Ramadan and young professionals in Bangladesh

A young professional waiting for iftar during office hours. – Orchid Chakma/The Daily Star/Asia News Network

THE perception of regular events taking place around you changes as you grow up. It’s a well-known reality that is nonetheless jarring, and for a young person shifting gears from a life of classes and exams to one of meetings and appointments, these changes can be a challenging thing to come to terms with.

In the life of a young Muslim Bangladeshi, Ramadan is more often than not a highlight of the year. As a child, you grow up dreaming of the time when you will be able to fast every day. The teenage years are spent learning the spiritual significance of the act, and also obsessing over one’s favourite items on the iftar (breaking fast) menu.

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