Sniff and the Smell of Nostalgia

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Sniff and the Smell of Nostalgia

Illustration: Cleon Dsouza

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ittle Chandni Bakshi was nine years old on this particular day when she was playing hide-and-seek during the school recess. It was her turn to hide and time was running out as the seeker was finishing the count. So Chandni ran and hid underneath the last lunch table in the corner, not noticing a rotten lunch box kept on that table. She stayed there for quite some time, when eventually her friend found her, and asked her why had she chosen such a smelly place. Chandni’s response was one of uncertainty: “Smelly? What is smelly?”

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