What is there in a Name?
(Bangalore Karnataka India)
"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet"
A story describing the significance of names and how the author himself came to be known as Jambulingam. This story offers a new perspective on the improtance of your name and how people select names for their children. It is the same in your country?
The other day I attended the naming ceremony of my friend's son. It was a great function (event
). He had invited all his friends and relatives.
While returning On the way home
, my wife asked me how interesting our naming ceremonies at the village would have been and out of curiosity she asked me
I have two names. Then I revealed the secret of my two names which
I heard from my mother my mother told me
My naming cremony was scheduled thirty days after
my birth. The whole village was present. The Astrologer consulted
the position of the stars when I was born, and
asked my parents to select my name starting with J.(...in my mother tongue Ja, Jay, Ji).
My father selected one of Lord Shiva's names. All our names are derived from our male Gods who have
thousands of names. Girls
names are selected from the names of
Goddess'. My father selected my name as Jambulingam, one of Lord Svia's names. Everything was fine till my grandmother raised an
My grandmother refused to eat during the feast. When asked why
, she revealed
that she would not call me
Jambulingam as it was her husband's name. In those days it was our custom that a woman
would not pronounce her huaband's name.
The astologer came to the resuce. He advised that I could be called Janarthan because that is also lord Shiva's name. My grandmother was happy and took part
all other in the remaining
ceremonies. I was called
in School as
Jambulingam at school
the village I was known as Janardhan.
I felt that my parents
have had selected choosen
a strange name for me. Whenever I
went to a new city, I used to
the telephone directory to
check see if
my name. I always
that only one or two names
or maximum two names
When I joined the service
none of my commandents addressed me with my full name. They called me "Jimmu","Juambo" ,"Jammu" or "Jam".
I asked my mother why they had
Jambulingam. She consoled me saying, ?what is there in a name? A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet".
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