How to Slowly Give Up on Vrats: A Married Indian Woman’s Cheat Sheet

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How to Slowly Give Up on Vrats: A Married Indian Woman’s Cheat Sheet

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ur celebrations are as much about fasting as feasting. In the holy month of Shravan, the Somvar Vrat is enough to cancel out any #MondayMotivation. Then there are the Navratri and Karva Chauth fasts, because how else do you prove your devotion to all your parmeshwars? Apart from these mega vrats, there’s a long list of weekly mini vrats for mini and maxi Gods.  

I used to fast every Monday, in addition to many other Hum Saath Saath Hain type of festivals, much to the delight of my mother and mother-in-law. In my youthful naivete, I observed all mini vrats and some mega ones, because I was told there was a special place in heaven for people who fasted as much as they can. It’s tough to keep track anyway but as I grow older, I find it hard to cope with all the fasting.

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