When the idea of Roti n Rice was first mooted four years ago, I was a newbie in cyber space. Privacy was a big concern and I needed a comfort zone to venture into the unknown. I became Biren (pronounced as “Bee Ren”), a pseudonym derived from my real name. As time went by, visitors and friends of Roti n Rice became familiar with Biren. Even personal friends would sometimes call me by that name. I grew attached to the name Biren and she became a part of me. In many ways she will always be a part of me.
Biren has had many good adventures on-line. To start with people of different nations perceived the name through the lens of their own cultures. Among the Indians, Biren is a masculine name describing a warrior (which of course I am not as I cannot even swat a fly. ) Most Westerners tended to pronounce the name as Byron which unfortunately is also masculine. Biren as it was conceived has its roots in a pun in Fujianese and Japanese words. So I am neither a warrior nor a poet, just a foodie armed with a camera.
As this blog grew into a website with contractual dealings, the need for me to use my proper name increased. Biren has served me well all these years but now it is time to let her go. I will miss her and I am sure some of you will too.
So, this is Biren’s Goodbye Hello. Now, let’s take it from the top…..