It is quite intriguing to think what image we create on others, is not it? Even though I am quite feminine, I think, and a very devoted hindu, if not too religious still people who meet me in cyber space often think that I am a man. A lot of them think that I am Muslim. The funnier thing is when people think the same after seeing me, talking with me!
I remember back in Burdwan, I was sixteen or seventeen and was in the tomb of a legendary man, Sher Afghan, Indians know who he is, he was the husband of Noor Jehan, the mughal empress, Jahangir killed him to get her. Yups, that is the real story.
Emperor Akbar wedded Noor Jehan off to the nawab of burdwan, to keep her out of her son’s life, when Jehangir became emperor he attacked Burdwan, killed Sher Afghan and married Mehrunnisa, who took the name of Noor Jehan after marriage.
So, I was visiting the tomb when the person who managed it back then asked me if I was Muslim and when I said I was not he said I behave like one! Ha! That was cool! Honestly I think I behave like a hundred percent Hindu, I am too deeply in it. But that is what makes it so intriguing! What do others think! I have heard that remark once or twice later, people had to be rectified that I am a Hindu not Muslim.
Then a lady recently asked me if I was a Christian, well… maybe she heard too many English dialogues from our television, and too little hindi or Bengali, she was a neighbor and often chatted with neighbors outside our Garia place house, that will be fifteen feet from the television, so she might have heard the holly movies and thought that we were Christians.
In the end I love to think that maybe because I respect all religions, and equally respect all human beings (read it as almost minimum level) that is why people can’t pin point my origin! I have raised myself above that! Even though I love being a woman and Hindu I don’t force that upon others. They are personal matters.
Trying a new thing- article, personal essays for a change, do let me know what you think of them.