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What’s your name?

‘What’s your name?’ is one question that all of us have had to answer ever since we came to this earth. Everybody irrespective of caste, creed or class
gets a name as soon as they are born. It is obvious that it’s difficult to differentiate one from the other without the identification of a name. As such, sometimes or let me say, most of the times the over enthusiastic parents would have raked their brain cells and found an apt name (or they think so), for their yet to be born child.

I know, it’s difficult to visualize how your just born child would be when it grows up. Hence, when the the parents name their babies by a certain name, they are for sure hitting a target in darkness unless they have zeroed in on a normal sounding name. Most of the time it doesnt go awry but in some cases it does. It all depends on how vivid (wierd?) is the imagination of the parents. Some examples that come to my mind – of the ‘gone wrong cases’ are-a girl named Lata growing up to be an obese girl or a Meenakshi or Sunaina ending up with elephant eyes or not so pretty eyes. Somebody who doesn’t know the ABCD of music living with a name like Sangita or a totally dry and humourless person with a name like Vinod.  A girl named Shanti turning out to be everything but Shanth. For an ordinary looking child growing up with names like Sundar, Sundari or Roopa could prove to be demoralising.

An advertisement of Maggi noodles shows a school girl coming home depressed as her classmates at her new school are mocking at her because she is named Rajkumari by her parents. For maggi people it’s very simple–give her a bowl of maggi and she is happily smiling to her mother’s statement that special people have special names. But is it really that easy? Don’t we all know about Gogol, the hero of Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Name Sake’- the ordeal that he went through because of his name. I think people who have similar funny names totally agree on this point. One of our friends named their daughter Iti which, as far as I know, means’ the end’ and some say it means -‘this’.  I really wonder what made them name their beautiful girl like this!! In olden days people used to think that children are born because of God’s will and that it was not in their hands to control the number of children they can have. So in those days, in Karnataka, when the number of children went beyond a certain limit people used to name their girl child   Sakamma which literally means Enough.  Pl note that it was only for girls and I have not seen a boy named like that.  Not that naming like this helped in anyway for I’ve seen many more after the one named Sakamma:)  I don’t know if this was prevalent in other states also. And for couple who used to lose their new born babies for some reason or the other, the best solution seemed to be naming their child as Gundamma or Gundanna which actually means somebody who is as strong as a stone. Probably they hoped that by naming the child like this they can see the child survive and grow strong. Illogical and senseless definitely.

Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav (needs no introduction) named one of his daughters Misa as she was born on the day Smt Indira Gandhi introduced the Misa i.e.  Maintainance Of Internal Security Act and another of his daughters is named Kursi (chair)??  The reason given was that she was born at the time when he  occupied Bihar CM’s Kursi!!  What brilliant thinking, I must say 🙂  Looks like Mr Laloo didn’t want to invest time and energy in looking for names for his daughters. That’s why we have Misa and Kursi. Misa sounds ok for a name as long as one doesn’t know it’s an abbreviation of something. But  Kursi?? What must that girl’s plight be everytime her name is called out in the class room or elsewhere?  As a grown up she must be feeling like hiding somewhere thanks to the wierd thinking of her father.   But then, what’s Laloo’s fault when he’s spending his life with a wife named Rabdi Deevi who has sisters like Imarti Devi, Jalebi etc.  Too sweet to be ignored:)

South Indians are often made fun of, for their long names which include father’s name and name of the place they belong to, along with one’s own name. For example  Tumkur NarahariRao JagadishRao which is actually written as T N Jagadish Rao or just T N J Rao.  When the name is expanded in passport or pan card it becomes a real long name. People from other parts of India find it difficult to pronounce the South Indian names. Most of them don’t understand that South India is not only Tamil Nadu but there are three other states and one union territory and Tamil is not the language of whole of South India.

That’s about South Indian names. Now there are some nick names that I’ve come across  from the other side of India, mostly Punjabis, Bengalis and Sardars. If South Indian  names are  made fun of, there are these pet names or nicknames that most of us find funny (my due respects to the sentiments behind these nicknames). I have heard and seen people with nicknames like Happy, Joy,Prince,Shiny, Honey, Jolly, Mika,Harry, Lovely, Smiley, Silky etc.. Honey Singh, the singer is actually Hridesh Singh and another singer Mika ia Amrik Singh in actuality.  Film maker Harry Baweja is actually Harjaspal Baweja and not to forget Hard Kaur whose real name is Taran Kaur. I think people from these places must be having a fancy for English names:)  And then we have the Bengalis whose names are admiration worthy but nicknames are really really funny. Here are just some of them – Tuktuk, Tuktuki, Gulgul, Bhombol, Tumpa, Baapi, Babai, Bumba, Puchki, Mou, Khoka,Tutur, Piklu etc etc. I really have no idea if these have any meaning.

My own daughter’s nickname is Kunchi and when somebody asks me the meaning of Kunchi I really can’t give an explanation but my husband claims that it means a very small bird.  Her name is Chaitra and on hearing this pat comes the question ‘was she born in the month of Chaitra’, which happens to be the first month of Hindu calender. Our reply is ‘No, she was born in September” and I can see the question in their eyes – then why Chaitra – and we have no answer:)

Now the latest news is that Jonty Rhodes, the South African cricketer has named his new born baby ‘India’ !!   Just imagine we naming our child  America or Japan or Africa – it sounds so funny as well as strange. While naming a child every parent has to keep in mind that it should not cause an embarassment for the child in her/his school, college or anywhere outsides the four walls of their homes. So parents, think ten times before giving a name or nickname to your child keeping the future in mind.


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Crime, Crime Patrol And The Police

According to a news clip, a thief who stole some jewellery from a shop in London from right under the nose of the shopkeeper and  managed to leave without being caught, is far from celebrating his successful venture. The reason? He was reckless enough to leave his cell phone behind, that too, a phone that was flaunting his own photo as the screen saver.

In Kannada there’s a saying which goes something like this- kallana hendati endidru mundane – meaning, a thief’s wife is bound to be a widow someday. Let’s not take it literally. It generally means that a criminal’s wife cannot be happy or that she cannot expect him to be next to her always. It’s obvious that some day or the other a criminal is bound to get caught despite a carefully planned act.

If you are an Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle fan you will agree with me  in the above said thing. Their Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes always managed to catch on to the most surprising, minute and unsuspected clue to catch the culprits. We commoners would just keep guessing this one or that one to be the villain only to let out a Oh! No on reading the actual name. As a child I had read hundreds of Kannada detective novels written by N Narasimhaiah and later, some of the works of  Telugu writer Yandamury Virendranath, translated to kannada. For my age at that time Narasimhiah was the best detective writer and I really enjoyed reading his books. He’s supposed to have written over 500 detective novels in kannada and very rightly called the father of  Kannada detective novels. Later when I grew up a little and read Yandamury, Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie I discovered a whole new world. Whether it was Narasimhaiah or Doyle or Agatha, all of them made it clear to us that however smart or intelligent the criminal may be,  he always leaves a trail behind, of course detectable only by them and not you and me  🙂 In fact my daughter Chaitra calls me Sherlock Holmes because she thinks that nothing can escape my eyes, not even the minutest of details 🙂  She doesn’t know all mothers are Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirots when it comes to their children 🙂

This was about our school days when we didn’t have something called Television to eat into our play time and reading time. As TV came invading our lives and drawing rooms the reading habit has gone with the wind and when we talk of theft, murder or any crime in the Indian context today, the first thing that comes our mind is TV serial. No, no, not CID. Sorry, I’m not a fan of CID. I find it very childish and comical. What I’m talking about are serials like Crime Patrol and Savdhan India.  These two show stories which sometimes are really unbelievable that we have to remind ourselves that these are based on real life incidents in which the culprits are already behind the bars. Some people say that they don’t watch these because if they start watching them, then they will start suspecting each and everybody. But I say that it’s better to be in know of what’s happening outside the safety of the four walls of our house because ignorance is not always bliss. Danger can come from any direction or corner, in any form or disguise. So, why not be mentally prepared at least?

Hats off to these programmes people are now aware what kind of human beings are living in this world. Also these serials have been a kind of eye openers when it comes to the Police force. We always keep cribbing the police are useless, that they do not act on anything. Our movies have spoilt the image of police by showing them arriving only after the hero has beaten the villain and his group black and blue and rescued his heroine along with his mother 🙂 What nonsense! There are good and bad, useful and useless people in all professions and the police force is no exception. So, leave the bad police aside and look at what the good police is doing- is what I learnt after watching these crime based serials. Here, it’s really surprising to see how much of hard work the police does to solve crime mysteries, without leaving anything to doubt. Tracing phone call records, tracking them, crossing state borders in pursuit if criminals, the sincere khabaris, enquiring in the neighbourhood and talking to the relatives etc. Sometimes they have to face threats from politicians and influential rich people who are involved in the crime, directly or indirectly. I must say I’m very impressed.

In a country like India with its huge population crimes are bound to happen. The kind of crimes that I see on these programmes are spine chilling and horrifying. The worst thing is that they are all true stories. The dramatization is done beautifully and believably. It deals with different types of crimes – theft, robbery, fraud, kidnapping, murders, failed love affairs, extra marital affairs, property disputes… the list can go on and on endlessly. The actors, most of them, look like real police officers in their uniforms and mannerisms. Here, you will not find any police officer with his shirt buttons open, like they show in movies. They all look smart and crisp like true police officers specially the Crime Patrol ones. To top it all the anchors Anup Soni of Sony TV and Sushant Singh of Life OK are doing a very good job.

Last week they showed the repeat telecast of 16th December gang rape case on Sony TV and tears rolled down my eyes as I watched it. As we watch more and more of these serials, they not only makes our hearts bleed but  there is a lot to learn from each and every one of them. When the lesson learnt is good there’s no harm in it. But some bad elements of the society may take wrong lessons and inspirations which is unfortunate. The aim of Crime Patrol And Savdhan India is to alert and educate us on all possible crimes. If it happens the other way they are not responsible for that. After all, it’s up to one’s own self what one wants to absorb from the given lesson- to be a good citizen and be happy or be a criminal, leave behind some or the  other trail and end up behind the bars because getting caught is for sure, sooner or later. Make the right choice because as you sow, so shall you reap.  Never hold others responsible for it.

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