Nostalgia by Arti Mathur

The aroma of dried chillies wafted in and around the kitchen as soon as Siya pounced on the chillies in the mortar to prepare traditional style Lal mirch ki chatni.

The peculiar smell of chillies took her down memory lane, nostalgia took over and her heart started wandering into the streets of childhood. She recalled how her grandmother along with other women of their village would prepare the masalas on the terrace and how that peculiar smell would settle in the nose making everyone sneeze.

The laughter of ladies while gossiping, the sound of their bangles all in sync, and their simple yet beautiful faces flashed before her eyes. 

Her heart wished to go back in the past to see, feel and live those moments again.

-Arti Mathur

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