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Nepalese teen smells colour, identify them blindfolded

Thursday October 19, 2017 8:01 PM, & Agencies

Deepti Regmi
[Deepti Regmi photographed with her mother, a teacher (Photo: Caters News Agency)]

11-year-old Deepti Regmi is in news in local and media abroad for possessing a unique power to smell colours - even identifying them while blindfolded - the strange talent she believes comes from God.

New footage taken of the youngster shows her identifying several different colours by raising them to her nose and sniffing them.

The clip, which is four minutes long, even shows her deciphering what colours are used on a newspaper page, according to MailOnline.

Local reports state she developed her bizarre ability last year, and since then has been training her brain to sharpen her sense of smell.

The footage was recorded by Puskar Nepal, who tested Deepti during a session. Puskar's job is unknown.

"I checked the blindfold to ensure that she couldn't see through it. I was really amazed that she could smell the colors and feel the fonts with her finger with so much ease", Puskar told local journalists.

"To my surprise, despite her young age she feels the responsibility towards the society and wants to help visually impaired people with her skills", he said.

Deepti's parents, who are both teachers, are reportedly thrilled by how intelligent their daughter is.

"She's excellent in her studies too. Both of her parents are very happy with the rare talent their daughter has", Puskar said.

Although no official diagnosis has been made, her bizarre ability appears similar to that of the sensory disorder synaesthesia.

The disorder, which can be brought on spontaneously, causes people's senses to become 'cross-wired' - making some smell, hear or even taste colours.

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