Monday, July 23, 2018
Kashmir Times Logo
Pass the Fragrance Along..!
By Robert Clements
It was just the other day if you remember I’d shared with you about sniffing the scents and smells around you. So this morning I told myself, “Okay Bob what about following your own advice,” and was really enjoying the morning, looking at the different greens, imbibing the monsoon smells of rain filled earth, when the gardener beckoned me, and handed a flower which had the most exquisite smell. I kept it with me and continued enjoying the fragrance. I decided I’d allow it to enhance my day.

However as I walked home, I met a friend whose mother was not keeping well. Something made me hand the fragrant flower to her, “Would you give it to your mother?” I said and I saw her going in to her mother with a smile on her face and flower in her hand.

I don’t know how the mother reacted, but I’d like to think she was happy. Happy that someone outside her door, outside her family had remembered her.

I felt happy as I walked to my home and then sadness filled me as I saw the headlines in the newspaper. A techie working in America had come home to visit his mother, found the door locked and nobody opening it, called a key maker, walked in and found his mother’s skeleton! I will not question the son today, who had not spoken to his mother for over a year, but what about the neighbours? Didn’t they ever wonder what had happened to her? Why they’d not seen her?

Have we become so closed? So indifferent? Strange! And then I thought of the flower again, and my mind wonders what could have happened if someone had rung the doorbell of that old lady, lonely in her flat, and had offered her a Diwali sweet last year.

“You have come to the wrong house!” she would have feebly said even as she looked wistfully at the box, “Nobody normally gives me sweets!”

“We just wanted you to have it, and why don’t you come down today evening, there’s a small get together in the grounds.” Suddenly that lonely lady is lonely no more. Suddenly it doesn’t matter if her son calls or not, life is worth living, somebody passed a fragrant flower to her.

It may not be a flower, it could be a phone call, just a ringing of a doorbell. Some small act, that has a fragrance that will lift their lives, and do you know something? I gave away that fragrant flower, but the fragrance is all around me, more powerful than ever before..!

News Updated at : Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Comment on this Story 

Top Stories of the Day  
5 militants killed in Macchil: Army
SRINAGAR, Aug 7: Army today claimed to have foiled a major infiltration attempt by militants to cross over from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) into the Machhil sector of Kashmir. Five militants were killed. "A major infiltration bid was foiled in the Machhil sector by alert troops," a defence spokesman said in Srinagar. He added that five militants were killed in the operation which was going on when reports last came in. "During the search, five weapons were recovered by the army," the
> Cross-LoC bus resumes, trade from today
> Train services remain suspended
> Weapon snatching bid foiled
> Valley continues to reel under heat wave
> J&K govt contesting to save Art 35-A: Khan
Other Stories from Web  
Find us on
Weather Report
Shridev Sharma
Mata Vaishnodevi | Matavaishnodevi | Mata Vaishno Devi
Electric Blanket | Electric Bed Warmers | Electric Under Blankets | Electric Heating Blanket
Web Design Jammu, Web Design Company, Ideogram Jammu
Home | Contact Us | Kashmir Times | Kashmir Times E-Paper - Jammu | Kashmir Times E-Paper - Srinagar | Dainik Kashmir Times | Jammu Prabhat
Copyright 2013 Kashmir Times Group. All rights reserved. Powered by Ideogram Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd.