Neighbourhood Kitchens by Hasina

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Neighbourhood Kitchens by Hasina

"I was awake as soon as I heard Asma, my neighbour, knock on our common wall. Although I only slept between 10 pm and 1.30 am, I was not tired. I love waking up to make sehri in the early hours before dawn. You see, I am at work (as an embroidery supervisor) all day, so I can not help in the household chores. For this special month of Ramzan, preparing sehri is my chance to be responsible and look after my family..... my good deed of the day. Today I decided to make some omelette, my favourite, as well as heat up the rice and curry from the night before. From my mokheen (courtyard), I can hear all the sounds from my neighbours’ courtyards – Shakia is mixing something in a pot, probably sitting on her favourite spot on the takht (outdoor bed). Asma is rolling the chapatti out, and Shehryia sounds like she is probably boiling milk for chai. It is lovely to imagine us all together at this time, working apart but yet so close in our adjacent courtyards. It gives me motivation and encouragement. By the gentle light of my lantern, I break the eggs directly onto the pan to make my omelette, and imagine what each one is making for her family this morning." - Hasina, Chitral