• nani says i dress like a buddi (old woman), they call me buddi jaan sometimes and berate me for not wearing more youthful (colourful? vibrant? accessorised?) outfits.
  • massi says i look pindi (from the village) because i wear my dupatta more like her, here, than a hijab like i do at home.
  • they both say i wear my shalwar like a maulvi (islamic scholar) because i like to wear my waistband at my waist which exposes my ankles – moulvi saab they call me.
  • today i tried on an outfit of their choosing and my massi declared, ‘sara munda kurri bangee‘ (our boy has become a girl) – there’s a whole other post waiting in there…



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