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Monday, August 26, 2013

A Bowlful of Memories



Roses, Fragrance, Ambi pur, Nimbu Paani, Rice, Tulsi, Memories, NostalgiaFrom fresh roses in the lawn,
To the aroma of deep frying.
Ah! Fragrances remind me of merrier times...

Washed cotton sheet on the bed,
Trailing fragrance of Agarbatti in the house.
Whiff of Liril talcum powder from Mom,
Quick sniff of petrol from scooter, if Dad allows.
What else could make home a better place to be?
Roses, Fragrance, Ambi pur, Nimbu Paani, Rice, Tulsi, Memories, NostalgiaA jubilant celebration, a nostalgic potpourri!

Royal scent of rose petals in Nimbu Paani,
Aroma of Basmati Rice.
Mouth watering tinge of dal fried in Desi Ghee,
Freshly baked cake that doubles the appetite.
Fragrances of home made cooking sets spirits free,
A tempting invitation, a nostalgic potpourri!

Aura of wet soil in the summer,
Moth balls smell from winter clothes.
Intoxicating scent from a new book,
Chai made from cardamon-tulsi-cloves.
A gush of aromatic emotions fills me,
A jog down the memory lane, a nostalgic potpourri!

Stench from tiny box of Cherry Blossom,
Musty odor from damp shelves.
Nose twitching at times,
Spraying of room fresheners to cleanse.
Diwali cleaning, spring cleaning never a spree,
Yet it is, a nostalgic potpourri!

Masculine scent of Old Spice from Dad's shaving kit,
Incensed hair massaged with Coconut Oil on Saturday night.
Crisp effusion from Nail Polish remover,
Cotton dress starched in Revive.
 Fresh plucked twig of Neem tree,
Even toiletries created... a nostalgic potpourri!
From Smelly traces here and there,
To Smiley bouquet ever-fine.
Ah! Fragrances remind me of merrier times...


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*To create your own bowlful of memories, click and explore fragrances from www.facebook.com/AmbiPurIndia
**This poem is written for 'Smelly To Smiley' contest on Indiblogger, sponsored by Ambi Pur.

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96 comments:

  1. So lyrically written! Smell is one of the triggers that can really bring back memories.

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  2. Lovely..and all the best to you..:)

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  3. Nostalgic smell/fragrance in lyrics. The starch of Revive.

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    1. Revive starch brings back many happy summer memories. Thanks for reading Ma'am.

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  4. lovely lyrics.. spreads fragrance and nostalgic feelings.. :)

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  5. Fresh roses in the lawn ,
    Quick sniff of petrol,
    Aroma of Basmati rice..
    I have felt these things ;)
    Lovely and well described :) All the best :)

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    1. You too like the smell of petrol. Thanks for reading and for your wishes, Sush.

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  6. I am enjoying these posts on smells :)

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    1. Me too, every post is a trip down the memory lane.

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  7. You made me relive my memories too. Nicely done. :) I used to love Cherry blossom stench though. :)

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    1. Oh, you do. Even my brother liked it and used to tease me. Thanks for reading and for a lovely comment.

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  8. Absolutely adorable:) You covered them all Saru! Best of luck for the contest!

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  9. Ah..............so many I missed as I can see now :) Beautiful one Saru. Truly A nostalgic potpourri.

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  10. Wow saru some of these are heavenly ones . Liril talc from mom - wow

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    1. Yeah, that's my favorite of all. I miss that fresh and fragrant cuddle. Thanks for reading Jayashree.

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  11. As i read my nose sailed through memories of having experienced these smells...:-) nice one

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  12. Wow ! What a lovely way to describe the entire range of fragrances and smells & odours. In India we still experience most of these but those who live in distant lands will be certainly become nostalgic.

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    1. Absolutely true, Sir. Here we miss these fragrances. Thanks for reading, Sir.

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  13. Saru my whole being is soaked in the fragrance of all things bright and beautiful.All the best for the contest.

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    1. That's such a beautiful comment Ma'am. Glad my words evoked such feelings in you. Thanks for reading and for your wishes.

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  14. Beautiful Saru.. and your poem really made me go down the memory lane.. this is just wow and it does makes me nostalgic for all those things that we have left behind...

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    1. Thank you Swati and welcome back. You were missed. :)

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  15. Aha. poetry on such a topic. wonderful! all the best

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  16. It's really a "bowlful of memories". You have put everything in the basket of nostalgia. :) Good luck! :)

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  17. adorable writeup ! .. all the very best for contest !

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  18. This earth is so abundant of aromas, it is hard to neglect any.
    Nice read Saru, best of luck for the contest!

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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    1. True that and thanks for your wishes, Anshul.

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  19. Lovely! Got driven into my own nostalgia :D All the best! :)

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  20. so many wonderful memories ... Old Spice was a regular smell back when my dad was younger :)

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    1. Old Spice is really really old :P

      Thanks for reading Roshan.

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  21. you have conjured a magical recipe here, full of all the spices that could be found in the narrow lane of nostalgia.

    Delicious potpourri... :)

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    1. What a beautiful line! Thanks for reading Deepak :)

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  22. This is so beautiful n such a lovely rhyme! I bet most of us can relate to it...you have not left a single memory...yes smells can be so nostalgic!!
    All the very best!

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    1. Indeed! Thanks for your wishes, Aditi.

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  23. Ah! The fragrance of (saru-jee's) words.. indeed :)

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  24. Poetic, lyrical and beautiful!!

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  25. Its got everything that reminds me too of the old times.. lovely!!

    Just a spell check for tulsi.

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    1. Thanks for reading and pointing the typo, Manjulika.

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  26. In poetry you stand unmatched, Saru. The Award you got could not have been another's. Love how you have gathered so many fragrances from the everyday and collected them in this post - indeed a lovely potpourri.

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    1. Kinda speechless now. Coming from you, it's a huge compliment Sakshi. You just made my day. And thanks for reading the poem. :)

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  27. Wow the lines are beautiful and really flow like a song
    Nostalgia wave it is .
    I enjoyed writing for this too
    Good luck :)

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    1. Yeah, yours was beautiful, specially the last verse. Thanks for reading Afshan.

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  28. So lovely, Saru! All those amazing aromas, each one of them delightful and keep taking us back to our childhood days. Beautiful poetry! A nostalgic potpourri alright!

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    1. Thank you Rachna for such a lovely comment.

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  29. Anyone can relate to the aromas you mentioned. A typical house will be loaded with them. Nicely written Saru. Good luck, as always :-)

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    1. True, a typical house is loaded with such happy memories. Thanks for your wishes Ash :)

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  30. Wow! Wonderful poem Saru. You have included all the different aromas from nature and blended it perfectly in your poem..

    And when I think I can actually win something (finally), here's comes a masterpiece! :D All the best yaar :)

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    1. C'mon Binu, itna bhi accha nahi hai :P Just kidding...

      Yours was beautiful with the back drop of Kerala and its delicacies. Thanks for a generous comment and good luck to you too :)

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  31. I have been reading some wonderful posts, thanks to this contest and this is really brilliant, Saru!

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  32. Super post saru...Gave a glimpse on my good old days..Am so feeling homesick now..:(

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    1. I was missing my hometown when I was penning it. Thanks for reading and welcome here :)

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  33. So I already know who is going to win the Ambipur Contest! And I am commenting on their blog right now. :D You are just too good Saru. Love your thought process. :)

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    1. Hehehehe...I hope so but you need a lot of luck to be part of that winning list. Thanks for reading and for a generous comment, Swapna. :)

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  34. YAY...wish you were there at the event...I enjoyed it thoroughly...and missed Swapna and Vandana...well written Saru....all the best! U rock girl! :)

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    1. I am so jealous of you guys. Haven't attended even a single Indi meet. And, thanks for reading and for your wishes, Priti.

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  35. Lovely poem Saru.... such beauty churning out of everyday life is always so refreshing and connecting. Keep it up.

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  36. Very nice poem. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I have re-submitted my post. But how would I know that now I did it the right way?

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    1. Thanks for reading, Richa. Hope you got my message.

      Welcome here!

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  37. I am not sure that message popped up. I guess it was - your post is active on Indivine. :-(

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  38. This is such a sweet poem ... all the best for the contest :-)

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    1. Thanks Amrit. I seriously need your wishes, competition is really tough in this one. :)

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  39. Hey I did post it as a new post..and did what you told me. Finally got that message.

    Thanks so much for helping me. I'll be following your blog from now. A wonderful space I must say!

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  40. Very evocative poem! Loved reading it. All the best for the contest :)

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  41. Hmm. Wet Soils-Moth Balls-Old Spice-Coconut Oil Every Indian's diet of good old family memoirs - loved your poem!

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    1. Yeah, everyday diet of good old family fun days. Glad you liked it, Pratik. :)

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  42. that old spice thng reminded me dad instantly :(
    Truly nostalgic post which u weaved to a lovely poem as always :)
    good lck

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    1. Thank you Pratidhi and welcome here :)

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  44. Congrats Saru.. A well deserved win :)

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