Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Mysore Sandal Soap

I am feeling good. 

Summer has arrived in Pune. 

It is a sultry hot morning, blazing sun, terrible heat. 

Yet I am feeling good. 

That is because I have just had a bath with Mysore Sandal Soap. 

I feel clean, refreshed and I smell very nice with the lingering spicy fragrance of Sandalwood.

I clearly remember my first tryst with Mysore Sandal Soap. 

Way back in the 1960s, we used to travel twice a year from the “upcountry” to Pune for our vacations. 

There were no direct trains to Pune then and we had to travel via Mumbai. 

So we came down from the upcountry by famous trains, like the Frontier Mail, the Howrah Mail, the Calcutta Mail or the Punjab Mail, feeling all scruffy and weary, covered with coal dust, got off Dadar in the morning and went to my grand-aunt’s house in Hindu Colony nearby.

The old-style house had a huge spotlessly clean tiled bathroom and it was there that I first discovered Mysore Sandal Soap.

It was a leisurely relaxed bathing experience, the soothing lather of Mysore Sandal Soap softening my skin.

And I would emerge from my bath fully refreshed exuding the tantalizing yet subtle lingering fragrance of sandalwood.

Then, after a sumptuous breakfast, we would board a bus from Dadar TT or a local from the station to South Mumbai, spend the day loafing, window shopping, browsing books, a movie and a meal and then head to CST [then known as Bombay VT] to catch the Deccan Queen to Pune.

Since then Mysore Sandal Soap is my all time favourite and I truly enjoy the luxurious bathing experience every morning, and in the evenings too. 

Being an “old timer” I prefer the subtle lingering natural fragrance of sandalwood rather than the overpowering synthetic scent of present day deodorants. 

I believe that it is better to maintain body cleanliness and personal hygiene which prevents body odour rather than trying to mask your foul body odour by spraying your body copiously with strong smelling deodorants.

A nice soothing bath, skin feeling soft and nourished, feeling clean, refreshed, smelling natural, gently exuding the lingering gentle comforting fresh fragrance of sandalwood - that is what makes me feel good, rather than the present day practice of profusely deodorizing one’s body till one reeks of artificial overpowering standardized perfume all day.

I am sure you have tried out Mysore Sandal Soap.


Then, you must do so soon. 

Do have a tantalizing bathing experience with Mysore Sandal Soap, especially on a hot summer day, and tell us how you liked it.

Morning and evening, on a hot summer day, have a bath with Mysore Sandal Soap. 

You will smell nice, you will feel clean and you will feel good - you can take my word for it.

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1 comment:

Anupama said...

You may not believe this Karve Uncle but this is my favourite soap too!I got some of these super round bars from Pune last time I was home and there is one in my bathroom right now!It evokes great childhood memories as this was one soap always available in the army canteen!