By Maj Gen (R) Parvez Akmal (42nd PMA)
One of my friends sent me the following hilarious yet true anecdote:-
“An Indian guy from south named “Anantharaman Subbaraman Handimaan” arrived at the JFK airport New York and ended up waiting for his immigration formalities for about 2 hours for his name to be called. He got fed up and went to them and asked why they haven’t called his name yet.
They got angry and said that they have been calling him for the last 2 hours where the hell was he?
They have been calling his name as “Anotherman Superman Handiman”.
Whilst having a good laugh at the plight of this guy at New York for name alone, I recalled mine from early 1980s when I was on secondment to Saudi Arabia and posted as consulting engineer at Tabuk Air Base. Our office superintendent simply wouldn’t accept any thing less than three names; first, middle and surname. From my father’s name, therefore, he picked up ‘Chaudhary’ as suffix with ‘Parvez Akmal’.
So far so good, but for the problem that Arabic alphabet has neither ‘pay’ (P) nor ‘Chay’ (Ch). When giving us our airbase ID cards very respectfully the following day, the superintendent called my name —- “Raed (Major) BARVEZ AKMAL SHOODARY” ! I wisely joined the bursts of laughter from my Pakistani colleagues, to save my name alone.
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