My Grandfather’s Garden

By A. Rani: One of the many generous mango trees in my grandfather’s garden.

There’s a charm about small towns that I love. Suburbs that lie outside swarming cities; away from the humdrum of the metropolis I call home. Sungai Petani or “Farmer’s River” is one such small town, with its paddy fields that change color year-round and a natural affinity for its people to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Its weather hits extremes of heat and intense rain but settles itself to be quite reasonable for most of the year. The…