Eat, Pray, Repeat: The Monotony of Eid


Eat, Pray, Repeat: The Monotony of Eid

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


fter a month of fasting from morning until evening to tell God that you care about Him and His teachings, Ramzan has finally come to an end. As a good Muslim girl living in Pakistan, I have faithfully observed not just the fast but all other rituals of this month including naik amaal. The amaal ranges from posting statuses on Facebook that you are feeling hungry but cannot eat anything, sharing Quranic ayats and hadiths with captions like “If you love God, like it, please. Beware, Satan will stop you from sharing it” to posting pictures of your favourite food to let other know how tolerant you are.

And then it all ends and Eid comes along. You get deliriously happy with the idea that you can get to eat anything you want without any upbraiding from Amma or abba. You buy dresses of your favourite brands, thinking your abba is soon going to replace Donald Trump in the next US elections, which means he can afford it all. (It invariably turns out that abba has some other plans). You believe that no matter how bad your Eid preparations were, Eid would still be great. And here, life steps in again.