We’ll All Miss Ramadan.

Getting up at 3:30 am and gobbling “paratha”, drinking orange juice, coffee and lots of water all within an hour, praying and then off to reading till 7:00 which is when I sleep again for about 2 hours before I go about my business.

In the afternoon watching every one in a rush, trying to reach home before dusk (Aftaar). Delicious food at stalls on the roadside, looking even more tempting, delicious and irresistible because of the fast. Coming home with Aftari a bit more then enough and in the end not eating even half of my share.

At night going out shopping, mostly for books and decorative items, watching Girls buy fragile glass bangles, jewelry and bright colored dresses, usually in different shades of reds and Boys getting new Kurtas, dresses and shoes. Every one buying gifts for their friends, family and loved ones. Markets open throughout the night and roads as busy as they were at day.

Praying the a bit more then the usual and trying a bit more to stay away from sins this is how I spend my Ramadan .

Just a few more days and then all this festivity will be missed for a whole year.
Do share how you spend your Ramadan.

18 Comments so far

  1. Illusionfs (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 1:48 am

    Hey Jam, what place is this in the pictures, it all looks very neat and organized :)

  2. Imran (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    ill miss the iftar parties :'( … but no worries next eid is just 2 months 10+ days away :D and then there is always the next year :)

  3. kidal (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 3:57 am

    Nice post Jamash.

    Imran, dont be too sure. We dont know if we’ll see tomorrow, let alone next year.

  4. Faisal (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 6:03 am

    All that perishable food sitting out in the open in Karachi’s oppressive heat ….. it’s asking for trouble.

  5. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 7:03 am

    I wonder if it is this colourful for everyone?

  6. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    But…I can see your nostalgia ;)…it is a great feeling!

  7. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 7:53 am

    Faisal: these things sell very fast, so they dont stay in the open for long, and besides, most of them are in plastic covers.


  8. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 10:25 am

    illusionfs: It looks like Dacca sweets at Gulshan Chorangi. I can tell because I have been there. Further, the Image Optiks signboard on the right of the picture gives it away a bit.

  9. khizzy (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    i’ll miss the Only month where the entire family sits at the dining table together.
    busy schedules mean different meal times.
    so ramzan iftari’s mean major family bonding…
    and ill miss insane amounts of Rooh Afza which only tastes good in ramzan!
    oh man, this post has just got me mentally blogging about ramzan!

  10. Adnan (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    is it All free like Burns Rd ki iftari ?? :d

  11. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    The Spirit of FREE IFFTAR in Ramzan is great, May WE KARACHITIES prosper more and be more wide / open hearted for the year(S) ahead to come it, we are by-passing the so much drummed about in world FREE IFFTAR ( FREE MEALS for ALL) of GCC, KSA & UAE.

  12. Jamash (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    Yeah Khurram Farooq got it right, It is Dacca Sweets at Gulshan Chorangi. :)

  13. Kashif (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    Ramadan is not only for gobbling up sehri and iftaar. Ramadan teaches us the spirit of sharing, and giving for Allah. We fast in Ramadan so that we have empathy for those who do not get 2 meals a day. Ramadan provides us an opportunity to wipe out our sins too.

    It’a a pity most of us ward away from sins and go for good deeds only in Ramadan.

  14. Adnan (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    Just Got an SMS!

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  15. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

    @Adnan: Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t AB+ a universal acceptor, and can accept all types of blood? If this is the case, then he can accept all types of blood, and shouldn’t be a VERY big problem finding donors.

  16. Adnan (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    Khurram, I have no idea about blood thingie. I Just got an sms and shared with all.

  17. Adnan (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    man which DSL provider are you using at Office?I need a broadband which can download softwares, can run p2p and allow me to watch Youtube and Google videos freely.

  18. Iqbal Shahid (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

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