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The Promise of Sweet Sunshine

Sweet Sunshine, Sketch by Indira
Promise of Sweet Sunshine ~ for Mango Manthram

Have you ever gone shopping for mangoes wearing a sweater and a scarf? It sounds funny to imagine, but that’s what I did last week. In Seattle, temperatures are trying to reach respectable levels, but the chill and the spring showers are dominating the dress choice. Mangoes are essentially summer fruits and thanks to Asian imports, the local grocery shops have some good quality fruits in stock. These golden yellow mangoes were priced at $1.50 each. I had to experience the sweet sunshine they would deliver.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Mango (Sunday May 4, 2008 at 6:51 pm- permalink)
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  1. Dear Indira,
    Enjoy your slices of sunshine! Here on the east coast, King Alphanso (hapus) are still too expensive! Rice shortage or not, the sunshine shortage exists here too 🙁
    By the way, I tried the pesarapappu koshumbiri recipe, it was a super hit! Few foods are as refreshing and soul satisfying. Thanks for posting it.
    – Anu

    Dear Anu, I find sunshine shortage very difficult to cope with. I can’t wait for full blown summer Sun.
    Glad to read that you tried and enjoyed the delicious and healthy pesara pappu koshumbiri. Thanks for letting me know.

    Comment by anu — May 4, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  2. Wow, Such a sweet picture. Yummy Mangoes. The weather here in California is totally unpredictable now-a-days- it’s warm one day and cold and breezy the next.

    Same here Rathna. I get ready to go out for a walk , and the rain starts. Very unpredicatable these days.

    Comment by Rathna — May 4, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  3. I have not yet gone shopping for mangoes. Here in Bangalore there is no supply of sweet mangoes yet. People fear this might be through the season.

    I sincerely hope we (read exports to US) are not the ones responsible for mango shortage. Usually May, June and July are the mango months in India.

    Comment by Roma — May 4, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  4. Cold or warm, any season! It’s worth going for mango, the heavenly fruit. That’s a very pretty picture! Did you draw it?

    Mangoes are truly heavenly fruits.
    Yep. Dabbling with colors, my latest fancy.:) I enjoy trying out new things and my goal is not perfection but the process.
    Thank you for all your wonderful comments, Uma.

    Comment by Uma — May 4, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  5. cute! Did you know that the Alphonso mangoes are about 5$ each? Rich sunshine indeed.

    No surprise there. People here are crazy about alphonsos. I saw an online store google ad 12 alphonsos for $ 36, plus shipping extra.

    Comment by ms — May 4, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  6. Nice picture Indira! Mangaoes are the most adored fruit of mine but the season is still to come here. The fruits found in super markets are half-grown and ripened using chemicals which makes the basic taste diluted. I am yet to taste the mago of the season! I made a jar of your tomato pickle yesterday. It was divine!

    The mangoes we get here also ripened the same way, Nirmala. Color and shape are ok but they lack that taste we crave.
    Tomato pacchadi, yum!:)

    Comment by Nirmala — May 4, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  7. thats such a sweet sketch…I can so well agree on the need!

    Thanks Srivalli.

    Comment by Srivalli — May 5, 2008 @ 12:28 am

  8. What a cute sketch! I can relate to the cold…it is still *brrrr* here. Some Icebergs came our way, I’ll be posting them today!


    Icebergs? How exciting and how wonderful it would be if they carry some mangoes.:)

    Comment by Trupti — May 5, 2008 @ 4:45 am

  9. Oh you do painting too ? A multi talented lady you are Indira 🙂 .
    Pic is lovely .
    Truly contrary to Original scene .Where we have Mangoes in the summer of 40-50 C hot .

    I am an equal opportunity imperfectionist.:)
    Thanks Pooja.

    Comment by Pooja — May 5, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  10. Cute sketch! Yes the weather was wierd this spring… getting better these days. The mangoes at Costco are good too… Alphosa mangoes are $40 for a dozen.
    First it was Urid Dhal, curry leaves and then Rice. Everything is getting expensive and Bush blames it on our Indian middle class eating healthy food.

    I bought these at China market, downtown.
    I read about his remarks. They look like humans but they are truly cannibals. We shouldn’t be surprised if they invent a reason to invade countires like ours for our rich farmland, just like they have done in Iraq and trying to do in Iran for oil.

    Comment by Cilantro — May 5, 2008 @ 8:15 am

  11. cute one.


    Comment by kalva — May 5, 2008 @ 9:39 am

  12. very nice sketch. I especially love the expression of sheer joy in the face. The weather has been very unpredictable this year. I am still having oranges.

    Thanks Mystic.

    Comment by mystic — May 5, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  13. Indira, this is the cutest sketch I’ve seen in a long time! Can’t wait to see what you prepare with the mangoes. I bought a case of Ataulfo mangos 2 weeks ago, and put them in a brown paper bag. It helped to ripen them some more, but still they were not sweet.

    Thanks Padmaja. The mangoes I purchased are Thailand imports. The color is bright yellow, but they too are not that sweet.
    – Indira

    Comment by Padmaja — May 5, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  14. That is a really cute illustration Indira. I love the attitude of calling yourself an ‘equal opportunity imperfectionist’ – all too often I see people close themselves off from the joy of craft (any craft!) just because they are not excellent at it. Creative processes are so rewarding, (and so systematically deleted from Indian High School Education!) I wish you more joy with your pen and ink 🙂

    Comment by aa — May 5, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  15. Adorable pic!!! Well, you have more than one super talent, thats for sure!

    Comment by Indian Girl — May 6, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  16. I wish I could participate too. But am not good at fine arts 🙁

    Comment by Suganya — May 7, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  17. I didn’t know that you draw Indira. Nice picture.

    Comment by Madhuram — May 8, 2008 @ 8:03 am

  18. Indira,

    talking about Mangoes check my recent blog about Obbattu and seekarane a classic combo for us.

    Comment by usha peddamatham — May 8, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

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