The Namesake


On a chilly autumn night a cute, sweet child is born. It's not that important news for millions of people or even billions of people but for a few people this was a very memorable day as they would be addressed by a new word. Grandpa, Grandma, uncle, aunt. The triviality of these words might bore you, but for them it was a very emotional feeling and lucidity of this could only be understood by persons who have experienced this. He (newly born) is the first child in the family of 9 brothers and sisters (maternal').
He is also the first successor of his paternal family. Now it could be a little more clear what am I trying to express. He was the talk of every mouth in the family. As everything, good or bad, unimportant or important, needs a name so that cute fellow was asking to be named. In India, name of a child is a very important thing. Suggesting a name is easy but naming is very disputable when you have 4 grandparents (maternal and paternal), 9+4 uncle and aunties (again maternal and paternal). After all the discussions and meetings two names were shortlisted. One each from two most influential ladies in the family. Two names 1 child, dadimaa (paternal grandma) was adamant over Ashish (divine blessing) and one of his mausies (maternal aunt) wanted him to be named as Gourav (the pride). So this dispute had only one solution to snatch away his surname and name him "Ashish Gourav”. This name is really a distinguishing feature for him as this name is quite uncommon. When he went to school he always had a problem, everybody teased him about this strange thing. Nowadays it is quite common in cities to replace your surname with a name but in that small town he was described as 2 names 1 person. He grew with this name disregard less of two names he liked it because of its rarity.
He went to college. IIT Kharagpur is the college he was selected for. A long first lecture was over and time came for roll-calls (attendance), 1 strange thing happened which startled me. Yeah me I'm Ashish Gourav. I heard my name called by the professor in spectacles twice I had no other option but to respond twice. This happened for two consecutive days( I couldn't understand that why my name was sounded so offensive that prof. has to check for my presence twice) but the third day I heard an echo the second time the prof. said Ashish Gourav, I reckoned this was not an echo but a real human voice. Voice which made me feel that the only thing which made me unique is no longer with me. A new Aashish gaurav (1 thing at least the spelling is not same) was in front of my eyes. I asked about him to further test if we have something more in common. As for now things which are common............


1. IIT (college)
2. Hostel (M.S. hall of residence)
3. Our ancestral house
4. The story behind this unusual name

These things weren't enough he was quite different from me which always put me in a lot more trouble than I anticipated.
To name a few..........


1. A girl rejected my friendship request on orkut as she thought I'm Aashish gaurav and not Ashish gourav.
2. During elections I was thought as Aashish Gaurav and as he was contesting for Hall president (happa-iit lingo) I had to face some serious consequences.
3. One of my interviews was messed up by this namesake.


1.Happy belated Dussehra and ID

2.Sorry for delay in this post.

2.I enjoyed my holidays @ home

2.Just reached hostel 2 hours back.

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7 comments:

PYAASA SAJAL said...

must say am surprised...I really think ur name is very much unique,and to discover that you found one with the same name in your class itself....cool :)

baaki about the problems...usko sudhar do ya khud usse zyaada bigad jaao so that he is at a disadvantage :P

need an hour said...

i accept that i messed up one of his interviews and probably a few of his early hall days...

but this guy is not too straight either..
he registers himself on dating sites and matrimonials...

his ad on a public relationship site was-
"19 year old looking for a sweet,homely,caring,non-bihari girl who has a reliance india connection.
ashish gaurav
iit kharagpur
"
my girlfriend ceased talking with me for a week and on being insisted , cried for 3 hours on the phone before i settled things..

hobby of the writer of the blog-
writing testimonials for girls...
my friends on orkut assume i did write them...

hence...
i surrender being called AASHISH GAURAV ..
my new name is WEIRDO

Ashish said...

@pyaasa sajal
yeah I was also surprised...


@need an hour
hey mate don't spoil my image.

I admit that sometimes I do visit some unwanted sites but these are some really impossible things for me........I haven't registered in ny matrimonial as I'm underage for that....

outlooked said...

This blog is made to read those people who say "Whats in a name?"
Lolz..

The instances you mentioned are like i've heard never before..someone facing probs because of his name.

But don't worry..everything happens for good. Someday this 'unique' name will pose some advantages too....! :P

tex said...

that girl...orkut ...friend request rejection thingy is really amusing... no offence intended..bt couldn't stop myself.. lolzzz......

rajesh rai said...

bhaiya aapne phir se dil jeet liya.....

aap itna sab kuchh kaise soch lete hain

RAAAHHHUUULLL : The Weakest Point is Love said...

Really a good one... I agree Sometimes nothing can be more annoying than our own name but its not that much. A week or two proff. get used to your name.
Very gud man keep it up...:)

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