Sunday, February 04, 2007

Mandai :)

 
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Welcome to the Mandai. This is a Marathi word for a market place.
Sunday mornings should be spent here,

Because you get to know the exact number of the kind of people that live in your city
You see the Rich, coming in expensive cars but buying the same Onions nonetheless
And you see the Not-so-Rich, who usually merge with the background except when they are upset about the inflation!
You see the middlemen, chewing tobacco as they stand in a heap of rotten tomatoes
And you see the sellers, lighting nauseating incense sticks before opening their cash boxes.
You see kids being dragged by persecuted parents, and babies bawling over all the adult commotion.
The chai walahs, roaming around with aluminum kettles containing almost refluxed tea!
The seller’s wives rivaling each other, dressed in greens to match what they have in their baskets.
And the buyer’s wives getting mad at their husbands for not haggling with the prettier “seller’s wives”.

You see Colors

Orange Moons of Pumpkin Crescents
Fresh ripe tomatoes with droplets of water, making rainbows with sunlight!
The Old Green of Fenugreek
The Middle-aged Green of Spinach
And The Adolescent Mint!
Pink, with a tinge of orange in Carrots.
Greenhouse Bell Peppers all Yellow and Red
Morning White Radish
Violet Cabbages
Pink-White crunchy apples
Black grapes, with residual leaves making a picturesque fruit basket
A dozen rising Suns of refreshing Lemons

You see Personalities
Smug Cabbages
Orphaned heaps of Potatoes and Onions
Serene, Yogi Oranges
Pimpled Custard Apple and Dimpled Peach
Engaging Water Melon (I so wish they made it seedless!)
Petite French Beans
Inspiring Lettuce, Celery and Watercress :)
The Middle-Class Cauliflower
Wise Ginger and Evasive Lemon grass
High Maintenance Strawberries and Pompous Mangoes.
And as if anthropomorphizing the veggies isn’t enough, it gets you worried about their Fate as well!!

What will happen of the spinach bought from the same basket by different people?
The Maharashtrian kaku will probably boil it into a “nutritious” (read bland) gravy
The Gujju Ben will roll it up in Theplas and serve it with oily pickles
The Punjaban will deep-fry it with Paneer
And the New Age Woman (who refuses to be labeled by Culture, State, Nation and even her own Husband) will toss it up along with about five other martyrs into a low-calorie-high-in-folic-acid-and-calcium Salad :)

11 comments:

jay said...

mandali :) he 'mandai' khupach surekh aahe. that observations are superb! :)

Ameya said...

good piece of writing as usual....... Really liked the "Different Personalities" part...... the adjectives for each and every vegetable and fruit was very apt....... keep up the good work [:)]

neha said...

Orphaned heaps of Potatoes and Onions....and middle class cauliflower hehehe !! he don adjectives tar bharich ahet .
i think the best part is the last para ...

tejas said...

Very vivid.
And the photographs are impeccable. This writing reminds me of someone, but not so clearly. It is influenced.

Almost surreal.

Cheers

Pooja said...

Too good.....I like the way you have personized the vegatables...N also how you have picked up every detail of the Mandai :)

Pooja said...

Too good.....I like the way you have personized the vegatables...N also how you have picked up every detail of the Mandai :)

shirish said...

Sai day by day you are refining your writing skills.Your blog Mandai has so many minute details which can be picked up only by a keen observer.This requires orignality of thought and creativity. Your small blog can be extended in a treatise called "The Anthropological Study of the Vegetables" if desired. It reflects not only the pesonalities of vegetables but also their buyers. The sentences like "Not so rich usually merging with background except when they are upset about the inflation" describes the social and economic disparities.

What to say about the description of vegetables. Itis a colourful spectrum of words bringing the realistic Mandai atmosphere."A dozen rising Suns of refreshing lemons" and Pimpled Custerd Apple and Dimpled peach" reflects the poet in you with perfect words at perfect places.

Keep it up.

Shirish

Saee said...

Jay,Ameya,Neha,Tejas,Pooja and Baba!!
Thank you for your comments..
Although I had to terrorize some of you to post comments..:)
This was an ambitious blog, especially since the idea struck me when I was very busy with work ( Yeah!! I DO have a real job!!)
Thanks a lot..
Keep Rocking!
Saee

RagingMars said...

WOW!! Again,like always,I'm awestruck...I have no words to describe something so superb... Every new blog of yours makes me go.. "this one's the best so far"!! AMAZING work man!! Me 'n'th vela tuhji fan jhaliye!! WOW!! U r a genius!!

intendo said...

Smug Cabbages
Orphaned heaps of Potatoes and Onions
Serene, Yogi Oranges
Pimpled Custard Apple and Dimpled Peach
Engaging Water Melon (I so wish they made it seedless!)
Petite French Beans
Inspiring Lettuce, Celery and Watercress :)
The Middle-Class Cauliflower
Wise Ginger and Evasive Lemon grass
High Maintenance Strawberries and Pompous Mangoes.

intendo said...

you've given them so much personality, i think i'll feel guilty every time i cut another vegetable... :)