This is important.
Mezba is a guy's name. Repeat, Mezba is a guy.
This is the second time it happened this week. I am emailing a contact for some parts, and he replies back that the shipment is ready, would he come and deliver it? I email back yes. Now, my non-personal emails are usually curt and to the point. Hello. Refer to my last email ... blah blah.. Sincerely, Mezba. End of story.
So the guy comes and walks into our place. I am sitting at the computer.
"Hi, I am looking for a Miss Mezba."
I am sitting there with the biggest WTF look on my face. He's a white, definitely non-desi dude who would never have heard the name Mezba before. And he thinks it's a girl's name? Thank God my name isn't Abeer, Rumi, Shaymol, Pat, or Huda.
A Marriage Talk (again)
No, not me. Not yet.
A friend was going to Bangladesh to get married. His parents throw a small party to celebrate the fact. I ask him about the bride-to-be.
"Oh she's really nice .. yadda yadda yadda .. but she has got straight hair." He announces.
"I like curly hair." He makes a face. "That was my initial reason I delayed saying 'yes'."
"Well, she can always get a perm, you know." His mother cuts in.
"Ya," his father, eager to not be left out, offers his comments as well. "Marriage is compromise. You can't always get everything you want. Everyone has to compromise. For example, when I married I had to ..."
As soon as the words were out of his mouth he froze.
Aunty turned on him.
"Yes, continue? What did you compromise when you married ME?!"
"No, dear, I was just saying, example-wise..."
"Three proposals, THREE proposals my father turned down for you, that also one from a Chowdhury bari, I will have you know..."
And I thought the party was going to be boring.
For the record this happened over a year ago and all concerned parties are happily married.
PS. Is it my imagination or do most Bengali husbands appear to be henpecked?
Link: Previous Lameness
Tags: Toronto Desi