I read in medical school that olfaction
Is associated with memory and emotion
More so than the other senses four-
I have understood this fact more and more
Having left my home and moved away
Olfactory memories have been there to stay-
Each time I prepare spiced chai in my kitchen
My nose-brain connection creates the heaven
Of my childhood, sends me back in time instantly
To the place where an integral part of life was tea..
The act of sifting through Indian spices aromatic
Of smelling them on my hands, makes me ecstatic
The fragrance of frying in butter clarified*
Evokes emotions complex that cannot be described
Each time I try in my kitchen a traditional recipe
My limbic system goes into overdrive, you see
And I am suffused with the warmth of longing and love
Who knew the best memories were made around a stove?
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