Sunday, 17 April 2011, 09:20 GMT
The Kurdish Globe
By Sazan M. Mandalawi
"You know you are a Kurd when..."
Kurdish people have some of the most beautiful qualities and personality traits. However, like any other nation, we have our little character bloopers.
My network of friends on Twitter were hyped up this week writing (or hash-keying) "You know you are a Kurd when"... I am compiling a list of the Kurdish traits they came up with -- with a degree of brief analysis. If you are a Kurd, see how many of these you can check off. Just how Kurdish are you?
Trait number one, as one person wrote: "You know you're a Kurd when you spend two hours arguing why Kirkuk belongs to Kurds and end up missing your lecture."
Trait number two: You definitely know you are a Kurd if you count $100 as yak waraka and $10,000 as yak daftar --- referring to $100 as one paper and $10,000 as one notebook. All the investment that is coming into the region, soon we will hear yak kteb -- one book -- referring to $100,000.
How are you doing so far? Let's continue with our list. You know you're a Kurd when your mother stops at a random house to pick up vine leaves; when goodbye turns into a long conversation at the front door; when you interpret an appointment at 6:30 as being at 7:15; when you find a new cousin every now and then; when you picnic on any random piece of grass anywhere; or when your father watches a heard of sheep and a shepherd walking on a mountaintop on TV.
You also know that you're a Kurd when you have uncles who suffer from high cholesterol levels yet their favorite food remains Sar u Peh (sheep's head).
You know you're a Kurd when your questions are actually comments, and it takes an entire essay of commenting before you get to an actual question. In defense of this trait, even though it is true, you must take into consideration that we are nation that wants to talk, there is a lot inside that we want to express. Previously, we didn't have the chance to express our thoughts and opinions, now that we do -- we make the most of it! So it is our right to have this trait. Why should we be silent? (I must admit, it does get irritating sometimes.)
Another trait: "When taxi drivers talk about politics like they're political scientists." Now here is the point, in Kurdistan, everyone is a biased political analyst. It's the environment that we have grown up in. Believe me, those taxi drivers are a good source of information if you want to gather quotes for an article, especially those analyzing the political situation in the Region.
"You know you're a Kurd when you are on a plane and everyone applauds and cheers when it lands." Historically, in our own land, on our own soil, we didn't feel secure, so when we land safely after traveling in the sky, well that is worthy of celebration! Why not?
"When you have all the blockbuster movies on theater charts around the world on CDs in your own home." This is a funny one. As justification, we don't have movie theaters yet in Erbil, so we have the right to view what others around the world are seeing -- in the luxury of our own home.
"You know you're a Kurd when your parents see the only reasonable career path as law, medicine or engineering." We like titles, Dr. X, Lawyer Y and Engineer Z. Simple.
"You know you're a Kurd when you are a male and hate dolma [Yapragh], or you're a female and love dolma, Women are from Dolmarius and men are from Kababoriu."
On the same note, another Tweet read: "You know that you're a Kurd when you are hungry you think of dolma, kabob or kousy." The same person also wrote: You know you're a Kurd when you come back from Kurdistan you have put on 14 pounds from all the invitations you accepted." This just shows we are a nation where hospitality means everything.
When it comes to the bottom line, although some of our "embarrassing" traits make us laugh, they're a reflection of the deeper loyal qualities that Kurds have.
I know for sure if any of my previous lecturers read this, they'd say the arguments are weak and need stronger supporting statements. However, just so I am not accused of plagiarism, the source of citation comes from Twitter at: youknowyourakurd.