When asked about the range of prices that can be attributed to a standard-sized mashmoum, Bachir said, “Usually the price of a mashmoum does not exceed one dinar. People think that one dinar is too expensive for a mashmoum, they complain without really knowing the high amount of energy and hard work we invest to end up with a tiny, delightful bouquet.”
… At an early stage of the Tunisian social uprising, some Western media dubbed the events “the Jasmine Revolution.” This nomenclature was heavily contested by some and encouraged by others. It was quite alluring to question those jasmine sellers about the term, and observe their reactions.
“That name is nothing but a piece of decayed French colonial heritage. The French think that Tunisia is but a post card of Sidi Bou Said with a jasmine seller smiling at young blonde ladies while offering them necklaces of scented jasmine. It is too naïve to romanticize a heroic event such as the Tunisian Revolution for which blood was shed and souls were lost,” said Ali with an irritated look.
“I do not share Ali’s opinion, the jasmine flower is the symbol of purity and cleanness. It is true that blood was shed during the Revolution but still casualties were limited comparing to the number of victims in Libya, Egypt and currently Syria,” responded Fathi, while putting the finishing touches to a small bouquet of roses.