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When a sarcastically mannered question left me speechless…
There had never been any religious rituals in our home being an atheist family but after my marriage, my wife being a spiritual lady, was allowed and used to keep customarily fasting on different occasions.

Our family had never objected to it.  Once she was asked to switch over to our traditions but she refused on the plea that the preachers of our religion are too divided into two groups.  If they themselves cannot come on one platform, how they could tell others to follow them? Since then, none of our family members discussed this subject matter.

As far as I am concerned over keeping a fast, having little resistance in controlling my appetite, rarely could I hold onto such traditions.  Few months back, owing to some religious belief, my better half asked me and my daughter to join her in fasting for some good cause.  Just to honour her desire, I optimistically agreed to join, but my daughter, too prejudiced, pointed out her views and asked me to elaborate on the importance of holding such customs of fasting.

Albeit not having not much background, but just to suffice her quest, I started explaining in my own style by my little know-how. I told her that her grandfather used to keep a fast not on Monday –  the day marked for Shiv ji, Tuesday – the day of Hanuman, Thursday to please Vishnu Devta, Friday to please Santoshi Mata and Saturday to Shani Devta but on either Wednesday or Sunday, days which have no religious significance, just to keep himself fit.  He was of the view that it has significant role regarding up-keeping of our whole biological system.  He used to say that like machines our physical mechanism too needs rest to function more powerfully as during fasting period, our internal body system munches through extra fats from within our body to make us feel light and healthy. In fact, our saints had adopted these paths as purification of soul by refraining from the worldly pleasures and further patching their selves more and more with godly activities out of devotional essence.

Thank God, with this brief elucidation, I could convince her to agree without any further annotation.  

Next morning, the fast to be observed throughout the day being a special Tuesday, I asked my wife about the permitted dishes during fasting.  However, I was told that I could consume anything except the items made from corn and pulses. Dishes like pudding, fried potatoes, etc. were kept on the dining table with other allowable items of fruits and dry fruits.

My wife and my daughter had gone to the market to purchase some new clothes for an upcoming wedding in our relations and I was alone at home for three-four hours enjoying my retired life and soon I started feeling hungry and could not control myself.

First, I took a glassful of milk along with some dry fruits. On reaching back from the market, she cooked food as per the allowed menu and offered me first, which I in took beyond my capacity and thereafter left for a walk to digest the same.

Coincidentally, a friend of mine met me outside the park. While he was relishing a South Indian dish, and asked me to share the same. I still recollect that my senior during my service used to say, while out of home, try to enjoy the dishes which you normally don't consume at home.

Frankly speaking, I denied the offer telling him about my self-punishment. He reacted calmly and asked me about my food menu that had remained throughout the day. I did not conceal anything and related the whole truth about my food which I had because of following the fasting ritual of my wife. But when he asked me smilingly in a sarcastic manner – 'Dear, "Was it fast or a feast?",' out of my sheer guilt, I could not find an answer to his genuine query which left me speechless and impossible to bear.

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