What the hell is mutton anyway? Coming from Bangladesh I always heard the word mutton and imagined a funny looking cow or perhaps a skinny sheep that didn’t taste as good as goat. When I first moved to Victoria Heights, lamb meat had a funny smell too and I grimaced much like a Westerner might if exposed to shutki- dried fish. But now I understand the meaning of mutton dressed up as lamb. It makes me angry when I go into Baba’s Biryani House and he feeds me biryani with mutton- it tastes horrible and is a rip off. It’s like getting carp fish and being told it’s exactly like hilsha fish. It’s not- it tastes OK, but kind of bland like baked potato. Mutton is the poor man’s lamb and I didn’t migrate to eat like a poor man. P.S Nor will I eat like a poor woman.
My husband was very angry about Uber recently. He is losing business from his taxi work. I looked at it on my phone and I enjoyed imagining all these housewives and international students driving around their Toyota Camry’s and Hyundais. But I really got angry when he said perhaps I should consider driving Uber to bring in some extra money. Me, drive people around for money?! Unbelievable. Me, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and tertiary educated at the prestigious Upside Down University in Dhaka. I don’t even have my license. Yes, I know I should have it by now, but I get so nervous when those truck come near me and God forbid, being asked to reverse park. I think his dreams of me driving an Uber are years away.
I decided to wax my legs. Even though my husband doesn’t seem to care and I wear long pants like shalwar or saris- so nobody can see my legs anyway. But I’m trying to be more Western and it makes me feel more like a woman, having sleek, smooth legs. But the problem is now that it makes me itchy. Last week I was in Friday prayer at the mosque and I couldn’t stop itching while the imam was giving his sermon. It was really shameful. This week I will have to rub a stop itch cream so I can do namaj without having scratch my legs like I have some disease. Do white women have this problem too? I think I will just regrow my hair and not bother again.