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The air had a delightfully sweet smell to it The scent of fried sweets snacks and breads from the streets overcame the odor of car pollution and each person seemed to have been perfumed with concoctions of sandalwood and rose The streets were busy with people running back and forth trying to find the best price on a bag of rice or a pound of potatoes Auto rickshaws would zoom between the crowds ever so often trying to push their way to the freeway Large women in delicately embroidered shalwar kameezes walked by panting and sweating while carrying heavy loads of the days shopping In the middle of the road cars would drive by cows sitting under the pleasant shade of neem trees Stray cats curled up comfortably in street corners hoping that someone would throw them a bite to eatMy family and I were strolling the lively and bustling streets of a Pakistani city at this time I remember my father stopping at newsstands to gossip a bit with the vendors At one spot he picked up some Ding Dong bubble gum for my sisters and I Now that I think about it it was such a weird name and logo for a brand However at the time the coolness of the label didnt matter at all We were so delighted to lay ourhands on even just one piece of candy before dinner After a few minutes of conversing with the vendor they would exchange their salaams and my father would take us back home so that we could eat dinner I would always gobble down the food so quickly because my patience could not tolerate the many adventures that still lay aheadAfter dinner my father and my mother would take my sisters and I to town Going to town was always so exciting My father would hail an auto rickshaw and all five of us would squeeze into the back I would sit
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