Why I am not a nice girl

There were four Asian girls in my class at secondary school, but I was far and away the loudest and most exhibitionist. So when our class put on a play about the Mughal Empire (an ancient empire in South Asia), I was chosen to play the Emperor Akbar.

I remember sitting on a throne (aka a chair), and six other girls sitting cross-legged at my feet, pretending to be my wives. Our adviser on all things Mughal was a teacher called Mrs Chopra, who studied the scene and announced, ‘Akbar needs a hookah!’


[A hookah pipe, used for smoking shisha.]

Never one to miss an opportunity for a joke, I quipped ‘But Mrs Chopra, I already have six wives!’

Our stern teacher Miss Buckley rounded upon me with a fearsome glare, and replied ‘Ariane, I thought you were a nice girl. You are not a nice girl!’

If I ever write a memoir, Not a Nice Girl will be the title.

Ariane1991[Me, aged 11. Not so nice, apparently.]

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12 thoughts on “Why I am not a nice girl”

  1. All I can think of now is Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars. You don’t look like him though, thankfully.

  2. Well, even four wives cannot provide everything. Sometimes you need a professional.

    By the way, I love scampi and chips. With beer. So you are no longer vegetarian?

  3. As a timid child in Junior School required to play an imperious King commanding a jailor to free someone from imprisonment I quietly mumbled something like “Hello, erm… er.. do you think it would be alright if you could let him out, please?” and the ‘jailor’ replied “Yeah, alright”.

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