Hyderabad: Heat forces people to remain indoors

Deccan Chronicle.  | Kaniza Garari

Nation, Current Affairs

The phenomenon of fasting in the summer heat will continue for the next five years when Ramzan will fall in May-June.

Those who have outdoor work have to ensure that they avoid the hottest noontime hours as fasting can cause dehydration. (Representional Image)

Hyderabad: The extreme heat is forcing people to stay indoors during the fasting hours in Ramzan, particularly children and senior citizens who are more susceptible to high temperatures.

Those who have outdoor work have to ensure that they avoid the hottest noontime hours as fasting can cause dehydration.

The phenomenon of fasting in the summer heat will continue for the next five years when Ramzan will fall in May-June.

Many take relief in mosques after the noon prayers where heavy-duty coolers have been installed.

The diet, too, has changed; oily and fried foods are avoided before and after the fast. Even the traditional haleem is less popular among those who fast. A combination of milk, milk products, fruits and dry fruits are preferred. Sharbat, buttermilk, sabza seeds faluda, fresh juices and water-based fruits like water melons, musk melons, sweet lime and pomegranates are in demand after the fast as more and more people are opting for fruits to survive and maintain body temperature.

Children, pregnant women and those who are suffering from diseases are exempt from fasting, but some families make children fast on alternate days or twice a week.

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