I showed my Dad my new blog, and here is the ensuing conversation:
Dad: “So is Laziza Bites a copy of Nigella Bites?”
me: “Uh, how do you know about Nigella Bites?? and no, it’s not a copy per se, it’s my own twist on Laziza/Laviza”
Dad: “How do you know that Laziza means tasty? You don’t speak Urdu”
me: “I have my sources!”
Dad: “Well, it’s a good thing your Mom changed your name to Laviza. Remember, that was not your original name…”
me: “Oh yeah!! I was named Shahana at birth!! Do you still have my birth certificate that says Shahana Sheikh?? Ugh, that name does not suit me at all”
Dad: “Yes we have it!”
me: “But then where is the change in name certificate?
Dad: “I don’t know”
me: “so am I really still Shahana?? who am I?? Ok, no one has to know.”
….except for the followers of my blog now!!