Indian celebrity chef reunites with Muslim family who saved his life
Indian celebrity chef, Vikas Khanna, touched a several hearts when he tweeted about his reunion with a Muslim family who saved his life during the 1992 riots in Mumbai. Every year for 26 years, Khanna has been fasting for a day during the holy month of Ramadan to honour the family that he lost track of after the riots.
This year too he fasted for one day but the only difference was he was able to break his fast and share an Iftar meal with the same family he credits saved his life, said NDTV report. On Monday, Khanna had tweeted he was happy to have tracked down the family and would break his Ramadan fast with them. The next day he tweeted: "Heartwarming evening. All Heart. Tears. Pain. Pride. Courage. Humanity. Gratitude."
The New York-based celebrity chef said he was happy to finally find the family he lost touch with and described on Facebook in 2015 the horrific day when riots broke out in Mumbai. Khanna wrote in the post three years ago: "I was training in the kitchen of SeaRock Sheraton, Mumbai in 1992 December when riots broke and whole city was under fire. We were stuck in the hotel for days."
One day when the riots were still on, worrying about safety of his brother who lived in Ghatkopar, Khanna went to see him inspite of not knowing the roads well.
On his way, a Muslim family warned him against rioters and took him in, he had told in an interview to a TV channel last year. He had added that soon a mob descended upon their home and demanded to know who he was. "He's our son," the family told the mob, the chef recounted, and the group eventually left.
For nearly two days, Chef Khanna said he slept on their floor. "I did not know who they were or where I was," he recalled.
On 11 June, Khanna tweeted he managed to track down his saviours and his story is melting several hearts. One internet user wrote: "Your life story is absolutely amazing... You are truly destiny's child," while another wrote: "This is real India."