Gulshan is the daughter of a woman who worked across the street from our cafe. On the  request of her mother, we hired her to help us in the kitchen. At the age of sixteen, Gulshan was shy but also direct and pro-active. At first, we had some difficulties in communicating for Gulshan spoke only Uzbek. Thus, many of our conversations took place through the help of our hands, gestures, as well as, the interjections of our neighbors who knew Russian. Gulshan was really excited to be working with us. She did a lot of challenging work in the kitchen, given that there was no running water and no drainage. Gulshan also taught us a lot about navigating the bazaar. Especially, she advised us on how not to get overcharged.


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