|Zamorin of Calicut|
The who? The ruler, the superchief, the top dog, the big cajuna. But I needed to be told: although I've actually set foot in Calicut I'm still a little shaky on the political history of early Kerala and I could easily have surmised that the Zamorin was not a person but a physical thingy--a cistern, maybe, or an retaining wall.
|Ziggurat of Ur|
But I know why my thoughts went that way: the Ziggurat of Ur. Now it happens the ziggurat of Ur is a physical thing, but for a long time I thought "ziggurat" was some sort of monarchic title--as in "the ziggurat is enthroned on his ziggurat." Hey, anybody could make that mistake.
|Gran Panettone of Maina|
Mulling all this over, I idled my way into the kitchen and there laid on a sort of a trapezoidal box with the picture of a fruity cake on the cover. In script it said "Il Gran Panettone," and in caps "MAINA." Right, I thought, the Gran Panettone--fit companion for the Zamorin and the Zigguraut. I can picture the three of them in royal commerce together over tea and fruitcake, or bashing each other's brains out as the circumstances might require. Right, I thought, the three k---
Yep, I've got it. The Zamorin, the Ziggurat and the Gran Panettone. Take it away boys: