‘Pazham pori, choodu Pazham pori (hot banana fritters)’ called out the hawker in the distance. When those exciting words reached my ears, all my attention was focused on that voice,lest I miss the vendor when he passes by. If I were a dog, you could have seen, my ears go up.
As the priest begins to read the concluding prayers during the Good Friday service, most Malayali Christians would experience the following : hunger and excitement. Hunger because Good Friday services are much longer than the regular service and most people fast in the morning on this day, thereby making lunch, the first meal of the day and excitement because most of them are already aware of what awaits them at home.
Be it your birthday, a regional festival or an important occasion, or just a craving for something sweet, that familiar aroma will pervade through your house and bring back memories of every other instance that this sweet dish brought joy, happiness and the spirit of sharing. It will remind you about how you fought with your brother for the last spoon of that scrumptious sweet, or how impatiently you waited for your mother to take it off the stove and how you burnt your tongue because you couldn’t wait for it to cool down or the times somebody messed it up so bad that you just died a little after all that waiting or that one wedding where it tasted so good that you wished you could ask for a second helping and wondered if you would look too greedy. Continue reading “That familiar aroma”