With hectic work schedules and non-stop shooting hours, most TV actors say that they hardly get time to celebrate festive days like they used to.
This Eid, we talk to some celebrities from the small screen and ask them to recall their most cherished memories of the festival.
The most cherished Eid memories that I have are the ones where my whole family would come together at our bungalow in Pali Hill, Bandra (W), to celebrate. The mood would always be festive with all my cousins, aunts and uncles around, and we would collect lots of Eidi.
As a kid, getting the Eidi and comparing my collection with my cousins’ was a lot of fun. Back then, getting `100 was a big deal for a kid. So, I would save the money and then think about what I wanted to buy. I was a content kid and never demanded too much from my parents. I would never buy chocolates or food with my Eidi money, as we got to eat those delicacies regularly. Eating biryani on Eid wasn’t extraordinary for me either. Also, last year was special too, as I went to Mohammad Ali Road and tried my hand at grilling food.
My fondest Eid memory is from the time when I was five. I remember I wanted to go to Jogger’s Park, Bandra (W), as my friend had been there. I asked my parents to take me, and they did, on Eid. My wish was fulfilled and I got new clothes as well. So, I felt pampered.
I was eight or nine years old, and I had 10 friends in our colony. We would all pool in our Eidi money and then go to Nehru Park, which was a small island in Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir. It was 30 km away, and that was the only time we would travel that far alone. We would spend time riding in the shikara, and go to a place called Arena, where we would eat ice cream. After returning, we would lie about how we were in the compound lighting firecrackers, since we weren’t allowed to go out of the colony. So, it was an adventure for us.
Food is usually my favourite part of Eid. I enjoy eating biryani more than anything else. Till today, on every Eid, I stuff myself with all the savouries and I never have space left for the Sheer Khurma or other sweets. Also, on my first Eid, my parents hosted a party at our house. In this picture (right), I’m seen with my aunt; I was upset that my parents had not returned from work.