The Panjwanis have replaced their old refrigerator with a bigger one. “We’ve been stocking up on all kinds of food in preparation for Ramzan. Right now, my house is full of potatoes, rice, onions, butter,” said Sumana Panjwani, 21.
“I may not be thrilled about having to stay hungry, but I am definitely looking forward to the gifts I will get,” said the Bandra resident.
For many Muslim families, the most religious month of the year has arrived, when they will fast from dawn to dusk, offer special prayers and read the holy Quran.
Ramzan begins on Sunday for the Dawoodi Bohras and on Monday or Tuesday for other Muslim sects depending on the position of the moon.
Asim Rangooni, 20, a student of RD National College, Bandra, said he was looking forward to spending quality time with his family. “My two aunts will wake up early to cook for our family of 13,” he said.
For Rangooni, the greatest appeal of Ramzan is the mouth-watering dishes that will be cooked. His cousin, Shaifulla, said, “My mother prepares sheer korma which is absolutely delicious.”
For others like Sarah Khan, observing the rozas (fasts) requires special care since the irregular patterns of eating and sleeping could lead to health problems. Khan starts her day with an antacid and makes sure to break her fast at the right time. “Often I am at work at dusk, so I pray and break my fast in office,” said the 31-year-old speech therapist.