Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ambi Pur And Love

I can’t smell stuffs. I don’t know why, but I simply can’t.

Specialists and experts belonging to the medical fraternity have given this lack-of-sense-of-smell a weird name. I don’t remember now; I do not want to remember. It depresses me. It hurts me.

I have been subjected to the lamest of jokes in schools, with my fellow classmates and ‘friends’ making a mockery of my plight. I was nicknamed Trash Bin.

I didn't know the smell of freshly cooked Maggi, neither of stale egg, and that, in school, tormented me. Whenever any of my friends didn't like the food in their tiffin, or the contents had decayed, I was offered the food, and my unsuspecting mind gobbled them up with full satisfaction. It was only the next day when my stomach realized the pain and I was swept into hours of frenzied horror.

Smell and taste were the sense perceptions I lacked, and I so often missed their beauty.

However, things did take a sharp turn one fine Sunday morning when my wife suddenly spoke out of nowhere, “We need a freshener.”

I remembered having gone to the market last week, and one of my purchases included a room freshener. I reminded her of the same.

“Nay, not that. I meant a freshener for our car.”

And then it struck me. I have been using a car since the last three years, but had never resorted to the fragrance emitting devices that are so popular in the market nowadays. The reason was obvious. My numb nose wouldn't feel the sweet perfume, and thus I found such a device futile.

However, for the sake of marital harmony, I had to now attach the device in my car. I started surfing the net, checking the prices of numerous car fresheners that flooded the market, but the high number of options confused me further.

As always, Indiblogger came to my rescue.

I chanced upon the Ambi Pur Contest that provided the participants with an Ambi Pur MiniVent Clip, and invited the users to write their experiences. I thought, “Wow! Why not.” I quickly requested for a sample and updated my details in the page.

A few days later, the sample arrived. I was at home then, and the courier guy delivered it right into my palms. I placed the package on the table, and started unwrapping it. Soon, the much awaited device came out.
“This is so cute!” my wife remarked. What should I say now? She had never used those words for me, and for a moment, I did feel jealous.

The Ambi Pur perfectly fitted in my car, and to be honest, it did add a certain degree of charm to the interior of my vehicle that was otherwise devoid of any adornment. The design was sleek and had an aesthetic appeal to it. My jealousy soon turned to pride.

“Let’s go on a long drive,” my wife said. Now that felt like going back to the days when we were dating, and yes, it did feel good. Our marriage had hit a dead end, and I often felt guilty about the fact that I neglected her feelings owing to my own irritation over the lack of sense perceptions that I had.

So off we went, into the wide open road, midst the traffic jams of the city, the honking auto rickshaws, and the speeding buses …

Off we went through the busy streets, the office going crowds rushing past, the street dogs chasing each other, the birds flying high into the Promised Land …

And we reached.

“ Isn't this the place?” My wife asked me in astonishment.

“Yes, it is.”

I could see the smile gleaming in her eyes. We were back to where it had all begun.

This was the place where we had confessed our love to each other, where I had proposed marriage, in the conventional ‘bend-on-your-knees’ manner, with a shining diamond ring.

We were at the Paradise Spot, a high hilly point that overlooked the bustling city. Here, it was quiet and peaceful, its serenity a stark contrast to the maddening crowd that flowed below.

We sat inside, the AC turned on, the Ambi Pur Mini Vent Clip reflecting her joyous mood.

“I am sorry,” it was time for my confession, “I have always ignored your wants, perhaps, due to my lack of smell and taste. I always felt the world lacks fragrance, ‘cause that’s how my life has been. But today, when I saw you smiling, basking in the freshness of Ambi Pur, I realized how much I have missed in life. I can’t smell the freshness, but I can definitely perceive it in your eyes. I have always dreamt of this moment, and today, Ambi Pur made me live it. I love you.”

She hugged me, tears streaming down her cheeks. I held her tight. The Gods blessed our love, and it started to rain.

The Ambi Pur Mini Vent clip changed my life. Love was back, and so was our happiness.

Is Living
In A Moment
Defining The Smiles
Of People We Love And Care
Brightening Our Lives
With Blissful Joys
Me and You
We, Us

We expect big changes to happen, but sometimes, it is these small moments that bring out the true magic of life.

Ambi Pur will always hold a special place in my heart. It didn't teach me to smell, but it taught me to smile.

Isn't that what we all need today?

Now whenever I drive, the Ambi Pur Mini Vent Clip is always with me. I am not superstitious, but it has turned out to be my lucky charm.

Signing off with one of my favorite car songs. I am sure you would love it :-)

This is my official entry to "Escape Into Freshness" contest organized by Indiblogger in association with Ambi Pur.