Can you smell and taste through cyberspace?

Technology has conquered two of the five senses: sound and sight. What about the other three? How do you describe a wine in words? Shoba Narayan suggests we reach into our own heritage: A Chenin blanc could be called “Insipid, like Aunty Maria’s pork vindaloo” The killer app, at least in the fields of wine,…

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Frankincense

Oudh and frankincense are scents of the day. Here is a story that appeared in Qantas magazine, Australia. Thank you, Stanley Pinto for organizing a superb trip to Muscat. And hustling all of us energetic tourists and members of the Bangalore Black Tie into some semblance of organization. And thank you, Shawqi Sultan and Saleh…

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Perfume

Don’t understand Mint’s headline for this piece. What does will o wisps mean? Maybe from a poem. But I find this notion of ancient humans communing with the heavens through wisps of smoke very touching. Scents are fascinating. Fragrance, will-o’-the-wisps and prayer How do you scent your home? Do you use oriental lilies and tuberose?…

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History of perfumes

Opinion Comment Great perfumes affix the mind to a specific place and time Shoba Narayan December 16, 2013 Updated: December 16, 2013 18:42:00 No people understand perfumes better than Arabs, who instinctively and unconsciously layer scents using oils and attars. As the new year approaches, it is perhaps a good time to think about perfumes:…

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