Here are delicious pickles made by my mom despite me repeatedly saying a clean NO. This year it was my mother; last year it was my mother-in-law who made a jarful of pickle for me! Mothers and mothers-in-law have unique ways of displaying love for their children… preparing sumptuous food is one of them.
In fact, there was a time when making pickles strengthened the family bond. Come summer, all the women of the house got together and made pickles of different tastes and styles, with the senior-most member delegating instructions & tasks, gradually revealing her secret recipe. Each household garnished its pickles with a unique, magic ingredient which made it stand out from the rest!
Come to think of it, many friendships and relationships, mainly in the neighbourhood have come into existence after exchanging pickles; the famous ‘vataki vyavahaar’ being extended to pickles saying, “aa season nu pehlu athaanu, tamne chaakhva maate”. I remember bonding with this particular girl in school only because she got differently delicious pickles in her lunch box every day! (Yes! I can be mean when it comes to good food 😉 )
PICKLES, just like relationships, are sweet, sour, and sometimes bitter too, adding the right amount of spiciness and tanginess to our platter… And rest assured no meal, no matter which part of the world you are in, is complete without a dollop of tasty, tangy pickle on your plate!