Fasting can be tiring
And a joke and a smile can make it easier
Preparing the first course of the evening fast breaker
Tired faces wait for the call for prayer
Ramadaan 2010 Series: Mumbai Fast.
Mumbaikars are the world's biggest 'fasters'. Because in Mumbai, the word fasting is also used for special diets.
Other than the Muslims during the holy month, people from every other religion in the city is on some kind of fast throughout the year and several days a week. Giving up food is (rightly) considered the best way to test one's will power.
Most people here are fasting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Then there's the month of Shravan, Lent, etc. And don't be surprised to see people who claim to be fasting, eating in Mumbai, because fasting comes with strange diet rules about eating grains and meats that would make understanding Japanese food etiquette look easy.
Plus, if you are inviting a Mumbaikar home for lunch or dinner, never forget to ask him or her in advance. There's a good chance that he or she is fasting that day.
PS: As I write about fast, there's a huge vegetarian Onam meal being prepared at home!