Friday Frolic – The art of choosing a Name


One of the most difficult decisions in our lifetime is choosing a name!

A name for anything important or special to you. Like your child, for example. Or a new venture. Its amazing how we want to find that most unique name of all, a name that no one else would think of! Only to realise, a couple of days after choosing it, that it is not so uncommon after all!!!!

Some of us ofcourse, think radically different, and assume we believe we have ‘hit the nail on the head’.Β Like these names (of shops/enterprises) that I came across during my last visit to Chennai

* V-Solve Consultancy (Really! You solve things? Awesome! Didn’t know consultancies did that!!!)

* Sibling Revelry (This was the name of a children’s nursery/day-care. They probably assumed that the common man/woman uses ‘revelry’ in day-to-day conversations??! Or perhaps they hired V-Solve consultancy to come up with a name so unique ;-))

* Brainobrain academy (Naaiiice! One look at this name and you know your child is going to be the next Einstein, or atleast a home-grown IIT->IIM->Chetan Bhagat!!! No wonder parents fall for this! Btw, did they mean Brain-o-brain or BrainNObrain!)

* Interestingly, most boutiques here are one-word-names. Anokhi, Ananya, Shilpi, Pallavi (ahem!), Vastra, Lasya, Varsiddhi….you get the drift? They all seem to want to lean on heritage of some kind. Well, I’m not cribbing.. just commenting πŸ˜‰

* The most creative names ofcourse, are those on the lines of Simla Snacks (What? The snacks are from Simla? Or is Chennai enjoying some Simla weather!), Babu Tea Stall (congrats, Mr.Babu!), Five Star department store (Really? Its more often than not, just a dingy little shop where underpaid shop-girls hover around you, lest you decide to nick something precious!!!), Classic tea shop.. and so on.

* And now, the best for the last. Very often people write words in English as an exact translation of the regional language. Like this one: ‘Swapna’ (a beautiful word that means ‘dream’). In the process of converting this from Tamizh to English, look at how they decided to name the venture:Β ‘Sopna Tailors’. Creativity at its best πŸ™„

So then, folks, here’s wishing you a very happy weekend. Have a great time.. and the next time you come across a name as creative as something above, do drop in a line to let me know πŸ™‚

Cheerio….

(PS: This post is especially for Urmi and Ash, both of whom have been gently nudging me to revive ‘Crocodile Tales’ – for my newer friends, that was the erstwhile name of this blog :lol:! Now don’t ask me how or why I happened to choose that name!! πŸ™„ :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† :lol:)

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15 thoughts on “Friday Frolic – The art of choosing a Name

  1. Oh what super observation…this is true even in a small town like Baroda or a large place like Mumbai…literal translation of the word spoken in the regional language..super cute post..waiting for more from you πŸ™‚
    Aww thank you so much R’s mom

  2. reading an Innovative post after a long time πŸ˜€
    Aww thank you Smita. How have you been!Β 
    Have seen many beauty parlors going with the name “Aishwarya” πŸ˜€
    Oh God, do they all promise to turn us mere mortals into another Miss World!!Β 
    The best I have seen is in Gujarat “Snake Point” (of course they mean Snack point but the write what they say) πŸ˜€
    ROFL!!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  3. thank god a post from you!!!!

    oh tell me about it…I’ve posted some such pics in my wordless Wednesdays πŸ™‚

    naming indeed is a tough task,no? πŸ™‚
    Aww thank you Scribby, you are so sweet πŸ™‚

  4. lol! Those are great names πŸ™‚ Such fun names! And as you say, the literal translations are so visible πŸ™‚

    And you have a great weekend too πŸ™‚
    Thanks Smitha!!

  5. LOLz Pal, I hv a similar post lying in my drafts πŸ˜› I ws planning to click every single one of them too and so the post never saw fruition πŸ˜›

    Loved reading this one! Sopna is classic πŸ˜‰
    Swar, this post was lying in drafts for 2 months!!!! So publish yours too, it ain’t too late

  6. lol!! Perfect names!! πŸ˜‰
    I always remember a minute too late to take a pic with funny names!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    Ha ha, next time you know πŸ™‚

  7. hilarious names, i swear!!
    Shimla Snacks rocks!! πŸ˜€
    Ha ha, thanks Scorpia Β 
    The best I’ve seen so far is “Panchali Restaurant” neighboured by a “Bheeman’s Thattukada”
    Ha ha, how appropriate!

  8. Wow, this place was earlier named after Crocodiles? πŸ˜› That was a very interesting name.
    Simla snacks seems worth a visit. What do they sell? In Delhi I see KFC stores everywhere. Only they sell everything but chicken.
    Hee hee, yes it was Debs. So technically I have no right to comment about all those other silly names πŸ˜‰

  9. OMGGGG ROFL Pallavi πŸ˜€ I loved all those funny names; but Sibling Revelry and Sopna tailors takes the cake πŸ˜‰
    Thanks Urmi! Those were my favourites too πŸ™‚

  10. Awesome post!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Waiting for more of these priceless observations from you πŸ˜‰

    By the way you’d be surprised to notice that….in some places in the south…the name ‘swapna’ is spelt ‘sopna’. Kills the whole beauty of it, dont u think? πŸ™„
    Thank you Ash!! Definitely, the literal translation kills the beauty!!

  11. ummm sopna may be the name of someone?? naming a shop after someone is quite common! esp Bongs pronounce Sapna as Sopna. As for sibling revelry i liked the twist on the phrase sibling rivalry.
    Ha ha, ‘united’ India after all!!

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