Dawat-e- Khas

September 9, 2009 at 10:58 am 5 comments

Delhi during Ramzan has an amazing charm to it especially the parts of Old Delhi where a day begins with Sehri and ends with Iftar. And if you happen to visit the walled City in after hrs of the evening you will realize what festivity means for many.

Though I live hop across from the famous ‘Delhi 6’ area where the majestic Jama Masjid is located. I never really got an opportunity to visit it during the holy month ( my grand father gets quite paranoid in case we get lost in the crowd or if there is a mishap etc)… Finally, I got an opportunity to visit it yesterday thanks to three b’days in the family this month.  B’days at our place are no fancy affairs instead are celebrated with great gusto at the ‘ shelter for homeless girls’ located in this small gully called Matia Mahal close to the Masjid.

We had decided to reach there a little before the girls would have opened their roza so that they could have the Iftar we had arranged for them. And what a scene it was at Jama Masjid, the entire area was bustling with people and activities. You don’t have to worry about how can one walk in such a crowded place or being pushed around because you will just flow with it. The shops all laden with the best of things; from clothes to food, are a treat for the eyes and the palate!

Coming back to the Girls Home. This is run, managed by the Masjid trust and is home to about 80-100 girls in the age group of 4-18 yrs. Those who are orphaned, abandoned, have one parent who is unable to give them decent upbringings are all taken in. The older ones take care of the younger girls under the supervision of a warden who is fondly referred to as Baji. They go to school, for tuition’s just like other kids. Like any other girl their age they too like wear fancy clothes and jewellery and have a wish list of things they would like to have! Such giving children, full of love for all who visit them. 

I read a quote recently and I think it fits perfectly with my post ‘You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give’. They don’t need gifts or goodies; all they want and yearn for is a hand to hold and someone to listen to their stories.

In the picture of the younger lot (Reshma, Afsana, Zainab, Khushbu, Seher, Ruksar, Noor, Tabasum are some of them).

The weather too is perfect these days to venture out. Since cars are not allowed in the area during this time (security reasons). Best is to take a rickshaw till the Masjid and walk-in… :).

PS: Apologies my photography skills are nothing to boast about…


Entry filed under: Delhi-ghtfully Yours!.

Sweet September! I dream of Genie!

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sapna  |  September 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Loved reading it…

    Nothing could explain the joy of giving better than this post. And nothing can be a better time than Ramzan. A very important aspect of eid is the charity, in which people are expected to extend to the needy. Whatever you did for the girls means a lot to them and the feeling of joy is mutual.

    I guess one of the three birthdays would be yours. Happy Bday( I am not sure early or belated or just in time ) 🙂

    PS: You can boast of your photography skills too… 😀

  • 2. Pallavi  |  September 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hey Sap, Thanks! for the B’day wishes (alert on FB & orkut will tell you the date :), which means you can wish me again!

    will soon introduce you to the cancer society I work with…People there are exceptionally affectionate and wonderful too 🙂

  • 3. Mayur  |  September 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    This must be fun. I have myself attended a couple of iftaar parties and they all are really worth relishing. 🙂

    By the way ‘You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give’ is an amazing quote

  • 4. tina  |  September 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    very beatiful thought…keep it up

  • 5. MadhaV  |  September 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Keep it up nice work.


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