What is in a name?
We all ask many times. I too have asked and wrote also on the same topic before. There is a lot. I have an uncle who is a retired central government employee and held a very senior position. A person committed to his work, he has never taken any bribe in his entire career either by cash or kind. He lives a modest life and is happy about the way it goes. Humorous and expressive in his thoughts, he is still called by his organisation for giving motivational speeches to the junior staff. One topic he speaks very often is about his own name. Like him, his father was also a respected person who was a headmaster of reputation in the region. He did the same with his eldest son. He never named him, till he was five or six years old. After thoroughly observing his first child and his characteristics and conducts, he named him Joy. True to his father’s wisdom, he remained joyous to him, and to all around, even during extreme situations in life. Looking at the current trend of naming a child before we get a glimpse of his nature, many times, our conviction on naming falls apart from the reality of the character the child grows in to become.
Ramesh Menon Short Take – Gulf Today, Saturday, 8th June 2013