Jasmine perfume in Madurai

A Sufi saint was asked what forgiveness is. He said, “It is the scent the flower gives out when it is crushed.”

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Mogra & Merlot: what a lovely title

Encompassed two important aspects of my life. Home » Leisure ‘Mogra’ and Merlot From Kerala ‘kasavu’ saris as tablecloths to ‘mogras’ in banana- leaf cones as centrepieces—is there an Indian way of entertaining? Last Published: Sat, Feb 24 2018. 04 14 AM IST Shoba Narayan ‘Mogra’ adds the perfect Indian touch and perfume to any home. Photo: iStockphoto…

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Flowers

I didn’t set out to link flowers to culture, but there they are. A simple garland of flowers is a powerful cultural emblem. Dutch people stick tulips into vases. Brazilians arrange flowers on little pots that they hang all over white walls. Hawaiians make lei garlands out of flowers and wear them when they dance.…

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Scents

I’m crazy about perfume. In one of my favorite books of all time- Gerald Durrell’s My family and other animals, the mother goes around looking for suitable burial sites for her when she dies. I know it sounds morbid, but I occasionally want to tell my family to bury me with mounds of fragrant flowers…

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Flowers

Columns Posted: Thu, Feb 9 2012. 7:54 PM IST Earth laughs in flowers All over the world, people are moving towards handmade, handcrafted local objects—made to measure and customized right in front of your eyes The Good Life | Shoba Narayan I am at a flower market in New Delhi en route to dinner at…

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