Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On Jasmine

One minute, I was walking in a crowded Bombay market dodging shoppers with bursting bags, trying to avoid stepping onto banana peels or into potholes. The next minute, I was an eight year old running barefoot on a springy lawn, chasing dragonflies, plucking flowers.

I savoured the moment; gulped in the fresh, fragrant air. Only then did I wonder how I got there.

The answer was one I knew- the flower seller had done it to me.

Isn't it strange how scents have the ability to take you back in time and space? Jasmine flowers always do that for me.

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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

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21 comments:

Marjorie said...

The sense of smell is the one most connected to memory. Clover reminds me of my childhood. Lilac also brings me back. Lilac is also my favorite scent in the world.

Faith Pray said...

This photo is Singular, and your writing is melodic. Lovely drabble!

ladyfi said...

So true! Smell is an amazingly strong sense!

Tiger85 said...

Wonderful post. I had this experience at the store a while back. This lady was wearing the same perfume my grandmother wears and it took me back to when I was a small child. =)

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Siv Maria said...

Many of my memories are locked into the sence of smell, great post!

Better is Possible said...

Beautifully written. I could almost smell the scent of Jasmine through my computer screen.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Nothing is more evocative than scent, it's true.

Jan Morrison said...

oh, now I want to live somewhere where they sell jasmine flowers in the market place. wait! I must be jealous. lovely drabble my dear drabbling queen.
Jan Morrison

Deb and Barbara said...

Fragrance is so important to me. I wish we had jasmine. But I'll settle for the budding green of May here. Cherry blossom, grass, warming earth. So ... mmmm.
B

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Food smells do it for me!

Stephanie V said...

So true! Scent is such a wonderful reminder of times past. Happy or sad, It must be very hard to live without that ability.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The scent of moss always makes me think of my childhood.

Gregg said...

I agree, had to be the flower seller! Fragrance or smells can take one back to an experience so easily and quickly. They can be very powerful.


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TRR said...

Happens to me all the time. Same with sounds or images. Senses are extremely potent!

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Name: Luana Krause said...

That happens to me, too. Fresh cut lawns take me back to when I was a kid running in the backyard in the summer.

Cozy in Texas said...

I remember hiking in the foothills when I lived in California and I suddenly smelled something that reminded me of Spain - probably similar vegetation as the climate is similar.
Ann

Diane Marie Shaw said...

I love the fragrance of Jasmine.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Natasha .. I can imagine the difference in the smells of Bombay and the scent of fragrant jasmine by a child wandering, musing amongst the buds of the bushes .. just as we all have done. It's the contrast of today v yesterday's innocence .. and Jasmine is such an important flower in India. Loved this drabble - thank you .. I've never been to India - but you evoke thoughts here ..Hilary

GigglesandGuns said...

Fresh baked bread still makes me cry after 25 years.

slommler said...

Oh how true!! A scent can carry us to so many places. What fun!!
Hugs
SueAnn

LTM said...

I've got some jasmine shampoo on the way to me, and every time I use it, I'll think of you~ :D LOL! <3

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