Cookbook profits fund clean water project

Profits from a cookbook by Khalida Perween Arab and Nadia Huma Arab are being donated with the aim of providing clean water supplies in India, Africa, and Pakistan.

The book was originally written by Nadia’s mother, Khalida, and father, Riaz Arab, in the 1980s after they came to the UK and ran a successful Indian cookery school in Portsmouth. Their recipes were collected, printed, and sold as Indian Cookery Made Easy. However, after the school closed the book was lost.
30 years later a copy was found by chance from a conversation with one of Nadia’s work colleagues. On taking it to her parents, they told Nadia it was her duty to recreate it. Nadia worked with Paul Urban Gallery to redevelop the book which has now been published as The Road From Karachi four years later.

The profits from the sales of the book are funding a clean water project, which provides water pumps for those in need. These have already funded three pumps, the first in India and the second and third in Pakistan. Nadia is also fundraising to supply water to schools in Kenya, having already reached the target to support West End Destiny school in Nakuru, and more schools lined up.

Nadia said “This is a family dream come true. Seeing the water pumps in action and seeing people cook this beautiful nutritious food is so lovely to see. I am glad I did this for my parents and for the enjoyment of others.”

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