Friday, December 23, 2005

Life in the US is about to get a whole lot better

Here's an article I found in the local paper that many NRIs in the US will cheer about, and that the uninitiated will learn to love.

Each year, New Delhi hosts its mango festival at the capacious Talkatora Indoor Stadium. Featuring almost 500 varieties or ‘cultivars’, the event draws thousands who emerge with sticky, drippy fingers and sappy smiles.

While mangos are in season, I’m always a faithful contributor to the agricultural industry’s fortunes—I’m certain that my mango consumption alone accounts for a measurable annual bump in that sector’s contribution to India’s GDP. But while most are good and some are great, I’ll confess to you that my favorite is a variety that hails from a city called Ratnagiri in the western state of Maharashtra. The fruit is startlingly fragrant, sapid, and succulent, as well as salubrious.

Mangos just make life better. Enjoy.

For more, click here.

sap•id (săp'ĭd)
a. Perceptible to the sense of taste; having flavor.
b. Having a strong pleasant flavor; savory.
2. Pleasing to the mind; engaging.
[Latin sapidus, from sapere, to taste.]

1. Full of juice or sap; juicy.
2. Botany. Having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems.
3. Highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable: a succulent bit of gossip.
n. Botany.
A succulent plant, such as a sedum or cactus.
[Latin succulentus, from succus, juice.]

sa•lu•bri•ous (sə-lū'brē-əs)
Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
[From Latin salūbris, from salūs, health.]
photo credit: