Summers are not complete without vacations, ice-creams, get togethers and if you are an Indian, not without making a jar full of the mighty "aam ka anchaar" 😋😎😍🤗 Today, as soon as I woke up in the morning, I bugged my husband to come along to buy the raw mangoes for making pickle. Every year this is a ritual in our home. Summers are meant for pickles. All types, different types.
Husband-man came along reluctantly but was happy and insisted to buy the mangoes and get it cut by an elderly couple. There was a small heap of raw fresh looking mangoes, a measuring scale, a wooden block and a big sharp knife for chopping up the mangoes carefully and neatly laid on a jute sack. Nothing fancy. Just the basics. This couple laughed, joked and shared some happy memories of their lives with us. They had a tinkle in their eyes each time they chuckled on their happy stories.
We picked our mangoes and the old lady in her sixties I guess, with a broad smile on her face, chopped the mangoes in a flick. I was amazed with her speed, accuracy and humbleness. She even mentioned that every year, she herself makes atleast 15-20kgs of pickle and distributes them to her daughter and son's families. "They are too busy to make these things. We are free. We have loads of free time. I feel so happy when they say that Amma, nothing tastes better than your pickle. Apart from our ashirwad, we can send some pickle too..." The conversation ended with a hearty laugh.
I miss you mummy 😑
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