Hailing from Jharkhand, Thrissur sub collector reveals how she became a ‘Malayali’
Thrissur: ‘I prefer to be a Malayali as long as I work here,’ said Thrissur sub collector Afsana Parveen hailing from Jharkhand. She arrived for the Onam celebrations at the collectorate with jasmine flowers on her hair.
Sub collector said that she still remembers the taste of Onam feast she had from Thiruvananthapuram. She has already started liking the Kerala cuisine including ‘Idiyappam’, ‘Puttu’ and ‘Kanji’. She is married to Malappuram collector Jafar Malik.
When her colleagues arrived wearing Kerala style dresses, the sub collector was wearing a churidar. She joined as Thrissur sub collector on August 24. She was earlier serving as CPMU director in Thiruvananthapuram.
“Onam celebration is really amazing. Everyone regardless of religion celebrates this festival. There are no such grand festivals in Jharkhand. I have visited many states including Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. But compared to Kerala, other states are yet to go forward,” Afsana said.
“Though we have rice in Jharkhand also, the preparation is slightly different. Major similarity is that people of Kerala and Jharkhand have rice for lunch. At night, we eat roti while you have rice porridge. Now I have started liking it too,” she said.
The sub collector said that she learned to read and write Malayalam, but cannot speak fluently. The geographical structure of both states also are different. She added that she could see a sea for the first time from here.
Afsana is married to Malappuram Collector Jafar Malik who hails from Rajasthan. The couple has a son – one-year-old Aman Malik. As her husband is busy after the Kavalappara disaster, they are less likely to celebrate Onam together.