So I open my eyes and see the North star as bright as a 100 watt bulb hanging outside my window shining, looking right into my face.
I swear, I couldnt go back to sleep. It was so bright and beckoning that ignoring it would be denial. And a sight as beautiful as this did not take me a lot of effort to leave the bed. I went and stood by the window, the gentle winter air of Dar es salaam hitting my face, and I was in so much awe of the beauty of the what I saw. A star so big, so bright, so shiny, so twinkling – it was amazing. It would have been a shame not to have shared this beautiful sight with someone, so there I was blatantly waking Rajeev up. “Get up, you have to see this”. Poor him, shocked out of his sleep, wondering what UFO I am going to be showing him, woke up and stood in awe at the window. I am grateful he woke up and enjoyed the view, and we even had a conversation on why it looked as huge as it did, and if it was the North Star or the Pole Star – or were they the same! Honestly, nothing made sense in the wee hours of the morning, except for the beauty of the night, and before the conversation ended meaningfully, he was snoring deeply, and I was wide awake.
So there I lay awake and contemplated life and its goodness, and fell asleep just when I was supposed to be awake.
In life we should not wait for the right moment, the right age, the right – ……..it never happens, I say. Do what you need to do, when you need to do, right away. You will never regret it.
The next day I had two mangoes which I had brought on impulse without them being in season, and regretted later on as they were tasteless. But I just couldnt let them go waste, they were mighty expensive. So here what I did – made mango lemonade. When life hands you tasteless mango, make mango lemonade – you wont regret it.
Time taken – 5 minutes
Served – 8-10 mocktail glasses
Pulp of two mangoes
1/2 cup sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Blend these two together and keep it in a container. This should last about 2 days I guess. I couldnt save any to see if it lasts.
To serve –
Add 2 tbspn of the pulp to the glass and add Sprite as you continue to stir up the pulp to blend with the Soda.
You could add plain soda to cut out the calories.
I even thought a Gingerale would be great as well
Garnishing with mint leaves would be aesthetic
Give it without the soda, just add water and it serves as juice for the kids
Add milk and give it a blend to make a great mango smoothie
The list is endless – I could think of a thousand other things
P.S – the picture is pathetic – please excuse