July 08, 2014 12:00 AM | by Zeina Tawfik
The Hunger Games
During Ramadan, every day is about "The Hunger Games" at the office. And no, I'm not referring to the infamous movie series here, but that is the title that would best describe our daily mood. The scenario goes as follows, everyone comes in the early morning, with a straight face, recovering from the lack of caffeine, with no words uttered for almost an hour. Later on, the first words that can be heard at the office are always, "I'm so hungry," "I'm so thirsty," or, "I'm so sleepy." And that's enough to trigger an endless conversation about how short the day goes by during Ramadan, and how no one is getting enough sleep, and that no matter how many bottles of water you drink during the night, you always (always!) wake up thirsty.
After that we move to the "Craving of the Day" mood, where each and every one of us daydreams about food. From doughnuts, kunafa, sushi, to mulukhia and fatteh, we've surely mentioned it all. And for some reason, we turn into our own versions of "Desperate Housewives," sharing food recipes, what we've had for Iftar the day before, cooking tips and tricks, and the directions to make trendy mouthwatering desserts at home, and by trendy I mean Kunafa Nutella, Red Velvet Cupcakes with Basbouba, etc. Just the kind of food you find invading Instagram during Ramadan.
There's something about Ramadan and fasting that unleashes a mini food monster within us, because looking at the way we talk about food, is just abnormal! It's like we wait for the Maghrib prayers as a sign to start binge-eating for the next couple of hours. Now how do you spend your Ramadan day at your office?