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Sehri Tales 2020 - May 14

  • Published at 11:38 am May 15th, 2020
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Winning Sehri tales of Ramadan, day 20

Top entities for the prompt ‘Kacchi’, by popular vote

Writer: Tashfia Ahmed

There was a time in my childhood when affording a whole meal of kacchi was a big time luxury. But one particular day, my brother had woken up decided that he was going to have kacchi that day, and our mother being our mother, felt obligated to fulfill that wish, considering how we were already deprived from what most would call a normal childhood. And so, the evening air wafted with the smell of all the biryani spices. I loitered about in the small kitchen space, watching my mother craft that masterpiece of a meal. As she dropped in pods of cardamom into the oil, I declared, "Kacchi would do a lot better with no elachi and plenty of potato." That made my mother subdue a laugh. To me she'd said, "You wouldn't like kacchi as much if it didn't have any elachi and all potatoes. It would lose its balance and all you'd have is a funny tasting potato meal with scattered about rice. It wouldn't be kacchi anymore." That was truly eye-opening. Especially because now I know that it's not just that kacchi is life, but life is kacchi too. Life is all about that balance. If there's no elachi to bite into from time to time, we wouldn't be able to appreciate the potatoes in their full glory. If there's more potatoes than rice, the potatoes wouldn't feel as precious anymore.

Writer: Rima Sarmin Radcliffe

As his wife emerges out of the kitchen, Ariz's mouth waters (no, not what you are thinking). His mouth waters at the sight of the giant plate of kacchi she is holding in her hands.

He loses his patience as soon as she puts the plate down in front of him. But just as he puts a handful of kacchi in his mouth Ariz screams.

"What the hell are you doing?"

Ariz snaps back to reality as his mother snaps at him, only to realize that he has bitten on his fingers.

So there was no kacchi.

There was no wife.

It was a dream.

And this is his life!

Writer: Foyjun Nessa Tasnim

: তোর বিয়েটা কেমন হঠাৎ করে হয়ে গেল। আগে থেকে কি কথা বলে রাখা ছিল?

: নাহ। আমার বাবার খুব কাচ্চি খেতে ইচ্ছা হচ্ছিল তো, তাই ভাবল নিজেই এবার কাচ্চির ব্যবস্থা করি আর আমার বিয়ে দিয়ে দিল। 😒

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