Corporate West embraces Ramadan but culturally it’s a work in progress

by Rashmee

Posted on May 5, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


A popular Washington restaurant signs on to a campaign to stay open longer or start serving meals two hours before dawn during Ramadan. British supermarkets run dozens of special Ramadan offers, not least Humza meat samosas and Haribo halal soft jelly bears. Ramadan chocolate calendars are for sale in the United States and the United … Continue reading “Corporate West embraces Ramadan but culturally it’s a work in progress”

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Tunisia: ‘Menu Ramadanesque’ and other delights

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2018


Ahead of iftar, when the day’s fast ends during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the streets are deathly quiet. In the Tunis Medina (see photographs), there’s hardly anyone abroad. Those same venues will be heaving by 9 pm. In the supermarkets, they start making the zalabiya, the deep-fried syrup-soaked sweets that are faintly reminiscent … Continue reading “Tunisia: ‘Menu Ramadanesque’ and other delights”

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Should one think of the Muslim month of Ramadan in English verse?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 8, 2016


Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting started on Monday (June 6) and it struck me that most non-Muslims probably rarely think of it in terms of poetry. English-language poetry. A poem that lays bare the mystical personal struggle for self-dominance and self-control for each person who fasts. Instead, most people think of Ramadan in terms … Continue reading “Should one think of the Muslim month of Ramadan in English verse?”

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Iftar with halal real Texas barbecue seasons great American melting pot

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2015


The Chopped n Smoked BBQ in Sugar Land, Texas noticed a gap in the market. The way Robert West, co-owner, native Houstonian and convert to Islam tells it, most Houston Muslims would like to eat barbecue but they can’t if it’s not halal-compliant or if there’s a heap of pork also cooking on the far … Continue reading “Iftar with halal real Texas barbecue seasons great American melting pot”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK