Ramazan – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:23:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Ways 2019 Ramazan is Better Than the 90s https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/better-than-the-90s Sat, 01 Jun 2019 10:47:14 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44848

Ramazan 2019 is about to end. While we are happy that we are going to have our routine back and get into the daily rut of our mundane lives (didn’t sell it well, now did we?), we are also sad to bid goodbye to all the festivities that come with the holy month. Now don’t […]

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Ramazan 2019 is about to end. While we are happy that we are going to have our routine back and get into the daily rut of our mundane lives (didn’t sell it well, now did we?), we are also sad to bid goodbye to all the festivities that come with the holy month.

Now don’t tell us, you are not going to miss roaming out in the wee hours of the night, along with the whole city, and miss those crispy pakoray and rolls. And just like most of our cities have seen much hustle and bustle ever since the security situation in the country has become better, there are a few other things that have become better with age.

Here are five things that make Ramazan 2019 better than the 90s.

Ramazan Are in The Summer

We know, we know, it’s hot and humid, and the sun hasn’t been kind to us. But hear us out. The winter season in most parts of the country gets really cold. Cold enough to keep us house bound, making us miss all the dawats and good food (read: free food).

After all, isn’t Ramazan about eating and dining out?

And can we even drink thandi thandi lassi and mashroob-e-mashriq in the cold without getting a sore throat. So, while we have to fast for longer hours, we fast and feast at a much more ease than we would in the winter.

No More Street Cricket

Back in the days almost every street in the city hosted a cricket match after iftar up until sehri. While for many it was harmless fun, we kid you not it was a lot of inconvenience.

Roads were blocked, streets were noisy and don’t even get us started on how many window glasses were broken. So what if there are fewer recreational activities in the city for children, we want peace.

Now that the street cricket culture has almost died out with fewer localities hosting it, we can watch Jeeto Pakistan in peace.

And for cricket? Just watch the World Cup, why don’t you.

Sehri/Iftar Deals

If Pakistanis are not fasting, they are feasting. And owing to our very own Restaurant Spring along with the increase in purchasing power of our public, we have plenty of options to choose from to eat out. And that too at discounted rates.

We are spoilt for choice and we are not complaining. And all those carbs are just the cherry on the topping. We will just call it holiday weight.

Shop Till We Drop

Barring the first 10 days, malls are open till 3am. Giving us ample time to go for not just a stroll in the mall but also spend time picking out clothes from the many retail outlets that have sprung up over the years.

After all, who wants to do anything else than try on pretty clothes even if we can’t afford them.

Sharing Isn’t Caring

Gone are the days when we were friendly with our neighbors and shared food trays during iftar. Our busy lives and fear of one another have made us less enthusiastic about knowing who resides next door.

And our anti-social selves are happy. No more small talk and nosey neighbors. We can eat what we have made to our heart’s content.

This article is a work of satire.

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5 Ways To Be Generous This Ramazan https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/generous-this-ramazan Fri, 24 May 2019 10:24:57 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44713

With over 10 days left for Ramazan to end, there is still enough time for us to make generous contributions. And no, we are not talking about putting in some extra samosas in the iftar trays we send our neighbors but doing more than that. This doesn’t mean you should stop sending the traditional iftar […]

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With over 10 days left for Ramazan to end, there is still enough time for us to make generous contributions. And no, we are not talking about putting in some extra samosas in the iftar trays we send our neighbors but doing more than that.

This doesn’t mean you should stop sending the traditional iftar trays, because, we have to admit, nothing makes us happy than free food made in hot oil and spices.

But if you are someone who is looking to break from that trend and do something different, here are five ways you can be generous this Ramazan. After all, the month is all about generosity.

  1. Take part in city wide iftar drives

It is amazing to see almost every street in our cities in Pakistan giving out iftar boxes to people. So many people are fed on a single day. And while one might think they need a lot of money to be able to do that, this isn’t necessarily true.

Of course, if you are looking to feed a significant number of people then you will need a huge amount. However, if you are someone who doesn’t have the financial means then you can just volunteer to distribute the boxes or aid in any other way possible.

For instance, if you drive and have a car, then drive the food to the place it is being distributed at. Or some iftar drives require manpower to pack boxes, perhaps help with that.

There are so many ways you can make yourself useful in these drives. Let’s not just spend our days going out for iftar dawats or playing street cricket.

  1. Impart knowledge and skills

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Most charities world over are focused on monetary donations and this may make some of us that lack financial means think that we can’t contribute to the causes we believe in.

But that’s not true.

There are a few charities, such as, The Citizen’s Foundation that also focus on volunteer work. So, you can volunteer to teach at such NGOs or take part in other forms of community service this year.

Instead of giving money, use your skill set and knowledge to educate others. And your generosity of teaching even one person a skill will have a domino effect. As that person can educate others or use it in ways to give back to the community.

  1. Fulfill someone else’s need

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While we should take time out and fulfill our needs and desires because we should be our own priority, during Ramazan, for just a month, we can work towards fulfilling someone else’s need or desire.

Every human being has needs and desires but only the privileged few get the opportunity to fulfill them. And we definitely fall in that spectrum.

The fact that you are here, have the time to read this on your phone or lap top, perhaps in a comfortable environment makes you privileged. And that’s OK. But use this privilege to help fulfill someone else’s desire. It could be as small as playing street cricket with your house help this Ramazan.

  1. Set up water coolers

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Over the past few years, Ramazan is being observed in the hottest months of the year. Considering that this year is no different, chances of people suffering a heatstroke increases manifold.

So, one of the things you can do is set up water coolers outside your house. And no, this won’t make you violate the essence of fasting.

While the month does expect all Muslims to fast, some, especially the working class are not in a position to fast as they work under the sun and need to consume food or water to stay hydrated lest they lose their lives.

On the other hand, there are also a significant number of non-Muslims who work or live in our vicinity. Installing water coolers can help not only those who can’t fast but those who are not part of our community. This will in return make them feel a part of our society and country.

Moreover, water pots can also be set up for stray animals.

  1. Host an open house

We desis love hosting people and feeding them. Hence, we invite our relatives for iftar every year, making it almost a tradition no matter how hot it is or how busy you may be.

But how about this year, you host an open house for friends and neighbors, even the ones who belong to different communities or countries. This would be a great way to make everyone feel part of the country and would go a long way in bridging the gap among us.

Let us know if there are other ways you spread generosity in Ramazan.

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Ramazan Diet Plan for Diabetic Patients https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/diet-plan-for-diabetics Tue, 21 May 2019 10:24:55 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44657 diabetics diet plan

Ramazan is the most celebrated month for Muslims that promotes the message of patience and community. However, for a diabetic patient, there are always concerns about their health while fasting. There are a number of misconceptions about fasting and diabetes that you need to shake off. But, one thing that cannot be denied is that […]

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diabetics diet plan

Ramazan is the most celebrated month for Muslims that promotes the message of patience and community. However, for a diabetic patient, there are always concerns about their health while fasting. There are a number of misconceptions about fasting and diabetes that you need to shake off.

But, one thing that cannot be denied is that while fasting, a diabetic patient needs to be particularly careful about their food choices both during Sehri and Iftar.

Fasting for diabetics involves special planning. To avoid the lowering of blood sugar to a dangerous level, the patient should consult a doctor first.

RELATED: Seven Tips To Avoid Constipation In Ramazan

Once the doctor gives a go ahead, this healthy Ramazan meal plan for diabetic patients can make it easy to balance their blood sugar.

Sehri:

Oats 1 cup (can add 1-2 dates and 3 chopped almonds)
1 boiled egg
1 glass unsweetened yogurt lassi

Or option 2:
1 whole wheat chapatti
Omelet or plain dahi 1 cup
1 fruit / 1 glass milk

Iftar:

Plain water or watermelon smoothie 1 glass
1-2 dates
Chana chaat 1 plate + dahi bara 1 small bowl

OR

1 bran bread sandwich +1 cup fruit chaat

Dinner:
1 medium chapatti Or ¾ cup boiled rice (prefer brown rice)
Any less oil curry or plain daal + fresh salad.
Green tea (optional)

Not just a set meal plan but the following guidelines also need to be followed in order to spend the whole month staying healthy and hearty.

RELATED: How To Prevent Food Poisoning In Ramazan

• If you are on insulin, you should take less insulin on Sehri.
• The doctor might also change the type of insulin you are taking
• In iftar, one should take food with low GI level, like lentils, fruits and vegetables
• There is a misconception that you cannot check your blood sugar level while fasting. The truth is one needs to check the glucose level more often and it won’t affect the fast.
• You should not only eat fatty or sweet foods in iftar. Try to keep a balance.
• If you sleep after sehri, try eating a little early. So, you get some time to digest the food before going to bed.
• Drink a lot of water and sugar-free fluids before the break of dawn.

In the end, it depends on the person whether or not he/she is healthy enough to fast.

However, if you choose to do so, then you should talk to your doctor about your diet and follow the medication properly. This would help you fast the whole month without letting anything affect your health.

*The diet plan is designed by a clinical dietitian Dr. Sana Azfar

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How To Prevent Food Poisoning in Ramazan https://htv.com.pk/health/food-poisoning-in-ramazan Tue, 21 May 2019 09:30:11 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44643

With the onset of summer season, cases of food poisoning increase manifold. And since the holy month of Ramazan is also being observed in the hottest months for the last few years, more people suffer from the illness as they overeat after prolonged hours of fasting. Consultant family physician and assistant professor at the Ziauddin […]

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With the onset of summer season, cases of food poisoning increase manifold. And since the holy month of Ramazan is also being observed in the hottest months for the last few years, more people suffer from the illness as they overeat after prolonged hours of fasting.

Consultant family physician and assistant professor at the Ziauddin University, Dr Fatima Jehangir mentions that various bacteria and viruses can cause food poisoning. “In hot and humid weather infectious diseases are more prevalent and they have already reached epidemic proportions in Pakistan.”

As a result, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses and toxins causes food poisoning. Its symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and in severe cases it can also cause death.

As for viral diarrhea, Dr Jehangir says the main symptoms are low-grade fever, decreased urine output, nausea, vomiting and loose motions. However, it can be treated through home remedies, such as, staying hydrated, drinking ORS, eating kichri, yoghurt and bananas. “There is no need to take antibiotics for viral diarrhea,” she says.

However, in case of severe food poisoning, where symptoms include high-grade fever, intense vomiting and stomach cramps, antibiotics are recommended.

XDR Typhoid on a rise

Currently in Pakistan, XDR Typhoid is on a rise. According to Dr Jehangir, a physicians’ malpractice and neglect of antibiotic stewardship is the reason for the increase in the number of patients diagnosed with XDR Typhoid. As of 2018 more than 5,200 people in Pakistan had been affected.

In this condition, antibiotics don’t work because doctors prescribe antibiotics for viral diarrhea and so the body becomes antibiotics resistant. “This condition is difficult to treat, and in some cases, it can even result in death,” she warns.

Its signs include decreased level of consciousness, scanty urine, headache, high-grade fever and bloody stools.

Preventive measures

According to Dr Jehangir, prevention includes certain strategies, for example, fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed and meat should be properly cooked. In fact, boiled water should be used for cooking and drinking purposes.

Moreover, food should be stored in a cool temperature because, in summers, it is likely that food goes stale early.

Dr Mamoona Shafiq, the associate professor of Physiology at the Islamabad Medical and Dental College also suggests not consuming food stored for more than two days. “We have power cuts all the time so not only [does the foods] nutritional value decreases but it [also] becomes home for bacteria.”

She advises people to avoid using canned food. However, if being used, the can should be used within the next couple of hours of it being opened. And if the expiry date of the canned food is close then it shouldn’t be bought as it can cause infection.

Talking about typhoid prevention, Dr Jehangir says vaccination is must. There are vaccines available for typhoid but they only last for three years and so after that one needs to be vaccinated again.

What to eat

Consultant dietitian at the National Medical Centre, Saima Rasheed says since fasting in summers is for long hours people should have slow digestive foods. These include bread made up with whole wheat flour, barley flour or millet flour, semolina (sooji) kheer and vermicelli with milk, in sehri. She also suggests taking some proteins like eggs, kebabs along with yogurt, butter, oil and desi ghee. However, ghee consumption should only be limited to two teaspoons.

Rasheed also advises not taking more than a cup of tea or coffee in sehri because it has diuretic effects. This means the person consuming it will have to make several trips to the restroom and eventually suffer from dehydration.

Related: 6 Ways Oregano Makes Your Immune System Strong

Discussing iftar, Rasheed recommends opening fast with at least one date because dates are the main source of potassium and fiber and one date contains only 20 calories. Other healthy snacks include fruit salads, chickpeas chaat and dahi baras.

As for beverages, Rasheed says we can drink lemonade (limo pani), namkeen lassi and barley drink (satto) as they are good for health but should avoid drinking traditional red drinks – Rooh-afza and Jam-e-Shirin – as they contain a lot of sugar. One glass of it contains at least 90 to 100 calories without sugar. And most people add white sugar to the drinks, which means our body doesn’t get any nutrients.

However, considering that they have become a must have on every iftar table, Rasheed suggests adding them to milk and basil seeds, as it is a good source of soluble fiber.

Nonetheless, carbonated drinks are a complete no and Rasheed warns against consuming salty, spicy, oily and fatty foods at iftar as well.

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Seven Tips To Avoid Constipation in Ramazan https://htv.com.pk/health/avoid-constipation-in-ramazan Sat, 18 May 2019 09:43:54 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44587

The change in routine experienced in the month of Ramazan can cause disturbance in our bowel movement, giving way to constipation. We should try and get rid of it immediately, otherwise we may risk suffering from constipation until the end of Ramazan and this may cause hemorrhoids. But fret not! Here are seven tips you […]

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The change in routine experienced in the month of Ramazan can cause disturbance in our bowel movement, giving way to constipation.

We should try and get rid of it immediately, otherwise we may risk suffering from constipation until the end of Ramazan and this may cause hemorrhoids.

But fret not! Here are seven tips you can incorporate this Ramazan that can help you avoid constipation.

  1. Get rich with fiber

Doesn’t matter how much you may love your white bread sandwiches, parathas or mac n cheese, you got to consider your stomach a part of your body, maite.

Avoid refined foods for a happy tummy and go for food that is rich in fiber instead, such as, fruits and vegetables.

  1. Bless yourself with injeer

Want to fix constipation? Fix it with fig, widely known as injeer. The dry fruit is rich in fiber and helps relieve constipation.

And you no longer have to soak it in warm water or milk and keep it for 12 hours. Just get your hands on the Hiba Life’s 100% organic Injeer Blessing that also contains Sidr honey.

The product is also safe for diabetics and is easily available at Chase and Imtiaz in Karachi and Euro stores in Lahore.

All you have to do is consume a tablespoon of the paste in sehri and one at iftar. And constipation? Who that?

  1. Moderation is key

Of course, we find it hard to control ourselves when we are sitting at the iftar table to gobble everything we get our hands on. But that has to change, if you want your stomach to be at ease.

Related: How To Avoid Constipation During Pregnancy?

Avoid sudden changes in the type and quantity of food intake. If you normally eat a single burger on normal days then DON’T go for another one in Ramazan, all because you were fasting. That’s no excuse.

  1. Divide and ‘drool’

If you have a lot on your iftar table and want to consume all of it, then divide your meal into small frequent portions. While at it, also chew your food slowly and steadily. Remember it’s not a race.

  1. Say no to soda

Soft drinks or soda may enhance the flavor in our mashroob-e-mashriq but they cause acidity. Hence, listen to Ammi and stick to natural fresh juices lest you sit on the pot for hours.

  1. Don’t spice it up

We know, we know, that our desi hearts cannot stay away from all that spice and everything nice. But spice makes our stomach’s grumpy.

So, avoid eating those mirchi ke pakoray and adding extra chaat masala to our fruit chaats.

Related: 7 Foods To Relieve Constipation

Also, did we mention, no fried food? Yes, you read that right. Fried food, and so much of it, is one of the reasons for a constipated stomach during Ramazan.

However, if you can’t completely do away with all fried food items, then have them in fewer quantity, maybe stick to one samosa a day.

7. Walk to stay fit

Most of us become lazy after iftar and prefer sitting in our comfortable sofas and watching TV – often those Ramazan game shows. But if we want to prevent constipation, we should indulge in some light exercises.

The easiest one is to go out for a walk after iftar and come back just in time for taraweeh. This will help with the digestion of your food and make you feel light.

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