-yellow mangoes with their insides scooped out and beaten to smooth consistency. Sweet, so sweet that you can put the sugar-can away.

 

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Aamras with puris, aamras for dessert, aamras just because it’s summer! Every restaurant has it on their menu, with that special note saying ‘SEASONAL’.

 

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Ripe mangoes are the shining symbol of all that summer stands for – lazy luxury, rare decadence, permission to have fun and sleepy bliss. Have the last mango of the season and smile back at the sun….I did!

 

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8 thoughts on “Mango Mood in Mumbai

  1. chennairamblings May 15, 2008 at 11:37 Reply

    Ha, but the onset of the rain also brings in the world of steamy hot pakoras and hot chocolate mugs, blankets around, watching the rain through a window and a great book in hand
    😀

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  2. Rada May 15, 2008 at 17:11 Reply

    IS, the beatles fan?
    What a pleasant surprise!
    I am shamelessly tempted to plug one of my older posts, but shall desist with dignity! 😉

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  3. Cynic in Wonderland May 16, 2008 at 07:23 Reply

    lazy luxury, rare decadence.. bang on!

    but i like the rains ( tho) ..even in mumbai ( or at least i like them for the first month or so)

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  4. IdeaSmith May 16, 2008 at 09:07 Reply

    @ chennairamblings: Not here, it does’t. It turns warm and sticky after a rain in Mumbai, not cool like the other places.

    @ Rada: Yes! I grew up listening to the Beatles. Plizz to plug shamelessly..or at least mail me link.

    @ Cynic: 🙂

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  5. 'nonnymous May 17, 2008 at 06:19 Reply

    🙂
    Aamsutra!
    A typical, wholeheartedly Indian pleasure.

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  6. Ashwin Jadhav May 18, 2008 at 15:20 Reply

    Yummmm…. just reading your post made my mouth water. One of my favourite things about the rainy season, aamras!

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  7. Shantanu May 19, 2008 at 13:37 Reply

    Ha ha! Did you really have to photography the empty bowl. Anyway, point made. 🙂

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  8. IdeaSmith May 21, 2008 at 13:57 Reply

    @ ‘nonnymous, Ashwin Jadhav: Totally! I had another one today!

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