Twenty-seven year old Priya returns to her native India for a visit during the season that mango fruit ripens, a treasured memory from her childhood. It is then that Brahmin caste women churn into frenetic activity. Mango fruit must be pickled, a chore involving women, gossip, intense physical labor, and talk of marriage. For Priya and her brother, Nate, sucking on a mango stone recalls a feeling they term HAPPINESS. The succulent flavor evokes abject pleasure.
Priya, now a resident of Silicon Valley, carries with her to India the knowledge that she has fallen in love with an American. Steeped in old family tradition, her parents and grandparents put pressure on thei