Ramzan is the holy month in Islamic calendar when Muslims are required to fast. They wake early in the morning for sehri, the pre-dawn meal after which the fasting, the roza, starts. Then they go without food and water till sunset, the iftar time, when they break the fast. We catch up with four young roza-keeping Delhiites.
Saima Iqbal, Radio producer, Indirapuram
Food for sehri: I have cornflakes with milk. Last year, I was gymming daily during Ramzan but can’t do that this year because of the work schedule. Some friends think that you lose weight because of rozas but that’s not true. My experience.
Food for iftar: It’s not tough going hungry during the day. Your body gets used to it after the first 3-4 days. But I do miss having coffee, especially when my office colleagues sit around my desk with their cups. However, in the evening, I order a Subway sandwich or a McDonald’s Chicken McGrill burger for breaking the roza. I make sure that they come stuffed with lots and lots of cheese.
Food for dinner: I eat so much during the iftari that I skip the meal.
On hold: I have a very short temper but during Ramzan I try not to shout at the autowallas. I also stay away from uttering the F-word. If I ever accidentaly say to myself that “that girl is a B”, I immediately take my words back and ask for God’s forgiveness.
Once Ramzan is over: I’ll holiday with friends. It has either to be in Udaipur, Rajasthan, or the mountains in Lansdowne, Uttarakhand.
Nida Mahmood Designer, Sheikh Sarai
Food for sehri: I have milk and lachche. Lachhe are pre-sweetened sewai, which you soak in milk before going to sleep. When you wake up at four, they are ready to be eaten.
Food for iftar: After a long day of not eating or drinking anything, you need to have something that gives you instant energy. I usually have khajoor and fruits.
Food for dinner: To get on with the next day’s fasting, I have a full dinner of chapattis, vegetable, curd and lots of water.
On hold: In Ramzan, you are reminded to be a good person. I have a very low level of patience and so I try hard to be calmer.
Once Ramzan is over: In Ramzan, you feel closer to God because you do your prayers regularly and you read the Quran daily. It is a month of good feeling and once it’s over, I only want to continue to remain good to others.
Imran Bhatt, Businessman, Malviya Nagar
Food for sehri: It is due to the guidance of my elders, both in Delhi and in my native Kashmir that I have been diligent in keeping roza daily. In mornings, I have apple and water.
Food for iftar: In roza, you can’t swallow even your own spit. But I never suffer. I usually have dates, fruits and a glass of juice as iftari.
Food for dinner: Mutton dishes are a must.
On hold: No fast food, no discos.
Once Ramzan is over: I’m going to take my girl friend to Gunpowder restuarant in Hauz Khas.
Nazia Khan PRO, Noida
Food for sehri: I have cornflakes with milk. Since I live alone, I have no one to cook something more elaborate for me.
Food for iftar: I break the fast just before leaving the office. I usually have sprout salad, which I make at home. It has lots of cucumber dices and a bit of mayonnaise.
Food for dinner: I have nothing special but the everyday stuff like subzi, roti and daal.
On hold: No going to parties since people there usually have booze and that’s a complete no-no.
Once ramzan is over: Since I love dancing, I will go to RPM with friends and dance. I will also binge on Barista cafe’s chocolate fantasy with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. And there will be more trips to Noida’s Sector 29 Market where they have good joints of tikkas and biryanis.