5 Things We Can Safely Call “Pungent”

Slightly silly, but definitely not boring.

Don’t ask me why, but yesterday’s prompt wasย “Pungent” from the Daily Post, and I had this crazy writer’s itch to write! And so I decided to write on this weird sounding word, but not before I asked Google Assistant on my Android about “pungent”, something that I often to do just to see if it is humanely possible to annoy this Assistant to the point of quitting. Perย usual, things quickly escalated, which you can see in the slideshow.

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So Allo helped (Yes I am going to call it Allo, because it is just easier), but I needed more to go on. So I googled, and searched, and read, and wasted more time till I had it enough and came with the following 5 things that you can safely call ‘pungent’.

5. The smell of frying (or maybe burning?) onions

There there now, I am trying to start gentle and therefore I talk about the smell of onions, which is kind of inspired from Allo’s results (yes, it is still Allo). Now onions, are a boon for cooking, at least for Punjabi cooking. But the smell of frying/burning onions is enough to give me a heart attack, for it means that the masala is about to get burnt, before I save it with my miraculous cooking skills. I call my cooking skills miraculous because they are still a miracle for my Mom (Yes Mom, I cook. Yes Mom, I have been doing it daily from past 4 years. No mom, I don’t eat out everyday, thanks.)

These are not burnt yet!
These are not burnt yet.


4. The smell of freshly peeled garlic

Garlic is another boon for cooks, but the smell you get on your hands after peeling it, can put any fancy hand-wash to work up a lather (literally). I love the flavor of garlic though, especially in meat preparations. What is a mutton gravy without garlic?

The depth of flavor at the cost of smelly hands.
The depth of flavor at the cost of smelly hands.


3. The smell of LPG leakage

Now this is another pungent odor, for a good cause. LPG itself doesn’t have any smell, so imagine the catastrophe if a little friendly Ethyl Mercaptan wasn’t part of it? Let’s be thankful for this one too.

No caption needed.
No caption needed.


2. The smell of rotten eggs

Now we are venturing into dangerous terrains. I once had the misfortune to open a rotten egg, and the stench was enough to put me off eggs for at least a week. Most of you would know this, if you have tested compound salts in Chemistry Lab and prayed you got one that contained sulfur, since it was so easy to detect ๐Ÿ˜›

Don't know if it is rotten but it does look sad :(
Don’t know if the egg is rotten but it does look sad ๐Ÿ™


1. The smell of negativity

Whoa, that is a big one now. So as I scrolled through the meaning of “pungent”, I came across this :

Please ignore my drawing skills!
Please ignore my drawing and screenshot skills.

So you get it right, what I mean by pungent? There will always be people around ready to take you down with the “pungency” of their bad thoughts or actions or opinions, that will alarm you, irritate you, hurt you and even make you cry. But honey, we absolutely have to ignore this pungency now, don’t we? Life is too small to be wasted on insignificant things, especially things that won’t matter 5 years from now. So shun the negativity, put on some good music, work out a bit, and treat yourself with the fragrance of a chocolate muffin. Now that is the kind of “smell” we want more in our lives, don’t we?

If you think this post is advice doled out to self, you are absolutely right!! But while you are at it, why don’t you tell me about things you find, “pungent”? Slightly funky smelling food for thought, eh?

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