Celebrating “Iftar” with a grand feast

Javed J. Bagwan, owner of Imdadi, at the cash counter. He happily states that the place is run by the joint efforts of many people and not just his.

Javed states that the place is run by the joint efforts of many people and not just his. Photograph by Asavari Sharma.

It’s the season of Ramzan and that means it’s the month to feast on “Iftar” – the evening meal when Muslims break their fast around sunset. A lot of places in Pune offer mouth-watering Iftar items but Javed J. Bagwan, owner of the restaurant Imdadi, believes in more than just filling Javed has been in the catering business for the last 28 years and he affirms that it is in the month of Ramzan that “Imdadi” puts up a successful show. Despite the popularity of the eatery on Synagogue Street, Javed prefers to remain humble. “It’s not just me. We are a group of 25 people from the Mominpura area who run this place collectively,” said Javed.

“Imdadi”, which means “to donate”, is an apt name for this bustling place. The money earned by the eatery is donated for the health and educational facilities of the poor in Javed’s community. Despite the influx of customers, Javed remains calm and composed. “We are operational for just one month and our main motive is to make sure that everyone enjoys their meal,” he said.

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