Perfumery: The art of capturing scents
Gulab Singh has for years dealt with this job, and his traditional factory is a riot of scents- musk, camphor, lotus, sandalwood, saffron, etc. indulging the olfactory senses of his customers for ages.
Refined connoisseurs bought several as parting gifts to their guests. Like a sommelier and a part-physician, the ittar-saz would suggest the prefect ittar for an individual, as per the weather and the season, depending on the person's mood, temperament and health.
A quality ittar heals the body and calms the mind. But today, it has lost it's market and industry to the advent of perfumes and modernism. Ittars are no more a craze, or a luxury.
Nobody could fathom that capturing the petrichor- the stormy earthly smell of the first rain shower- in a bottle was even possible.
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