East­ern Aro­mat­ics

Men's Health (UK) - - Are You Really A Good Person? - By Jeremy Jauncey, CEO, Beau­ti­ful Des­ti­na­tions beau­ti­fuldes­ti­na­tions.com

The night be­fore Di­wali, I found my­self in the coun­try­side out­side of Delhi, pick­ing marigolds with lo­cal farm­ers. Af­ter load­ing the sacks of fresh flow­ers onto the trucks, we drove into town. When we reached the city, they un­packed the huge bags and just dropped them onto the street, fill­ing the area with this amaz­ing flo­ral scent. Hun­dreds of peo­ple ran out from all the dif­fer­ent mar­ket stalls to pick up the marigolds. I no­ticed that th­ese same lo­cals were trad­ing gar­lands of flow­ers for spices. They were cook­ing up a storm on the street and I could see bak­ers sprin­kling cumin seeds, which had been crushed with a pes­tle and mor­tar to re­lease that strong, herb-like scent, onto naan bread. The smell of car­damom was also preva­lent from the cook­ing pots. When­ever I smell that pun­gent spice, I’m im­me­di­ately taken back to that In­dian street mar­ket, with its buzz of ac­tiv­ity and heady brew of scents.

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