If you do charity, your house will always be rich.
By Sharida Mohamedjoesoef, Ramadan Roundup III for the Amsterdam WeeklyTrue, I could have easily opted for a Turkish or Moroccan Ramadan event and, by God, there are plenty of those at the moment. Yet, this time, thrill-seeking me decided to head for Pakistan Day, if only to make it clear that birds of a Muslim feather do not necessarily flock together. Mind you, before I set out, I meticulously examined the programme and its organisers to make sure that your unveiled Ramadan reporter would not be kicked unceremoniously out by some lost Taliban sympathiser before she could say
The event was organised by Sabra Bano, a Pakistani feminist who has lived in the
As the day got underway, the big hall of the KIT Tropentheater gradually filled with what must have been hundreds of people, a large number of who were young Pakistani boys and girls blessed with dashing good looks. And not a burka in sight. (How else would I have known about the looks?).
Some had come for the debate on gender issues, which turned out a bit of a non-event according to Mohammad Amer:
Most, however, had come to see Sheema Kermani and Khamisu Khan, two living legends in
Just before Iftar, the traditional breaking of the fast, we were treated to a virtuoso performance from alghoza player Khamisu Khan who was accompanied by a single tabla player. An alghoza is an instrument made up of two flutes of equal length joined together. One Pakistani man dressed in a smart business suit clambered on to the stage and danced around like a whirling dervish, going faster and faster, in sync with the applauding audience.
This was definitely a most enjoyable Ramadan gathering, showing a different side of