A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif was a roaring success because of the writer’s extraordinary talent, combination of politics and thrill, interwoven plot and characters and sardonic humor. But we missed out a basic element, the main catch – Mangoes.
Sub-continent has a history of owning one of the most fertile lands around the globe and therefore some of the most miraculous herbs and vegetation. Mangoes were one such miracle. They originate from East India and enjoy the status of being ‘King of fruits’ and one of the super fruits as well.
Before going towards some of the more interesting aspects of it, let’s briefly go through the nutritional value of this fruit: Mangoes are called super fruits because of their potential health value. Although the vitamin content varies, it is usually rich in vitamin A and C. A very interesting tag-Comfort fruit-has recently been justified by scientific research. Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, Mangoes make you feel better because they contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for that feeling of contentment we experience during and after our daily mango ritual. Another amazing secret about mangoes is that it contains on an average 40% of your daily fiber requirement, which means effective measure against any kind of degenerative disease. So basically this delicious treat is rich in -oxidants, potassium and fiber. Does it get better than that?
Mango is technically India’s national fruit (and many say it is ours as well-can anything ever stop this love for the same thing?), anyway and as is known to all and sundry that our neighbors have strong belief in superstitions. Allow me to share a few (superstitions and facts):
It is believed by many that Buddha used to find tranquility and repose in mango grove
Mango tree is said to be a symbol of love and some believe that it can grant wishes
Mango leaves are used at weddings to ensure the couple bear plenty of children
Many Southeast Asian kings and nobles had their own mango groves; with private cultivars being sources of great pride and social standing, hence began the custom of sending gifts of the choicest mangoes
The Tahis like to munch mango buds, with Sanskrit poets believing they lend sweetness to the voice.
Mango tree absorbs sound, so it actually contributes in curbing sound pollution!
Being a fruit, it’s essential that mangoes contribute in human beautification. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mangoes are ideal for rejuvenating and replenishing your skin. And the tropical kind-of smell makes it all the make irresistible. Personally, I think mangoes are best used by Body Shop. Their shower gel, scrub, soap, body butter and lip balm (all in mango) are sinfully amazing! But if you wish to go for something out of your kitchenette, take one cup Aloe Vera gel, 2 tbsp chopped fresh mango and 1 lime’s juice, make a mixture and leave it to chill. Apply it with cotton pads and leave it for the night. This will leave your skin with that dewy freshness we all crave!
At a fashion show recently I had the fortune of talking in detail with an upcoming fashion designer (who has already sizzled ramps in UK and Florida). Anyway so while talking what we do best (read: fashion), he commented on the deep yellow bag that I was carrying. He said something that caught my attention and I totally agree to it. He shared, ‘yellow looks so much better in accessories than in wardrobe. It looks summery and fresh in clothes, but you always have to pair it with some other colour to avoid overdoing it. But be it scarves, ties, bag and chunky jewellery, yellow can do magic. It’s like mangoes, too much of it makes you want to puke’. Well-said and surely creditable.
So, let’s enjoy the summer, feast on mango, become more beautiful and healthy using it, and improve our economy (we earn big bucks exporting it you see).