Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Memories created from fragrance...

In today's world you are known by the scent you carry.
Many times it has happened that I am not able to recall the face of a person but I surely remember his/her fragrance. This is not only the case with people but also places. Every place has a smell of its own which will remain parked in your memory lane. The memories related to them will ignite as soon as a similar smell strikes your nose.

Lets refresh some of those memories.

No more studies as it was time for summer vacations. Like any other school student I too loved summer as it was the only time in the year to say tata to books and plan a travel trip to exotic places of the world.
This time was a bit different as my mother decided to visit her Uncle who lived in Singoli, a remote village in Madhya Pradesh. I had mixed emotions but as I never visited a village so decided to give it a chance.

We started at 10 in the morning and reached by 6 in the evening. My mom's uncle and his wife were waiting for us anxiously. As we got down they welcomed us whole heartily. After having dinner Uncle told me to get up early morning as he had a  surprise planned for me.

It was 5 in the morning.
I asked him where were we going and now he should reveal the surprise, but he told me to follow him and wait for the right time.
We have to get to the top of that hill which appears at the other side of the ground, he affirmed.

I was gasping for air as the path to the top was not easy and it took all my stamina to even stand still.
Come on my boy we have almost made it, he exclaimed. I could see a 60 year old standing at the top and motivating a 14 year young champ to take those remaining steps.
That day it was very much clear , why my Nani used to say that people in villages have tremendous stamina and that it was all because they loved nature and were very close to it in all aspects.

When I reached on the peak I was completely tired and out of my senses, but suddenly a gust of cool breeze touched my face, blowing my hair. What I saw next was phenomenal, tiny extravagant shades of orange and pink appeared in the sky. Shortly after a fiery ball enhancement started to make it’s way beyond the mountain ranges at a distance. Sky was filled with colours of unexplainable magnificence that had no known name. I felt like I am on top of the world with nature charming me with all its elements. And the best of all was the scent which is the main reason I remember this trip. This distinct scent was a mix of fresh moist grass at the top of the mountain and cool breeze which carried the pleasant smell of nearby flowing river water.

Another fragrance that walks down my memory lane is when I visited Ranthambore National Park.
It is one of most biggest and renowned park in north India. We were quite excited as it is also home to the majestic predators, the Tigers.
Our accommodation was an old wooden apartment which stood in the middle of the forest.
There was a small lake near to it and was a classic location to watch all form of wildlife specially birds.
I was sitting on the chair in the balcony, drinking coffee and doing bird watching.
Suddenly it started raining. The smell of wet soil, combined with that of the old wood was mesmerizing and to add to the blend was the refreshing smell of coffee. The fragrance created out of the combo was just unique and I definitely want to wear it if available in the market.

If we talk about fragrance and it doesn't remind us of blooming flowers and beautiful gardens, is impossible.
The place from where this fragrance originates is called the "Heaven on this World, Kashmir".
To be able to describe the beauty of this place in words is an indomitable task. The more you describe , the more you are compelled to describe. The crisp smell of fresh snow, the exotic aroma of amazing Baghs and the subtle air carried by the lakes and smooth sheets of falling water created a blend which is so desirable.

Last on the list is the one which reminds me of my visit to Oman.
My relatives live in Muscat and I took a week vacation to visit them last year.
Oman is famous for its camel racing, sand beaches, bull fighting, majestic mountains and the enormous desert. Desert to me is one of the most mysterious places in the world and exploring it on a camel is one of my dreams. I requested my relatives to spend a night in Wahiba Sands and they agreed to it.
There are lots of luxury camps which provide Bedouin style luxury tents and we booked one of them.
We started exploring the desert on a camel. After travelling for a while we came across an oasis.
There was lush greenery all around. I was enjoying my lime juice and the picturesque view.
Suddenly there was a small sand dune which moved towards us from south.
The blend of smell created by the blowing sand, nearby vegetation and the lime juice was just amazing.

                                       The Finest Fragrances are never of single essence
                                             But are combination of essential elements
                                         that captures the presence of various emotions.

This post is written as a part of contest Inspire A Fragrance by Godrej Aer on Indiblogger.

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