Hello again everyone. Ramadan Mubarak to all!
I can't believe it is already the close of the fifth fast here. I've been checking in here since a few days before the month started, but was always pressed for time. Today, sitting at work, with an hour to go till iftaar, I'm hungry, slightly cranky, and really don't feel like working... seems like the perfect opportunity to blog :)
First of all, kudos to "Shasha" for all the work she's done in revamping this space. All the pictures of pakoras and mentions of lassi and dates is the perfect way for me to think of Ramadan back home in Pakistan.
However, since I am not at home and don't have a chance of having right-off-the-stove pakoras (or, more appropriately still-dripping-in-oil pakoras), I have decided that this month I will attempt to drop that last 10 that has been hanging out around my mid-section for some time now. Yes, that's 10lbs. So no pakoras for me, no samosas... I'm living on protein bars and nuts this Ramadan and hoping I'll be blessed with a flat tummy, among other things like forgiveness and redemption from hell etc.
I do think that given the whole month is actually about forgiveness et. al., I should work more towards that; but it is soooo very difficult. So far, I am managing my prayers and taravihs (although not in mosque), but that is really it. If you ask me if I'm doing anything extra during this month (other than giving up food an drink during the day), I don't think I'll have much of an answer for you... "No" I guess. I am just hoping to manage the obligatory bits this time round... pillars 2 - 4 of Islam (salat , zakat, fasting). The festivities and celebrations come with having people around you, friends, family, and some time to enjoy their presence. I look forward to the time I can be back among family and friends and celebrate Ramadan the way it is meant to be celebrated.
However, that time is far away. At this point, the most I'm looking forward to is iftaar... half-an-hour more.... to this: