It is the start of the wedding season in Pakistan and fans are thrilled to pieces hearing the news about engagement and marriages of their celebrity idols. The latest to join this bandwagon of celebrities is Mira Sethi, actor and model daughter of Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin. The gorgeous actress announced her engagement with long time friend Bilal Siddiue in a loving post on social media. Never did she realize that she would become a victim of trollers on social media because of use of some innocent looking phrases in her post.
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In the spring of 2017, a tall, funny, curly-haired dude walked into my life. I’d known this curly-haired dude all my life — in the way you know your parents’ friends’ kids — but we’d never sought each other out. (Weirdly enough, Bilal and I overlapped at Oxford in 2008—he was doing his PhD, I was spending my junior year abroad. But we never looked each other up, never bumped into each other in that tiny cobbled town.) Almost a decade later, we met in Lahore on a warm February evening. We vaguely agreed to meet for dinner sometime. A few days later we were at Spice Bazaar, and it was suddenly cold again. Bilal asked what I’d been upto: he nodded across the table and asked gentle, probing questions. Lots of questions. In between licking mutton kunna gravy from my fingers, I found myself answering his questions with an openness and ease I hadn’t encountered in myself in a long time. Later, we sat in the garden of my house and played with Max. My brother joined us. The three of us talked. Bilal dug his hand inside Max’s mouth and pulled out a sharp branch. Max was all over him. A few days later Bilal lost his mother to pneumonia (she’d had Parkinsons for a decade), and it was a wrenching, difficult time. Bilal and I would text. Talk about light stuff. He used the heart emoji unselfconsciously, as a friend might. The conversations veered from TV shows to politics to “plan for the day?” The few times we met before he left for DC, he talked openly about his regrets and hopes and dreams. Sitting across from him in Cosa Nostra, this time not very hungry because my body was clenched with affection and interest, I listened. He was warm and funny and brilliant. That night, I curled up next to him and we watched a show on Netflix. The next year was a whirlwind. We travelled together to Lisbon, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York, Islamabad, Reno, San Francisco. We went to a festival in the desert and slept under the stars. We danced to really bad music. We biked across the desert at night, our cycles glowing with fairylights. Bilal biked ahead so I could follow him. *continued in comments*
A plethora of memes, Gif’s, and emojis has been filling up social media feeds ever since Mira made us of the following phrases. Tum thik to ho? Tumhe thand to nahi lag rahi? This reveals the kind of fun fans want to have at the expense of their idols. Mira used the phrases while writing her love story in an Instagram post. If one reads the long and interesting love story, he finds that Mira had inadvertently used these phrases and her story read like that of a cute and innocent girl falling in love with a long time friend.
Okay I’m gonna come out and thank Mira Sethi for subtly admitting to ‘Netflix and chill’, for talking about love in the toxicity that is social media, but most of all for giving us ‘theek ho, thand toh nahi lag rahi?’ This winter, text it to everyone you love, imagine it (cont’d) https://t.co/K30cPpEZf0
— Maham Javaid (@JMaham) November 21, 2018
Mira’s Instagram post arrived on Monday and crazy fans picked up only these two phrases to start trolling her. Now, after 5 days, Mira has finally broken her silence and given a balanced and very gentle reply to her trollers. She has made it clear that she has noticed all the memes and Gif’s and she has loved reading them all.
I’ve loved all the memes, GIFs, the laughter, the affectionate eye-rolling — big love ♥️❄️♥️❄️♥️❄️ https://t.co/dcEncDxSeG
— Mira Sethi (@sethimirajee) November 22, 2018