Some smell takes you back…back to your old self you have lost in the path of growing up.Time turns back and bring those golden moments.
So one of those smells that take me down the memory lane is the smell of mud. Weird,funny or disgusting??Does mud smell ?? Yes it does!!! A rather funny smell.(mud I am referring here is not the orange brown mud,but the blackish brown mud from the paddy fields commonly called ‘cheru’ in Kerala )
Last week I visited my cousin’s place at Mankombu ,a village in Kerala;where the green carpets of paddy fields on both the sides of the road gives treat to your eyes ,where you can see the nature in its full beauty and for sensitive noses like me..the smell of mud.Aha the smell of mud that take me hand in hand to some nostalgic folds of life..
So you might be wondering what connection I have with this smell.This smell triggers some childhood memories..I was in 3rd or 4th std and we were having vacations or some kind of holiday. We kids were taken to attend a marriage at one of my cousin’s maternal home at Kuttanad. Being the pranksters we were ,we skilfully escaped from the boring marriage ceremonies and found ourselves enjoying in the muddy paddy-field..My foot suddenly got stuck in the mud and I started squealing at the top of my throat “I am drowning” .One of my cousins came forward to help me.He started to pull my leg out of the mud and there I go .. I fell flat into the mud .Mud covering my body top to toe..I started crying and they were laughing at me instead of pulling me out..(That cousin was in my enemy list for some time .)One of the workers in the neighboring fields literally scooped me out of the mud..I stood there smelling of mud as if I was made of mud.. my hair in pigtails poking out like two twigs. I could still feel the smell of that mud which covered me.
I was proudly presented before my parents who were shocked to see their precious daughter covered in mud and of-course smelled disgusting. (I don’t find that smell disgusting anymore ). I was successful in creating a wave of laughter at the place.My peach little dress no more resembled color peach .
Though it was embarrassing at the time but now the very memory makes me laugh like a lunatic .Put your hands together for “the smell of mud ” that triggers non-ending chuckles and make people wonder whether I have gone mad…
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