TINKLE and AMAR CHITHRA KATHA, will be the reminders in our day to day life, of this great soul who has pioneered a COMIC REVOLUTION in India. These books are in a way the strong roots that bind us to the rich culture and heritage of our great country. It is so simple that we all are attracted to these tales; same time will have a profound role in moulding us as true Indians.
Long time, I did not update this blog, and was busy back home in India on vacation. Everything seemed fresh and new and had some nice time with family at home and journeying.
Finally returning to Sharjah, cheered by a load of assignments to be finished for the school as usual during every summer holidays, fell flat on my stomach whining, later to come in terms with the reality of continuing the same old life before vacation.
Thus, I am back, going school with a bag loaded with all the stuff that will shape my future.
And exams started and will go on during this month.
So, I will meet you after few more days. Let the vacation blues be over.
Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe from last two months and it is end of season now. My memories of mangoes are the neatly stacked ones I am finding in the supermarkets here. But from last year, it seems less supplied here; don’t know the reason may be poor harvest in India and Pakistan. The cheaper mangoes come from Pakistan which is sweeter than the varieties come from India. But Indian mangoes have a large variety to choose from comparing to fewer from Pakistan. Jackfruit mainly comes from Kerala, but not at all of quality. Eating it just for the sake of eating. A small piece of jackfruit costs you Dh.10 onwards which in fact is not worth when you get poor quality of it. Mangoes and jackfruits are very costly here but back home we can get it free from our trees!!!
I like mangoes and jackfruit very much. May be because of getting it less here as my father puts it. Back home, we have few trees of both in our property but I am here whining. My summer vacation starts in July and I will be at Tirur or Kuttippuram in July and August. But by that time the season will be over for both except a few late comers on those trees.Mangoes are OK but the jackfruit absorbs monsoon and will be of no taste. I can only blame my summer vacation for this. But my father disagrees and his logic goes like this:-
In India, the summer vacation is in April and May. Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.
In UAE, the summer vacation is in July and August. Dates are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.
So what matters is the place where we are.
Be at the right place at the right time, he says. (Ah, is it possible?)
Nature has placed certain fruits in plenty at places and other fruits will be cherished there as it goes for mangoes in UAE and dates in India, he adds.