Lemons to the Rescue

Project Roohie # 9

How is your weekend going? What are your plans?

I am taking a slow-weekend break. I intend to live this weekend slowly, mindfully rethinking my lifestyle and reading 2 self-help books. The last couple of days have been pretty hectic. I plan to restart my daily routine of mindful living for better physical, mental and emotional health.

On that note, here is our next story from Project Roohie for you guys. Hope you find it useful.

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Prerana’s story:

“It won’t be wrong if I say lemons are my cure to everything. Everything, literally. It probably always was the case but it wasn’t until I moved out of my hometown in Assam that I began to notice and consciously realise my lemon cravings. Which continue till today. It’s a craving that far surpasses thirst or the dehydrated body’s call for citrus nutrients. That of course constitutes a huge chunk of it, what with Delhi’s scorching (and now polluted) summers.

Lemons

But it is also more than that. I have discovered recently that I crave for lemons, especially the homegrown variety, in a state of dehydrated soul as well. I long for the smell when I’m down with doubts and disillusionment, for their opulent pulp when my skin breaks out with acne with no announcement, for the drink when lose both sleep and appetite.

My non-Assamese family finds this in equal parts strange and amusing as I consume their month-long stock of lemons from the refrigerator in just one day. Or meal. That perfect lemon wedge, squeezing which is enough to perfume the air in the room, I stay in its elusive quest in the streets of Delhi, knowing perfectly well I’ll not find it. Or maybe I will, if I look hard enough, and I want to be caught with surprise.”

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Prerana Choudhury in an independent researcher looking to digitally archive sustainable practices in traditional Indian cultures through her Instagram platform, House of Noorie.

Project Roohie is an archive of traditional and contemporary wellness tools and practices rooted in the aesthetics of organic living and sustainability.  We welcome recipes and regimes of selfcare, health, and diet from your family, community, and cultural lineages. This is a collaboration project undertaken by The Soul-Searcher with House of Noorie.

Send us your stories soon. Email us at thesoulsearcher.life@gmail.com

Happy Soul-Searching!

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Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

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