Wonder if Einstein was named Newton and Newton was named Einstein, today we would have known of the Einstein’s laws of motion and Newton’s Theory of Relativity. Sounds odd! Isn’t it? 😀
Name is our identity and not just that, it is who we are – in some way or the other. Not all Amit, Abhishek, Shalini, Shweta, Gurpreet are alike. But somewhere there is an effect of our name on us. My brother Siddhartha, doesn’t want any material pleasures in life – clothes, shoes, vacation nothing excites him! Narmada – a friend,is like the river, flows in the opposite direction and does things differently. Another friend, Shalini, is so modest that even modesty would feel shy. Not just that, her husband Dheeraj is super patient and calm. My husband Vikas talks of nothing but growth – be it career or stocks 😀
Not just that, names can be confusing too – By just these names it’s always hard for me to address unless I talk – Manju, Kiran, Suman, Bobby, Shashi, Jyoti, Ashwini and the list can go on. I know of two Sumans – a guy and a girl and they both are so different! Yet, their name makes them who they are – Suman, the girl is vivacious and the guy Suman, is very understanding and a pleasing personality. Both living up to the meaning of their names – a flower!
My name is Parul – and as a kid I always wanted to know why Parul? It is a Bengali name and I am not. My parents shared these two versions:
- Parul was the daughter of a King and going by Bengali folk tales, she was the only sister to seven brothers. She was the strongest of the family and led her family through all sorts of struggles. My parents wanted me to be a strong girl. May be they meant – somebody who could speak her mind, be courageous and take challenges head on.
- Parul is also the name of a rare white flower that grows somewhere up on the hills. It blooms once in several years and its fragrance surrounds the hill. May be they wanted me to do my best in what all I take up.
I don’t know if I am living up to my name but I still love my name. My name is my identity and I am proud of it! 🙂 Funny as it may sound – couple of folks call me Payroll at work!
We all have folks around who have names like James Bond Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan. Super difficult to shout out – Hey! Salman Khan, are we meeting today? How strange that every Thomas is Tom and every Robert is Bob!
What’s in a name after all??
P.S : This post was written as a part of Edition 6 IndiSpire #WhatsInAName.
Also tagging this to The Daily Post – Say Your Name Prompt.