Karva Chauth is a Hindu tradition, wherein married women fast for an entire day for the well-being and long lives of their husbands. But, over the years, many men, too, have started observing fasts for their wives.
We speak to a few male TV celebrities, who will also fast with their wives on Karva Chauth today (October 30), about what prompted them to do the same, and their experiences.
Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta
Last year, when we got married, we kept the fast together; we will continue doing the same every year. Both of us are foodies, and get hungry very fast. But if she is willing to go through this for me, then I will do it for her too. This fast is part of our culture, and we respect it. Sargun knows that when she fasts, I will too. So, when I told her my decision, it didn’t come as a surprise to her.
Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan Tejwani
Gauri and I got married in 2004. But I started fasting on Karva Chauth only last year. If women fast for the long lives of their husbands, then men should fast for their wives as well. I wanted to do this for her. However, it is not easy. By afternoon, you feel dehydrated, as you can’t even drink water.
Varun Kapoor and Dhanya Mohan
Even though we got married in 2013, this will be the first time I will fast for my wife. It won’t be easy, especially when I’m shooting. I want to support her, and I feel it’s unfair that only women have to fast for the good health of their husbands. I want her to live long as well. I haven’t told her that I will be fasting with her. I want it to be a surprise.
Rohit Nag and Aishwarya Sakhuja
Aishwarya and I got married only last year, but I have been fasting for three years now. I used to fast with her even when we were dating. Karva Chauth gives you a chance to show your love for your partner. In fact, I am not sure how Aishwarya will react if I didn’t fast with her. Maybe she would kill me, saying, “I am doing this for you, and you can’t even give me company (laughs)?”
Manav Gohil and Shweta Kawaatra
I don’t think much of fasting, but as Shweta keeps one, I do it too. I have been keeping the fast since we got married in 2010. However, I don’t think staying hungry really helps. Today, Karva Chauth is a ritual that is not connected to reality. But when I told Shweta [that I was fasting with her], she was very happy.