The holy month of Ramadan almost comes to an end. With the
and chill throughout the month, it was quite easy to fast by the day and to go out
for night prayers. I must say I am already starting to miss it, as this is a
special month for every Muslim comprises of those special late night prayers and fasting. Traditionally,
this is the month that brings fasting by the day and the prayers & feast by the
On the first day of this Islamic month I took a resolution that I should complete reading the Holy Book. And I was so certain that I should recite it without any distraction and interruption since my aim was to finish one whole Quran in the four weeks of fasting. But with some extra household work and other usual routines, my reciting time was limited to only few hours per day. Even though it is more time than what I usually spend, it still made me guilty, feel less pious as if like I am missing something. So I wish for a handy Quran wherever I go, accessible to me all the time, even when I travel or while others asleep at nights.
I usually stay awake at nights like an owl, staying up and pray till dawn, while my granny sleeping in the same room and with the lights turned off. Imagine how tough it could be to read anything in my room that too without disturbing her. Having numerable apps in my phone, I downloaded Holy Quran from Play Store but only to find out that the letters were smaller and only to strain my eyes at nights. So reciting at nights became nearly impossible and less convenient.
That’s when I decided to download the app in my Dell Venue 8. Reading a random book in a tab is good but as you know, reciting a Holy Book needs more concentration and we shouldn’t be getting distracted and lose our piety. To my surprise, Holy Quran in Dell became so accessible and convenient. It is a pleasant experience as it is like I’m reciting the virtual version of the Holy Book.
Turning the pages is as simple as that with one touch it slide from one page to the next. The verses are also easy to read along with the translation and each chapter is highly accessible. The only constraint at first I thought was the brightness of the tab irking my granny’s sleepy eyes, but this ain't a problem at all with the option to reduce its brightness. Dell comes handy to me and I must say it arrived in a right time.
Apart from prayers and recitals, another Ramadan must-do in every Muslim household is preparation for Iftar, the meal we take to break our fast at the time of sunset. We usually prepare Haleem Kanji and short eats along with fruits and a dessert. One day, we invited some guests for Iftar and we planned to serve them Kanji, usual Samosas along with our specialty dishes Banana Fritters and Bourbon Biscuit Pudding. I made the dessert little earlier as the custard needed enough time to set. Even though they are quite simple dishes and 'n' number of times we made, unfortunately my cousin can never remember her recipe for fritters. She carry her laptop where she has saved her so-called ‘secret’ recipe and keep it in kitchen counter every time she makes it, at the risk of getting oil, batter and water all over the keyboard and the screen. So this time, I let her to try the Dell to see how it works as a recipe book.
I typed her recipe in the notepad and kept it hidden under the kitchen counter so she can see it while others not. Since the preparation time is a last minute work to serve the guests hot and crispy fritters, and that too without them noticing our 'recipe book'. Voila.. her work done in a jiffy without any hassle and she dint even touch the tab like her recipe book or the lappy. Not a single drop of mess on it. As we served our guests, they were awed by the tastes, while we were exchanging smiles at each other. After all they don’t know the reason behind our smiles J