” Never had I thought that the scents I would breathe in would someday become the dire drug my body needed in order to exist and often be used to rejuvenate myself back to life. This was that drug that needed to be taken in your life quite often to know that good and joy still exists. It’s a holy blessing.”
Disclaimer: Experiences might differ from one indivdiual to another
It was a normal day. Nothing ordinary out of the blue was going to make an entrance into my life.
Dad was coming back from Kerala, after his short visit. So the whole morning was dedicated to his coming. Mom finishing all her jobs in a panic and hurry was a sight my heavy heart had to witness every day. This routine was the usual dose a morning in this household could have. So far, no screams had been hurled because it was just the two of us for now.
I took my morning shower and then proceeded to help my mom ease the panic and the tension. So the first task of the day was to put the old newspapers out for recycling.
Taking the papers in my hand, as soon as I stepped out of the flat, the scent of the corridors eased my panic and helped me relax.
I was happy, I was the nostalgia happy.
For a brief moment, a short movie based on my memory of the happy days in Kerala played. The scent of the corridors took me back to the mornings of Kerala, at my mother’s place.
It started with a house beside the lake. Early mornings, I could hear the temple sermons and songs. That was how the small town woke up.
Later in the day, I could hear the birds chirp and that’s how I woke up. The curtains danced along to the wind, the sun rays lighted up the room and the breezy cold wind woke me up. This alarm clock was one of the world’s best invention and creation. It was my secret and also that of the town’s. It was solely ours.
My morning started with the scent of the warm milk my grandmother made for me.
Then later, the house was filled with the scent of flowers especially of Jasmine’s. We had a small garden at the back, so when we left the back doors open, the smell of that small garden and of the green plot would make its way into the house.
Soon, later in the day, my grandmother’s cooking would take up the scent of the air and it was one of the holiest smell I could ever remember.
Then as the morning events proceded, each scent would follow and arise from different tasks.
The washing of clothes and hanging it on the open terrace had a different smell of its own. I loved every aspect of it. Whilst hanging out the clothes on the terrace, I was gifted with the view of seeing my small town at it’s best every day till I left.
We always came during the monsoon reason, so when it rained. It was a bliss and an escape from the summer heat of Dubai.
When it rained, the drops that would hit the green trees, plants and leaves had a very pleasant smell of its own. The earthy smell when the rain poured down is a wonderful feeling and emotion. The raindrops danced on the roof and provided music to everyone’s ears.
Going through the events of the day, different smells and scents would fill up my nose and my mind.
The days of Kerala always carried the best scents and memories.
That was the end of the corridor whiff.
Now as I stepped into the house, another scent masked the house.
The scent of nostalgia masked again, something unexplained. Another array of nostalgic experiences masked me again.
The old memories of Dubai and Kerala, the memories of my family was dug deep from beneath my heart and was played in my mind.
The early mornings of school flashed through my mind, my mom getting ready to come along with me to bid a nice goodbye when I step on to the school bus. Then would come the afternoon where the fresh smell of my mother’s food would mask the entire house.
The afternoon naps, the tutions, the night rides and walks also decided to make its way into the movie being played in my head.
Then the good memories of the weekend also made its entry. Early morning fresh Agarbathi’s lighted by my dad and a nice temple song to wake me up.
It always fascinated me on how certain scents and smells could trigger some of the deepest fresh memories rooted in my mind.
What I have always liked about this entire process and creation was that none of the bad memories and events that took place in my entire life made even the slightest of guest experience in this head of mine when these scents evoked my memories. This was one of those experiences that had pure goodness and only contained happiness in them.
Later then, I would start missing it all but I was happy that I had these to cherish and they were only mine to be. I was happy and grateful that all of it happened.
How can those same whiffs of scents be recreated when I am at a place far far away from the source? How can these scents be recreated? Why do these scents play back those memories? How and why are always the two questions I have and I have never found a clear answer to it till this day.
This intrigues me.
Despite all my doubts and quests for an answer, The world is a wonder and so is the universe and the galaxy.
These are some of the mysterious workings of the world that I like and would always want as my constant wherever my life takes me and at any age.