The Mistress of Spices

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“Each spice has a special day to it.
For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.”
(“The Mistress of Spices” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni)

This lady was walking barefoot in a little street of Kashi, the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras).
It was early in the morning, she came back from the Ganges and she was on her way to an ashram where she was probably staying while visiting the Eternal city.
She had turmeric on her feet, that spice is considered highly auspicious in various Indian ceremonies.
It is often used in Pujas to make a form of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.
Turmeric is also currently being investigated for possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis and other clinical disorders.

This lady was walking, she was not from the city.
We crossed each other, there was a beautiful scent made of several spices left behind which remained in the street for a while…

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