The multicultural, plural JNU has many nice aspects that are not very common in other universities or educational institutions. One of these is the Iftar parties [also called the "grand Iftar party"] held in various hostels of JNU campus.
Before the holy month of Ramadan starts, a committee of Muslim students is formed in every hostel which takes care of the various arrangements during the month of Ramadan. Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims break their fast, is an occasion not only for the Muslims but also for the Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, atheists, communists or agnostics in the JNU campus.
The Muslim students invite friends and neighbours to join them in the Iftar as they break their fast in the evening. However, there is one Iftar Party [the grand Iftar Party] in every hostel during the holy month where everybody has an invitation by default. Such parties have mass gatherings and everybody from the hostel or elsewhere is welcomed. Invitations are also sent to higher officials of the university such as the VC, Dean and the registrar [who are often conspicuous by their absence, needless to say]. Id Milan is also organized in the JNU campus on the day of Id. Not only the Id but Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja and other religious occasions are also celebrated in the JNU campus.
This photo essay is a documentation of the regular Iftar in Sabarmati Hostel and the grand Iftar Party in that order.
The Regular Iftar
Usually the fruits and other items are kept in a student’s room in the hostel. This year in Sabarmati hostel, the supplies were kept in Mr. Zafar’s room. In this photo, Mr. Naushad and Mr. Zafar [green tee shirt] taking the fruits to the mess [8 September 2009; 5.54 PM].
In the following photo, the students processing the fruits. There are three ‘Naushad Alam’ in this pic for your information: the 3rd, 5th and 6th person on the left! The person playing to the gallery is Mr. Wasi Ul Haque who has even written a novel on JNU life and aspires for a career in Bollywood as a song writer.
A plate from the regular Iftar: Dates, Fruit mix, Pakoras, Chana dal, Chana, Chura-moongphali, mirchi, Roohafza! T I love it!
Roohafza… Prayers [namaz e maghrib] after the Iftar…
The Grand Iftar Party at Sabarmati Hostel, JNU Campus
12 September 2009, time about 4 pm, preparations in full swing
Time about 6. 30 pm. All ready for the Iftar despite the drizzle outside! The second woman on the extreme left near the curtains is a warden, one of the four Sabarmati Hostel wardens. Some girls in this pic are Renu , Ahalya, Swati, Shravani and Shweta.
Raghib Akhtar [on the left, standing] giving a brief introduction about the holy month of Ramadan and Roza
One of the various heaps of disposable plates after the party! This pic especially requested by Renu who found it aesthetically appealing.
JNU Sabarmati Hostel roof leaks! It has been raining since 2-3 days in Delhi!
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Camera Used: Sony Cybershot W55.