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Summers remind me of…

March 19, 2010

Summers remind me of..


Of no schools/colleges and no home-works to complete,

Of seemingly innumerable holidays and loads of time at hand,


Of playing ice-pass (hide and seek) in the red hot sun,

Of playing all day and playing a deaf ear to parents worries of getting tanned,

Of playing gully-cricket and breaking the window panes of the neighbors,

Of climbing the guava and badam trees and enjoying the mehanath-ka-phal,


Of Power cuts and more power cuts,

Of eating the cone-ice creams as a competition with friends,

Of the petty fights in the middle of a game,

Of playing with marbles and what not,


Of bugging mom to try out some new recipes and give us something new for breakfast/snacks,

Of late night sleeps and long chats with family,

Of Mom making Avakaya and we the kids enjoying the first taste of pickle,

Of marriages and the endless discussions about the food, clothes, jewelry et cetera,


Of going to grandparents home and enjoying the delicacies prepared by Nani,

Of sleeping in the verandahs in the night and

Of getting up early with the sun,

Of cousins’ get-togethers and loads of chats,


Of having mangoes, coconut water and tatikaya munjalu,

Of quenching the thirst with lemon juice, Rasna, Cold Drinks and the like,

Of dad getting something or the other for us to eat while returning from work,

Of the maar-peet with the ice cubes and mom’s scodlings for wasting the ice,


Of getting new uniforms/dresses stitched for the new term,

Of the wait to make new friends in the new year at school/college,

Of the excitement of going to the next academic year and

Of buying new books and spending a whole evening putting covers on them and sticking fancy stickers,


Of the afternoon siestas,

Of cycling competitions,


Of the comfort of sleeping below the fan after a tiring day thoroughly enjoyed,

And Of the carefree childhood days which went by sooner than expected.


  1. Tatikaya Munjalu, also known as Toddy palm seeds come from the coconut fraternity. Yummy in taste, these are generally found in the coastal areas.
  2. Avakaya a.k.a Mango pickle. Here in Andhra Pradesh, making pickles is an yearly activity with all the mothers coming together and preparing the pickles and the kids getting the ‘honor’ of tasting it first and giving feedback as to if any of the ingredients is more or less in the pickle.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. Swaram permalink
    March 19, 2010 12:36 PM

    I am waiting for the mangoes too .. for the raw ones to prepare pickle and the fruits 🙂
    My mom already prepared one small installment of the mango pickle and it is yummy 🙂
    Now waiting for the mangoes 🙂

    Lovely post on Summer! Hw I wish we cud hv those vacations nw 😦
    Me too Swaram, I want the summer holidays now!!

  2. March 19, 2010 3:17 PM

    Sigh!!! Good olden golden days!!! We call them carefree days now back then we used to feel we were most burdened & adulthood would be carefree!! If only we had known the reality!!!! 🙂 😛
    Very true Smita, if only we had known!!
    Lovely post!!!
    Thank you 🙂

  3. Rashmi permalink
    March 19, 2010 5:11 PM

    ME too luv summer holiday and ur post makes me miss them…no holiday now except weekend 😦
    And mango …best fruit i wish could eat one right now..
    Weekends!! they just vanish so soon 😦
    Mangoes.. i guess the season didn’t start yet..

  4. March 20, 2010 1:55 AM

    ohhh, summers the best ! I am not kidding, but I just hate when it starts to rain !! I get sad when the sky is filled wid even sad clouds ! I want Mr.Sun to shine all the time 😀 :D:D

    Though I enjoy the Rains, at times even i feel that with the rains comes gloomy atmosphere which kind of makes us feel dull and bored…

    • April 14, 2010 6:47 PM

      you hate the rains too? :O Vimmuuu I thought they would be perfect material for your bathroom tales! 😛

      me: LOL..

  5. March 21, 2010 9:54 AM

    Sigh! I want summer vacations!!
    Waiting for the mangoes too.. mom makes awesome pickles! :mrgreen:
    and of course the various delicacies prepared from them… yummy!

    Same here Pixie

    Very nice post Mystery… brought back a lot of fantastic memories 🙂
    Thank you 😀

  6. March 21, 2010 10:48 AM

    I want my vacations back…

    I don’t even remember when was the last time i went to my granny’s place… may be some 7-8 years back… huhh..
    hmmm…. 😦

  7. March 21, 2010 3:40 PM

    now no vacations 😦 😦 😦
    Yes and that’s one big reason I want to get back to college 😦
    I hate this…. waiting for the mangoes now.. 😀 😀 wonderful post 🙂 🙂
    Thanks Kanagu 🙂

  8. April 13, 2010 5:35 PM

    Hi Mystery

    Its been i came here,u changed the look of ur blog.I thought i came to a wrong address,blog looks very simple,nice it is.
    Yup..have done some experimenting with the themes and now settled with this one..

    Summmmmmmer,i miss my grannies house and my cousins.Now very few of them are in touch and most of them are out of hyderabad,harldy met anyone in past 4-5 years,just heard about or saw them in the facebook.
    I can totally understand Saritha..when we were young we had nothing in mind other than holidays but as we grew up education followed by jobs which ll be followed by marriage and kids takes all our time & we start losing touch with our cousins..

    Today i had instant mango pickle,i made it.It didn’t taste like my grannies pickle but i loved it eating with hot rice and later with curd,yummmmmmmmy.
    Sounds yummy!!
    Thati munjulu,i love it with water,it been 3 years i had them,when i am there in hyd it was not summer.Here i have seen the entire fruit but i dont know of to the cut it.
    Now Summer started here and just today i have seen them being sold on a bicycle..dint yet taste it this year but i am sure i ll have them this weekend.:D
    I guess cutting the whole fruit and bringing them out is not so easy. Wish you all the luck with cutting the fruit and eating munjalu

  9. April 14, 2010 6:50 PM

    Love the new theme Mystery. Looks really nice specially the comment thread:)
    Thanks Indy

    I loved and love all these things about summers too:)

    Specially mom scolding us for wasting ice …and making little puddles across the house when the ice melted 😀
    LOL..yeah..with everyone grabbing the water bottles there was hardly any cool water available and added to it we used to waste the Ice also which leaved mom angry..

    I know what avakaya is *looks proud* courtesy Priya pickles 😀
    Mystery looking through the spectacles and patting Indy’s back for her GK 🙂

    Summers also remind me of the vacations when we used to watch the prog on DD ‘Tarang’ by NCERT 🙂
    Don’t remember that program indyeah.. But yes Vacation = More time to watch the then dear ‘Idiot box’ 😀
    And it also reminds me of the exams *shudder*
    Exams were not really scary for me..but then see 1 week of exam = 2 months of holidays so they were welcome 😀

    • April 14, 2010 6:53 PM

      Indyeah try priya’s gongura pickle and tomato pickle,u will love it.My house we finish tomato pickle in a weeks time

      Gongura pickle is really should definitely try it indyeah

      • April 23, 2010 2:41 AM

        Thanks Saritha and Mystery 😀 you know what I LOVE gonghura pickle and nonone else in my family is able to understand my fondness for it 😀

        Three fans meet here 😀

        • Swaram permalink
          April 23, 2010 2:27 PM

          Woww! I luvvv gongura too 😀

  10. April 18, 2010 6:32 AM

    Hey, my first visit here, and I loved it 🙂 could so relate to those memories of summer. Infact, just last week, my sis was mentioning how nice it was to have those long 2-month summer hols, with absolutely nothing to do and no goal to achieve :-)))) If only we could rewind time…..

    Hi Pal, Welcome here 🙂
    2 complete months with nothing specific to do was absolute bliss..
    “If only we could rewind time”.. so true..

  11. April 23, 2010 9:04 PM

    Summer without ripe mangoes and chakka ? (Jackfruit)

  12. May 9, 2010 9:54 AM

    Good old days 🙂 We were so carefree not bothered about anything and just enjoying everything 🙂 First time here 🙂

    Hi Shilpa, Welcome here.
    Good old true!!!

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