So This was like an ordinary summer day but its seems like half of the London citizens have been replaced with tourists . I am heading towards tottenham court road to go PC world for an Norton virus CD and hopped on the bus but was enjoying the comfortable seat to notice that i missed my stop like 30 mins ago - so i got off and headed to cross the street and read the info on another random bus stop so i could get back . I noticed when i was walking towards the bus stop that a big bunch of European family was at the stop too. I didn't take any notice - i figured just some tourists lost or something . Then one member of the family - i assume its the father approaches me ands says .
Man: " excuse me. Can you take picture "? - in a strong accent
Me : " Yes okay "
Okay listen - when this dude gave me this request - i assume something like holding their camera But...
Suddenly the dude stands next to me and puts his arms round me - in my mind i am thinking " what the heck " and then i start babbling ....
Me: excuse me ...what are you doing .?!? I can't have any contact with men . i am Muslim... I am confused .. what are you doing ? Take your hands off my shoulder..... why are you taking a picture of me ?"
I swear the dude and the wife holding the camera was ignoring me whilst i was ranting and took the picture of us anyways . After the snap shot .. I go
Me : What are you doing and why ? ..
Wife and Man: ...............
Me: Have you never seen someone like me ?
My mind: I mean seeing a Somali hijabi is not the most unusual thing to see in London - actually the opposite.
Me: " Where are you from ?"
Man and wife: Romania
My mind : " no wonder .. but still "
For like a minute i was contemplating what happened to me and watching their blank faces - (they r confused to why i questioned it LOL ) when the bus came - i thought i ani't got time and hopped on.
Then as i was in the bus - i was reflecting at the situation and what the aftermaths would be - then i remembered the picture of me that they showed me - I laughed - It was me- screwing my face like in disgust and looking at the mans hands on my shoulder . LOL XD i am really wondering what in the world are they going to do with that picture . Dunno probably going in the Romania 's funny moments competition - or i probably got loads of fans in Romania and i am the next voted president LOL - the lists are endless .
The story don't stop there - As i was walking towards PC world on an empty pavement - I didn't notice that a chav passing me - shouted racist slurs at me - actually it wasn't even shouted it was more like a whisper coz i only manage to catch a word from his dumb grunts . I literally laffed it off and told him to get lost - what a coward that he didn't turn back to approach me .
So when i came home - I told my sisters about the picture incident and they cracked up . But i was still thinking - should i have been defensive and assumed they were taking the mick or was this people really ignorant of other people that don't share the same looks and religion as them ?! - Oh well too late for that - but i really was shown that there are people whom are maybe intrigued by your difference and those whom hate it !
But Life goes on and I will still remain TripleA : the ordinary hijabi trying to make her mark in this world ! (- might already done it in Romania or not ) : )
a lil animated picture of how i felt at the pic moment !