I have a very common name, but it has a unique spelling. So whenever someone finds out what my name is, they either tell me that it’s Australian, Irish or American. Well, to be honest, I have no idea!
When I attended the International Summer School in Oslo last summer, I met a few friends from Pakistan. It happened one day, they were kinda talking (5 or 6 of them) in a circle. I kinda squeezed myself in and exchanged the usual pleasantries with them. Then of course the usual what’s your name question came. I told them I’m Shiella from the Philippines!
At that moment, Umar (one of the guys), said “Sheila Ki Jawaani“! I was like, no! He insisted, saying I am that girl. Of course he was joking and the other Pakistani guys started laughing. Then he told me that there is a very popular song in India and Pakistan titled “Sheila Ki Jawaani“. He’s right of course, and here’s the video to prove that:
That started my very nice friendship with the guys from Pakistan and those from India, too. Whenever they see me, they’d sing and I would sing with them, even try to dance. I wish I am as hot as the singer in that song, though! But I like it that there’s a song about me, well about my name at least, in that part of the world. It will definitely remind them of their Filipina friend named Shiella.
I am dedicating this post to my friends in Pakistan and India! Thank you for sharing your music and friendship with me.