It has been a while since I sat down and wrote one of these personal updates— the last one was when summer was like a cat about to stretch itself. And here we are in Autumn, the season of color and cool air. A time when baseball has become a bit more urgent. And we start thinking about festivals, jingles, and worrying about the winter ahead. It is also why people around the world start craving that disgusting drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte! Nevertheless, the reason why we love this concoction is that it triggers memories of this season. According to two scientists who researched the problem, the trigger is the smell.
“The association that the smell has with the season in our memories allows it to powerfully evoke the refreshing feelings of fall,” according to Jason Fischer, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins. The smell is a one-way ticket to nostalgia and memories, as perfume makers have known forever. The faint smell of roses takes me back to my childhood, and so does the haunting, mellifluous smells of (frangipani) Champa, a smell so uniquely represents my hometown to me! These trees line many avenues and Delhi streets, and the smell is so pervasive, especially as we enter cooler days.
Even though Delhi has become bustling, busy, and overwhelming, I could still smell the flowers while visiting my parents last month. Mark Vanhoenacker, in his book, Imagine a city, devotes many pages (Read more...)