Sundar Sarukkai: We are going bananas

Prof. Sundar Sarukkai has written an article on beef ban in DNA.

The deeper question here is this: when the banana ripens to the correct degree how does it suddenly become holy? In other words, the question of when a thing becomes holy is an extremely important one and the case of the banana is a wonderful example of this puzzle. The Nendranga bananas, most famous in Kerala, are quite unpalatable when eaten by themselves (Keralites will ban me for saying this), but are wonderful when they are steamed or made into chips (they might revoke the ban now). Normally, temples don’t offer banana chips or steamed bananas to the gods so what should we do about the Nendranga? 

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2 responses to “Sundar Sarukkai: We are going bananas

  1. I have often wondered about the reverse – the points when suddenly food that we were relishing a moment ago becomes something that has to be discarded with urgency. For instance we consider apples to be healthy and eat them with relish but the moment it becomes only stem, the “same” apple becomes garbage in our hand that has to be discarded at first opportunity.

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  2. The reverse of food becoming unholy and akin to garbage is equally interesting- the points when suddenly food that we were relishing a moment ago becomes something that has to be discarded with urgency. For instance we consider apples to be healthy and eat them with relish but the moment it becomes only stem, the “same” apple becomes garbage in our hand that has to be discarded at first opportunity.

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