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FACT # 261

8 Unsettling Facts About Bollywood Celebrities

1. Shilpa Shetty

That awkward moment when your husband shares the same birth date as your controversial ex. Yep, that’s exactly what Shilpa Shetty goes through every 9th of September! Raj Kundra and Akshay Kumar celebrate their birthdays on the same day. Now that’s a creepy coincidence in our opinion!

 

Shilpa Shetty

 

 

2. Salman Khan

Thinking of borrowing a handkerchief from Sallu Bhai? You just might be disappointed. This superstar steers clear of napkins and tissues too, apparently, he’s only loyal to a particular mulmul cloth. Random factoid but still rather weird.

 

Salman Khan

 

 

3. Shah Rukh Khan

You’d expect that most people would spend their first salary indulging their parents/girlfriends, but not Shah Rukh! With barely 50 bucks in his pocket, the actor used that money to travel Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Well, Shah Rukh has an affinity towards being ‘monumental’. We apologize for that pun, we’re sure it was no fun.

 

Shah Rukh Khan

 

 

4. Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan has faced speech and diction issues since he was a boy. Very often he was ragged and picked on in school.  He struggled and pursued speech lessons and bullies have stayed away, ever since.

 

Hrithik Roshan

 

 

5. Kareena Kapoor

This Bollywood diva harboured a dream of becoming a lawyer, she enrolled in a Mumbai based college but she didn’t manage to complete the course. A loss for the legal system turned out to be a big win for Bollywood.  

 

Kareena Kapoor

 

 

6. Ranbir Kapoor

Before fame could hit Ranbir Kapoor, his parents used to give him 1500 bucks as pocket money every week. You’d be surprised to know that till today the actor still sponges off them. All the money matters are handled by mommy dearest. 

 

Ranbir Kapoor

 

 

7.  Amitabh Bachchan

Big B has a unique talent, he is ambidextrous. What does that mean you may ask? Simple, he can write equally well using both his hands. Don’t you wish you could do that too?

 

Amitabh Bachchan

 

 

8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Before she won the crown, Aishwarya didn’t even consider acting as a career option, she tried her luck with a TV serial dubbing job. Fortunately for us, that didn’t work out for her. 

 

Aishwarya Rai

 

 

 
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FACT # 260

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr The month of fasting

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar—that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays “move” each year. In 2014, Ramadan begins at sundown on June 28th.

For more than a billion Muslims around the world—including some 8 million in North America—Ramadan is a “month of blessing” marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. Ramadan focuses on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah (God).

Why this Month?

Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Around 610 A.D., a caravan trader named Muhammad took to wandering the desert near Mecca (in today’s Saudi Arabia) while thinking about his faith. One night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the angel Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to receive the word of Allah. In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Qur’an.

At many mosques during Ramadan, about one thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited each night in prayers known as tarawih. In this way, by the end of the month the complete scripture will have been recited.

Fasting

Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in sawm from about age twelve.

During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick energy boost.

Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2014 occurs on July 28. Literally the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

 
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