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Written by Kruti Sri

There was a girl, who at the tender age of playing hide-and-seek in pursuit of friendship, dreamed of saving the townsfolk from the comprehensive ruin that they were hiding from. She lived in a town where thousands of dross formed a gruel, which no one bothered to skim due to the vile, unnamed angst of the streets. Spread all around lay the tranquil scent of dead stone, with nothing else left to parade.

Solitude was all she knew, but the girl refused to accept this as her new fate. She could hear the walls talking, telling her to refute the solitude she evermore dwelled in. The minute she stepped out, she could sense a magnetic pole of venture pulling her towards dissecting the townsfolk’s dread into its very fabric. Her quest proved not to be in vain as it led her to the ever higher ground, ever further than mankind’s convention when she found a flaming torch; a twisted tow dipped in wax that burned with an extraordinary rapidity and thoroughness and seemed as though its sole purpose was to enlighten her surreal odyssey.

She now possessed a faculty stronger than any material possession or money, a flaring power that could serve to guide the paths of thousands of souls toward the ultimate sense of liberty. So, she alleged to illuminate the lives of the townsfolk as they rummaged through the frigid, dark streets to find love, care, and other timeless forces that were long forgotten to sustain their existence despite all the volatile facades that clouded their compasses. In every bid she undertook to help the townsfolk, she empowered each one of them to uphold their actions and once they seemed as though they were on the brink, she shone the light down the slippery slide to their respective covets, nevertheless, she did not think her stint ended there. She was driven by the crux of their lives and the value of her spirit to venture so fearlessly down one after another cavernous crusade of every weakling, while voluntarily intercepting her own port of call.

Her odyssey had turned into an obsession so complete and solitary in itself that it shut out all other human experiences that contributed to her bliss. Soon it was hard to determine whether her kindness was a bliss or whether it has turned into an ineffable essence of blazing forth her newfound power. She became a paragon of altruism and diligence across the entire terrain, but there was only one thing the torch could not do. It could not turn her into a person who could love and be loved like everyone else. She had the competence to understand, and perhaps, even be deeply convicted to the profound emotions like love and care, but she had no soul of her own to identify with these emotions. It felt as though her familiar solitude had now transformed into an aching chasm that sat beside her. The torch was her only instrument to flee from this chaos. She felt the crimson flame climb up her blood and she yearned to believe all of this was an agonizing nightmare, except, there was nobody there to wake her up.

Written by Kruti Sri

In the food universe, they say that local is the new exotic. So we might as well make the best of this season’s gleaning of refreshing and salutary fruits before the season shifts from blossoms and mellows to sunburns and summer streets. But here’s the thing about fruit salads- they are boring! Here are a few helpful knacks you can use to jazz up your mediocre refreshing accompaniments:

Cheesy Truth

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There is no harm in experimenting with the delightful, smooth, yet tangy flavours of this dairy paragon called cheese. When it comes to cheese, not all fruits dally well with it; go for the ones that are less acidic, and those that have a plush, distinctive flavor. Melons, peaches, cherries, grapes, and mangoes work ideally well with crumbled fresh firm cheeses such as ricotta, cottage cheese, feta, or goat cheese. The keen tang from the cheese tones the robust flavours of the fruits.

Chocolate-y Goodness

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How can anyone go wrong with chocolate? Its rich, luscious indulgence can make even a fruit-recluse devote themselves to fruits. Although explicitly, everything seems to pair well with chocolate (seriously, even grass would taste divine with chocolate), through ample experimentation throughout childhood, I found that bananas, berries, and mangoes can make anyone pleased as peaches. Use it as a dip, or drizzle a bounteous amount of hot and melted chocolate over the fruits, you won’t regret it!

A Green Quirk

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It’s time to finally take the plunge. I know the affliction, but if you want a nutrient-filled combo of succulent fruits and fresh greens, here is how: The aroma from the balmy leaves, typically mint, baby spinach, iceberg lettuce, and celery, is an excellent addition to the fruits rich in acids, like oranges, grapefruits, berries, and pomegranates. The tartness from the fruits cuts through to disguise the rawness of the leaves to fabricate a crisp concoction. You won’t hate the greens ever again.

Spice It Up
Two women are shuffling red pepper which were wet by the dew drops last cold winter night in a village near Jodhpur,Rajasthan,India.Red peppers are plucked from plant and spread in field to dry for making spice powder.This spice powder enhances the taste of food.
Two women are shuffling red pepper which were wet by the dew drops last cold winter night in a village near Jodhpur, Rajasthan,India.Red peppers are plucked from plant and spread in field to dry for making spice powder. This spice powder enhances the taste of food.

Rouse your taste-buds by spicing things up a little with the warmness of the spices, like star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, chili powder, and vanilla. Likewise, aromatic herbs and oils, like fennel, rosemary, chia, thyme, and the chives, also deserve a shot. These work wonderfully well with sweeter fruits, essentially bananas, dates, mangoes, pineapples, and apples, as they infuse their flavours into the fruits and develop a sweet and spicy delight to gee up an ordinary day with.

Hopefully, these smacks help you add a little sugar, spice, and everything nice to your fruit mélanges this spring!