SAUDADE: THE SCENT OF LONGING

Pronunciation: [sau-da-de]

Meaning: Melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away from you.

Inspiration: “Near, far, wherever you are, Calcutta is a city that always, somehow induces nostalgia for itself, its people, its culture, its food, its bygone days and more…When I think of my city of birth the aromas that come to my mind are of Jasmine, Sandalwood and Neroli. Caressing and loving these notes are like a balm for the soul.” – Jhelum Biswas Bose

The Story: “I had just returned from a short, sweet break from Calcutta. My heart was still there. I could still smell the jasmine garland that I had impulsively bought at the Esplanade crossing the evening before. Sitting in my studio in Delhi, as a daily practice I started blending oils, the scent of jasmine still playing through me… a drop of this a drop of that… sandalwood and jasmine… smelled nice and melancholic… smelled almost like Calcutta just a bit of sparkle and it would be the essence of my city. So a touch of neroli went in. Now it needed just a pat of comfort and so in went myrrh. And there it was my scent of nostalgia, my scent of Calcutta, my Saudade.
The whiff of the perfume also instantly reminded me of someone who I truly admire. She is charming, she is elegant, she is strong, she is that sensuous Bengali beauty and can slay the world with her style and grace. She is Kalyani Chawla.

This perfume is dedicated to you Kalyani as much as it is to the city that we both love so much.” – Jhelum Biswas Bose

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