An Evening in Malihabad with the ‘Mango Man of India’

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An enchanting evening unfolded in the lush orchards of Malihabad, home to the renowned ‘Mango Man of India’. Known for his extraordinary skill in developing over 300 varieties of mangoes on a single tree through the intricate grafting technique, this evening was a tribute to his remarkable achievements. The event, aptly themed ‘Jin ke aam mein hai kuch khaas,’ celebrated his dedication and the diverse array of mangoes he has cultivated.

The Mango Man’s tree boasts an impressive array of mango varieties, each with its unique flavor and appeal. Notable varieties include Husn-e Ara, Sharbati Bagrain, Pukhraj, Asl-ul Muqarrar, Walajah Pasand, Khas-ul Khas, Makkhan, Himsagar, Shyam Sunder, and Prince. Among these, the beloved Dussheri, a local favorite, was a highlight of the evening.

Organized and hosted by Kulsum Talha, the visit to Abdullah Nursery was a delightful affair. Guests were treated to a mango tasting session where they could savor the distinct flavors of the various mangoes. The ambiance was further enriched with poetry recitations that paid homage to the cultural and emotional significance of mangoes in Indian tradition.

The evening began with a warm welcome at Abdullah Nursery, where rows of mango trees stood testament to the years of dedication and expertise. The Mango Man shared his journey and the meticulous process of grafting, which allows multiple varieties to grow on a single tree. His passion and knowledge captivated everyone present. As the sun set, the tasting session began. Tables were laden with an array of mangoes, each variety more tantalizing than the last. The guests indulged in the sweet, succulent flavors, discovering the unique characteristics that make each variety special. From the creamy texture of Makkhan to the aromatic richness of Sharbati Bagrain, every mango told a story of craftsmanship and love for nature.

The evening also featured poetry recitations that celebrated the mango’s place in Indian culture. Poets eloquently expressed how this ‘king of fruits’ is interwoven with memories of childhood, family, and the changing seasons. The verses resonated with the audience, adding a poetic charm to the event.

Refreshments were served, offering a perfect end to the evening. Traditional Indian snacks complemented the mango flavors, creating a harmonious blend of tastes. Guests mingled, sharing their favorite mango experiences and marveling at the diversity of varieties presented.

Kulsum Talha’s impeccable organization ensured that the event was a memorable one. The visit to Abdullah Nursery not only showcased the incredible work of the Mango Man but also celebrated the cultural richness and agricultural heritage of Malihabad. This evening was a reminder of the magic that lies in the orchards and the hands that tend to them, crafting wonders one graft at a time.

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