Talk about going bananas!

February 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm 9 comments

Each time my siblings come to visit, they come bearing gifts. The gifts vary depending on the sibling and can be anything from clothes to chocolates/cakes/cookies to jewelry to tech gadgets.

However, this time when my brother arrived from Hong Kong day before yesterday he had a carton with him that drew my curiosity. It had rectangular holes in it and was marked fragile.

One would think that such a carton would contain a breakable item like glass or crockery or crystal. That was not the case here. Look at the pictures below to witness what was revealed when the carton was opened.

Yes bananas! You must be wondering why the hell someone would bring bananas from Hong Kong. Well, apparently when my brother was last here, Abbaji was telling Muneer, the chauffeur and Shamshad, the housekeeper that one of the varieties of bananas that we get in Hong Kong are 9″ in length. They thought he was pulling their leg so my brother was told that next time he came to Karachi he should bring some to show them. And so he did! 🙂

I am not a banana fan but even if I were, one of these bananas would be an entire meal don’t you think?

My brother tried to convince me to take a comparative shot of the imported Hong Kong banana with one of the smaller sickly ones that Muneer had bought but I refused. Why insult the local banana? And I have actually seen some pretty nice and shiny ones here too. So there!

I used to make fun of people who brought back fruits and vegetables from other countries but I guess no longer can … sigh! 🙂 My brother is offering a Rs. 1,000 award to anyone who can find a better looking and larger banana that is ‘Made in Pakistan’.

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Warning! Now I feel guilty!

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hammad1964ad  |  February 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Bananas are good for brain. In Bangladesh they have Sagur Kela (I think this means sweet Banana). Quite nice.
    PS: I have seen people taking Sheermals as well!

  • 2. Junaid Rahman  |  February 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    There used to be big ones available in Karachi but now you seldom seen them… All i heard that are all exported and we are left with little ones but same flavor.. .

    Just yesterday i saw these gangsters at Hypermart… along with small ones…. thought its one of the seldom moment till i saw a slate saying.. “Philipine Bananas 500/kg”

  • 3. Samin Khaliq  |  February 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It was a treat to read “Talk about going bananas!”. During my last visit to Dubai I saw green as well as red coloured bananas. Curious I bought the red coloured bananas and to my surprise it kind of tasted the same. 🙂

  • 4. شعیب صفدر  |  February 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    سائز کو چھوڑیں یہ بتائیں ذائقے مین کہاں کا کیلا بہتر ہے؟
    بدیسی یا دیسی؟

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  • 6. Erum Hafeez  |  February 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I hope these bananas would be equally good in taste… and are not the product of some bio-chemical experiments…
    size does matter but not more than taste and health 🙂

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  • 8. Irfan Husayn™ (@IrfanHusayn)  |  March 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    “Why insult the local banana?”
    W/o prejudice: “Why insult the local banana?” aptly translates feelings of a disgusted-yet-helpless fellow countrywo/man wen it comes to wt is happenin locally. God Bless our ppl.

    A very pleasant post indeed.

  • 9. Jalal  |  April 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Interesting – but bananas either from Philippines or Hong Kong though bigger in size, are generally tasteless. Bananas of Bangladesh are most delicious in taste, followed by what harvests in Pakistan.


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