An “Immoral” Muslim’s Guide to Faking Roza


An “Immoral” Muslim’s Guide to Faking Roza

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ome rays of faint light are trickling into a room, revealing figures sitting on half-broken, plastic Neelkamal stools. Six young men are huddled together in the dingy space, dark enough to hide their identities, but bright enough to give you a sense of the surroundings. Just the kind of space you imagine one is put in before some CIA-type intelligence agency starts an interrogation.

There’s a palpable sense of unease. Suddenly the curtain parts ever so slightly, and an angelic figure we will call Maqsood appears. He is carrying plates of biryani. The light falls on the faces now, to reveal that and everyone’s grinning from ear to ear.