The fragrance of jasmine

I hold up the string of jasmine flowers that I buy everyday to keep on my bedside table and teach the Bean – ‘Mallipoo…say baby, mallipoo…’

She repeats after me, mallipoo,Β and I breathe the fragrance in with a sigh. The scent transporting me back to my childhood and hot summer nights, midnight feasts on the terrace and skinned knees from climbing trees.

The Bean copies me, breathing the scent in deeply, her eyes lighting up with pleasure at the lovely frangrace.

‘It smells nice, doesn’t it?’ I ask her..

Yes, she nods. And I hope that years later the smell of jasmine flowers will take her back to this momet, to her home and mama and the big, cosy bed.

A little later she is still walking around the house, smiling. I smile back at her and ask her why she’s smiling…

‘It smells nice, mama,’ she says. I nod, surprised at how the pleasure has stayed on so long in her senses.

Until I notice a little white tip peeking out of her nostril.

Yes, she’d shoved a little bud into her nose in a simple bid to keep the fragrance around. I groan and hold my head in my hands while the OA attempts to take it out. His hands shaking with supressed laughter, his eyes shining with mirth.


52 thoughts on “The fragrance of jasmine

  1. What’s with kids and shoving anything and everything up their noses and in their mouth??

    Thank god it was just a flower bud!
    A very curious nephew of mine had put an EARTHWORM in his mouth! His mom saw a tail sorta thing sticking out of his mouth…imagine the horror! I would’ve fainted. Seriously.

    Me: apparently i once had a worm come out of my nose. *shudder*

  2. Just the idea of someone so small walking around a house makes me smile!

    This one you didn’t get a photo of?

    Me: I couldnt stop groaning and cursing. If I hadnt been around the freak would have shoved it too far out and we’d have had to go to hospital to get it out.

  3. LOL…

    mallipoo in delhi? Has the city changed so much? I thought that was a rare/expensive find.

    Me: oh it has πŸ™‚ its Rs 10 for 5 strings. very cheap and sold at the traffic signals. my house and car are always full of it.

  4. Oh gosh! Kids can get a little too creative sometimes! Glad you caught it before it went places πŸ˜‰

    The smell of jasmine always reminds me of my “first night” and of my daughter’s fifth year ‘sonn-phool'(a really gorgeous hair adornment). I totally love it!

  5. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!

    Bless you, little Bean.

    There’s something wonderful and inimitable about jasmine, yes. BTW, in what language is it called “Mallipoo”? I only know the Bengali “jui”(with a nasal accent).

    Me: in tam suki… although i called it ‘jui’ while growing up too πŸ™‚

  6. Beanie is adorable!!! UP walli..saying mallipoo… Just curious πŸ™‚ ??????

    Me: dad is Tam πŸ™‚

  7. Really nice of how you put these little beautiful things to make her memories. And good you spotted the bud in time!

  8. What innovation. You can thank your stars that she didn’t stuff it further up! But I am sure she is too intelligent for that.

  9. Me jealous…flowers in Dubai are exhorbitant and unaffordable at best of times….I buy fresh flowers only twice a year once for xmas and once for the easter lunch….sigh…the only time my house saw amazing amount of flowers was when Yohaan was born….maybe next when i have a grandchild now!

    enjoy ur precious memory making MM.


  10. Do you wear them on your hair? I love to.. 5 strings for 10?? How big is the string… its a lot more expensive here…

  11. πŸ™‚ I can just imagine how freaked out you must have been πŸ™‚ to have seen a bud peeking out from her nostril πŸ˜€

    Reminds me of the time the younger sibling here stuffed two small pieces of confetti up his nostril !!

  12. I’d have freaked out. Funny the way you put it… One mallipoo fragrance memory that will linger longer with all of you…

  13. Hi MM,

    I am a regular visitor to your Blog and love the way you write. This post soo reminded me of my childhood days , Mallipoo and summer. Its too bad that we dont get Jasmine in this part of USA.There is something about a mother and daughter bonding over small things. I am sure Bean will grow up to remember this moment, like I do so many spent with my mom. BTW I did vote for you for the Mothers Day contest.

  14. LOL – did you see the House episode, where the kid had shoved a couple of mini cars up his nose? Ewww…


  15. What’s with toddlers and things up their noses? A few months ago my little one was into it big time. And we ended up in the emergency thrice for ‘foreign body up nasal passage.’
    Third time around the good doctor reassured us that our son is just a little too explorative and let it slip that he might be next exploring his ears too.
    Thankfully he seems to have outgrown it.
    At least the Bean had something that smells nice, mine just had bits of paper.

  16. Oh-my-word!she’s too cute…tiny li’l bean strolling around with a pleased smile…just want to gobble her up…at this age ,all toddlers want to explore with all their senses hence the tasting,licking,”deep sniffing”:))-I’m sure you’ll find bits of mallipoo that she tasted in her …if you care to look;))

  17. What a coincidence! last week i tell someone how i miss jasmine during summer and the weekend i go to someone’s house who had a jasmine plant.She gave me exactly 4 buds to enjoy, the smell still lingering arround for 2 days! And now i see your post … that $25 jasmine plant in the nursery sure has my name on it πŸ˜€

    btw 10Rs for 5 strings is damn cheap!

  18. LOL MM! Cutie Beanie, Rs.10 for 5 stings? thats just Wow!! Here, in Toronto, if we order it a week b4, we get a metre mallipoo for $12! Yet ppl here buy it.

  19. A whole bud!! Scary, no? I am glad you spotted it. Its just to funny to imagine though…a smug smile at the knowledge of sweet smell ‘up’ her nose. Such a dear.

    My older one put a centipede in her mouth, didnt like the taste and spit it out. And it was still alive. I can relate to the shaking and laughing πŸ˜€
    Younger one found a wire and poked it hard inside her ear and punctured an ear drum. It was scary till the doctor reassured us. Now we laugh thinking back πŸ™‚

  20. LOL… Your post left me with a whiff of mallipoo… Children have such an amazing capacity for stuffing things in different orifices. My brother once stuffed mama’s bindi in his nose. She took it out with a plucker. πŸ˜€

  21. Aw, at least it wasn’t toxic and you could get it out yourselves..

    But I’m outraged at your last post. 35 isn’t old! Barack Obama is 47, and he’s still young! πŸ™‚

  22. so mallipoo is Tam…i was a little lost there.

    a frustrating and anxious albiet precious moment for the parents.
    my little one rolls up a tissue and shoves it into her tiny nostril…once she slept the whole night with one inside -she had dificulty breathing and we kept thinking it was her congestion thats making it dificult for her to breathe until morning.
    its hard to keep up with their antics…

  23. I was wondering what is mallipoo πŸ˜›

    Now I know. I am planning to get an earthen bowl to put near the entrance of my house and fill it with flowers & diyas πŸ™‚

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  25. aww, amusing how simplicity emanates from kids, just shove happiness up you nose so as to not lose or forget its fragnance! πŸ™‚
    thanks for sharing! it has been a pleasure reading your blog!

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