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Zeena Singh

In Appreciation…….. of the simple pleasures of life…

By EMN Updated: Nov 28, 2015 10:19 pm

Zeena Singh For Eastern Mirror Sunday

Hello folks,

I believe that life has so much to give if only we cared to give a little thought to the most minuscule of joys (which we’d find so much of) only if we’d stop looking at the looming discomforts and discontents.
So here I am, to share with you the simplest joys in my life as I have experienced some time in my life and those that I take as I face each day, at a time.

Eat Treats

Most pleasurable are the thoughts that flash across our minds even if but momentarily.
My moment occured a couple of days ago, when I was smack hit by a sudden flashback instant of my once-upon-a-time, most peculiarly preferred eat-treat goodies.The Bun –pastry combine: For those who can connect, I wish you many a happy drool, and for those who may not quite get the drift, my appeal would be to give it a sure attempt. Re 1.50p was what I’d put aside from my weekly pocket money, whenever possible, to sink my teeth into a jam and cream- topped pastry, sandwiched between fresh soft buns. Almost seeming to have a cake inside a bun would indeed not appear palatable, but believe me, it incontestably was then a sure delectable treat, this, and to be able to afford it- another.
Rock- solid flattened chunks of sweet molasses or black treacle, popularly known as stick-jaws to us, enticing and enjoyed more so for its sticky effect, perhaps making it all the more worth all the tug and yank. This too I register in my catalogue of foods oddly favoured.
Curiosity, as always, had gotten the better of me, leading me to sample the next best produce of the Guava tree , finding it to be savoured as much as the fruit, if not more – its leaf! Irrelevant of its nutritional properties, for quite a while it remained my most flavoursome form of foliage (though of course secretly engaged, up until now, lest I be sniggered upon).
“Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat…” sang The Seekers; Bob Marley and the Wailers, Roger Whittaker and others. For Will Holt ( the song writer) perhaps, as he compared the lemon tree to love , but for me not only the lemon fruit but more so its peel without a doubt is possible to relish, swallow and digest.
Another oddball is in the essence of the banana which couldn’t be more augmented than with a piece of the most popular thin arrowroot biscuit with each chew. Here I am left still to determine which of the two furthered the taste of the other, but each chomp unmistakably luscious.
A far cry from the run-after McDonalds and Kentucky fry’ fads of the century, these simple yet bizarre mouth-watering indulgences took us a long way – There would be numerous others with scores of various food eccentricities that I know I can hardly imagine, but for the instances of merry experiences, however wacky, I must express my appreciation of them.

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By EMN Updated: Nov 28, 2015 10:19:13 pm