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Gentle Stream/Silent Mountain

(by Mehr Hussain)

Picture it; infant me wrapped in bundles of blankets, spending most of my time in the kitchen, near the hearth, on my grandparents’ pastoral farm in Lahore, Pakistan. That infant then grows into a reckless and adventurous tot that divides her time between the outdoors and the kitchen, with scores of family members, as the only child on the residence at that time. I wasn’t spoiled in the traditional sense, but I was spoiled for choice—of distractions and love and definitely food.

I started helping my grandmother and her kitchen hand from a very y