No part of a “tengai” is ever wasted, or so my grandmother used to tell me. You can drink the coconut ‘milk’, or use the ‘meat’ in your cooking. Coconut oil not only adds flavour to any dish, it is a great hair conditioner, and I massage my legs with it after a long run.
Husks are used for scrubbing dishes, and for making rope. The leaves are used to thatch huts, and the trunks make resilient beams. You can even climb them for fun.
Any wonder that people from coastal regions will never want to give up their ‘tengai’?
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.