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  • I love sweets! Everyone that's close to me knows that. Gitanjali's mom made the best Gajar ka Halwa (sweet dish made of grated carrots) in the world!

    Gitanjali - my best friend from 5th grade. Gitanjali loved the dry Aloo ki sabji (potato dish) my mom made.

    We made a pact pretty early in our friendship. The day I bring Aloo ki Sabji for lunch, she would bring Gajar ka halwa and we would exchange our lunch boxes! We had to do lot of planning to make sure we didn't ruin our pact.

    It was hard to explain to mom why I wanted Aloo ki Sabji so often in my lunch box and well, Gitanjali faced the same problem with her mom. But we kept our little secret. Our mothers dutifully gave us what we wanted for lunch. I wonder if they ever suspected what was happening behind their back!

    I lost touch with Gitanjali when I changed school and a few years later her family moved out of the city.

    My love affair with Gajar ka Halwa still continues. Infact, it's one of the best dishes I can cook today. Every time I cook or eat Gajar ka Halwa, a tiny part of my heart smiles and thinks of my friend Gitanjali and our innocent world of caring and sharing!
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