What I Learnt About Religion Growing Up With a Christian Father and Muslim Mother

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What I Learnt About Religion Growing Up With a Christian Father and Muslim Mother

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ften when I’m asked to introduce myself, I use my first name Tarana. Some people who are familiar with Urdu realise that Tarana is an Urdu word and assume that I’m a Muslim. When they ask me to confirm the same, I tell them my surname – Emmanuel. The confused look on their faces is always a pleasure to watch.

Born to a Muslim mother and a Christian father, I’m both Christian and Muslim. As much as I like to take pride in that, I don’t always get a very positive reaction from people with whom I share this. Most elder acquaintances that I meet from my communities (on both sides) seem to give me a judgemental look, as if pitying me for what my parents did. In fact, one doesn’t need to go too far to see the disdain that my parents experienced from their own families when they decided to tie the knot.

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