Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Tropicana Slice Alfonso- The Bottle of Oozing Delight

"I looked beyond the horizon...
And I climbed up the 'setting rays'...
I followed the paling glint....
And rolled back languidly, but in phase.

The glaze of impish charm...

That wobbled through the dirt...
And grabbed as much as it could...
Ahoy! The lust of devour surfaced! 

I stood there and wondered...

I shambled and I stumbled...
But the incense stemmed and retreaded....
And it led me to the den of imperial beauty.

There...there...there they huddled,

The grandiose,
And the prodigal manifestation.
The plate of proliferating servings...."

Gosh! I presume this is going to a very nostalgic account for sure, I don't mind because that would be a refreshing break from the customary food blogging etiquette-s. Of course, food bloggers ain't restricted or restrained by any stretch of imagination but then this post should be exceptional because somewhere down the line, it touches those hidden chords...it sends in a sachhariferous vibe with a hallowed dip of nostalgia; it is, in effect, a phenomenal account. I guess the bongs could connect to this story better...but then before I begin, let me tell you, the 'central character' of this fable is a universally extolled. This very 'personality' is a charmer in true sense of the term and doesn't need any introduction what-so-ever when it comes to dainty bewitchery, the entity that has made a smooth entry into the households and mesmerized them to the core. 
Oh yes, no points for guessing...it's the monarch of piquant natural delights, the very alluring mangoHonestly speaking, you might come across people who love to eat, but then how many of them actually know the 'story that has gone into the dish'? As a part of the core Bong community, the love for mangoes is almost like a default and then when you get to know, touch and taste those rarest of breeds like the Kohitoor, Ranipasand, Saranga, Bimli, Kalapahar, Ananas, Bira, Molamjam right from childhood, you know that you are certainly on the right platform. Honestly speaking, the term "Mango-gasm" is certainly not an exaggeration by any stretch of imagination; when you get to taste signature blends like "Kachhe Aam ki Kheer" or the palatable "Kachhe Aam ki Launji"; you are absolutely overwhelmed. You feel privileged to be a part of a State that has abundant reserve of mangoes coming mostly from Murshidabad that also presents the unique diversity of the "Gems" to our liking. Under the able patronage of "mango-ism" called the Sheherwali's, the popularity of this fruit increased manifold right from the dawn and it never looked back from then on. Glad that I know some of their descendants owing to my recent engagement with the social-sector of Bengal...I have, to some extent, inherited this unscripted loyalty towards mangoes and the related grubs. So many of those 'mushy', 'syrupy' memories are flooding in as I turn those pages yet again...so many of those adorable memories crowding in!!

The Bottles of Oozing Delight..as you can see, I have finished off with 3 bottles already...
© Sammya Brata Photography
Honestly speaking, I'm not ashamed of the fact that we never had mangoes to serve to our guests because of the simple fact that I never even spared a slice...rather a drop. Even during the periodic Laxmi Puja at home, both mom and granny had a tough time in ensuring that the "savory" offerings to the Almighty remained intact before the Puja. As far as I remember, I had a soft corner towards the Alphonso breed because of it's emblematic flavor, sweetness and the addictive fragrance. I even remember my mom predicating that there should be a kid-lock system in the refrigerator to prevent me from intruding in there. Never-mind, the situation hasn't changed much over the years...I can still migrate to an all-mango diet chart irrespective of all the extant enticements. The obsession has reached a whole new level at this point of time; and believe it or not...the good people at Tropicana have decided to add fuel to this prospective catastrophe. When I got to know that Tropicana Slice has responded to our inner call and tamed the superior Alphonso mangoes in a classy bottle...I couldn't resist myself...I rushed to the nearest store and grabbed a month's stock of this elusive beauty. And why not...Alphonso being arguably the most delectable of all the breeds, deserves this form of fidelity. As a kid, I always used to wonder whether at any stage of my life could I own the Uncle Scrooge's vault of mangoes...or prayed for a period when drinking water would be replaced by Mango juice; I felt rich at heart. If you could measure wealth in terms of the number of Alphonso mangoes that you have consumed in your life, I would surely storm the Forbes list and feature among-st the Top 10 in the World. By the way, have ever heard of people carrying chilled mango juice to office in thermos-flasks? Well...now you have. With the all new Tropicana Slice Alfonso, you have the license to be wild- that's 'mango-gasm' for you!

Awesome Threesome- The Treasure Troves 
© Sammya Brata Photography
Is it just about the mango drink that I'm talking about but? Even the elders would concur with this when I say that mango features in some of the best ever mock-tails and cocktails that have been conceptualized and executed. And when I talk about the all new Tropicana Slice Alphonso, it is an all-rounder in true sense of the term as it mingles perfectly with orange and lime juices to form a wonderful mock-tail; you might just consider adding a tinge of club soda to 'spice it up'...but it has this amazing trait of "setting things right". To talk about that one specific incident that turned my on...the post-appraisal crisis period was absolutely washed off by a generous dose of Slice Alphonso. It makes a fabulous mango milk shake too...Alphonso has it's own idiosyncratic conjuration; the aroma is nothing less than magnetic when it comes to inveigling the dilettantes. The taste is nothing less than gratifying, its smoothly coats on-to our taste buds and creates a long lasting impression. It is very very different in innervation when it comes to comparison with other popular fruit juice brands because it contains the added aura of originality, it's deep, it's 'thick' and it's delish.
The best part is that the aficionados at Tropicana has managed to keep the essence of Alphonso intact; full credit to them in this respect....the original nucleus hasn't been disturbed. Also, flipping through the pages of history, it is also evident that Alphonso qualifies as one of the most expensive varieties of mangoes ever produced and is primarily grown mainly in the western part of India including Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad districts and in the Konkan region of India. As kids, we have been hearing magical stories of these gems being cultivated in Ratnagiri, one of the biggest breeding zones in India...but then most of the produce is either exported or doesn't feature in the reach of commoners. In-fact, we have heard eerie stories about mangoes disappearing from the Ratnagiri Alphonso farms in the early 1990's...there were growing concerns (rather rumors) regarding the availability of the above mentioned breed going forward in the 21st century. The soaring mango-prices have also been distressing..

Awesome Threesome- The Generous Dose of Mango-gasm for my readers 
© Sammya Brata Photography
Tropicana, my friend, has served as the bridge in this direction, much like a pacifier, disentangling this very impending maze. It has brought to our reach the hand-picked, very premium range of mangoes that too at a very affordable price...you can now grab a handful of these 600 ml limited edition bottles online at a mere price of INR 50/- only and to add to that, you get free delivery on bulk orders of over INR 499/- only. I'm absolutely glad that the marketers at Amazon have decided to offer their buyers an unprecedented "slice of euphoria" through their diligent online offers. WOW, this is indeed the age of digital mango-gasm...boss why would you even step out in the heat to buy your favorite pack of Slice Alfonso when they are being delivered at your doorstep at such modest rates? BOY! Calcutta is boiling right now as I'm writing this post, the humidity level has crossed the "tolerance" level...the bliss called Tropicana Slice Alfonso is nothing less than a pre-requisite. And the best part is, you can store it for a fairly long period of time without experiencing any form of degradation in quality or taste, it's tried and personally tested. Let's look at the brand new TVC of the venerated Tropicana Slice Alphonso; it's short, crisp, luscious and has a close congruence with the product-postulate. It takes you on a sweet, succulent ride into the hub of classic Alfonso's, Ratnagiri and makes you fall in love with the offerings. The presence of Katrina in the video adds to the charisma. Dude, what are you waiting for...grab your bottle now!!


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