Apple is no ordinary stuff. If an apple a day can keep doctor away, there must be something very mythical and magical about it.

As the folklore goes, God fashioned Adam from dust and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Adam was told that he could eat freely of all the trees in the garden, except for a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Subsequently, Eve was created from one of Adam’s ribs to be Adam’s companion. They were innocent and unembarrassed about their nakedness. However, a serpent deceived Eve into eating fruit from the forbidden tree, and she gave some of the fruit to Adam. These acts gave them additional knowledge, but it gave them the ability to conjure negative and destructive concepts such as shame and evil. God later cursed the serpent and the ground. God prophetically told the woman and the man what would be the consequences of their sin of disobeying God. Then he banished them from the Garden of Eden. The temptation to eat the forbidden fruit, supposedly an Apple (Old Testament mentions only a forbidden fruit; Apple became forbidden fruit later), led to the ouster of the humanity from Eden, forcing them into an endless cycle of birth, death, virtues and sins.

An apple (cunningly labeled “to the fairest”) started the Trojan war. The Norse gods owed their immortality to apples. The Arabian Nights features a magic apple from Samarkand capable of curing all human diseases—predating the belief that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, a proverb that first appeared in print in 1866. Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Dylan Thomas all wrote poems about apples; and everyone from Caravaggio to Magritte painted them.

Legend has it that a young Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when he was bonked on the head by a falling piece of fruit, a 17th-century “aha moment” that prompted him to suddenly come up with his law of gravity. The incident helped inspired him to eventually develop his law of universal gravitation. In 1687, Newton first published this principle, which states that every body in the universe is attracted to every other body with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them, in his landmark The work the “Principia,” which also features his three laws of motion.

The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple. All generations of the iPhone use Apple’s iOS mobile operating system software. The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007, and multiple new hardware iterations with new iOS releases have been released since.

From the very origination of mankind to history to Newton’s law to the iconic IPhone, the common element is a humble Apple. It’s forbidden, mythical, curative, magnificent and magical but above all its delicious and satisfying. I invite my readers to share whether there are such myths around other fruits?

I eat one Apple everyday,

Won’t go to doc come what may!

Apple fell on Newtons’ Head,

And gave him an idea on gravity;

To some Apple is just a fruit,

To me a complete snack in brevity

Then this wonder called IPhone

For all its features and looks

Is a complete connect to outside

And has in it whole lot of books!!

8 thoughts on “Apple

  1. It appears Sir that you have just uncovered the ancestors of today’s apple. Adam’s so called sin to medical value to gen x’s infatuation”apple”….in between Newton’s discovery.
    What a great travel line of apple.


  2. Sir..Steve Jobs asked team to name company as it was getting late to register name..nobody came up with name then he said to name company Apple..which he had in hand half eaten….incidentally it worked..

    So Apple is making something magical and fortunate…It was fascinating to have your writing like it is in column Speeking Tree!


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