Few weeks ago I went to an Italian Restaurant. After our order was placed, we came to know that the restaurant was providing one kind of bruschetta, wherein we had to rub garlic, basil and cherry tomatoes on the bread.

Just one bite and I was instantly transported to the world of “Birds without Wings” by Louis de Bernieres.

I guess the reason for this was the distinct taste of garlic.

I instantly remembered the scenes where two characters are shown enjoying dinner which had garlic in almost every dish…or when the characters were enjoying a lazy afternoon and strong garlic smell was a pleasant reminder of the upcoming dinner time.

It got me thinking, some books have such potent magic, that even though we may have read it years ago, a sudden smell, or taste or even sound instantly takes you back to that world…and THAT is how you know that it truly was an exceptional read.