Worst Part of your Experience
Mahi: So the location of the show was a bit...hard to find. I put in the address in my phone and it took me to a closed door. Fariha and I were very confused. we checked the address again and Fariha thought the show was actually on E. 26th street.
So we started running. When we were almost to E. 26th, Fariha said, “Wait, no! It’s on E. 4th street”.
So we ran back.
It was cold. I was tired. I had just ate.
And I was forced to run about a mile-ish?
[Fariha’s Note: In all fairness, you did say you wanted to run more so I helped you indirectly. That is a great friend right there!]
I was not a happy camper. Thankfully, we found the theater (across the street from the closed door). We walked in about ten minutes in, but it wasn’t hard to catch up.
Fariha: I guess God was punishing me for not going to the gym that day because Mahi and I couldn’t find the theater so we ran to another theater. As we are running, I can hear Mahi screaming: “I hate you. I HATE YOU.”
[Mahi’s Note: I hate you]
It looked like we got in a fight and she was chasing me. Because of my stupidity, I now owe her a cookie, but on the bright side, I did burn some calories!
Most Relatable Part of the Show
Fariha: When Nadia talked about her parents, I understood and felt every word she said. My mom can be overbearingly religious to the point it pushes me away from Islam. My dad is more relaxed and wants me to do what I like. I loved how her mom called her after she had a bad dream because that is something that my mom would do.
Mahi: There were so many parts of this show that stuck out to me.
When she told her cousin she was English, and her cousin replied that she would never be. Growing up in America, I feel more American than Pakistani myself. But I guess throughout... life I suppose, I am constantly reminded that I could never truly be American. But I don’t think I’ll ever truly be Pakistani either. It’s this terrible middle I’m stuck in, the middle that Nadia was in throughout the entire show. That was the most relatable.
There were other tiny relatable things: my parents always telling me I should cover up, my mother having cancer (in this part of the play I cried), and my brother being a twat.
However there was one thing I could not relate to, and I’m so glad I can’t. When Nadia brought up getting an education her parents dismissed it and said she just needed to be a good wife.
My parents are the complete opposite. They give no shits about me getting married or having kids, they always told me my main priority was to get educated, get a job, and be financially independent.
Most Surprising Part of the Show
Fariha: The ending. I can’t get over how open-ended that ending was. Did she leave her religion AND her family?
[Mahi’s note: OKAY SEE. But I wonder...did she leave her religion or just the culture? I think she left the culture more than the religion]
I came to the conclusion she left her family because it was becoming too much for her. I’m just… shocked that she could do that. Mahi and I talked about this and we both agree: how is it that she left her family? Because I come from such a close-knit family, it’s hard for me to see that. Her family did pressure her a lot so I can actually see why she did what she did. However, that ending is still mind-blowing and I really did love that part.
Mahi: THE ENDING!!! It left me with so many questions but answered a lot too. Throughout the show I was wondering how this woman was putting on a show (that was basically an autobiography) that made fun of her culture? Her leaving her family in the end sort of answered that. They’re not in contact anymore. But it also evoked a lot of other questions. Did she ever talk to them again? Is her brother still an idiot? Did she ever get married to Brandon? How is she now on religion? GAH. I wanted to talk to her after the show.
Awkwardest Part of the show
Fariha: I felt like I was watching two shows: Nadia's show and the couple-making-out-HARDCORE show. During the most intense part of the show, this couple was making out and cuddling. The lady behind them was trying to see the stage (poor woman) and was so annoyed. I wanted to throw them a set of keys to a room!
Mahi: I think the most awkward was the cousin’s marrying each other. I find it weird. So weird. It makes me uncomfortable. She said that 55% of British Paki’s get married to their first cousins. I know it happens. It used to happen in my family a few generations ago too. I know some people in my family who are married but used to be cousins. But I still find it so odd. So that was a bit awkward.
Little things you noticed
Mahi: One of the things I noticed right away was the parts of the play in Urdu. I speak Urdu, so I understood everything. But I kept wondering how the people around me interpreted.
Another thing I noticed was how pretty Nadia was. It just really stuck out. She was gorgeous.
Another thing I noticed was how incredibly uncomfortable the seats were. I had to re-position myself about twelve (or fifty) times because my butt was so sore.
And, last thing, while I was crying someone was snoring. Jackass.
[Fariha’s Note: That person who you thought was snoring was the COUPLE!! The dude was pretending to snore so his girlfriend could caress him. Jackass, indeed]
Fariha: There were two things I noticed: Nadia’s beauty and this woman’s annoying laughters. Nadia is STUNNING. She didn’t look Pakistani to me, more Arabian.
[Mahi Note: Some pakistani people have a more persian decent, I think the Manzoor’s are one of them. It explains why she looks more Arabic than Paki]
Aside from that, I REALLY noticed this woman’s annoying laughter. She had the same laugh as Nicki Minaj’s laughter in Anaconda and yes, I will get nightmares for three days straight.