HYDERABAD: For 24-year-old Ayesha Iffat, home has always been Hyderabad, until last year when she had to leave for Canada to pursue a course in addictions and mental health.
“Not even the first month of my stay in Ontario was as difficult as it has been this month,” says Ayesha.
Her homesickness is not so much as missing her mother, father and their six cats but the raunak of the holy month of Ramzan that the city is synonymous with. “And also ifftari made by mom,” she quips.
Being a family
“Ramzan brings people together. Fasting, praying and having iftar together creates a sense of unity and solidarity,” she says adding that though they were just three members in her family, their six felines would keep them company when they didn’t have some taya’s or khala’s family home for the iftar daawat.
“My mother’s dahi wade, choley, bhajiye, samose and tamarind chutney made our iftars followed by sumptuous dinner of haleem or biryani was how the month passed by,” she reminicses.
Though a lover of mommy-made food, haleem from Sarvi, 555 and Pista House and kebabs from Siddiqui Kebab Center are also her favourites.
“The smell of food is amazing during Ramzan. I think food never smells or tastes as good as it does during this month,” she says. These sights, smells and taste, however have deluded her this time.
“Away from home it doesn’t even feel like Ramzan. I eat alone and fast alone,” she rues adding that she has not once had her favourite food this year.
“Thinking about the things I did every Ramzan, is making me so nostalgic,” she says. Though Ayesha may not have had the best Ramzan this year, her Eid is sure to be special. “My Eidi is coming from Hyderabad. My parents are coming to Canada to be with me on Eid,” she gushes.
All’s well that ends well, right!