How I got to be called SheenMeem? The dear inventor in this case is my elder brother whom I call Lala. He took the first letter from my actual name which is Sheen (ش) in Urdu language and S in English, and the last letter in my name which is Meem (م) in Urdu and M in English. He put them together. He likes to draw out both the words as in Urdu.
Whenever Lala visits me and I am not found outside on the lawn, near the entrance to the house or in the garage, (all these places normally I am not found there) he calls She…e…e….n Me…e……e..m He keeps calling till I materialize in front of him. By this time he is red in face and getting angrier by the minute, as to why I am not there when his Lordship deigned to visit me.
I try to explain, “I didn’t know you were going to be here,” but to no avail. He deems that I should have some extra sensory cells concerning him, to find out his untimely arrival at my place. Maybe I am saying my prayers or upstairs (takes time to trip down) or in the bathroom. All these explanations, he brushes them aside.
He should phone me, shouldn’t he? He doesn’t normally but once in a while when he does, (wonders of wonders) he doesn’t come at the specified time. I do get annoyed with him but I try to put up with him. You see he is my only brother alive, the other two died.
There, the doorbell is ringing. I better hurry and answer the door first, maybe there is Lala on the other side.