Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day FRI 11 JUL 14
Create a "joyful fund" for out-of-town trips and things you'd like to buy that make you happy. Add to it whenever you can.
  • Good House Keeping
    Enjoy the Best Baon Ever with Good Housekeeping! This and more in the jam-packed June 2014 issue, out now for only P120.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Real Living
    Experience small-space style with Real Livings June issue! The magazine features five undersized homes with larger than life style, proving that limited space doesnt have to impact your style aspirations.
    Real Living
  • Women's Health
    This month, Women’s Health shows you how to be fit and healthy with our Get-In-Shape Special.
    Women's Health

Author Topic: What does gooseberry mean to Keralites?  (Read 1132 times)


  • Probationary
  • Posts: 1
What does gooseberry mean to Keralites?
« on: December 17, 2011, 04:45:35 PM »
Go to any vegetable and fruit market in Kerala in September/October, and you will surely be attracted by the pile of fresh looking gooseberries. Keralites are so much related to this fruit, that anyone born and brought up in Kerala will have a nostalgic `taste' on his tongue the taste of water taken soon after eating a gooseberry.
That taste lingers in the imagination of Keralites so much that it made the poet and Jnanpith Awardee ONV Kurup to refer to it in one of his popular poems, `Moham.'
It is again connected with the Malayali psyche through a proverb which draws a comparison between the elders' advice and the taste of gooseberries. It says that just like the taste of gooseberry which is bitter first and then tastes sweet, the elders' advice won't seem to be acceptable first, but later it will turn out to be the leading light.
Gooseberry tree is cultivated in many parts of India and a variety called star gooseberries can be seen commonly  in the residential areas of Kerala. In India it is such a popular fruit that almost all regional languages has a word coined for gooseberry. While Hindi-speaking North Indians call it amla, usirikayi is the Telugu word for it. It is called amlaki in Bengali and Nellikka in Malayalam. The fruit has rich Vitamin C content, and it is used for skin ayurvedic treatment.


follow us
Featured Articles
5 Steps to Financial Fitness in Tough Times
Instead of grumbling about the plight of the peso and dwelling on the negative, try these helpful tips to stay afloat. Remember--a little discipline goes a long way!
You're the breadwinner: Now what?
You want the freedom to spend your money as you wish but you know that if you don’t bring home the bacon, no one else will.
Getting money-wise: Why women are naturally capable of managing cash
She works hard for the money but she doesn’t know how to invest it. Here, Pearlsha Abubakar tells us why women are capable of managing their money well, but don’t. Read and get smart with your money.
Never go broke again! The FN guide to financial freedom-forever!
Fear not bankruptcy or eternal dependence on your parents (or a man!). There's a financial strategy for everybody. Read and get money-wise.
Wise up: Start your own business!
Tired of living from paycheck to paycheck? Why not go into business? Read on and find out how just a little cash can become a lot.