:D jeez! How could you pick a piece from my plate!!! (read furious!)
Hi friends! The season of mangoes has been here for a while now but since i was busy in having mangoes, i couldn't manage to take time out for writing :p A poor joke this may seem, but yes, the fact remains that i had been absent from promenade for the past few days..or rather months. :/ I missed writing, i missed blogging and following other bloggers too. But finally now, i seem to have figured out how my time should be managed in order to be a regular here. :) Oh it seems i have strayed from what i intended to write about. :p
Guys, it's my favorite time of the year, not in terms of weather though, but in terms of getting what i call as my favorite-est fruit- mango!!! :D :D It never fails to amuse me how i never grow tired of having mangoes and its variants, be it a pastry, shakes, ice-creams or whatsoever! this beautiful little yellow fruit makes my heart stop with its flavor! And I know I am not alone in exhibiting this love for mangoes as all over the world mango remains among the top favorites! :D Well friends, do you know apart from pleasing out taste buds, mango has other significance too. Allow me to elaborate on some :)
Mangifera Indica, as the science people prefer to call it, is our national fruit. Also India is the biggest producer of mangoes in the world. In Hinduism, the perfectly ripe mango is often held by Lord Ganesha as a symbol of attainment, regarding the devotees potential perfection. No Telugu/Kannada New Year's Day called Ugadi passes without eating ugadi pacchadi made with mango pieces as one of the ingredients. In Tamil Brahmin homes mango is an ingredient in making vadai paruppu on Sri Rama Navami day (Lord Ram's Birth Day) and also in preparation of pachchadi on Tamil New Year's Day.
Mango leaves are used to decorate archways and doors in Indian houses and during weddings and celebrations like Ganesh Chaturthi. Mango motifs and paisleys are widely used in different Indian embroidery styles, and are found in Kashmiri shawls, Kanchipuramsilk sarees, etc. In Tamil Nadu, the mango is considered, along with banana and jackfruit, as one of the three royal fruits occupying first place in terms of sweetness and flavor. Famous Urdu poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib was very fond of mangoes. There are many anecdotes concerning his love for mangoes. Rabindranath Tagore was fond of mangoes and has written poems about its flowers- aamer monjori. Poet Sa'd Bin Ard has written some poems about mangoes.
In the West Indies, the expression "to go mango walk" means to steal another person's mango fruits.
In Australia, the first tray of mangoes of the season is traditionally sold at an auction for charity.
Well enough of cultural and historical references for mangoes now. What i intended to impart was how my
love for mangoes is not something rare. It has legendary people writing and singing for it. So friends, why
don't you too grab your mango and have a blast! :)
Enjoy rains, enjoy mangoes!