Koshur Gulab

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo

A rose is a symbol of the beginning of contemporary connection for some, and for some, it could be a symbol of resolution. Roses are most commonly associated with love and romance. Kashmiri rose is incredibly unique in its appearance and fragrance. These velvety pink blossoms have petals as soft as cashmere and beg to be touched. Kashmiri rose is marketable, highly electrified and high in demand. Roses play an important role in Kashmiri culture and festivities. Guests are welcomed by showering them with rose petals on the reception of the baraat, and are extensively used as decorations on weddings. Roses are also placed on graves to bid goodbye to our loved ones.

I once asked an old wise man what makes Kashur Gulab so unusual and peculiar that it is handed-down universally in different circumstances of marriage, death, fondness, and sadness. “Its unique, sweet fragrance”, he replied.

Gulab aerakh or rose water is well known for its use in cosmetics and food manufacturing. Rose water can be used as a toner to get soft, glowing skin. Phirni, a traditional Kashmiri dessert, gets its flavour and fragrance by using rose water. Kashmiri rose comes with plenty of health benefits. It helps to soothe skin irritation, soothes sore throats, reduces skin redness, controls excess facial oil, enhances mood and relieves headaches as well.

So, ‘Take time to smell the roses’.

Asra Zakeeya – Class 11th

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