Thursday, September 06, 2007


I was tagged by my good friend gazza .

The first thing you have to do is post the rules. So, here they are:

1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.

2. You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.

3. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I have decided to make the exception of tagging any. Anybody who is willing can take this up.

My middle name is jac. Ha! Ha! See, it is so convenient too !!!

Now the first letter of my name is J… and what I first remember as usual is my own name.
Now what am I going to write about my name ????

Let’s say that it is not only my name and that I have got something that comes to my mind from my childhood…a fall that should have killed me.
Here is the story of Jackfruit which start from the letter J

During the times on vacation I spent with my late valiammachy (my grandma) in a remote corner of Kerala, I was deprived of going alone anywhere with out her escorting me as she believed that I am a ‘kappiri themmadi chekkan( naughty African imp), bold enough to look and scare even lions, back at my home country.

Well, I didn’t tell her that I am also afraid of lions if a lion happen to look straight at me.

One day she showed me some very large green and fat thing hanging from a tree in her farm and told me that it is a fruit, and is one of sweetest fruits on earth. She told me that it is called chakka.
That was the biggest fruit I have ever seen.
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I demanded to have it tasted immediatly and she refused saying that I have to wait a day or two to allow the tree to be dry, so that the coconut-plucker staying nearby can climb on it to fetch one of those sweet things for me to taste.

I am a spoiled brat and I was not happy with that attitude. I am an Aries kid.
I will get what I wanted by hook or crook.

While she was busy with servants in kitchen I was out looking over the tree with the numerous fruits on it.

I found her fears baseless, as the tree bark looked pretty dry and I decided to make a go for the tree, thinking that I will surprise my valiammachy with my African climbing skill.
I was on the first branch with a number of fruits hanging down, that I realized that I didn't think of a knife, to cut of the fruit from the tree as the fruit was firmly attached by a strong spine with the bark. I hesitated a moment, thinking if I should call out my valiammachy for help. But my pride won’t budge.

This little brave jac from Africa, firmly holding on to a branch with one hand, tried to snatch off the heavy fruit with the other hand.

I succeeded in sheering off the fruit but I was totally unaware of the weight of that damn thing and I lost my hold on the branch… off I go with the chakka, landing on my back, that took my breath away for a moment.

I was stunned till I heard my valiammachy’s voice almost pleading and crying “ente mone, ente ponnu mone” (my son! my dear son).

I was afraid to face her, but I got up very slowly making sure that my limps are ok, and managed a smile at my valiammachy.

Seeing my smile, I saw her facial muscles transforming from fear to anger.

She moved so fast for her age and caught both my hands in one hold with her ebony fingers and shouted “nintte appan enne kollum ariyamoda kappiri” ? (That time I didn’t know the meaning but it meant “you African imp, don’t you know that your dad will kill me ?)

I thought she was going to hit me and I closed my eyes... instead I felt her warm kisses on both my cheeks and tears were rolling non stop from her eyes.

My valiammachy later said that she heard only one heavy sound, not two… meaning that chakka might have fallen on me. LOL

So there my story ends !!!

The jackfruit is a huge, spined oval fruit that is believed to have been first cultivated in Indian rainforests.

I think that it is not true because there is mention of jackfruits described in minute detail from travelers of ancient times who passed through Zanzibar, Africa.

Any ways, it is largely grown in tropical or close to tropical climates. It still is found in many parts of India, as well as in most of Southeast Asia. In the Americas, the jackfruit is largely grown in Brazil. The northern parts of the US and all of Canada are generally too cold for young jackfruit trees.

The second letter on the list is A and I am relating it to some thing beautiful.
What about beautiful eyes?

But there again, the word ‘Eye’ doesn’t start with letter A. What about Almonds? It starts with letter A but it doesn't have any relation with eyes.

But yes, people say that a perfect eye will take the shape of an Almond.

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I have been to many countries in the past.

But perfect almond shaped eyes that I have seen was from a place called Hilla in Iraq.

There you can tell if a woman is from Hilla, by just looking at her eyes. The female species from Hilla are graced with Almond shaped eyes.

Don’t mistake me please !

I know that all of you may have even more beautiful eyes than them, but I haven’t seen any of you !!!! Almonds are not strange to any of you.

Almonds are normally a favorite Mediterranean specialty.

But they are grown in many countries like Spain, Greece, Italy and Afghanistan Iran and even in California in the United States. But the most sought after almonds are considered to be from Iran.

Almonds are nutritionally dense – a quality emphasized in the government’s Dietary Guidelines. Independent analyses show that almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut, whether compared calorie per calorie or ounce per ounce. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 encourage Americans to choose nutritionally dense foods – that is, to get the most nutrition possible out of the calories you eat. A one-ounce, 160-calorie serving of almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of fiber. It also offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron.

Eating a daily handful of almonds a day may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. In a clinical trial published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, men and women who ate one daily ounce of almonds for a month lowered their LDL cholesterol by 4.4 percent. Those who ate two daily ounces of almonds lowered their LDL cholesterol even more – by 9.4 percent – and maintained their weight.

Eating almonds may help maintain or even lose weight. A 2003 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that adding a daily ration of almonds to a low-calorie diet enhanced weight loss, as well as significantly improved risk factors associated with heart disease, when compared to a low-fat, low-calorie diet. Researchers cited almonds’ heart-healthy monounsaturated fat as being very satiating, helping satisfy the appetite and prevent patients from overeating.

The last letter in the lot is C.

Here is the word Crystal.

I have a collection of crystals I cherish.

I like crystals because of its beauty of transparency and shining. I get a clean feeling when I look at a crystal

In chemistry a crystal is a solid made of atoms, molecules, or ions are packed in a regularly ordered, repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions.

The word crystal originates from the Greek word "Krystallos" meaning clear ice, as it was thought to be an especially solid form of water. The word once referred particularly to quartz, or "rock crystal".

This pic was beyond my imagination !!

Here is a pic and its narration of something sensational that is difficult to believe.
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This is the crystal cave of giants found in the Naica Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. Those are Selenite crystals (gypsum) and are the largest crystals ever discovered.

They were 1000 feet down in a limestone host rock where they are mining for lead, zinc and silver.
These crystals were formed by hydrothermal fluids emanating from the magma chambers below. The miners had to drill through the Naica fault, that they were worried would flood the mine… and this is what they discovered.

Current music : Angel by Shaggy.


Anonymous said...

WoowwWWW this jackfruit looks so yummYYyyy! hehehe...umm...can i eat jackfruit with almond nuts on the side? ;)) post...tho quite long to read...hehehe...umm...i actually took breaks few times to finished reading...hehehe...but well done...weee shaggy in the haus too! ;)):p

CapCity said...

i love the story of li'l naughty Jac! So, did u get a taste of the jackfruit after all the ruckus u caused?
i love almonds, too! great photo of those huge crystals!
u r amazing, jac!

alex said...


Chakka is my favourite. Yummy yum.

Do you still climb trees?

What did you refer to when you said you collect crystals? Can they be purchased or does it have to be collected?

Anonymous said...

this is a sweet informative tag, i didn't know all these about crystal! thanks to u and gazza.

hey, do u know that i have almond eyes also,
as a kid most people whom i met used to acclaim.

pria said...

A beautiful tag indeed:)) Jackfruit hmmm miss them a lot and have back home in my backyard. Well the tinned ones r not that good as the real ones from the fruit.

samrina said...

Good God!! such a long post, i read in phases :) anyhow its quite interesting n informative tag... i enjoyed reading it :)

Thanks for it.

Hope you're well.

Take care

Srijith Unni said...

Li`l naughty jac, is seriously cute man.! A wondeful innovative post, you`ve made out of the tag..! and the jackfruit part really made me nostalgic.

Have Fun, Take Care and God Bless..!

With Best Regards,

kat said...

.. but what does chakka taste like besides sweet. Does it have a distinctive flavour of its own? I have never seen it though I have heard of it - I think.

pria said...

Kat, It is more like sweet but the fruit is little sticky and like glue when you remove them from inside. The seeds are roasted and may kind of compare them to chestnuts with regard to flavor.

You can easily get in any asian or middle eastern stores in cans.

aurora said...

Wow, this is the best meme I've ever read! It's so informative and interesting!

Now please tell me: was the jackfruit worth it? :)

kat said...

Pria - Thanks for that.

Jac said...


You can eat jackfruit with any thing.

I know it a very long post, but then, did you feel bored while you read it ? If not, I am pleased.

Thanks for the comment !

Jac said...

OMG ! You asked the question that I never wanted to answer.

The funny thing is that the damn 'chakka' was not even ripe and I had to wait three more days to taste it.
It was worth the wait, cap.

Have you ever tasted it ?

You see the nutrtion value of Almonds ? For a health freak like you, it is worth including in your diet.

Jac said...


Chakka halwa is even more tastier ! LOL

Crystal artifacts are available in different price range and plane crystals of odd shapes are also now a collectors item.

You will find it in curio shops. It can be purchased.

Jac said...


Thanks for the compliment.

I didn't know that you have almond eyes but as I mentioned, I haven't seen you eyes. LOL

I am sure that it is something to be proud of.

Jac said...


Do you have a blog ?
You seem to be very well informed and you have all the ingrediants of a writer.

If you are from kerala, no need to tell you more about jackfruit.

Thanks for being here to read me.

Jac said...


I know it is a long post, but I wanted to make the normally boring tags, a history...wanted to do a tag with difference even if it was a bit longer.

Thanks for the compliment

Jac said...


Happy to hear that you liked it, though it was longer than I expected.
Thanks unni.

Jac said...


Most of your questions were answered by my friend pria.

Ripe chakka is sweet and its sweetness has a very slight resemblance to wild honey. It also gives out an unique fragrance, no other fruit has.

LOL, If you eat ripe chakka a couple of hours before, others who you go around will come to know that you have eaten the fruit from your sweat. :)

Jac said...


Thank you so much for the timely help

Jac said...


That is a lot of compliments !!! :) I am really flattered !

I wanted to do that tag with out boring anyone.

Yes, it was more than worth it, with an exception that I had to wait three days to eat it, as it was not completely ripe.

Gazza said...

Truly woderful Jac,you must have been a scary looking kid if your nan thought you could scare lions away lol.

Janice Thomson said...

I have had jackfruit in Jamaica ...I never acquired a longing for it but I do remember it was a bit like pineapple. What an excellent meme Jac . The info you provided was great.

Mizrepresent said...

Sounds wonderful jac, and i also love crystals...and have almond shaped

starry nights said...

Cool post Jac and very well written.It was fun reading the story about the jackfruit. I may have almond shaped eyes :) I have to do this same tag.was tagged by Dotm. BTW I love jackfruit.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

What a collection!

Geets said...

OMG!!! Jac and the Jackfruit...can't stop laughing.
Btw, you are tagged again....for favourite smells

mystic rose said...

Three stories.. and I liked reading all of them. the first time I was forced to taste jacfruit(cos I didnt like how it looked and the outer green part which we dont eat is so sticky) I was astonished at how delicious it was!
And grandmas are the absolute best!!

Anali said...

This is a wonderful post Jac! I love the story of the jackfruit! I've never had it, but it makes me want to find some!

Jac said...


At 77 now, I am scarier than when I was kid.


Jac said...


There are lot of varieties of jackfruit in tropical climates. Fruits of some are so soft and fibrous, another one taste honey-like with harder flesh, yet another with a slight fragrance of cardamom.

Thanks :)

Jac said...

Oh, You love crystals ?

You too have almond shaped eyes. LOL

Jac said...


You too have almond eyes ? ...I wrote there that many of you may have it, you see now !!
Looking forward to reading the tag in your post.

I do know that you love jackfruit especially if it is my grandma's 'thenvarikka' as she calls it.

Jac said...

Thanks Andrew

Jac said...


Yes, I know about that white sticky substance that oozes out of the jackfruit. How can I forget that, as my hands and body were covered with it when I opened my eyes from the fall.

Ya, grandmas are absolute marvels.

Jac said...

If you want to taste the jackfruit, please don't buy the canned one's. You will never know the taste that way.

If you will wait, I can send it one day, provided that your customs don't confiscate it.

Kai C. said...

very nice jac
i know i haven't been around
i've been busy..
hope you are well!

LADY LUXIE said...

How delectable!

Jackfruit is a commonly found in my country. It also happens to be a favorite of mine!...And judging from pics of exotic middle east women ( and you being 77 and having seen so much of the world :)...I must say I believe your pronouncement about the "almondy" eyes...

How pretty they must look!...

oh' if only I could travel that far and take the most colorful evocative pictures of them..

and..crystals look heavenly around my neck...

What an interesting read...

ps: Thank you for the kind words in my last post:>

November Rain said...

you did a great job on the tag


Jac said...

kai c
Nice to see you again.

Keeping yourself busy ??? Thats great.
I am ok.
Drift more often, butterfly !

Jac said...

Thanks for the compliments.

Ahem, to your comments about the 'almondy' eyes.

I Want to tell you that though what you commented about the beauty is true, you can also see now that they are not the only one's that has almond yes. Many of the readers here have beauty and almond eyes, you too not excepted. LOL

Who wouldn’t like crystals, luxie ?

Jac said...


Thanks novy

pria said...


Pria is from priablog only. When I don't log in in gmail, I leave my comment as pria.

Jac said...

welcome anytime. You are a wonderful reader.


Walker said...

Yup I would have climbed that tree to and almost broken my neck probably LOL

Wow i hav never seen big crystals like that.

alex said...


Enne kothipikkelle! :D

I am in hyd now! sob sob

CapCity said...

Pria - that was a GREAT site w/ info. on the jackfruit. love the photo of the man holding up the HUGE fruit - wow, Jac - it's REALLY a miracle that U lived thru that!

I'll be scouring these ny streets for a jackfruit, now (will steer clear of the canned fruit, Jac)! may have luck in china town:-)

mathew said...

Liked the way u weaved three stories in one tag..that was awesome Jac...

Jac said...

You want me to break my neck too. LOL

Jac said...

Kothi pidippikkum, pidippikkum, pidippikkum !


Jac said...


Don't go for that canned one's for God's sake.

I can't find a way to get it thrugh your customs or I might have send it to you plucked, plumed and deseeded...ready to eat. LOL

Jac said...


Thanks to you buddy for saying it.