Summer pleasures

Come summer and I think of the time my grandmother and I got drunk together. Our libation was the sap of the palmyra tree and it appeared like clockwork this time of year. Called padaneer in Tamil and neera up North, this sap of the Borassus flabellifer tree tasted of jaggery, coconut, and water. The men who sold it to us insisted that it had “no kick,” but was full of “strength and vitamins.”

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Thank you, The Hindu Bangalore.

Thank you Harshini Vakkalanka for this lovely piece here The moo factor Harshini Vakkalanka APRIL 16, 2018 00:00 IST UPDATED: APRIL 16, 2018 04:32 IST SHARE ARTICL Four-legged wisdom The cow is a great metaphor to explain life, says Shoba S R Raghunathan Author Shoba Narayan found the cow was a prism through which to view and…

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Thank you for the review, John.

Narayan’s narrative skills are supreme. From a reluctant believer in the virtues of udder milk compared with packet milk to consecrating her new flat with freshly laid cow dung to buying a cow as a spiritual and religious act, and then donating it, Narayan walks the whole hog with the cow—although not with the desi cow, but a Holstein-Friesian version.

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