A Little Bangla is growing and prospering in the middle of the Bronx

Bronx, NY – Fnu Sweety, a Bangladeshi immigrant, works the checkout counter of a Bangladeshi supermarket in Parkchester. When some Latinx customers approached Sweety, she gave them a shock by greeting them in Spanish, prompting the couple to ask if she spoke it.

“Un poquito,” she responded. “A little.” Sweety immigrated from her home country three years ago with limited English proficiency. Over time, her job as a cashier in the heart of the Bronx has taught her English and some Spanish. But Sweety’s not the only Bangladeshi who’s learned how to integrate into America as an immigrant.

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Spicing Up Your Ramadan Meals

Salaam everyone!

There’s only a few days left of Ramadan, and while some things are getting better, others have become more routine. For example, your knees might not crack each time you go for sujood, and the long fasts don’t really effect your hunger anymore, but you find yourself becoming lazy at iftar time. As I mentioned in an earlier post, since you’re only eating two meals per day, it’s important you eat well each time. Sometimes that means spicing up your meals. Continue reading “Spicing Up Your Ramadan Meals”

Fasting on the Go

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Traveling while fasting can be tough, especially in these last few nights of Ramadan. Although Islam allows the traveling person an exception from fasting, no one wants to miss a day if they can help it. But don’t worry – I have the tips for you to easily maintain your fast while you travel. Continue reading “Fasting on the Go”

Tackling Your Period During Ramadan

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Ladies, here’s a not-so-hypothetical situation for you: It’s the second week of Ramadan and you’ve finally gotten into the groove of things. Your headaches and coffee withdrawals have passed and you’re fasting consistently without an issue. And suddenly your period arrives like the majestic, sometimes late, crimson tide it is. It’s Shark Week in the middle of Ramadan. What do you do? Continue reading “Tackling Your Period During Ramadan”

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