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An Air India air hostess offered a Muslim flyer onboard, who was observing Roza, food when he had just asked for some water to break the fast

New Delhi: India’s national carrier Air India is mostly in news for all the wrong reasons — the debt pile it has accumulated, a failed attempt at disinvestment and a couple of times for mistreating passengers. However, this time, the state-owned carrier is in the limelight for a heart-warming story: for offering a Muslim flyer onboard, who was observing Roza (the act of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan), food when he had just asked for some water to break the fast.

The story

Journalist Rifat Jawaid, the owner of, was flying from Gorakhpur to Delhi on the Air India flight. In order to break the fast, he went to the air hostess and asked for a bottle of water. Thirsty and starving all-day-long, Jawaid quickly finished the bottle of water and asked for another, saying that he had been observing a Roza.

Upon hearing this, the air hostess, who looked visibly concerned, asked him to get back to his seat and returned in a while with two sandwiches for him. She also told him to ask for more, if need be. The journalist was so moved by the gesture that he took to Twitter to describe the whole story in detail.

From Jawaid on Twitter

Rifat wrote, “On my way back to Delhi in Air India Alliance from Gorakhpur: Iftar time was nearing so I walked up to cabin crew member, Manjula, asked for some water. She gave me a small bottle. I asked, ‘can I pls have 1 more bottle since I’m fasting?’”

“Manjula replied, ‘why did you leave your seat? You pls return to your seat.’ Minutes later she arrived with two sandwiches and said, ‘please don’t hesitate to ask for more.’”

Jawaid added, “Of course I didn’t need more. They were more than adequate for me. What was the most satisfying was Manjula’s heart-warming gesture. This is my India!”