Whiter than snow and as sweet as SWEET could be. Yes, you are right. I am talking about sugar, the refined offspring of the sugar cane. Its siblings, the jaggery brown and jaggery black got only a step motherly treatment from the customers. Sugar seemed to be the indispensable stuff for coffee, tea and all those expensive sweet items. Jaggery, on the other hand, were the inevitable choice of those who could not afford to buy sugar [for certain types of sweets like ‘payasam’ which happen to be the main item in the menus of some famous temples, jaggery alone is used]. But appearances are deceptive. The very same sugar is seen as the harbinger of certain diseases and the rich and the poor, these days, go for the less harmful [or harmless?] jaggery—in its new Avatar, of course with a new name: “Brown Sugar”. There seemed to be a tie-up between physicians and health conscious people, as is evident from their pro-brown approach. Now, the demand is for brown sugar, brown rice and brown so and so. The white on the other hand, is facing a situation similar to the fate of the so-called forward communities which are deliberately discriminated against.
Author: P U Krishnan
First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first. View all posts by P U Krishnan