‘Fast­ing or not, Karva Chauth is a ro­man­tic fes­ti­val’

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Ac­tor Kavita Kaushik is one ex­cited newly-wed bride. She got mar­ried to Ron­nit Biswas this year in Jan­uary, and is all set for her first Karva-Chauth to­day — the one-day fes­ti­val on which mar­ried women fast from sun­rise to moon­rise.

“I’m very ex­cited, be­cause I had kept the fast last year too, but it will be the first one af­ter my mar­riage. Usse pehle maine life mein kabhi fast nahi kiya tha, be­cause I am a big foodie! We were so sure of each other since the time we met. We had de­cided that we will def­i­nitely get mar­ried,” says the 36-year old.

Like many house­holds across In­dia, Kavita has planned a party for her friends on the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion. “Last year, my mother had helped me with the pooja, but this year, she’s trav­el­ling. So Samta ji, who had starred with me in my show Tota Weds Maina, will be com­ing over to my place and cook­ing for all us friends. I have called a mehendi wala too. There will be lots of mu­sic, dance and food for those who are not fast­ing.”

While many peo­ple tend to look down upon women who do not fast, Kavita gets ir­ri­tated with this line of thought. “Karva Chauth is a very ro­man­tic fes­ti­val. I get an­gry when some­one says ‘Pehle aisa hota tha’ ya ‘vaisa hota tha’. I don’t ad­vise any­one to do any­thing, eat or not eat. For me, the sig­nif­i­cance of the day is to ded­i­cate that one day from your busy lives for your man, get­ting ready for him, fast­ing and pray­ing for him. It’s so ro­man­tic.”

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/IKAVITAKAUSHIK

This year, Kavita Kaushik will cel­e­brate her first Karva Chauth

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