It was my first time ever- a Cadbury milk chocolate, as it slowly lost its shape getting squashed and squelched in my inch of a palm, as my grubby fingers tried helplessly to extract it from the gold foil. I was in kindergarten and I tasted it for the very first time and got completely sold, or so Papa says. Chocolate met me when I was four. I have been faithful to it ever since.
My love affair with chocolate had to take a severe beating as I started making many a trip to Dr M Y Chiang’s clinic across the iconic Ashok Rajpath in Patna, and metal was filled in every dental cavity,( I used to sport 7 of them in Class 1, anyone beating my record?)
What is it in chocolate that children get totally entangled in its magic? What an ingenious discovery- cacao, and what a wonderous invention- chocolate! My mind simply stops working when I see those chocolate fountains in candy stores. Most of us who got the first taste in our childhood have not been able to get hooked on to anything else. A small piece will also do for me if you can’t get me a bar. Amul or Lindt… anything.
Have you seen the movie Chocolat? The way it is pronounced in French, especially in this movie-brings out the real melt in the mouth, sinful, velvety dark , sweet with a bitter after-note kind of soft feel, while you watch it. Sit with a bar or two of chocolates ; it is too enticing, with so much mouth watering chocolate in it. Don’t focus too much on Johnny Depp… You will miss the delectable chocolates!