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The Indispensible Onion (standard:Fan Fiction, 775 words)
Author: JuggernautAdded: Jun 06 2011Views/Reads: 1411/761Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A story on "Onion Raju", an onion vendor in daily market.
 



The Indispensible Onion 

Subba Rao 

“You chopped a whole lot of onions to make goat curry,” said 

Campbell looking at the heap of chopped onions on the cutting board. 

Campbell and Juggernaut shared a flat near the campus. 

Campbell, a thin, lanky guy with physical attributes that represent all 

the races on the island; a little bit of East Indian, Chinese, Carib 

Indian, African and English ancestry. His accent was pure local and his 

life passion was only women. 

“Curry and onion go hand in hand, it is like rum and coke or 

scotch and club soda or steel band and calypso,” Juggernaut continued 

to chop more onions. 

“Do you cook anything without onion?” 

“No, never; onion is not a spice, it is the mother of all 

vegetables; any cooking shall start with onions,” said Juggernaut 

wiping tears from his eyes. 

“Look at you, tears pouring from your face with runny nose.” 

“Sure, no pain no gain; when onion is cut open the sulfides in 

the onion reacts with an enzyme to emit the pungent chemical ally 

sulfate that generates the pungent aroma and flavor,” Juggernaut showed 

his knowledge in chemistry. 

“Whatever you say, man, after you moved in, the whole apartment 

smells like a house of curry,” Campbell started stirring the onions in 

the sauce pan. 

“Do you know a severe shortage of onions once threatened 

collapse of a State Government in India?” 

“Really.” 

“Like the infamous Potato famine that caused whole scale 

emigration of Irish to America, I won't be surprised if it were perhaps 

an onion famine in Indian that drove the Indians to the other countries 

in the last century,” Juggernaut tried to reason out for Indian 

emigration out of the country. 

“What is the big deal with onions and Indians?” 

“Indians love spicy food, onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric 

are the core ingredients in cooking curry; onions provide body to the 

gravy with strong flavor, there is nothing like too much when it comes 

to onions,” Juggernaut added a large spoon of garlic and ginger paste 

with a dash of turmeric powder to the sauce pan, before adding the 


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