Even though the city continues to experience violence – especially after yesterday’s bomb-blast that killed at least seven people including young children in Lyari – there is a frenzy in the air; tomorrow could be Eid-ul-Fitr. We head out to Uzma Arcade to purchase bangles for Minal so she can have the “Eid experience.”
Long rows of women sitting in folding chairs hunch over their client women’s palms and feet, applying mehndi-henna. Rim Jhim, the choori-shop we choose, is packed with women matching bangles with their clothes. We find the right colors for Minal and she gets the full experience as the shopkeeper pushing the bangles past her fingers. When we were her age, our family often waited till night time once Eid was announced before we went bangle-shopping
At night, we hear a ripple of gunshots – Eid has been announced and firing of guns is the way many people around the city are celebrating the end of Ramzaan.