Keeping a fast on Gurpurab ostensibly takes the place of Karva Chauth for many. It’s very simple and basic. No food or water till the evening when the full moon makes its appearance. After spotting the moon, a small prayer is said along with the husband and the fast broken with saag and meethi roti.
Some years back, I heard that a friend’s husband was travelling out of the country on Gurpurab day. They had never been separate on this special day and both looked forward to this simple ceremony in the evening. She went to drop him to the airport in the afternoon and he told her to break her fast as soon as she reached home. After all, love is in the heart and Guru Nanak will understand. They bantered about it for a while. He turned to enter the airport.
The wife came back to a quiet home and proceeded to occupy herself with cleaning it and putting the finishing touches to the saag and making the roti with a hole in the centre, through which she would look at the moon, say her prayers and break her fast.
She looked at her watch. She thought about her husband, now miles above, every minute taking him further.
She said a prayer for his safety and success of his business meeting. When the phone rang, she thought nothing of it. It must be her mother-in-law asking about her.
The call was from her husband, from the aeroplanes satellite phone. He had seen the moon!