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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Whats in a name?


Well..i say everything....Let me give you some examples:

  • My periamma, whose actual name is saavithri,is affectionately called chaakku (which means gunny bag in tamil..)
  • My cousin, who has the wonderful name Kothandaraman, is affectionately called dhandam ( meaning waste/useless in tamil)
  • My other cousin who beacme a hindu purohit is called kudumi ( meaning pony tail.....)
  • Athimber, which is how sister's husband or aunt's husband is adressed is affectionately shortened to thamba(there is not such word in tamil.....)
  • The boy who was once rolly-polly and oh-so-cute was called bujji.....he grows up to look like sylvester stallone...imagine one day bujji's boss calls home only to hear his mom call him "bujji, call for you"

There was even an article in Hindu on the same topic.....on how names affect children and people in general.....
My mom wanted to name me "sundara kamakshi"....I am glad she didn't....

:)

19 comments:

Fathima said...

Hey, Sundu or Kaamu,
How r u?

Chaos said...

ewww....

monu said...

@fathima
who are they?

@sanjiv
what did you just now pop into you mouth?

Fathima said...

They r affetionate names of Sundara Kamakshi

monu said...

@fathima

sahikkala...
LOL

Vivhyd said...

1st time here.. nice blog and well names do affect ppl's lives.. no doubt about that.. I remember when in school.. depending on the alphabet ur name staerts used to affect the experiments we get etc.. u know with the roll numbers..

and many of our names (tamilian..) are really twisted.. and we do invent some wonderful pet names too...

AF said...

Very true the names they call at homes, sounds weird to others, but they are just out of affection and love.
My cousin is called chakka (short form for sakara (sugar)), i donot know how they derived the name.
One of my aunt is called "amma poonu"

Kaps said...

so what is your nickname?

johnny boy said...

Names, shape the career of a person.. :) Ask me how -> if ur name is the name next to the class ranker's, in alphabetical order, you will have a "BRIGHT" future....
If your name, happens to come between 2 ppl, who are just like you, 'govinda govindaa' :)
PS: All this are subject to the persons 'exam hall' talents, and the First rankers co-operation! :)

Vinesh said...

I know some people who have demeaning nicknames like "Puppy" and "Chinna Paappa" :-)

Manoj said...

@kaps

naan sollaraen naan sollaraen...sundara kamakshi :-))) oda nickname 'height'.

M.

monu said...

@vivhyd
thanks and keep visitng..i have experienced.....it also determines who are going to be your lab partners...
;)

monu said...

@af
i really pity your cousin who is called chakka
:))
i had a relative, who is called baby..she is now 60!

monu said...

@af
in school, i was called soda buddi!
in college, i was called height
at home, they call me vidhya
:)

monu said...

@johhnny boy
tell me about it!
i have experienced this...
in college, my namesake used to score well..was that y i managed some decent scores???
me wondering.........

monu said...

@vinesh
poor ones...even i have heard of puppy.....
but chinna paappa..too much!

monu said...

@manoj
unga nick name ennadhu??
:)

ioiio said...

Ippa kooda.. Gaaya'va aaya'nu koopdalaaam.. perukka panjam :)

monu said...

@ioiio
ithu konjam over!!!!
aaya va?
ada paavi!!!