Was cleaning the fridge in the afternoon when I came across some mint leaves, just as I tried to sort out the fresh ones from the ones which were losing their colour , a whiff of fresh mint aroma reached me ---I was suddenly reminded of KOLYNOS toothpaste which we used when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s it had that fresh minty smell and made us feel really fresh ---I drifted into the world of my childhood as I picked up the bunch and put it to my nose ----was just smiling to my self and thinking about those days--- when I was reminded of this contest on indiblogger ----
which says Tell us about the nostalgic memories you associate with different smells or fragrances in your home
and I let loose the memory cards of my brain I let them run wild and reach all nooks and corners of the past ,specially of my childhood . I could smell flowers .I could smell the early morning rains and the rain drenched roads which reached us to school. The aroma of lovely samosas and jalebis being fried and tea being made in the roadside stalls .I was also reminded of the sweet fragrance of the champa( beautiful pale yellow ) flowers and also of the rose and this took me to the days when we used to press flowers between the pages of our books and the rose had the characteristics of retaining its fragrance .
As I picked up a particular brand of talcum powder I was reminded of my hostel days where the girls thought I was using perfume and were amazed when I told them it was the subtle fragrance of the talcum powder they were admiring and not any perfume ---similarly a particular brand of soap which is our family's favourite and adorns all our bathrooms had fallen out of grace a few years ago because I just couldn't tolerate its smell when I was expecting my elder daughter . Similarly the smell of rice being cooked was intolerable to my younger daughter before she arrived into this world...and now she survives only on rice ......
I think people are so correct when they say women have a very strong sense of smell ---we do ----because we can smell food getting burnt ,or we distinguish good food from spoilt ones by smelling them , we can tell whats cooking just by a waft of aroma and we love fragrances ....we associate nearly everything in our life by their smell -----there are such lovely romantic dialogues and songs in movies which say that we can sense the arrival of our boloved by the fragrance which accompanies them .:))
I drifted into my past and the smile on my face sent my daughters wondering what the reason was --when I told them about this contest they let out a laughter ---"now mom we will have to tolerate this dreamy look in your eyes and the smile on your face for as long as you don't finish writing your post By the way why don't you write about that incident about which we were talking when we bought our first ambipur spray ?? "
Oh yes how stupid of me here was every thing on a platter and I was wasting my time .
It was about 7 years back ---My brothers family was visiting us when we all decided that since everyone was free and hubby too could afford a a few days leave why not visit the Kanha wild life sanctuary --and hey presto we finished our packing ---my sister got busy in the kitchen packing eatables for the road the house became a flury of activity .All done we clamoured into our beds for a few hours sleep --but the excitement of travelling together just wouldn't let sleep come near us and so like always we were up and ready to embark on our journey at 4 am THE SINHA"S USUAL JOURNEY TIME.
Needless to say we had a great time and on our return journey when we decided to take a turn for Nagpur ( my brothers place ) instead of to Bhilai ( my place) we could stay with them for one day and then proceed to Bhilai .Well we reached Nagpur at about 2.3o p m had lunch in a restaurant and then finally reached home all ready for a post lunch siesta and my sister in law reassured us that the house would not need any cleaning up etc as she had prepared the beds and covered them and the rest of the furniture with sheets just to avoid hard work after coming from from the vacations ---we were all full of admiration for her ---what a perfect housewife !!!!
As we reached home a beautiful sight awaited us --the gardener had looked after the garden well ----then my sis-in-law inserted the key in the lock and turned back to welcome us with a smile ----But she was greeted by us with our noses covered with handkerchiefs and she herself turned 180 degrees with horror in her eyes -----a horrible stench was coming from inside the house .As she stepped in she screamed and we all rushed in
----dead mice were strewn all around about 6 or 7 or may be 10 ---it was a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie semi dark room 8 people standing wide eyed full of fear and dead rats were lying all over----actually my sis in law had left a packet of rat poison powder and the mice had eaten it all .
What a horrible sight and what a horrible stench no one could bear to stand there we shifted to our company rest house for a day accomodated the rest of the family too .My sis-in-law spent the whole day cleaning the house with the help of servants and some workers from the factory then they got it disinfected but the stench would not leave .My mother suggested they use "dhoop" which is used in" havans" They spent hundreds of rupees on dhoop, scents, perfumes,air fresheners and what not but it took many many days before the smell left the house and it took still longer to leave our system --a feeling of nausea would grip us just by the thought of it all .
A few months back a similar incident took place in our house .It was just that I had planted rat poison in all nooks and corners of my house to kill a rat which was playing havoc and will you believe it ? if I said that it only ate synthetic things like plastic and rubber etc in fact it destroyed the cable wire of one our computers and this was enough to infuriate the whole family So I bought some rat poison the --and the mouse decided to attain" moksha" by lying under our shoe rack I picked it up and threw it and then told my family no more mouse in the house and that they could let their pet mouse( computer wala ) out without the fear of being chewed up.But the stench persisted and started becoming unbearable ---it reminded us of that incident in my brothers house .We got scared and the whole family got busy looking for more dead mice ---and yes indeed... there were three more and they had started rotting, hence the smell. But we had by now been introduced to the Ambipur air fresheners so we went and got two sprays and hey presto our house was free of the smell. In no time it had turned from "Smelly To Smiley!
What a relief.
Now of course Ambipur is a regular on our shopping list and does my house smell sweet ??? it does.
note---(both pictures are from the net ) and this is my entry for the www.facebook.com/AmbiPurIndia contest on indiblogger