Thursday, January 21, 2010
My Name is BOND.....
How many of you are happy with your name? Would I get a decent count? Hmmmm.....I guess not many. I have always felt my mom could have named me with something "nice".
And this "nice" is what one likes...for some weird reason. You really don't know, but you have few favorites and wished you had this name.
There are reasons for people to feel embarrassed about their names. Awkward names....I had this classmate in my engineering whose name was "ANAL shah". Poor Anal....:-P
There are few names which lifts your spirits. A boy from my school had this name - "Bright Joy". Wow!! how much more optimism do you need? I also know a guy whose name is "Happy Mon(mone in Malayalam) and his brother "Nice Mon" :-D Such names brings happiness.
There are few other gender independent names. You cant figure out if it belongs to a guy or a girl. "Apoorva", "Kiran", "Vachan". It puts both parties in embarrassment. "Hello Mr Apoorva, how may I help you? " - only to hear a female's voice!!!
And yes!! I have come across people who have 3-4 names. But why?
Hey Sid, please send me your resume.
Sid, you have sent someone else' by name Rajesh!
But its my resume, my official name is Rajesh.
OK, what other names do you have?
My friends call me Ranjit, my official name is Rajesh, my mom calls me Siddharth and my colleagues at work call me Sid.......
What do you think about these names - "Min-Y", "Pin-I-Pai", "Ben-Hsu", "Khoa"........these are all South East Asian names. You would die trying to pronounce then correctly; without offending the owner of these names.
Awwww....the surnames. Surnames originate from caste, family names, native towns. People from southern part of India generally have initials instead of surnames. Most of them do. The initials are generally the first letter of father's name. While filling in promotion report for Bright Joy, one of my teachers gave him tough time asking him awkward questions as to why he didn't have an initial. He was fruitlessly trying to explain that his father's name was "Joy"!! But to no avail.
And few surnames are rather best forgotten. No "Godse" would want to name his son "Nathuram". Or how about a "Mittal" in your surname. You would be constantly tired of denying that you don't relate to Laxmi Mittal in any ways. But you do end up feeling good about being asked if you relate to Ambani or Mittal or Mahindra!!
Few of them would want to name their kids after celebrities, so a remote village in southern India would have girls named as "Aishwarya Rai" and a boy would be named "Amitabh Bachan"
Talking of celebrities, why do they end up naming their kids as weird as possible? "Apple"?....Next what? "Cucumber"?
My name is a two syllable word. Many people ask me "That's it?" Huh!! Yes, that is it. Did it end before it began? Not my problem, ask my mom. I was called by various names, before she had her way. Ladies have the final say. But my surname is so long that it crosses the character limit in visa application forms :-(
It is a concatenation of my father's and my grandfather's name. I was cross verified at JFK Airport as my surname was chopped off by that computer which generated my E-Ticket. It was scary to be cross verified; I was already late for the flight!!
Few people call me BONDS. Here is the story behind it. We friends went to a bowling alley. Each one was trying to help the guy feed the names so that we could start playing. My friends were so excited that each one spelled out my name and what the guy who was typing understood was BONDY.
BONDY became BONDS. Few of my friends call me BONDS.
My name is BOND :-)