21 December 2004

Celebrating tee-totally

Sarfraz Manzoor shares what the holidays are like for him: "I have never tasted alcohol in my life. Trying to explain why is something I have to do with tedious regularity. I usually cite religion, and that is partly true; I was raised in a Muslim family where drinking was beyond forbidden: it was unthinkable. Yet others who shared that background later took to drinking; I did not. It was not so much religion that stopped me as habit and the desire not to disappoint my mother and the memory of my father."