Mumbai’s iconic Mohammed Ali Road, known for its elaborate street food spread during the holy month of Ramadan, will remain closed in 2020 for the first time in 250 years. The move forms a part of the measures taken for containing the Coronavirus pandemic. By Kumar Shree

 

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Every year, as the holy month of Ramadan begins, the Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai comes alive. Shops lined on both sides of the road offers everything right from the staple delicacies to exotic cuisines and countless varieties of desserts. It is a sight to behold with a pool of humanity lending a hypnotic hustle-bustle to the road. Not to forget, the lingering fragrance of food enticing your taste buds to try as much as you can. This year, however, as the holy month of Ramadan begins from April 23, the road paints a different picture. It lies empty, there are no shops and not a single human in sight.

 

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It would be an understatement to call Mohammed Ali Road a mecca for food lovers, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It attracts people from a diverse diaspora who arrive here in search of oh-so-delicious food. The crowd here is a heterogeneous mix of residents, locals, photographers, bloggers, vloggers, international tourists, and Bollywood celebrities. Actors like Kangana Ranaut, Sharad Kelkar, and Shilpa Shetty have been here over the years. Mohammed Ali Road is not just about the food, it also showcases the undying spirit of brotherhood and solidarity. The fact that it was still functioning after the 1993 serial bomb blasts on March 12 is a testimony to that.

We understand how this move is heartbreaking for many of us, but we must remember, this is for the greater good.

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