Aromas of Ramzan attract all and sundry to Jama Masjid
People from all walks and corners flock to the Walled City to enjoy the feast as the fasting month ends.delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2015 07:45 IST
Sitting with his friend inside the sprawling Jama Masjid, 26-year-old Bhanu Joshi, a research scholar, is eagerly waiting for azaan to eat the spread of dates, pakoras and boiled grams which he bought from the glittering market outside to celebrate ‘Chaand Raat’ – the night before Eid.
“Old Delhi is the real Indian city. You always want to see what you don’t see every day and that is what brings me here,” said Joshi, who lives in Noida and works in the area of urban governance.
Vasant Kunj resident Sumeeta, who was visiting Old Delhi with her son and his friend, too had been waiting for Chaand Raat to visit Jama Masjid area. They zipped through the town in a Metro on the Yellow Line and reached Chawri Bazar within 45 minutes.
“We wanted to enjoy the festivity and eat a lot of non-veg food. There is no occasion better than the Chaand Raat to be in the Walled City. My son keeps coming to the area but I especially came today (Friday) to get a feel of the festival. I am getting some kachoris, sewwaiyyan and rusk packed for home also,” said Sumeeta, who teaches at Delhi Public School.
The road outside Jama Masjid led into a flood of revellers walking under a dense net of confetti. There was not a corner which hadn’t been lighted up. Aromas of roasted meat and traditional spices wafted through the moist air after a long spell of rain.
Karan Kapoor, a law student, said that he visits Old Delhi often but it is a different experience to visit the area during Ramzan. “I like Old Delhi so much better than Vasant Kunj because of the history and culture of this area. Even as a kid I would always ask my parents to move to this area. We are just waiting for Aslam’s to open for Iftar so that we can eat the famous tandoori chicken,” said Kapoor.
Many foreigners were also visiting the area to see Eid festivities in person. “It is super existing to be here a day before Eid. The whole area is filled with excitement with people shopping and eating out. There is too much chaos with so many people around and that is so energetic. I am here with a Muslim friend,” said US national Erin Hammont, who is currently working with a non-profit organisation in Gurgaon.
Hammont, who had come with a bunch of friends, said she is looking forward to Eid. “We sat in the mosque at the time of Iftar and now we will eat Mughlai food. I am looking forward to Eid,” she said.
Shopkeepers in the area said they were having a gala time with people thronging the area for last minute shopping. “There are so many people coming for last minute shopping that I have no spare time,” said Mohammad Aslam, who runs an attar (perfume) shop.