Choru Custard (Cooked Rice Custard )

Ayyooo!!! Have you thrown out the left over rice after lunch or dinner? Oh no!!! Here is an Adipoli recipe which can be used to convert the rice into lovely custard which children will grab and eat.


  1. Cooked rice – 1 Cup
  2. Coconut – 2 Table spoons
  3. Coconut milk or milk – 1 Cup
  4. Brown sugar/Honey – 2 Table spoon or more
  5. Turmeric Powder – ¼ Teaspoon (Just for color)
  6. Cardamom powder or Vanilla Essence – ¼ Teaspoon
  7. Salt – 1 Pinch
  8. Cashew nuts – Just to decorate (optional)
  9. Cherry – For decoration


Grind the rice and coconut into a smooth paste and keep aside.  In a saucepan add the milk and sugar stir well till the sugar melts (if using honey add and stir well).  Now add the ground paste along with the turmeric and mix well.  Keep on slow flame and cook stirring now and then.  Once it begins to thicken add salt just to balance the sweetness, stir continuously till it becomes very thick.

Sprinkle cardamom powder or drop vanilla essence and remove from the fire. Empty the content into a bowl and decorate with cashew nut and cherry.  When cool serve as it is or chilled.  Use honey or sugar according to your taste.  I used very little because I like medium sweetness.

Hope you wont waste rice any more.

©2018 My Grandmas-Healthy

Chackakuru (Jack fruit seed) Shake

Hey, wait, wait don’t throw away Jack fruit seeds. Have you got plenty of jack fruit seeds and fed up of making side dishes and curry? You must have tried various types of shakes at home and in hotels and other shops but have you tried Chackakuru shake? Try this out, you and your kids will love this easy and healthy shake. It’s too tasty and filling.


  1. Jack fruit seeds – 10 Nos
  2. Coconut Milk/Scraped coconut – 1 Glass
  3. Cardamom – 2
  4. Cherry – 2 (optional)
  5. Almonds/Cashew nuts – 4 (optional)
  6. Honey/ organic brown sugar – 2 Table spoons


Boil and skin the jack fruit seeds. Cut into pieces and grind in mixi without water.  When it’s powdered, add coconut milk or scraped coconut (if using coconut add drinking water and grind well), (those who don’t have coconut can use any milk), crushed cardamom seeds and honey and grind well. If it is too thick, can add some more milk or a little drinking water. 

Pour the shake into a glass, add crushed nuts and cherry on top and drink it as it is or can chill and drink.  Decorate with a mint leaf. It tastes like Almond shake.  A very delicious and stomach filling shake.  So now don’t throw out the excess jack fruit seeds. There are other recipes also with this.  Will write it as and when I make them.  See you soon with another recipe. Till then take care.

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Ayala (Mackerel) Mango Fill


  1. Ayala Fish (Mackerel) – 3 nos
  2. Green Mango small pieces (Sour) – 5 pieces
  3. Chilli Powder – 2 Teaspoon
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1 Teaspoon
  5. Small Onion – 10 nos
  6. Salt – To taste
  7. Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  8. Grated Coconut – 2 Table spoons
  9. Ginger – One 3 inch piece
  10. Garlic – 5 Cloves
  11. Pepper Powder – 2 Teaspoons
  12. Coconut Oil – 1 Table spoon
  13. Water – 1 Cup


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Clean and wash the fish well, make few cuts on them so that masala will seep in well.  I have used Mackerel. You can use any fish. Mix salt, turmeric, chilli powder and 1 spoon pepper powder with 1 or 2 teaspoon water, apply to the fish and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

Grind curry leaves , grated coconut, garlic,  1 teaspoon pepper powder, salt and green mango into fine paste. Fill the fish with the ground masala and apply some on the fish too. Place the fish in a frying pan and pour 1 cup water.

Chop the onions and smash the ginger then add them to the fish. Cover and cook it well.  When the water almost dries up add coconut oil. When all the water dries up and become like a wet paste, turn the fish on the other side and keep for few minutes and switch off the stove.

Eat it with any dish or as it is.  Oh my God too tasty. I just can’t believe that I made such a delicious dish with fish!!


All of you please rush, Just grab some fish from the nearest store and try this recipe. This is a must try dish because the taste is awesome, all will love it.

My mouth is watering, cant wait any more to eat it up. So by for now will see you again with another good recipe.

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Egg Fruit mango Chutney


  1. Egg fruit (Brinjal) – 1
  2. Mango small pieces – 3 pieces (if  not sour take only 5 pieces)
  3. Chilli Powder – 1 Teaspoon
  4. Big Onion – 1 Chopped
  5. Salt – To taste
  6. Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  7. Grated Coconut – 4 Table spoons
  8. Ginger – 1 small piece
  9. Roasted ground nuts – 1 Tablespoon


Wash and wipe the egg fruit.  Roast direct on fire without any vessel. Allow to cool down and remove the skin.

Smash all the ingredients together and at the end smash the egg fruit. Mix well. Splutter mustard seeds adding 1 tablespoon oil and add the chutney in and just season for 2 to 3 minutes remove frome fire and add the crushed ground nuts. 20190701_211501Can have as a touching for any meal.

Have a great meal. See you soon with another good recipe. Till then By! Take care.




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Anchovy (Kozhuva) Chutney

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Anchovy (Kozhuva)

This small fish is known as Nethili, Natholi, Netha, Nathal or Kozhuva in Malayalam; Indian Anchovy in English; Nethili, Thogaimeen, Nethail in Tamil; Nethallu, Pooroava, Kelba, Poravallu in Thelungu; Bolingei Kollathuru in Kannada; Kati in Hindi/Marati and Phyasa in Arabic. This tiny fish is very tasty and good for health. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Niacin also known as Vitamin B3, Vitamin A, Potassium, Calcium, Selenium, Protein, Iron and Vitamin E.


  1. Fish – 20 nos
  2. Mango small pieces – 5 pieces (if very sour take only 2 or 3 pieces)
  3. Green Chilli – 1
  4. Small Onion – 8
  5. Salt – To taste
  6. Curry leaves – 5 leaves
  7. Grated Coconut – 4 Table spoons
  8. Ginger – 1 small piece


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Anchovy (Kozhuva)

Clean the fish and apply chilli powder, turmeric and salt then fry them till very crispy. Peel the skin of the mango and take 5 pieces.  If the mango is very sour use just 2 pieces.



Grind the fish in a mixer grinder, then add mango, green chilli, small onions, ginger, curry leaves and salt into a paste; now drop the coconut and grind it for a second; the coconut should not be ground fine so that it tastes better.

c3 This is a really mouthwatering chutney with which you can have a delicious lunch or dinner.

When you don’t get other fishes you can try this quick but tasty dish which is very easy and delicious to make.


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Instant Eggless Jack Fruit Pudding….Yummy!!

j2This is the jack fruit season in Kerala and we make lots of dishes with raw as well as ripe jack fruits. This is a unique dish which I made and its simply yummy and soft as icecream.  All must try it up if you have few pods of ripe jack fruit and rice flour. This is not that hard jack fruit, its the soft variety. I like it because its very easy to open and take the pods out and is very sweet.  You can use the hard verity also.


  1. Ripe Jack Fruit Paste – 2 Cups (Take the pods of jack fruit & grind in mixi without the seeds)
  2. Melted Jaggery – 4 Table Spoons
  3. Rice flour – 2 Cups
  4. Cardamom powder – 2 or 3 pinches
  5. Cumin seeds (small jeera) powder – 1 Teaspoon
  6. Salt – ¼ Teaspoon
  7. Ghee – 1 Teaspoon
  8. Cashew nuts – For decoration


Mix 1 to 6 ingredients together, blend it very well and make a smooth batter (Beat in mixi).  Salt should be used only to balance the sweetness of jaggery; it should not be too much or else the taste will be spoilt. Grease a dish with ghee and keep ready for steaming. Those who like the taste of ghee can add more but not too much.  Pour 1 table spoon Jaggery and spread it at the bottom of the dish. Pour the batter into the dish, decorate with cashew nuts and keep for steaming.

j7After 20 to 30 minutes lift the lid and poke a fork or knife and see if its cooked well.  When ready switch off the stove and allow it to cool.  Then make pieces and serve.  Waah! Waah!  It is such a lovely desert to cherish.  Make it at least once during jack fruit season and you will always want to eat more.

Kids and jack fruit lovers will enjoy this dish I guarantee.



©2018 My Grandmas-Healthy


Chacka Kuru Olath Quick and Easy

chaka kuru 1Oh!! when I think of cleaning and making Chacka Kuru (Jack fruit seed) I usually leave the idea because it is so difficult to take each raw seed and remove the outer skin with a knife.  In olden days there was a joke of cleaning jack fruit seeds.  Ladies in villages usually gather here and there in any house for chitchatting and backbiting especially during monsoon because no work in the fields and properties.  Usually they clean jack fruit seeds which takes a long time to clean (remember each house hold needed lots because number of members in the family would be 7 or above. So while chitchatting lots of seeds would be cleaned. Some ladies who love to chitchat may sit for hours with one or two seeds it seems that’s the way the men make fun of the ladies.

Someone said if you want to find out the easiest way to do a work, must place it in the hands of the laziest one. I think I am the laziest when it comes to the work in kitchen.  So I found an easy method to clean the seeds.  I pressure cook them and skin them easily.


  1. Jack fruit seeds – 1 Cup (Cooked and cut)
  2. Onion – 1
  3. Garlic – 5 cloves
  4. Chilli Powder -1 Teaspoon
  5. Turmeric Powder – ¼ Tea spoon
  6. Coriander Powder – 1 Teaspoon
  7. Cloves Powder – ¼ Teaspoon
  8. Big Jeera Powder – ½ Teaspoon
  9. Cinnamon Powder – ¼ Teaspoon
  10. Cardamom – 2 ( open and smashed seeds)
  11. Salt – To taste
  12. Pork Ghee – 2 Table Spoons ( Can use any oil)
  13. Curry Leaves – 10 leaves
  14. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon



Cook the jack fruit seeds in a cooker for 3 whistles pouring 1 cup water.  After cooling, remove the skin and cut into pieces. Pour Pork Ghee or any other oil and splutter mustard seeds. Chop the onion into small pieces and add to the oil, stir till golden color then add all the ingredients and add 1 tablespoon water, when water dries and oil shows up add ½ cup water and the jack fruit seeds and stir well till all the water dries up.

Vow I love this very tasty Chacka Kuru Olath in Pork Ghee, its simply yummy for those who love pork. My brothers Muslim friends would come home just to eat this during my childhood. Hey! Secret, their parents would kill them if they knew it; because it was haram for them. You can use ordinary cow ghee or any oil of your choice. But Pork ghee is the tastiest.  I just finished making the side dish and my son polished the dish in no time.

Try this and relish the easy and lovely dish.

I take pork ghee from pork meat like this. Put the skin pieces of the pork in a pan and heat it stirring now and then, after few minutes you will see oil coming out, if you keep it for 10 to 15 minutes you will get lots of ghee, then you can put the pieces with the rest of the pieces in pork curry. Once the ghee cools you can pour in a bottle and keep in fridge.  It will not get spoil. You can use it when you wish.


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Heal Mind, Body and Spirit with ‘Gayathri Mantra’

A scientifically proven mantra to obtain physical, mental and spiritual health (Holistic health). The ‘Gayathri Mantra’

Dear Readers, please note all that is written here are the outcome of my research and understanding of a Universal Prayer, the “Gayatri Mantra”.  Thanks to all the YouTube contributors and writers. References are all at the bottom.  This may not be a perfect explanation because my small mind can hold only so little of the Mystical knowledge of India’s Great Sage Vishwamithra.  There might be great scholars who can understand this better, I request my readers to forgive me if I have made any mistakes in this.

First of all, I was born in a Christian family and after learning our scriptures and reading the scriptures of all religions found the Universal truth: “All of us are souls who have taken our bodies as costumes to act in this Universe.  Once our part of acting ends we will leave our costumes (bodies) and go to our real home”. We are all striving towards a single goal to reach our Heavenly Father the Founder and Director of the Universe; using various paths and means”. Though our ultimate goal is one and the same the paths (Religions) are dividing us. Now my religion is humaneness. I love Gayatri Mantra and recite it daily several times of the day.  It really gives a positive energy and enthusiasm. Now let us go deep into its explanation by several great Pundits.

By the way Gayatri Mantra is not a prayer to the Hindu God’s, that’s only a misinterpretation of several religious leaders, it’s an Indian prayer to praise, worship and adore the almighty God who controls the Universe and it’s a scientifically proven powerful Hymn which energizes the whole body and creates holistic health.

Now on to the explanations:

Gayatri Mantra History and Meaning

According to Douglas Brooks, PhD, a professor of religion at the University of Rochester and a teacher in the Rajanaka yoga tradition, the Gayatri mantra first appeared in the Rig Veda, an early Vedic text written between 1800 and 1500 BC.

It is mentioned in the Upanishads as an important ritual and in the Bhagavad Gita as the ‘Poem of the Divine’. The Gayatri is considered as the essence of the Vedas. ‘Veda’ means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact the four core-declarations enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra.

“Gayatri” is a Sanskrit word; it’s the feminine form of “gayatra” which means a song or hymn, having a Vedic meter of 3 padas or lines of 8 syllables. The first line (Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah) is considered an invocation, and is not technically a part of the original Gayatri Mantra as it appears in the Upanishads. Gayatri is also referred to as a Vedic poetic meter of 24 syllables or any hymn composed in this meter. Hence, there exists a whole family of Gayatri Mantras, which serve as meditative aids to pray for the blessings of God.

A famous quote in Sanskrit brings to surface the efficacy of Gayatri Mantra. It goes thus, “Gayan Trayate Iti Gayatri”, meaning Gayatri is the protector of those who chant it. Gayatri mantra is called the mother of all mantras. In the Hindu pantheism, a lot of importance is given to Vedic chanting’s as they carry a lot of positive vibrations that are highly beneficial to enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual health of a person.

Gayatri mantra is found to be the highest and most powerful hymn in the world. It’s a combination of sound waves of a particular frequency, this hymn is claimed to be capable of developing specific spiritual and physical potentialities.

The Hamburg University initiated research into the efficacy of most powerful Hymns of all religions and found the Gayatri Mantra the most efficient Hymn in the world. Because of the various vibrations it creates both on the mental and physical plane of creation. On the basis of science and research, Gayatri Manthra produced 110,000 sound waves per second if chanted properly.

And Now the Gayatri Mantra is broadcasted daily for 15 minutes from 7 p.m. onwards over radio Paramaribo, Surinam, South America for the past two years and in Amsterdam, Holland for the last six months.

Indonesia is a Muslim country, but women in Bali, a small Island of Indonesia recite Gayatri Mantra every day. So people who say Gayatri Manthra cannot be chanted by women are really not true says many wise Guru’s.

The Gayatri Manthra is a Universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. It is addressed to the Immanent and Transcendent Divine who has been given the name ‘Savita,’ meaning ‘that from which all are born.’ The Gayatri may be considered as having three parts – (i) Adoration (ii) Meditation (iii) Prayer or request. First the Divine is praised and then is meditated upon in reverence and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect, the discriminating faculty of man.

[‘Sathya Sai Speaks’, vol 13.34: June, 20, 1977]

‘OM’ () is the sound produced by the sun and whole galaxy as it moves; The First Word Om (Aum) is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from the Prana (vital vibration), which feels the Universe. The scripture says “Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman” (Aum that one syllable is Brahman (Almighty God who has no beginning or end)).

When you pronounce AUM ():

A – Emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the naval
U – rolls over the tongue
M – ends on the lips
A – waking, U – dreaming, M – sleeping

It is the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat. It is the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute.

OM therefore, represents both the not manifested or revealed (nirguna) and manifested or revealed (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called pranavameaning that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath.

Finally, it needs to be mentioned that there are a number of meanings of the three main words of this mantra given in the scriptures, adding a few below:

Various meanings of the words used in the Gayatri Mantra

Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Earth Atmosphere Beyond Atmosphere
Past Present Future
Morning Noon Evening
Tamas Rajas Satwa
Gross Subtle Causal

Because of these meaning variations, when the Hymn is translated from Sanskrit to other languages lots of misunderstandings and mistakes could occur according to the language efficiency and understanding of the translator.  Sometimes it may be totally different from the author’s description.

This is just what happened to all the scriptures including the Bible. Sometimes it could be the opposite of what the author really meant to disclose. So according to our small understanding we can very well say that Gayatri Mantra is a payer to the one and only God our Father, the creator who is Almighty and All Powerful, who is the only one who knows the past, present, future and beyond future.

This is not a prayer to any Devi or it’s not the prayer of only Hindu religion.  This is a prayer composed by the enlightened Indian Maharishi Vishwamithra to achieve enlightenment or the true wisdom. Thus all persons from any religions can recite and meditate upon this, since all of us worship the same God, through different means.  Just as we take different roots and vehicles to reach any tourist destinations, our ultimate destination is to be one with our creator. The ways (religions) are all dividing factors of humanity.  Our minds must be opened and enlightened to realize this true fact and move in the right direction following the Will of the Divine.

In general, we meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord,  the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all sufferings, Who controls the Universe and sustains all, whose divine light illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual).of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, may this Divine light illumine our intellect and may It direct our mental faculties in the right direction just as He directs the Sun and the whole Galaxy.  In short, God is dear to me like my own breath; He is the dispeller of my pains and giver of happiness. I meditate on the supremely adorable Light of the Divine Creator, that it may inspire my thought and understanding.

Reference Links:


  1. Mantra Chanting: Exploring the Traditional and Scientific Health and Wellness Uses, Pamela G. Stevens; Maryland University of Integrative Health
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Sharon’s Night Journey with a Killer – Short Story

The background of the story is a small village filled with paddy fields, streams, rubber estates, coconut groves and huge rocks on top of which lots of families are dwelling in small huts made of mud bricks and coconut leaves.  Other houses, including Sharon’s house are far since each family owned acres of lands and built the houses in the middle of their properties.

Sharon was the youngest of 7 children from a middle class family. Her house was situated at the center of 7 acres of land filled with rubber plantations, coconut palms, Jack fruit, mango and other trees and vegetable plantations.  They had bulls, cows, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits and dogs. There was a huge paddy field too.  So their closest neighbors’ lived half a kilometers away.

This incident took place when Sharon was studying in 9th grade. One day the usual bus in which she used to travel broke down and the next 2 buses didn’t allow the students to enter in due to overcrowding, so she had to take a later bus to return home from school which is 10 kilometers away.  By the time the bus reached her home village, it was 7.30 pm and was dark everywhere except in few shops which had gaslights.  By the way this was long back in 1979 when there was no electricity or telephone in the village.

She was really scared to go home which was 2 kilometers walk from the bus stop. The paths were not visible in darkness and Sharon knew there were poisonous snakes, scorpions and centipedes everywhere; but somehow she gathered all her courage and went to her father’s friends shop to fetch a candle.  The shop keeper wrapped a paper around the candle, lit it and put a coconut shell as cover to protect it from breeze and gave it to her.


Suddenly a young hefty, rough-looking man who was standing near and watching everything, Sharon had never seen him before asked her, “Shall I come with you to reach you home?”  She looked at him and looked at the shop keeper again and again because the man looked very serious and frightening; any way after few moments of hesitation she said, “yes”. The man took the candle and Sharon’s school bag and asked her to follow him. He walked in front of her with the candle light and Sharon walked behind him silently trembling with fear. They climbed over a huge rock to take a short cut, crossed over small streams and fields; found some water snakes passing by and huge frogs jumping off their way, Sharon wanted to scream with fear but pretended to be brave.

After the fields came their coconut and rubber plantation; in pitch darkness everywhere, they walked in the faded little light of the candle without uttering a word.  The sounds of crickets and owls were terrifying, the light of the candle was as tiny as the light of a fire fly and she could not see anything except the man’s shadow.  Somehow they reached home and her mother and siblings were surprised to see her coming home with that man and asked, “Did you not see your father and brother?” she said, “No”. They had gone to the bus stop to fetch her. They thought since she was alone she wouldn’t take the short cut which was dangerous so they went through the straight road which is a longer way.

Her mother asked the man to have dinner before leaving as a formality, but he refused and she gave him a bigger candle, thanked and sent him away. The moment he left their courtyard, she went to Sharon and said, “Why did you come with that man in this darkness? Couldn’t you wait at the bus stop or in the shop, where everyone know us? Anyway your father or brother would come to fetch you.  Thank God you reached home unhurt, do you know who he is? He is a criminal who stabbed and killed Mr. Chacko and put his small intestine around his neck like a garland, he was behind the bars for all these years and now is on parole”. Sharon said, “I didn’t know all his past, I only saw that he is a man who is ready to help me reach home, there were so many other people but no one was ready to help me”.

By the time her father and brother came running home all panicky, hearing from his friends that Sharon left the shop with that man; they feared that he must have done something to her on the dark lonely way. Only when they saw her safe and alive their breath became normal. And her father said, “Even a criminal can be kind and good at times”.

Now when Sharon has grown up and when she thinks back, tears roll down her eyes thinking how each one of us judge people. Once a criminal always a criminal, even if he changes his life and try to live as better human beings, our society would put a black seal on him and prevent his peaceful living.  Sharon too might have done the same if she knew his past before the incident. Since she was unaware of that she blindly trusted him and he was her savior on that particular day.

Sharon always remembers him and prays for his soul since she came to know that he hanged himself after some months because of the treatment of his society.  No one was ready to see him and accept him as a normal human being who in his weakest moment committed some crime for which he had already undergone punishments and changed his life.

Moral: Never judge people looking at their past life, past is in history and are far gone. No one is the same every day, every human being is changing moment by moment.  Don’t think every one is thinking the way you think. Even the worst criminals can have some ray of goodness in them.

©2018 My Grandmas-Healthy

He..Bed Bug !!! Ouch….Centipede!!! – Short Story

A long-awaited happy Saturday arrived for Reenu. Her Uncles son’s wedding would be on Sunday.  She with her older sister and mother reached her mother’s brother’s house on Saturday morning.  It was a very happy occasion for Reenu and all the children of the family, who met only once in a while for celebrations like this. Their enjoyments were climbing trees, running and playing in paddy fields in the heavy rain, swimming in ponds and rivers etc., since it was the non-digital age.

Reenu enjoyed the Saturday to the maximum with her cousins and their neighbor’s, while older people were busy preparing meals; some men got busy with killing and dressing bulls, pigs, chicken and goats for the next day’s wedding party. By the way in those days there were no catering services or fridge and freezers, so everything was made fresh at home.  A wedding in any house in the village would be a feat for all in the village.  Lots of people to do various works; all cooperated and made the marriage function very grand. Reenu liked to see the wedding hall being prepared at the courtyard with betel nut-tree barks and bamboos.  Roofing was done with coconut leaves.  Inside sealing and around were covered with white clothes and beautiful saris.  On the whole the wedding hall (Panthal) was really grand and unique.  Reenu loved to help in hanging decorations made of tender coconut leaves.

On Sunday morning Reenu got up early and wore her brand new dress which her father bought for her.  After the wedding ceremony everyone came to the wedding hall and had a grand feast of variety foods served on banana leaves (Sadya). Reenu loved to eat payasam and pani (sweet made from sweet toddy) as well as boiled beetroot bits in coconut milk and honey.

 After the sadya people began to leave.  Reenu and other children again got busy playing while older people were putting back things in order and chatting.  Some uncles were drinking some toddy too.

The next day was a Monday and a day which Reenu didn’t want to come soon, because she had to go to school.  She was a student of 4th grade. After dinner her mother told her to go to sleep early and get up in the morning so that they could catch the earliest bus to leave for home.  Reenu knew that her mother wouldn’t spare her from going to school.

Next morning her mother woke up Reenu and her sister, they brushed their teeth, had a bath in the small stream near Uncles house and picked up the new dress which was put on the palm leaf railings of the wedding hall. Reenu wore the dress and got ready.

Now her uncle and some others were in the sitting room talking and discussing various things. Reenu went and sat on the arm rest of the settee (huge arm-chair)on which her mother was sitting and after few minutes something bit her on the thigh, so she told her mother something bit her and her mother said, “ it must be some bed bug, don’t carry it home”. Reenu was not a fussy child, so she didn’t say anything.  While they were having breakfast, again something bit her under the arms and she told her mother, “Amma, something bit me”; again her mother scolded her and said, “Don’t simply fuss over and try to remain here,  you don’t want to go to school, that’s why you are trying from long back to find excuses”. Again Reenu kept silent and had her breakfast.

After the breakfast they wished everyone and left for the bus stop.  While they were waiting for the bus, again something bit her stomach and this time the bite was more painful and Reenu said, “Ah! Something bit me here”.  Then her mother felt that there was something wrong and she just lifted her skirt and saw on the white petticoat just below the skirt, at the center of the  stomach an 8 inch long, huge red and black colored centipede sitting in a circled position. Her mother took a small stick from a plant and pushed the centipede down and killed it. Reenu was really amazed to see that and said, “Amma, the bed bug grew so fast and became such a big centipede?!”  By the time the bus came and they went home.

On reaching home her mother removed Reenus dress, saw dark blue swellings in 3 or 4 places of her body.  She ran to their property took a hand full of the tender leaves of

panchakam (Hibiscus surattensis a wild plant common in Kerala), got some fresh milk from the cow and ground it with milk and applied it on the bitten parts every now and then.

Though there was lots of pain and itching, Reenu was very happy because she did not have to go to school that day.  After few days the swelling and the pain all disappeared.

Moral: Never take anything for granted, even if it comes from a small kid, otherwise you may have to regret for it later.


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