Once again, poor old me is pining for the homeland and the fruit of her dreams. Every one who calls me from India, tells me, “oh aunty, wish you were here. This season, the mangoes are so good!” What the heck! Why do they have to sprinkle salt on my wounds?

But, I am happy today. I have been happy for a week. My sister sent me a box of mangoes from Florida. OMG! I am so excited. I have already eaten several!


The garden is full of flowers and vegetables. This year I was able to grow the oriental eggplants. They are so good. I get bunches of them at a time, just like cluster beans. The other eggplants are also in abundance, so are the chili peppers.






The tomatoes are beginning to ripen, but I think the beans are almost done. I got a good crop of them.



The giant hibiscus and the roses keep blooming. All is well in my garden, it seems.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

33 Responses to MANGOES

  1. slmret says:

    The mangoes are beautiful, and I’m sure they’re very tasty! But so are the flowers veggies and flowers beautiful (specially the red and white rose). We are asked not to grow veggies, as they bring rats to the community, but there are good veggie stands. You have made me hungry for eggplant 🙂 !

    • Zakiah says:

      I love eggplants/aubergines/brinjal as they are called at home. My tomatoes are not ready yet. We have a farmers Market here that sets up on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I like my vegetables better! 🙂

  2. Yes, much to be happy about–I love fresh veggies and fruit. Love mangoes too..
    The flowers are also lovely.
    Hugs and love

  3. Love the mangoes… I hope you have an endless supply of them. The black spots on the mangoes – are they just on the skin? Your egg plants look pretty good!

    • Zakiah says:

      The black spot on the mangoes is only on the skin. I think the sweet sap on the skin turn them into black spots. The fruit itself is not tainted.

  4. and your roses too! (I hit enter too soon)

  5. jstnotherday says:

    Ciao Bella 😉
    I was just listening to someone speaking of the love of mango’s on the radio this morning. 🙂
    The oriental eggplants are very interesting.
    Sounds like an early harvest.
    Oh how I miss having a garden!
    Happiness is found in a garden. How blessed you are. ❤
    Happy that you are happy with your gift of mango's from Florida! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I know. One of my colleagues who also has planted eggplants is only now beginning to get blooms. I have had three or four separate pickings and have give some to him.
      Mangoes are my passion Lynn.

  6. mrswrangler says:

    Glad your garden is growing. Mine has been hailed three times in a week.

  7. whyzat says:

    Ooooh, I love me a good mango! I like to gnaw on the seed to get all the “goodie” off! Your garden is beautiful!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Dian. I love the mangoes to death. I sometimes use the seed to add to some of my curries, and it gives it a sweet and sour taste. Really good!

  8. What a beautiful and delicious garden haha

  9. Humor_Me_Now says:

    I love mangoes–so does HAWAII. I must buy one today. I am also home sick–for HAWAII.

    Love your photos.

  10. christao408 says:

    Oh, I know you miss the mangoes!

  11. ruth7933 says:

    such a beautiful harvest. I think I am finally able to comment again. Celebration.

  12. Mangoes!!! OHMYGOSH! I love mangoes! And yours are beautiful! 🙂 What a wonderful gift! 🙂
    I love the veggies and fruits of Summer! And the homegrown ones taste THE BEST! I fixed a lot of veggie and fruit dishes the past week, while all the family was here! 🙂
    Your flowers are SO lovely! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I am so glad you had a great time with family and friends last week. Mangoes and I have a love affair going on for more than seventy years! I used to write about them on xanga all the time.
      Yes there is something so tasty and wonderful about home grown vegetables. Thank you for the comment Carolyn.

    • Zakiah says:

      I love mango juice. I make the lussi, (LASSI) at home and it is so good. I usually do not add any other fruit to it. It takes the purity of the mango.

  13. r_hsw says:

    such great looking fat eggplant. that would make such lovely curry.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s