A not-so-sweet battle: Mango vs banana

Have any of you skilled heaven on earth? I’ve. Many years in the past, I discovered myself in a mango grove in Alagar Hills, Madurai, one morning. I walked within the green-tinted semi-darkness — the cover was so thick that it didn’t let a lot daylight in — my eyes large on the sight of lots of of neelam mangoes hanging low, glistening invitingly. I might merely put my hand out and attain 10 of the greenish-yellow fruit. I keep in mind sitting on the ground and consuming considered one of them — not too candy, however a flavour so intoxicating.

The mango is sort of a drug. Once you might have some, you can’t cease. There are so many types, every with a singular flavour and texture. You may even plan a mango road-trip throughout India, stopping by at varied states to style their specialities. You might be shocked at how the style adjustments with geography.

Skin an imam pasand, dice it and pop it in; slice a rumani and scoop simply the flesh together with your enamel; seize a senthooram and suck the juice out by biting a tiny portion off the highest; slice a neelam and chew on it together with your eyes closed…wait, I’m taking a break from writing, the malgova on my desk beckons.

Comparing it with another fruit is like evaluating Rajinikanth with Mohan or Sarath Babu. I imply, doesn’t everybody know there can solely be one Superstar?

— Akila Kannadasan has a secret underground chamber through which she hoards mangoes to final her a yr on the finish of each summer season

An ode to banana

Holiday romance is refreshing, certain. But all people wants a continuing to face by them by means of essentially the most mundane days. And banana is my fixed.

This cheerful yellow fruit is there for me to lean on, all by means of the yr. Unlike mango, for which one has to attend for 10 months just like the protagonist of a tragedy anticipating the return of a liked one, who then causes heartbreak. Or in my case, indigestion.

It is a chunk of artwork. No surprise, at Art Basel Miami Beach final yr, a single banana taped to a wall drew as a lot consideration as, dare I say, a portray by Picasso.

Despite its movie star standing, banana is my 2 am buddy: when I’m simply going to mattress after a protracted night time out (pre COVID-19 days) or after tiring my eyes out on OTT platforms (submit COVID-19).

Feeling lavish? Have a decadent banoffee pie. Frugal days? Mix it with jaggery and rice. In a health-conscious mode? Have a smoothie. This fruit is as versatile as Shah Rukh Khan — put it in any scenario and it’ll slot in simply wonderful. The banana is a fruit you’ll be able to rely upon; the Rahul Dravid of the fruit world. With it by your facet, you’ll by no means go hungry. It will tide you thru all abdomen points. No seeds, no mess, no trouble. Dirty arms? No drawback. Just peel and eat.

Now, excuse me, I’ve to affix the minions and sing the banana music. “Ba ba ba ba ba nana…!”

— Priyadarshini Paitandy is travelling the world, banana in hand

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