A rose by any other name ..

Thus sayeth Shakespeare.

We don’t agree of course. We here refers to the legion of new parents who are going through the agony of picking a name for their very special newborn. Imagining somehow that this name will be the deciding factor for their future. Agonising over whether to go ethnic ( Sanskrit names are very popular these days), international ( Greek, Romanian, Italian, you name it), very local ( Gauri-like), or very practical ( names that people the world over can pronounce, a task virtually impossible).

When my daughter was born the choice of proposed names flew swiftly and smoothly – I ignored most of them. The variety of names could vie with Baskin-Robbins flavors. In fact some of them got dangerously close to food fantasies. For example, Tiramisu ( suggested by my husband and a deranged friend). I shuddered imagining the jibes my daughter would be subject to in the future. Then there were the names suggested by the grandfather – hearkening back to an era gone by. Names included “Tokapiaram” – the same deranged friend put the nail in the coffin on this one remarking that it sounded like a dhobi’s ( washerman) name. There were others that were highly religious names after the pantheons of Hindu Gods and goddesses.

We finally settled on the name Noyonika, meaning expressive eyes. Which is ironic, as she looks like she may resemble her Mom ( who has Oriental eyes, that are far from being expressive). We have to wait and watch.

Meanwhile, we call her Xunjoni at home. It is an Assamese name. It means Golden Girl. So far she has justified the name by being the reigning queen of our house.


4 thoughts on “A rose by any other name ..

  1. Arun May 3, 2007 / 12:06 pm

    Tiramisu is such a wonderful name!!

  2. Shahana May 3, 2007 / 2:25 pm

    I agree!
    It’s so cosmopolitan and easy to pronounce. Plus, nobody would ask her ‘So what does your name mean?’

    And birdbrain, it could just have been a complete name in itself – Tira Misu.

    And on forms – Ms (lastname)(firstname) – ‘Ms Misu Tira’, is so catchy …almost like a musical note from a hit song!

    And her boyfriends lives would have been so much easier as well – cooing “Tira, Mis(s)u “. Ooooo … that would have been so romantic!

    So you see, your husband and that
    *deranged* friend are actually visionaries, which, as history bears witness to, goes unappreciated.

    Phew! Some people!!

  3. Anamika May 9, 2007 / 3:16 pm

    hahah…notun ma, u have friends (and commenters) coming up with awesome ideas, and then some 🙂

    and i think both are lovely names. in fact xunjoni wins for being unique! i am saying it over and over in my head to hear the music, hoping i am pronouncing it right.

  4. psaint June 14, 2007 / 3:17 pm

    tiramisu is such a cool name. but so are noyonika. xunjoni sounds awesome too.

    aren’t you thankful for not sticking to begumbazar, banjara, hanamkonda that you were discussing while in hyd!!!

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