Photo A Day: Fruit

Day 2 of "March Photo A Day Challenge" : Fruit

No... those aren't real fruits in the picture below!

The apple and banana are actually candles. I bought them in Noida during Diwali shopping in 2004. And the black grapes are of plastic. They're even older than those candles. My sister bought them in Kanpur ages ago. They look completely real, don't they? Well, here's a funny story about those very-real-looking-plastic-grapes...

Originally, that tray used to sit on our fridge. As such, it was way above the visibility range of my toddler nephew, Yuvraj. But, around Diwali 2010, I removed it from above the fridge, and placed it on top of our crockery cabinet. That cabinet is just a little over 3 feet high. So the tray was very visible to Yuvraj when he next visited my place.

As soon as he sighted those yummylicious-looking grapes, he automatically reached out to pluck one and pop it in his mouth!

Both Dad & I noticed it at the same time and shouted to stop him! (We were scared he might succeed in breaking one off the bunch and then choke on it. But, we found out later that it's really not that easy to pluck those grapes off by hand.)

Anyway, when we explained to him that those grapes were artificial, he looked at us incredulously, and said "Kya? Nakli hain?" (What? They're artificial?") So I picked the bunch up and gave it to him to see for himself. He was amused for a few seconds, and then left those grapes alone! :D

On his next visit few weeks later, he sighted those grapes again! And once again he reached out to pluck one, but then apparently remembered just in time that they were artificial. Oh, but those grapes seemed to tempt him soooo much that he just couldn't bear it anymore!

Looking up at me, he begged, in the most cutest (yes, double superlative!) voice I'd ever heard - "Bua, please ek to de dijiye!" ("Aunt, please give me at least one!")

That desperate plea in his voice... combined with that helpless expression on his face... it was so touching that for a moment there I thought I would bring down the stars for him if he ever wished to play with them! ("A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G for my sweetest darling!")

And then reality hit back in! I simply couldn't break a grape off from the bunch! :(

Before I could offer to cut one with a pair of scissors, he had already moved on to the next object that inspired his curiosity, with a very adult-like "achcha chod dijiye." ("Ok leave it.")

So those grapes are still intact, but, every time we look at them, we are reminded of this incident with UV! :P

This is my second post for NaBloPoMo March 2012.
Link to the previous post: "Photo A Day: Up"

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Shilpa Garg said...

The banana looks like a candle indeed!! :P
My mom had artificial grapes too but her grand children have been so notorious that only a few have survived their onslaught! :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Oh! Well they look so real that it's hard to keep your hands off them! So I don't really blame the kids in your family! :D

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