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Fitness eclipses fast

chandigarh Updated: Nov 02, 2012 10:59 IST
Navleen Lakhi
Navleen Lakhi
Hindustan Times
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Guys, if you’ve been waiting for Karva Chauth for your ladylove to prove her love for you by starving herself, forget about it! It’s the 21st century and girls clearly prefer their diet (read small meals every couple of hours) than starving. HT City talks to a few of them and gets to know their take on the ‘starve’fest.

Manrit Kaur (pic), 25, artiste, says, “I am an actor, I have to be very careful about my figure. I follow a diet chart in which I have to eat small meals after every two hours to keep myself fit. Hence, it’s difficult for me to starve the entire day, be it for whoever! But yes, if I get a guy who’s ready to starve for my well being, I might think about starving for him.”

Going by the mantra that health comes first, Anupriya, 27, Jalandhar-based yoga therapist, says, “When you follow a fitness regime, even a one-day break sets you back by leaps. After a day of starvation, I’d have to start all over again. Besides, girls who fast for their boyfriends are falling into the same old conventions. If Kareena Kapoor can have her 250th honeymoon after her first wedding, why can’t we twist the conventions? It’s a two-way road. If women show their love by starving themselves, so should the men.”

Karva for gifts

For some the logic is not comprehendible, for others, health comes first. And then there are those who are super strict about fasting today. No, not because the ritual is sacred to them, but for the gifts that accompany the fast.

Chandigarh-based Kiran Bajwa, 22, BCA student, IMS Noida, says, “We’ve been together for the past two years. On the previous Karva Chauth he gave me a dress and took me out for dinner to break the fast. I’m really excited about this year’s gift as well.”

Aanchal Syal, 22, student of SD College, says, “We love each other a lot. Now, just about any fast would not be a reassurance of my love for him, but on a special occasion like Karva Chauth, he feels special about the fact that I’m fasting for him. In return, I get gifts from him, which make me feel all the more special!”