If only I could capture smells..

.. because that is about all that I did not manage to get hold of, in our holiday to India.

When daughter was little, husband used to inhale her baby fragrance and wish that we could capture it for eternity. That is the one thing I wish too, now, back after my 8 week-long holiday.

The aroma of mom’s cooking,

the fragrance of flowers lingering on after collecting flowers for the pookalam,

the fragrance of properly fermented dosas,

of ripe, juicy jackfruits,

the smell of wood fired ovens – I can’t get enough of it..

I guess, I don’t need to say that I am terribly, terribly homesick. If there is anything bad about a holiday at home, it is the returning. How I wish I could just bypass it entirely. This holiday was a mixture of everything, a roller coaster of emotions, combined with the excitement of my and Poohi’s very first Onam in Kerala, being around to celebrate my great-aunt’s 90th birthday, meeting relatives, rejoicing in the way Poohi enjoyed with all her cousins and basking in the love one receives from everyone… Even if I did not manage to capture smells, I did manage to capture the sights, and we were so very lucky to get to meet Deeps and Namnam πŸ™‚

I do owe apologies to everyone who I did not manage to call while in India. I will call you all over the next few days.

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38 thoughts on “If only I could capture smells..

  1. Welcome back Smitha πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    So good to see you back to blogging πŸ˜›

    Am so glad to be back , CB πŸ™‚ Am still to start blog hopping again.

    I am glad to learn you had a fantastic trip πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Waiting for more trip updates πŸ™‚

    Will update, CB, after I manage to sort my house out πŸ™‚

  2. ok ok..you are forgiven !!!

    Thank you, kind sir πŸ˜‰

    Welcome back; you have a lot of catching up to do Smitha !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ oh, Im mentioning only about my blog. yeah, Im shamless; so whats new ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I know! You guys have been at it while I was away – no consideration 😦 So how was your first Onam after getting married πŸ™‚

  3. hey welcome back…you know i came to this page today morning only to see why you havent updated it from long πŸ™‚

    Yes, I was away for a bit – I never got around to doing a ‘goodbye’ post πŸ™‚

    ah you too were in india for onam….sols did same post today about onam in india πŸ™‚
    Glad to know you enjoyed your trip…..its part of life to meet and leave…

    Yes, had a lovely, lovely time.. Wish holidays never got over.

    Do lot of posts abt your trip ..it will be good capturing memories and visiting them later..
    Will do, Rash πŸ™‚

  4. Welcome back, Smitha! πŸ™‚
    Ah, I know the feeling…while meeting family and friends is simply great, leaving all of them behind is a bit painful.
    Sure the wonderful memories will cheer you up. Smile πŸ™‚

    Thanks Shilpa, yes the memories are worth everything πŸ™‚ Leaving loved ones behind is tough, but I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with them.

  5. Welcome back Smits πŸ™‚ . Missed you so so much! I know how homesick you must be, especially after spending such wonderful time with your family. But I’m sure the beautiful memories that you’d have brought back with you will help you cheer up and get back to your routine faster πŸ™‚

    Thanks Deeps πŸ™‚ It is great to be back πŸ™‚ You know how it feels, don’t you 😦 Coming back from home is one of the toughest things for me 😦 I get so so so homesick 😦

  6. Awww…. can imagine… always happens. And what with Winter just around the corner.. hhmmmm… don’t worry, you’ll settle in soon enough πŸ™‚

    Winter around the corner! I had forgotten about that 😦 Now how do I come out of this dreadful depression that is coming over me πŸ˜‰

  7. Welcome back Smitha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Wow.. its a day of comebacks.. First Solilo.. now you.. few are left.. Wish they too come back here soon πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Kanagu πŸ™‚ It is good to be back πŸ™‚ I am yet to start blog hopping again πŸ™‚

  8. Haa what am I supossed to say here I wonder? can’t pull legs of a homesick person is in my rule no 4965 πŸ˜₯

    Thank god for small mercies πŸ™‚

    Hey I want an entire update about the trip from POOHI πŸ™‚

    Trip update from Poohi? You sure you want to sit through that? She will tell you about every leaf that moved and every dog that crossed the street πŸ˜‰

  9. Oye Hoye!! Look whose back,YAY !! You’ve been missed girl πŸ™‚ Though Swaram’s post hinted that this page is going to get updated soon…

    I am so glad to be back too πŸ™‚ Missed the blogworld so much!

    I’m glad you had a great time and not to forget our tiny but lovely conversation over the phone πŸ™‚ Muuuwaaah that you didn’t skip calling me πŸ˜‰ *Vimmy listening???? :D*

    That was such a tiny conversation 😦 Somehow calling from India never worked out 😦 I have to make a start on the phonecalls from Monday onwards.

    Ohh..I know how it feels after returning from home…you’ll get better soon since you’ve lots of blogs to catch up…yes I mean mine too apart from Vimmu’s πŸ˜‰

    I know! I have so many unread posts that I feel like I need somebody to ‘ghost read’ posts πŸ˜‰

    Welcome Back HUG Smiths πŸ™‚

  10. Welcome back smiths,nice to see a post here after long.

    It is wonderful to be back, Sari πŸ™‚

    I know how it feels like saying good bye to everyone at the airport and will start counting the days for the next return to home.

    I know 😦 I just hate the goodbye part 😦 How I wish I never had to say goodbyes 😦

    Post ur snaps in fb when u are free from the house work as there would be much back long of the work to be done at home.

    Will do for sure. Have loads of work at home. The whole place looks like a disaster zone, and my efforts so far are almost showing no effect 😦

  11. WOW !!! Welcome back to the blogging world !!! Good to see u, Smiths. πŸ™‚

    It feels great to be back, Uma πŸ™‚

    Glad to know u had a gr8 time, doing pookalams with Poohi – me want some pics on that !!! πŸ™‚

    Pics will come, probably next week. I am yet to download them – we are changing my laptop, so decided to download the pics to the new one instead πŸ™‚

    U read all the riot over here…am sure u can smile over that homesick feeling !!! Hugs…take care. πŸ™‚

    That is for sure πŸ™‚ I have so much reading to catch up on πŸ™‚

    Oh, I too wished to capture that baby fragrance…but there are some smells, which when thinking abt it, comes to the mind – even its nowhere around. πŸ™‚

    That is so true, isn’t it?

    LOL @ properly fermented dosas… πŸ™‚

  12. A post after such a long time. Welcome back! Yeah, it would be amazing to capture all the fragrances.

    Yes, it has been a while since I was around in the blogworld – and it feels wonderful to be back πŸ™‚

  13. Welcome back Smitha
    Start planning for your next trip-it will help get over the homesickness!

    One thing I hate to do is even think of travelling after a trip :Just the thought of flying makes me sick πŸ™‚ We went shopping today and that kind of helped πŸ™‚

  14. You are back! Wondered where you had gone to. Sounds like you had a good time…a good break and holiday. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading your blog posts…

    I did not have any time for a proper ‘break’ post πŸ™‚

  15. And so you are finally back from India πŸ˜› Back I mean well you are gone from here πŸ˜› πŸ˜› but back in our Blog world !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Yes. back in our world sounds about right πŸ™‚

    Glad… the aroma’s of moms cooking !!!!! tell me bout it !!!!! :mrgreen: !!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Oh yes, you lucky guy, you are enjoying mom’s cooking everyday!!!

  16. Glad to see you back. I know that feeling of being homesick. Everytime when we used to go back after vacation, there was a blank feeling the moment the flight took off. Looking forward to your posts.

    I so know that feeling – ‘a blank feeling the moment the flight took off’ – and how I hate it 😦 But I guess it is all part of the deal 😦

  17. Glad you’re back :D. You know what is the one smell I’d love to capture? The smell of earth when it rains after a long time! And also, the smell of fresh paint πŸ™‚

    Oh yeah, those smells are gorgeous!

  18. The worst part of going home is the Return! You were in Kerala for Onam..:D
    The smells, the sounds the tastes…. hope everything can be rolled into a huge round candle and lighted whenever we want to just have a whiff πŸ˜€

    Waiting for your posts…

    • Yes, this was my first ever Onam in Kerala and we had a blast πŸ™‚ Right from Pookalam every day to delicious sadyas(notice the plural). We had multiple sadyas ;)I so hate returning 😦

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