Monday, June 6, 2011


A Mango Story – Food for Thought

It is Mango Season. 
We, my wife and I, are experiencing the "much married" feeling (We are in our 30th year of our marriage now). 
So, we are going to cut a "hapus" Alphonso mango, share it together and tell each other this mango story, which encapsulates the secret of a long marriage ...

A much married couple was celebrating the golden jubilee of their married life, their 50th wedding anniversary of their very happy and successful marriage.

They both loved mangoes and decided to start the glorious day with a delicious Alphonso mango first thing in the morning.

While serving the mango the subservient docile wife thought: “For 50 years I have always sacrificed my own desires and been considerate towards my husband. I always gave him the deliciously sweet cheek of the mango, those succulent fleshy slices next to the skin of the mango which I love to eat. And I myself always sacrificed my desires and ate the sour pulpy part enveloping the seed of the mango. Enough is enough! Today I am going to enjoy the delicious cheeks of the mango and I will savour the heavenly sweet fleshy slices myself. And, for once, I will let my husband have the sour fibrous pulpy seed.”

So she cut the mango, took the sweet chunky slices of the mango cheeks herself and gave the pulpy seed of the mango to her husband, and she waited for his reaction with bated breath.

To her utter surprise, and contrary to her fears, her husband was very happy and he kissed her hand and said: “My darling, you have just given me the greatest joy of this wonderful 50thanniversary day. For 50 years I sacrificed my desires and I never ever asked you for the luscious tangy seed of the mango, which is what I like the most. I quietly ate the insipid mango cheeks you served me, even though I do not like them, because I always wanted you to enjoy and relish the tangy pulpy mango seeds which are so tasty.”


Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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Susan Amestoy said...

I am writing a book called "So...How Did You Meet Anyway?" It is a collection of people's "how we met" stories.
I have posted the stories which have been sent in on;
So...How Did You Meet Anyway?
I am always shopping for stories and I would like to add yours. Please check out the site, and if you would like to contribute your "how we met" story contact me at;
And if you would like any more information about the upcoming book, here is a link to a television interview I did in May.

Take care and...congratulations!

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Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Susan - Thanks.
@ Kapil - I have sent you an email

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Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Siddhant - Thanks. I am so glad you liked this. Do keep reading my blogs and I will appreciate your feedback.

Nags said...

Really a heart touching story.The secret of long marriage is be equal and treat each other with respect and love, because at the end of life its only going to be a husband who is for the wife and a wife who is for the husband! A husband expects wife’s support and understanding especially in times of troubles. A good wife loves her hubby through his successes and failures and provides reassurance when he's feeling down.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@Nags - Thanks for your insightful comments. Well, the secret of a long marriage - so confusing ...!!!