Saturday, 2 July, 2022

Topic: Perfume

Whiff from the past — how a handful of Indian companies are reviving the glory of desi attar

The oil-based fragrances derived from flowers & herbs slipped in preference as Western perfumes flooded markets. In their contemporary form, attars are more than old wine in new bottle.

22 products, fragrance from Kannauj: SP’s ‘scent of socialism’ for UP polls that will ‘end hate’

Bottled in red and green, Samajwadi Party says the special perfume, launched by Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday, is part of its poll efforts ahead of the 2022 assembly elections.

Fragrant but expensive, sandalwood is giving Kannauj’s perfume industry a headache

Kannauj makes raw materials for the fragrance and flavour industry. But the Rs 3,000-crore cottage industry is struggling.

Where even drains smell of roses — inside India’s perfumery Kannauj on World Fragrance Day

Ancient city of Kannauj traces its perfume-making history to Mughal empress Nur Jahan. It continues the legacy of making ‘attar’ through hydro-distillation technique.

How a chemist burnt his hand and gave birth to aromatherapy

The lavender oil that healed Rene Gattefosse’s burnt hand encouraged him to experiment more with essential oils. In 1928, the chemist coined the term ‘aromatherapie’.

On Camera


Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.