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Friday, July 17, 2015

Bits & Pieces 5

The Name Game

I have quite often come across children with strange names that look as if taken out of some ancient or pagan language. This trend, I feel, is on a steady rise- more and more parents, esp in the younger generation are naming their kids with all sorts of unique names that seem Greek to most of the people. An acquaintance of mine named her daughter ‘Aneiya’ just because she thought it looked different. Even though she was clueless about the meaning of this word, she was happy as it sounded ‘you know very mod types’, she told me with a grin. I have come across strange sounding names like ‘Czarina’, ‘Imariya’, ‘Kieryna’, ‘Amieria’ and the like. The desire to stand out of the crowd and to look different has led us to focus only on the style factor and ignore the meaning of the name that a child will carry all his/her life. Someone named his son ‘Shankit’ that means ‘always in doubt’ (shanka- doubt) and another one ‘Gorky’ after the famous Russian writer Maxim Gorky (of ‘Mother’ fame). This word ‘Gorky’ literally means ‘bitter’ in Russian and it was a pen name the author had adopted to support the Labor Movement in Russia. To make the matters worse, some celebs have given strange name to their children that are often copied by the public. Such names like ‘Apple’, ‘Majesty’ and many more rather can make you feel lucky and thankful to your parents! My name is a Sanskrit word that means ‘inscribed’. Thank you mummy!
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Data Display!

The worst display can be, I think, the display of knowledge. Nothing can be more annoying than a self-boisterous gadfly hell bent on making you feel like an illiterate fool. Then there are certain people whose personal life is entirely detached from all the spiritual things they keep talking about. They are, in their very hearts, deeply envious, greedy and insecure and are often in a ‘defensive mode’ that is not letting the other person point out any flaw in whatever they state. Always ready to argue over things as petty as a spelling, a name or anything and always pouring out whatever they know at any available instant, they end up making complete fools of themselves and gathering contempt of others. Also, in most of the cases, their ‘knowledge’ that is always on display (often out of context), is merely a collection of facts and figures crammed from newspaper and magazines with little thought and novelty of perspective. Socrates rightly said ‘the biggest knowledge is to know that you know nothing’ How true!
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A Pattern Surfaces

There is a chain that links a few things together and creates a pattern that is rather worrisome and ugly. Trends like-
  • Steep rise in road rage incidents and
  • In animal cruelty
  • In sales of violent video games
  • In sale of cheap and erotic literature
  • In soft-pornish dating shows on TV
  • In high divorce rates and
  • In porn search on internet

Taken in a totality, it points out that we are achieving freedom but at the cost of mental stress and loneliness. Animal tendencies are rising and people now openly fight for paltry properties and gold, openly abuse teachers and elders and display their desperate urges as if flaunting a medal. This entire scenario cries out that we need to go back to our roots, spirituality and nature to balance technology with socialization and brotherhood. I think everything that goes up and reaches its peak is often destroyed of its own excess.
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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful post.. you have observed such basic things that go on in the society.. especially with the name.. Me too come across so many weird names.. I find it so difficult to remember them.

    Cheers

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    1. Hi Geets

      Thanks a lot! yes, such names are very common these days. I am really glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  2. Some parents tend to choose really weird names for their kids. And then the kids have to suffer. :)

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    1. Hi Katrin

      yes, kids become butt of jokes or objects of unwanted attention :)

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  3. Interesting thoughts about the origin of names. I have come across so many, and virtually lost count really. Greetings!

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    1. Hi Blogoratti

      Thanks a lot! I am really glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  4. Nice Observation. Some names are so weird and the kids become butt of jokes. Not only girls but boys also. For example, in Tamil Nadu, Gopu and Gopi are very common names for boys. In USA, in schools, those kids are ridiculed by fellow students. GoPooh and GoPea,

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    1. Hi SG

      Thanks a lot! seriously!
      heheh!

      I am happy you enjoyed the post :)

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  5. I loved the compilation... Regarding the names, I also feel the same... Its so sad to see our generation giving audacious names to their children...

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    1. Hi Loco

      Thanks a lot! yes, I agree :)

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  6. Great post. I have come across many such names myself but I will admit when and if I have kids I will search for a unique name which has some meaning :P

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    1. Hi Harini

      Thanks a lot! I am happy you enjoyed the post! yes, please do :)

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  7. Super observations. Especially on the trends. We need to be so worried right now!

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    1. Hi Preeti

      Thanks a lot! yes, true :)

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  8. Nice post. Interesting observations. I agree with the name part....I think post globalization Indians have become very fond of foreign names. Earlier they would borrow them from the Mythologies.

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    1. Hi Vanderloost

      Thanks a lot! yes, very true and I would say that this mania is increasing day by day. yes, and those names carried some meaning and grace too.

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  9. Those bits and pieces are so true. Name game is worse, half of my neighbourhood kids are various versions of Ahaan, Ananaya etc etc.
    The pattern you talked about is showing how fast and cheap life is...as if we want something in fast fashion form.

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    1. Hi Saru

      Thank you. seriously, such names are everywhere, in every neighborhood.

      exactly, patience has taken a backseat and even with unfair means and at the cost of morals, people want comforts and success.

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  10. Excess is something we humans are deeply attracted to. Somehow it's difficult for us to admit excesses in certain things. For example: excess money, excess knowledge, excess love, excess happiness, etc.

    Destination Infinity

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