Spell My Name Right: The Irony of A Happy Muharram: A Review


Syed Amjad Ali tastefully remarks on the irony of the average Indian Muslim. And I am all for it.

As an Indian Muslim, growing up in a non-Muslim majority you know you are different. It is not a bad thing, per se, to be different. But it continues to be ever so amusing in my life. And perhaps, if the author is to be trusted, in every Muslim’s life.

Now, even though stereotypes might claim that the only thing Indian Muslims think about is biryanibombs and four wives. We are not that different. And Indian.

I think this book will go in my list of must read simply because it is highly educative about the life of Indian Muslims. And maybe, wipe off many of the stereotypes, which are usually, unintentional, more or less well-meaning can get a bit tiring.

It has been centuries since Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and other religions have co-existed amongst each other in India. I think it is not too much to ask that we learn about each other, and even, what irks the other, it will add to the peaceful co-existence.

I don’t think any average Indian wants to fight or war anything, religion included.

The USP of this book is that it educates in a humorous way, without going into heavy details of the faith. It is simply saying, that’s how I live, that’s how you do. And we can co-exist… If you spell my name right. 

Kudos to the author who writes about his own experiences and lays out some hardcore truths in a humorous way – which perhaps, opens up conversation towards understanding each other.