On March 8, amid all the buzz about International Women’s Day on Twitter, former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardena received a rather unusual message.
Hindi speakers can see why wishing Jayawardena on Women’s Day can oddly, but hilariously, make sense. After all, ‘Mahela’ can be read as ‘mahila’, which is the Hindi word for a ‘woman.’
‘Mahela’,‘Mahila’: There’s A Difference
Jayawardena, although a tad confused, went with the flow and responded back with this.
You should know the difference of Mahela and Mahila? 😳 https://t.co/bw6SFCK3ih— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 8, 2017
And followed it up with a rather magnanimous message.
But the Twitterverse couldn’t help but have a good laugh at the mix-up.
@ManishUnknown Give my regards to your daddy..Happy womens day..!! 😉😉— Nipun Nilakshana (@nipuw96) March 8, 2017
Indians Apologise to the Legend
Others, mostly Indian fans of Jayawardena, were for some reason apologetic on behalf of user. Is it really so insulting to be wished a happy Women’s Day with a play on words? You tell us.
@ManishUnknown plz delete this tweet don't disrespect a legend and bring down the image of Indian fans— Ajju (@Huss_Master) March 8, 2017