Thursday, April 22, 2010

Those Halcyon days....!!!!!

When we were kids,thats me,my brother and my cousin we had a lot of fun stealing stuff!!! yes i got you here!! No..No..not money or any of that stuff!! We were stealing rose apple.We used to call it red champakka!! There was a big tree of rose apple in my home but it was very hesitant to produce fruits in summer!!I think it was realllly scared of us ripping off its fruits and branches by three of us!! But fortunately my grandmother's sister had a huge tree in her house which happened to be our next plot.But there was a problem.To be very frank,she hated us kids!! just because we were such a miserable cause of anxiety to her!! She used to protect and guard the fruits like a security personnel!!!! I have this gut feeling that she never even considered the fact that we were kids!!! More over she didnt have any small children in her home.All grandchildren were away in different places!! That left us the sole self proclaimed owners of all the natural stuff that grew in the three acre area where only these two houses were there!! Imagine all those mangoes,Jackfruits( not really a great choice then!!) sitafal(seethapazham..Yummm)chickoo,two varieties of rose apples,another special item called paneer champa..(a fruit)...Incidently all these grew at the same season!!And thats during our summer break!!

We had a regular routine planned out by my grandmother,to learn two verses of sanskrit sloka everyday,to help her pick the seed out of tamarind friut collected earlier(then to process it to store!!)to practice classical music for exactly half an hour(!!!!!) to pick hibiscus leaves for making hair conditioner for the next day...the scedule goes on and on...
Somehow we used to go fast forward with all these one hour... and our final objective for the rest of the day was to pick maximum rose apples from the neighbouring place without being caught!! We did manage most of the days,to do an excellent job at it though we had our own mishappenings at times.The old lady would come screaming through the huge wodden door and will directly complain to our grandmother.We would be grounded for two days..but the will of a determined person...hmm... we never ever gave up!!!! We later devised this excellent plan which was totally full proof.We would make my cousin stand close to the door and would ask her to sing loudly(one particular song!!) as soon as she hears the door being opened so that my brother who would be on the tree,plucking ..will have time to climb down and run!!!

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