Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy Senses - 1

Our last edition on IndifictionWorkshop was on horror and there was a lot of talk about bringing in the five senses into the narration.This post has nothing to do with fiction or horror. All this talk made me reminisce under what circumstances each of my senses comes to life and fills me with vigor. 

Okay, I have been drinking cup after cup of Horlicks and Bournvita to get my cerebrum , hypothalamus and the rest of the folks to work in unison and come up with ideas for a new post. This is what they suggested after a lot of pushing and prodding!

Sight:
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  • Sometimes in the temples, a screen would be drawn in the sanctum sanctorum  for the pujas or naivedyam(offering) hiding the deity from public view. As we wait, in a flash the curtains would be drawn open and one would witness beautiful lamps(aarthi) with multiple flames being shown as the entire place reverberates with the divine sounds of the ringing bells.
  • Yesterday I cleaned up my refrigerator; Today when I opened the fridge to get some water, the clean and sparkling look sans any clutter gives me a satisfaction, an exuberant feeling of a job well done. During my programming days, after hours of struggling with a piece of code, when I saw it finally working on my monitor,  I could almost do a jig. Adding the final garnishing to a dish done perfectly, standing back and admiring a painting I just finished- Fruits of Effort are always treats to the eye.
  • The cascading Niagara, rivers of the Himalayas running through the beautiful white pebbles, green still backwaters of Aleppey, the ever stretching ocean one witnesses at the beach - Water in its so many forms displays energy and strength.
  • Even pigs and buffaloes look amazingly cute as babies.  All little ones, human or otherwise look so adorable when at play. A kitten playing with a ball of wool, a baby looking at a tubelight and laughing, a piglet rolling in mud, an elephant calf playing with its mother's tail - Simple beautiful sights in life.
  • A foodie that I am, the widespread array of dishes one witnesses at any buffet always fills me with a happiness I have never been able to fathom. Just seeing it gives me more pleasure than actually wolfing the delicacies down my gut. 
  • I know they pollute the environment but when done once in a while on a restricted basis they are a treat. Fireworks! During New Years Eve when the entire sky gets lit up with these blooming sparkling colorful stars its magical!
Smell :

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  • Petrichor is a word I learnt recently though it is an experience that has always made me rejoice - The beautiful smell that spreads when the drops of rain first kiss the dry earth. 
  • When one lifts a baby fresh from its bath after applying lotion and powdered well a beautiful fragrance sweeps all over.
  • On removing a bathing soap from its carton , a wonderful smell fills your being. Not just the perfumed ones, ordinary deodorant ones do that too!
  • When you go to the market to the vegetable vendor, the fresh cucumber, the green spinach, the gleaming carrots, radishes and beetroots, the sacks of potatoes and pumpkins and everything else on display together emit a fresh lovely odor. 
  • I like wearing jasmine flowers on my hair in typical South Indian fashion and that can leave you feeling heavenly. 
  • I already told you I am a foodie. Obviously a whole lot of related things would get my olfactory senses on a high - Sambar boiling on the stove, the smell of ghee that the sweet pongal in the making emanates, the smell of ripe mangoes and juicy watermelons, the aromas of steaming basmati rice and hot pizza and what wafts the air when something is baking and the list goes on!
To be continued....(unless I get a hate warning mail demanding that I put an end to this!)
 





53 comments:

  1. How nice to create the pictures around the senses, Jaiashree:) Please continue with the rest!!

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  2. Interesting exercise, Jayashree. This will help you greatly in coming up with appropriate metaphors for your fiction.

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    1. Oh ! Never thought of it that way. Thanks for pointing that out TF.

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  3. You are making me go all misty eye!Waiting for the follow up :)

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    1. :) Thanks Ilakshee. Just back after reading that lovely road trip post of yours.

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  4. Looking forward to how you portray feel :)

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    1. Feel?? I thought whats pending is hearing, touch and taste Vishal! Feel is sixth sense I suppose :D

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    2. :) Anyways I guess feel is a part of all our senses rt Vishal?

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    3. LOL :) Thanks for keeping my heart, Jaishree :)

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  5. Jaish you have reminded me of the sweet smell emanating from little babies--nothing beats it.
    Lush green,rain-washed greenery is my favorite sight.
    Now about sounds?

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    1. Yes Indu, next I am planning on sounds. Of course that greenery is something I love as well.

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  6. Interesting post and I am sure it would have been an enriching experience just thinking about it. That itself would make you more aware, more sensitive and more in tune with your senses, isn't it ?

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    1. You got it right , Thinking about these filled me with a lot of enthusiasm. :)

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  7. Very interesting! And I like how the Horlicks and Bournvita did all that for you! Interestingly, I have been having Women's Horlicks and ended up with a post today after a gap of more than a month. Wonder if there's more to the co-incidence. LOL on the little piglets and lambs and baby elephants :) Seriously, they can pose such cute sights! Your entire post is definitely evoking those senses, Jaish! Looking forward to the rest! :)

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    1. Same Pinch :D Btw Women's Horlicks does not trigger my taste as well as the normal Horlicks ha ha :D Thanks for the comments Deepa! :)

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  8. Very interesting! With each pointer a beautiful imagery was created. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one! :)

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  9. Interesting Jaish! How each of our senses makes us feel! Be it happy or sad or scared! You made me think about my senses. Rain would be my trigger. All my five senses cackle when it rains.

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    1. Of course rains can trigger a myriad of emotions Rajrupa. They are one of the most beautiful phenomenons on earth!

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  10. after reading first few lines, i thought i wouldn't understand this post and was about to close this page. but i am glad that i didn't. it was a wonderful read! absolutely loved it!

    maybe i need to go through that indifiction page so that i understand the posts better.

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    1. Hi Debajyoti

      I am glad that you read it fully too :)

      Indifiction is a workshop where people interested in becoming fiction writers get together and do exercises.

      Just the 'five senses' part was a trigger for this post :)

      Do visit the site though. Lots of stories for you to read :D and write if interested :)

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  11. Dear Jaishree, such an interesting post..The pictures created were so real..enjoyed a lot and waiting for the continuation..

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  12. I am quite new to your blog.But,the ones I have read including this one...each is a masterpiece

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    1. I dont know if I deserve so much appreciation :D Thanks a ton for your kind words and do keep visiting

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  13. Hate warning mails? o.O Naw. Guess you'll have to write the rest of the piece for us demanding souls. Please.

    Your list sounds interesting; that gets me looking forward to the #2 of this post. And thanks for enriching my vocabulary with Petrichor. :D

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    1. Actually I myself got that from one blog post :) Thanks for the comment and ok I will try to post the next part soon :)

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  14. Hate warning mails? o.O Naw. Guess you'll have to write the rest of the piece for us demanding souls. Please.

    Your list sounds interesting; that gets me looking forward to the #2 of this post. And thanks for enriching my vocabulary with Petrichor. :D

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  15. What a visual delight.. I mean I could smell things even if it was in my imagination :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Me. Glad that you liked it.

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  16. Nice, you collected those treats to our senses. Didn't you miss the smell of a new book when you unpack it? :) Will look forward to the next one.

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    1. Oh yes, How did I miss that one? I did think about the smell you get when you unwrap a new piece of clothing.

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  17. I feel the same for all the points in the 'smell' part and for 'sight' last two are my favorite. Senses are so important and yet we hardly realize its importance.

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    1. True Saru. Though humanity has a lot of stories on people who have lost some of these capabilities most of them dont stop from the rat race to relish what hits their senses.

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  18. A nice and different post, Jaish!All little ones are adorable, completely agree!And Horlicks and Bournvita, seriously?

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    1. Hi Hi...I keep singing Tan Ki Shakthi, Man ki Shakthi ha ha :)

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  19. Quite sense-sational indeed! I can relate to most of these :)

    (Petrichor added to my vocab)

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    1. Thanks for stepping in and love the sense-sational that you coined :)

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  20. That's so nice Jaish. Loved the interpretation of senses.

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  21. I Kept nodding my head to most of the points there ... waiting for the next ones ...

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  22. The hallmark of great writing is making the reader hear, smell and feel your words!

    An interesting post, Jaish. Looking forward to the next one.

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    1. Thanks Purba ,your comment made my day :)

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  23. Oh, I loved all your choices! Please do continue!!

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  24. You have made me feel hungry now - and i have no food in the house :)

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    1. Hi hi , no raw materials to cook something either ?? :)

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  25. Mmmmm...beautiful write up, Jaish. Loved the visuals..ah, senses are so important to help us experience the world around us. Going over to the next!
    Have been a bit irregular in blogging...now I need to catch up on some reading!!:))

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  26. Small yet powerful moments from our life. :)

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