Posted by: cochinblogger | November 10, 2014

A Lot Can Happen over a Coconut


They were seated across me in the India Coffee House, making small talk while their ordered food arrived. I, also waiting, occupied myself by discreetly observing them. What struck me at once was how comfortable and happy they were in each other’s presence. The harmony and good cheer they radiated lay in their easy conversation, the attentiveness with which they listened to each other, the readiness with which they smilingly agreed with each other, their friendly banter. Also, they spread their happiness around by smiling at the waiters, who couldn’t help but smile back. All this, without being loud and brash; they talked quietly. Yet they didn’t behave like lovers; there was, for instance, no holding of hands.They could’ve been good friends, or even brother and sister. The overall impression was of a deep friendship underlying an easy camaraderie.

They finished before me, and when I left, I saw them outside the hotel, sharing a coconut. I couldn’t resist the temptation of preserving the moment — a happy coconut memory, if you like.

Kerala celebrated Coir Day on November 5. Coir is the fiber obtained from the coconut. Let me top off my coconut thoughts with a street coconut display in all its myriad earthy hues.

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