cousin, meet cousin.

So my cousin “Abe” texts me one day asking me when I’m going back to Bangladesh. I gave him my standard reply: “I have no idea”. There was nothing odd about that in itself, except perhaps that I had just gotten back like 3 months ago. I just thought my cousin was missing me (hey people miss me okay!). What piqued my curiosity was when he replied with “You have to come! We have to tell you what we did!”

I should probably tell you a little about my extended family at this point. Though the maternal and paternal branches of my family tree hail from opposite ends of the country, my maternal grandfather settled in Chittagong, where incidentally, dear old dad is from. bangladesh-political-mapThis makes family visits wonderful! Everyone together. So the 2 sides of my family see a lot of each other, even when we’re not there. Abe is my uncles kid from my mom’s side. Tess on the other hand, is my uncle’s kid on my dad’s side. They are in no way related. The only common blood between them is me and my 2 siblings. That’s it. I didn’t lead with that since it might have come off as semi-incestuous. Which it is not! I assure you. So yes. This is the story about how 2 of my first cousins (from different sides!) fell in love and decided to get married. Only one of society’s biggest taboos keeping them apart. Only.

Arranged marriage me!

So I’m planning to do a series on arranged marriages. Not just the superficial “its bad, we should stop it” but a more personal ride. This is gonna be a story about my cousin, and how the girl he fell for is at what society deems a marriageable age. So he lives in the constant fear that she will one day be married off to someone that is not him. You’ll also be hearing my inadvertent role in this debacle. For privacy’s sake, we will call my cousin “Abe” and the girl “Tess”.

Hopefully by tomorrow, since it’s 5am now and I have an 8am class tomorrow, I will have the basics about the story up. And then each update will be up with every new development.

Stay tuned!

Eid around the World

Eid around the World

It’s been over a week, but whether or not you’re a Muslim, you can still appreciate how the very same festival is celebrated (or mourned) around the world by different cultures. Through this powerful imagery, you can see that even on days of happiness, there will always be someone worse off than you.

Morbid, I know. Sadly that’s how the world works.

22 Things You Could Be Doing With Your Life Besides Getting Married

Thought Catalog

Though I am all for the concept of marriage and support fully anyone who wants to engage in it themselves (in the sanctity of a church and/or plastered all over Facebook), it can sometimes feel — particularly as a woman — as though your accomplishments don’t amount to much if no one is in the process of putting a ring on it. Here, 22 awesome things you could very well be doing instead of walking down the aisle.

1. Getting an advanced degree in something that has been your passion for as long as you can remember (even if it is Princess Fairy Astronaut Mermaid).

2. Traveling the world and meeting amazing new people (and occasionally getting drunk/sleeping with them, but as it is international, it clearly doesn’t count).

3. Dating various people in your city and having lots of small flings because you want to really take your time…

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High on Tylenol.

Is it possible to get high off of tylenol? or whatever the walmart equivalent is? because I swear I popped 2 of them for my headache and had a slight buzz going. I’m not one to go out and get high on purpose, but some of these drugs mess with you. I’ve been taking tylenol since forever; this is not my first time using it. Again, in case I wasn’t clear, I was NOT trying to get high. So is it a bad batch, or is it just me?

And yes, I checked. the pills aren’t expired.