Just when I had branded 2009 as a dark year, thanks to the many trials and tribulations that this year has showered on me, came a good news.
My sister-in-law has given birth to a lovely son. I am an uncle again.
And despite fears, he has not taken my brother’s dark complexion.
I haven’t seen the new-born baby yet; but reports from my over-excited mother state that he has that milky white fairness, which he has surely inherited from his mother.
He was born on Saturday, 14th Feb, while everyone was celebrating Valentines Day- might grow up to become a lover boy.
We haven’t yet finalised his name. That will not be an easy thing to do. There will be so many suggestions, with some suggestions difficult to reject, since they are from the influential members of the family.
Anyways here are some broad suggestions.
Since the boy was was born on a Saturday, any name of Hanumanji or Lord Shiva will be quite appropriate. I suggested Shanichar at which everyone looked at me with anger.
I am looking for a name starting with the initial few letters of English alphabet, i.e. A to E, or until K. This will ensure that his name is up on the class rolls, if and when he starts going to school (assuming the class rolls are prepared alphabetically).
Also I would love a short and trendy name. Something like Dhruv, Shreya, Harshit, etc. that are very popular on TV these days.
I hate names ending with -der and -esh; so these get rejected altogether.
The pandits are yet to suggest the auspicious letter with which the name should start.
Choosing a name is not a child’s game, you see. People shouldn’t call him names. I remember a girl named Kaamini and her classmates would call her kamini (a slang).
Last year, we went through a similar routine at the birth of my niece. The priest suggested the letter K and after many rejected suggestions, the name Kanak was accepted. Papa wanted the name Prateeksha too (She was born after 5 years of brother’s marriage). So she will be known as Kanak Prateeksha now.
Meanwhile she was confused why her Bari Ma is not taking her in her laps. She turned one this January. When she was finally shown the new born at the hospital, the word Babu came instantly to her mouth. All the way to home, she kept reciting bau, bau.