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100 Words: Indian Summers


Green mangoes freshly picked off a tree in my grandparents house – cut in to slices and sprinkled with salt and chilli powder.

Muskmelon custard made by Mum,  transferred to an ice-cream pail to be churned. All the children took turns at churning and then fought over who got to lick the ice cream off the churning gadget – one of the cousins christened it the ‘fan belt.’

 Mornings spent scouring magazines for the names of movies that could be used  later that evening to fox the other team in a game of  charades.

Summer memories are made of these.

I have fond memories of summer holidays spent at my grandparents’ home in Hyderabad.

What are you ‘summer memories’?

May you be inspired – every day!



  1. stoopinitinthesuburbs stoopinitinthesuburbs June 13, 2012

    What a wonderful list of great healthy foods. Mangoes yum

  2. JoHeroux JoHeroux June 13, 2012

    As a child, I spent my summers at my grandparents home about 7 hours from here. They would pick me up Memorial week-end and I would come home Labor Day week-end. I loved summer with them.  As an adult, I just love summer at home.

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 13, 2012

       @JoHeroux My grandparents too were a large part of our summer holidays, Jo. Thank you for sharing. 

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 13, 2012

       @sharongreenthal We’d hold our own summer camps in our grandparents home – it was fun too 😉

  3. JourneyofLifeA JourneyofLifeA June 12, 2012

    Yes. I love summer … I was a June bride …so Yes to Summer.

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 13, 2012

       @JourneyofLifeA  I loved the reminiscing on your blog recently….about your romance!

  4. rimly rimly June 2, 2012

    Summers! I used to love them because I never really truly experienced them, being in a boarding school in a hill station. The few occasional summers that I have had the fortune to be at home was spent swimming and generally being up to some tricks.

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 2, 2012

       @rimly Oh poor you! But I’m sure you were up to tricks in the boarding school as well!

  5. melissa melissa May 29, 2012

    I like mangoes, but I particularly like Indian mangoes 😉 Oh you’ve spent your summer holidays real well! Such fun… I’m glad we could always go back into them esp. that holidays are rare at work LOL…

    I enjoyed this post.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 29, 2012

      I know you like all things Indian, Melissa 😉 I would love to know how you spent your holidays! You really need to take a long one and come visit – and you can stay with me – I promise I’ll be nice – despite my latest post 🙂 😉

      • melissa melissa May 30, 2012

        I usually spend my holidays with my nieces. I Take them out to the Buddhist temple nearby to play. When they aren’t around, I’d spend my time reading, drawing or experimenting on new recipes 🙂

        You are right, I love Indians in general (it wasn’t so while I was in mission :P)… I would really like to go to your place BS. I remember we were joking about me having a bf from Goa 😛

        You are so gracious BS, I’ll be careful not to get a pink slip though LOL! You’ll give me a warning right, ahahaha… lots of love :*

        • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 13, 2012

          Knowing you, I can imagine the fun and laughter that your nieces have in your company. Sometimes I think you’re too busy with all the kids to have a bf (from Goa or otherwise) 😉  No pink slip for you, sweetie. Only a green card!

  6. Aarti Pais Aarti Pais May 26, 2012

    I miss green mangoes .. especially with salt and chill powder!! I used to buy them from the little street vendor and get them wrapped in a paper packet. My husband thinks putting salt and chilli powder on mangoes is just plain weird. Well, I think putting peanut butter on apples is weird. Different strokes for different folks!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Your husband doesn’t know what he’s missing, Aarti! Peanut butter on apples – now that I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Nikky44 Nikky44 May 25, 2012

    Summer memories?? not that much to be honest. I can’t remember a lot 🙂

  8. Mary Mary May 24, 2012

    I have sad and happy memories of my childhood summers. Most of it is boring and spent wishing I was elsewhere. That said, I am grateful for my past because they have made me appreciate what I have now.

    I do remember climbing trees, but I did that almost all year round 😀

    Thanks for the gentle stroll along memory lane.

    Best regards,

  9. Phoenixritu Phoenixritu May 24, 2012

    Oh such nostalgia. I remember sitting next to the fireplace burying sweet potatoes in the ashes of the chimney fire and then waiting for them to roast ever so patiently. I remember stealing the raw mangoes put out to dry for pickles. Lovely memories

  10. Debra Debra May 24, 2012

    Oh, such sweet and tasty memories Corinne!
    My fond summer memories are juicy watermelons from my dad’s patch and VBS.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Mmmm I love watermelons, Debra and to have them grow in your own home! I would gorge!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Mmmm…. I love watermelons, Debra. To have them grow in your own home – I would gorge!

  11. Heal Now and Forever Heal Now and Forever May 23, 2012

    You had me at mangos with salt and cayenne peppers.

  12. Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young May 23, 2012

    Sorry, but wrong twitter handle in, changed!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Are you on Twitter, Elizabeth? The twitter handle still seems incorrect.

  13. Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young May 23, 2012

    Thank you for sharing some of your beautiful memories of your Summer vacations! One of the things I remember the most was the donkey rides on the beach. They appeared very high up for a young child and VERY bumpy, but the man in charge always gave one the feeling he had 100% control over the donkey’s, so all one had to do was squeal and have fun! Tin buckets and spades and the flags of the world to stick in the top of sandcastles are another memory.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Oh! What a lovely memory that is, Elizabeth. Donkey rides by the beach remind me of the books I read growing up – most of them were set in the England and seemed so fascinating to a child.

  14. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl May 23, 2012

    Mmmm, I love mangoes and sticky rice with coconut milk! My favorite dessert when I lived in Bangkok. When I lived in the Ivory Coast, we had a mango tree in our yard. My son was only a toddler then, but he remembers getting mangoes off the tree and eating them! Lovely memories!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      I actually haven’t tried that combination, Galen. I’m more partial to green mangoes than the ripe ones. I hope someday you will write a book of all your travels. Your little vignettes make such interesting reading that I certainly would like to read more of your intrepid travelling!

  15. Andy Andy May 23, 2012

    Dear Corinne,
    Like everyone else, I also have so many memories as a child and as a young boy. Thankfully, they were all good and beautiful. Time will not allow me to list them, but many was with mangoes (smile). Thanks for sharing my friend.

  16. Myrna Myrna May 23, 2012

    this was sweet. My fondest summer memory is of a summer I spent in Puerto Rico. I met my half-brother and we had so much fun. Thanks for reminding me Corinne.

  17. privytrifles privytrifles May 23, 2012

    My summer memories are mostly of my school holidays – where I would just read, read and read ! much I wish those days were back 🙂

    Your post reminded of them.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      If you look at the other link I shared on this post, Privy, you will notice it’s about reading and summer holidays! Thankfully, at present, my life is like one long summer holiday!
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  18. Sandra Tyler Sandra Tyler May 23, 2012

    Wow, I can’t imagine being able to pick mangoes off a tree! We only know pear and apple trees here 🙁

  19. Janaki Nagaraj Janaki Nagaraj May 23, 2012

    I have tons of memories from childhood…:-) Nice post.

  20. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando May 23, 2012

    What wonderful memories you have shared here, Corinne! I, too, have great memories of vacations spent with grandparents and cousins.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 23, 2012

      I would love to hear yours sometime, Martha. Knowing how well you tell a story, I can imagine how interesting they’d be!

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