My Name is Khan and I Don’t Fast! Can Non-Muslims Please Calm Down

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My Name is Khan and I Don’t Fast! Can Non-Muslims Please Calm Down

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ll Muslim folk learn how to read the Qur’an, offer namaz, never to mention the animal whose name starts with p, and take control of our hunger and thirst for a month since we’re one-digit old. Unless you belong to an ultra-modern family, this is a standard Muslim template. The template is so widespread that it has become the sole definition of Muslims. In this holy month of Ramzan, it thus becomes fairly easy to come to quick conclusions about your Muslim friends’ religious proclivities at the office lunch table.

My lunch sessions in office during Ramzan go something like this:

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