Khiva’s high temperature leads me to a restaurant which is near to Islom Xo’ja minaret. Zubayda is sitting down in the corner of a long table, having dinner. She offers me a glass of water. She has got a dark and weather-beaten skin and she speaks in a flat uzbek, smoothly.
Zubayda Abdrimova lives in Khiva, city known as Jorazm by the local. She was born in the same town. She has a son and a daughter. Her son studies 5th grade and her daughter is at 2nd grade. She has a house and a family. Her house is next to Zapavik Hotel. Zubayda has been working as a waitress for 8 years. She is satisfied with her job.
What is happiness for you?
For me happiness is to arrive home tired because we work until 11h00 pm, that my children run to me, call me “Mom” and give me a hug. For me happiness is my family and having my children. When you have kids your husband will also love you because you have given birth to his children. Every man wishes to have a son first. That’s why God gave me first a boy.
(Zubayda, Ouzbekistan. 26th of June, 2015)