I grew up being called Eva, which is my middle name. I never really introduced myself using my middle name in my professional and academic career. In Bangla, the middle name is known as a “daak naam”. A name given by your family that is personal.
I also have not written in Bengali since I was 7 years old. After I came to US, it lacked attention, due to the immense amount of English I had to begin learning. Now, trying to write in Bangla almost feels like art, instead of writing. While practicing this letter, I appreciated the way the lines curved and connected.