Chennai: Whenever the lowly onion gets pricey and climbs way beyond reach in the common man’s kitchen, there are attempts to laugh away the tears by drawing cartoons and creating social media images.
Since the tragedy has got so painfully painful, these pictures and exchanges also get recycled to lift the onionated spirits-such as a couple of tiktok videos that have been trending these past couple of days.
While one short video shows a housewife carefully taking an onion from a tiny bunch of three-four onions she had carefully hidden inside the family's safety-locker, another hilarious video shows a woman in kitchen merely ‘introducing’ the onion, tied to a string’, to the dish on the stove. She takes the onion on the string just close enough for the dish to smell it yearningly and then withdraw for safe-keeping.
Onion price in Chennai hit the peak of Rs 120 a kilo, the highest in a decade and the traders in the Koyambedu wholesale market predicted more tears in the coming days as the arrivals from the main supplier states of Maharashtra and Karnataka had dropped drastically due to floods.