And then there was Balm!

Balm on Hamaam

11:30 am, we were busy reorganizing a room in the office for the women. We weren’t very sure of the number that would turn up the very next day; these were busy women you see. However, in twos or threes everyone made it to the office. It was pleasant surprise.

In twos and threes they came
In twos and threes they came

We arranged the table and asked them to gather around. It was balm time. Right then, electricity decided to go away. That meant our induction plates would not work. Thus, making balm would be difficult.

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Waiting for electricity

Losing hope on electricity, we decided to use one of the projects that Big Bro (aka Vincent) had been working on- Rocket Stove. We decided to take it all the way up to Kulthi as it was an eco-friendly stove meant for the villagers’ use. So, we packed all the necessary ingredients in a box, picked up the parts of the stove and put everything ( and everyone) in a ‘taxi’ . The ride too was an amazing experience with the road and the company of the women. There are some great singers among them who sing brilliant ‘pahadi’ songs .

Enroute Kulthi
Enroute Kulthi
Taking out the Rocket Stove at Kulthi
Taking out the Rocket Stove at Kulthi

In the village, the stove attracted a lot of attention. They named it ‘Hamam Tandoor’ (Hamam means water heater. Way to go hamam saabun!) It reminded me of the mechanical engineering classes from first year. I saw theory in action after a good five years. Surprised I remembered something too!

Assembling the Hamaam Tandoor
Assembling the Hamaam Tandoor
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Hamaam Tandoor is ready to be used

We then mixed cocoa butter, avocado and apricot oil and a few other natural things. A pinch of rosemary and limegrass essence, and the balm was ready.

Learning how to prepare Balm around the Tandoor
Learning how to prepare Balm around the Tandoor
Balm (to be) on the stove
Balm (to be) on the stove
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The concoction
And then there was Balm!
And then there was Balm!

After wrapping up, we spent some time in the village and invited everyone for a picnic the very next day and left. The weather was gearing up for a pleasant surprise.

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2 thoughts on “Balm on Hamaam

  1. really lovely pictures in the past few posts, thank you 🙂
    also, please to keep updating!
    lots of love, and best wishes

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