Out of all the senses, the sense of smell is probably the one I am most sensitive to. Certain smells invoke a very strong emotional response from me. Below is a list of smells that influence me.
The Smells of
- Old Spice reminds me of my childhood.
- Cigarette smoke reminds me of my father.
- Beer reminds me of Sood Sahab.
- Whiskey reminds me of Sanjay Patel.
- Weed reminds me of Goru.
- Damp and mold reminds me of the basement of our house at Panchkula.
- Diesel Exhaust reminds me of Delhi/Gurgaon.
- Lemongrass reminds me of Hotel Bonsai at Connaught Place.
- Lemon reminds me of Lemon Tree Hotels.
- Nail Polish Remover reminds me of my mother.
- Naphtha reminds me of my paternal grandparents’ house.
- Urine reminds me of T-Point Hostel, NC Jindal Public school and my maternal grandparents’ house.
- Garbage reminds me of Uttar Pradesh.
- New electronics reminds me of my first computer.
- Cow-dung reminds me of Mathura and Vrindavan.
- Panchvati incense reminds of of the Maruti 800 car we had when we moved to Delhi.
- Nivea deodorant reminds me of São Paulo.
- Rose reminds me of one time I travelled on Rajdhani Express with my mother.
- Night Blooming Jasmine reminds me of the festive season in India.
Also, I remember a few distinct smells which I have no names for
- The distinctive smell of the video game parlour at Jwala Heri market. Might have been some incense that I have never come across anywhere else.
- The smell of freshly dried clothes out of the dryer provides me a lot of comfort.
- The earthly smell of cosmetics in and around a Forest Essentials store.
- The smell of rubber and leather that is omnipresent in old-school shoe stores like Bata.
- The distinct smell that was prevalent at Tosh Opticals, Paschim Vihar that I once again got a whiff of, at Central few days ago.
- The smell that comes from desert coolers fitted with new wood fiber.
- The typical smell of carpet, tablecloth and linen at old-school Indian restaurants & hotels.