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.
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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.