TAHSEEN and Behnaz Ali gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Tuesday, but so far they have not been able to settle on a name.

The new parents are digging their heels in but have assured The Observer they will make the big decision by tonight.

Tahseen wants to name his son Tafseer which would follow a family tradition of giving children names that start with the letter T.

"I always wanted a name that starts with T like me…[but] the name is special and basically means 'if you want to know the story behind the holy book'," Tahseen said.

But Behnaz is not giving in so easily and after giving birth by caesarean wants to name her son Arziyan which means "wish" or "request".

"We have been trying to find a compromise but we have been joking about it as well," Mr Ali said.

"As long as it starts with a T I don't care."

Mr Ali said regardless of what name they choose for their son, he will call him Bajan which can mean "son" or "dad" and is used as a nickname as well as a sign of fatherly affection.

"Bajan is a Bengali word and it isn't really a modern day word," Mr Ali said.

"It's an ancient word and we will use it as a traditional and cultural name."

With an eye to keeping things traditional Tahseen and Behnaz kept the sex of their baby a surprise.

"It was tempting because we were always around an ultrasound but we controlled ourselves," Mr Ali said.

Mr Ali does not want to put any pressure on his son and said as long as his son is a good person that helps the poor, he can choose whatever profession he wants.



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