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Sakmongkol ak 47

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Happy Deepavali

Happy Deepavali

Sakmongkol once stayed at a government housing area in Kuantan where there was a large concentration of Malaysian Indians. It is the area now occupied by Kuantan Parade and Kuantan Center Point.

When his Indian neighbours celebrate Deepavali as they will do in a few days, some fond memories, hitherto hidden underneath his subconscious, re surface.

The morning of Deepavali would see Achi’s children- apoo or babu bringing over Indian delicacies which Sakmongkol has come to enjoy even till today. Thosai with dhal or chicken curry, marukku, vadey, ladoo and other sweetmeats. Sakmongkol still enjoys eating halwa/halva and idlee and apom. He has an addiction on puthu mayam with the original gula misan and desiccated coconut of course. Nowadays, probably because of cost saving measures, the gula misan has been substituted with brown sugar.

Thank you Achi, Babu, Apoo, Uncle Siva for the Deeepavali memories.

Sakmongkol wishes all Malaysian Indian readers who read his blog, whethey they agree or not with him, a Happy Deepavali!.


DR.SARAVANAN R 25 October 2008 at 13:01  

Thank you and Happy Deepavali to you too Sakmongkol. Here's to hoping for better times ahead for all Malaysians.

jedi 27 October 2008 at 17:57  

Now that I am living overseas, what..? has it been ten years since I have had a feast of putumayam with gula melaka and shreded coconut fruit? Aaah Sak, you make me gianlah. Happy Deepavali to all Hindu friends in Malaysia.

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 27 October 2008 at 21:33  

hello jedi,

where are you at the moment? i am lucky the original puthumayam with misan and cocunut can still be found in kuantan. mandri mandri, ayya.

jedi 28 October 2008 at 09:00  

When I was a young lad, living in Pelabuhan Kelang, the putumayam man hawks his delicious ware from a huge basket balanced precariously from an old fashioned bicycle. Five cents(those days cents) would get a you three putumayams served on a banana leaf, and accompanied by generous portions of gula melaka and coconut. Then there was also the tok-tok man selling caramel rock. Really missed those days. Passed by Kuantan many many times on my way to Ayer Lanas (Kelantan) where I was stationed for a couple of years before I was posted to Gua Musang. Due to work and the need to 'singgah' in Kuantan( my favourite place to buy keropok) I never chanced on putumayam sellers. You are blessed man to be able to have putumayam with gula misan and coconut(salivating already) hehe. Now living in NZ, off course different types of delicacies yo!

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