Cynthia, you live in Milan. How did you get there? Were you born in Italy or Mauritius?
I arrived in Italy in September 2017. After my civil marriage I came here, working hard for a year to raise money for my church wedding in Mauritius. I did small jobs, babysitting, with the advantage of speaking English and French, and cleaning lady too. I had to work.
So, are you married to an Italian? Why Italy?
Oh no, my husband is Mauritian. He has been living in Milan for 10 years already, that’s why. So, after my higher education, I started to work in Mauritius, at Mauvillac as a cashier and multi-skilled secretary. After attending courses, I applied to the Darné clinic where I worked for almost 5 years in the radiology department where I learnt a lot about medicine, X-rays, preventions and even patience… That’s a long way from the dhall puris, isn’t it?
And the dhall puris, how did that happen?
Back in Italy, my son was born a year after the wedding. So being at home, with the COVID etc, not being able to go to work, I started making dhall puris, chanapuris, samoussas etc, for friends, birthdays. The feedback I got was very encouraging and pushed me to continue and improve. It was good timing, I have always loved to cook. Especially my mum’s dishes, who always gives me little tips. Even for my much-loved samoussas, it’s Mum’s recipe.