Scents of Longing

Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.

Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Have you ever felt like a blast from the past when you got a whiff of something – a soap, an oil, a perfume, or certain spices? The scent of green Pears soap always reminds me of my College sophomore years – specifically, sitting around and talking to friends while waiting for my turn at taking a bath. That was when the soap was introduced in India, and I bought it for the first time. Now, everytime I smell it, I long for those carefree days of joy and wonder.

An aroma from my childhood – the tea my Aunt used to make in Mumbai. A smell so distinctive, that I’ve never detected it anywhere else. Believe me, I’ve tried several types of tea, thinking the magic is in the tea dust. But I finally came to realise that it may have been the milk, or the overall atmosphere in her flat just contributed to the feeling of hominess in the tea.

Another favourite – the essence of cardamom. Mom used to grind cardamom pods and keep it in a glass jar for use in curries and desserts. And for some reason, opening the jar and smelling it used to make my mouth water ( actually, it still does).

One I detest – the stench of eggs poured down the sink….blergggggg. I just want to puke when I detect even a trace of that.

There is a French movie “Perfume” based on the premise of scents, and how one man set off on a quest to make the perfect scent. A must watch movie, though a little gory at times.

So, what smells and scents make you, You?

This is a post for Discover Prompts, Day 15: Scent

Going on Vacation

After a long long time, I am back in my blog. My work schedule was killing me, and now that it is December, things have finally eased off. And that brings me back to my blog.

So how have things been….we are nearly at the end of another year, and there have been so many memorable happenings this year – the latest being the death of Nelson Mandela.

In India, on the political front, we have the BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) battling out in the Delhi elections, and drawing the battle lines for next year’s Central Government elections. And since elections are around the corner, the ruling party (Congress) is determined to make a fair showing of its prowess (!) during the past 5 years, and trying to shape up for next year.

On a personal front, we are going on a vacation!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!! We are going to the little Indonesian island of Batam for a week – to chillax.  Our trip starts on Sunday and we’ll be back next Saturday, spending Christmas there.

If the hotel has wi-fi, I’ll be providing daily updates of our trip. If not, I’ll come back and give the updates.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



New Visitors?

Wonder why I suddenly seem to be getting several views from Italy – I had 6 views from there yesterday!! Surprising, since my usual highest views are from India and the US.

Not that I am complaining 🙂

Merry Musings is open to all – Welcome everyone. keep reading and keep blogging!

June 19
June 19



Been Very Busy

Its has been quite a long time since I blogged in these hallowed halls….and I have been very very busy…with a new house to get ready….a project going live….and once again getting set for Christmas… put it in a word – its been hectic.

But I have got plenty lined up for my readers….a new recipe (pork, no less!!), pictures of my new home, and lots more.

So, stay tuned…and wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!