Call her the first lady of smell or the scent queen, Monica Ghurde (39), perhaps India’s best perfumer and researcher, who devoted her life teaching everyone that smell is perhaps the most important of all the senses, was murdered in the most cold-blooded manner by an unknown person at her residence. According to the sources, her naked body with hands and legs tied off was found at her residence in Sangolda- Goa this morning. Investigations are on. Apart from that, the police are also investigating the case for robbery and rape. Read the complete report here.
According to the sources, Monica started out as a photographer. She then discovered the art of perfumery. “I was always obsessed with smell. Anything given to me, I would always sniff it first. My brother used to call me a sniffer dog,” said Monica. After she moved to Chennai from Mumbai in 2009, a couple from the perfume industry landed up at her door and asked her to study perfumery. Within 10 days, boxes of lab materials were sent to her along with information about an established perfumer who could train her. “At that point, I had to choose one either photography or perfumery. Both need their own time, space and dedication. I stopped taking up photography assignments. I thought I’ll finish this and go back to photography. But I got submerged in it.”
Monica was a firm believer in the fact that the fragrance one chooses to wear reveals a great deal about your personality. Speaking to the media, she had said, “The power of smell can transport us back in time. People have memories attached to a particular smell. You might think you pick a perfume just for the smell of it, but you make a subconscious decision that could trace your childhood, where you grew up or remind you of some happy memories.”
Ghurde was known for conducting ‘smell’ workshops across the world. In Goa too, she had conducted multiple workshops, including one at Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts. Her workshops also helped participants understand the fragrance palate and choose a product best suited to their own personality.