Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna has kept Ramzan fast today just like every year. He took the micro-blogging site Twitter to share his happiness on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and wrote, “Heartwarming evening. All Heart. Tears. Pain. Pride. Courage. Humanity. Gratitude. This will be the most significant and important EID of my life. Thank you everyone to connect me with my souls.”
In 2017, Indian-American chef revealed in an interview that every year during the month of Ramadan he observes a day fast for a Muslim family who sheltered him during the Mumbai riots of 1992. Interestingly, this year he reunited with the family of Iqbal Khan and Wasim Bhai after 26 years to thank them again for the gesture and broke his fast with them.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “On the holy occasion of Eid. May every home and heart be filled with abundance, happiness and peace. #EidMubarak May this EID bring the world together. #Gratitude.” About three years ago, he also shared his story on Facebook and wrote, “#RamadanMubarak to all. May this Holy month be filled with blessings of peace, prosperity and love. I was training in the kitchen of SeaRock Sheraton, Mumbai in 1992 December when riots broke and the whole city was under fire. We were stuck in the hotel for days. Iqbal Khan and Wasim Bhai ( Trainee Chef and a waiter, whom I lost touch with forever) and their families sheltered me and nurtured me during this time. Since that year, I fast for one day during the Holy Month to thank them and keep them in my prayers. Love you all.”
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During the riots, Khanna rushed to Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area to check if his brother was fine but he lost his way and the condition got worsened in the area. That is when a Muslim family sheltered him for two days and also ensured that his brother was safe.