What does home smell like?
Does it smell like the mango trees
Behind my childhood house?
Or like the plaster of Paris-
One of my first memories of my then new house?
Instead, does home smell like the silk Mekhela Saador*
Which Maa wears on rare occasions?
Is it the smell of gakhir sewai Dia** used to make
Or maybe her suji that was my favourite.
Does home smell like Jasmine?
For that is the shampoo my best friend uses.
Or if Home might also smell like my books,
Where I often run to in search of solitude.
I wonder if home smells
Like an amalgamation of all these smells
Or maybe none of them at all.
If it isn’t home that smells like them
But they smell like home?
*Mekhala Saador- An assamese attire.
**Dia- the name by which I used to call my grandmother.
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