What’s in a name?

I am glad that this prompt came up. I never found an opportunity to post about why I chose my name (KG) as my screen name. As for my original name, we come from a family where we use the names of their grandparents for their sons/daughters. So yes, part of my name is that of my paternal grandmother. And that goes for my other siblings too, except that my father refused strictly to use my maternal grandmother’s name for my sister and I hope it is because it sounded very old fashioned. I just can’t imagine calling her by that name without snickering. So I don’t think they thought too much while naming us. But there is a reason to follow that tradition. It is basically to trace the history of family tree , at the maximum you will end up a list of 10-15 names based on the size of the family, and so easy to remember naa πŸ™‚

KG – short form for Kundhavai Granger. Kundhavai is the first name of my favorite character Kundhavai Pirattiyaar from my all time favorite novel Ponniyin Selvan (in Tamil language). And Granger is from the last name of my other favorite character Hermione Granger from my other favorite series Harry Potter. I love both these women characters from all of the books I have read so far. They resemble me in more than one ways. Strong willed, fiercely loyal, opinionated but subtle, at times bull headed, very passionate, smart (though I am not sure if that applies much to me, but I will take it πŸ™‚ ), well you get the idea. I wish I had a Polyjuice potion where I can mix both their hair pieces and create a real Me :). That would be too cool. It also represents the culmination of two different cultures, but represented in a single person (narcissistic huh ? sorry about that ). But I really love this name I created,

β€œMust a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.
Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh; “my name means the shape I am – and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.” 
― Lewis Carroll

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  11. Wendy Premo Larson · September 2, 2013

    I’m still trying to figure out pingbacks.

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    • KG · September 2, 2013

      All you have to do is copy paste the link of the daily post page to your post (anywhere in your post, preferably at the end or as a link text) and you are done.
      Might want to check this out too. http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/pingbacks/

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      • Wendy Premo Larson · September 2, 2013

        Thank you so much KG!!! I’m not the computer literate one in the family of computer whizzes. I read through the instructions and STILL got lost. lol Again, thx.

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        • KG · September 2, 2013

          Oops.. May be just try to add the page link at the end of your post and see if that helps πŸ™‚

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  14. I like your reasoning. πŸ™‚

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    • KG · September 2, 2013

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  15. bluebeadpublications · September 2, 2013

    I love a name inspired by literature.

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    • KG · September 2, 2013

      πŸ™‚ thank you.

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  20. Lunch Sketch · September 3, 2013

    Great quote! Have often wondered about KG … now I know πŸ™‚

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    • KG · September 3, 2013

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  24. tinytheblogger · September 11, 2013

    Loved the way u define your “name” truly is food for though for all names lol

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  25. i*Kan · October 7, 2013

    My nickname in school used to be KG πŸ™‚

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  26. Marneymae · November 21, 2013

    hello & thank you for visiting my blog!
    the photos are beautiful
    appreciating your writing as well
    wishing you all good things

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    • KG · November 21, 2013

      Thank you and appreciate your return visit πŸ™‚

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  28. Sreejith Nair · December 30, 2013

    Hi KG,

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog.

    I found a post in your blog very interesting, the Chandra Choodeswarar temple near hosur,

    I haven’t heard about this place before.

    I’ll explore this side in the coming weekend mostly.

    Thanks a lot for highlighting a less known place, here.

    Have a great year ahead.

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    • KG · December 30, 2013

      Thank you Sreejit, Its a nice place and now that the weather is also very cool in Bangalore it will be worth a visit. It is a pretty small temple though.

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      • Sreejith Nair · December 30, 2013

        Yea, but the temple tower and the location of the hill looks nice, on a hill top.

        There is something about less crowded temples, which I really enjoy.

        πŸ™‚

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        • KG · December 30, 2013

          Then you should visit it in the evenings. Around 5-6 pm less crowd and a beautiful view of the city with the sunset in the background.

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          • Sreejith Nair · December 30, 2013

            Sure, I’ll plan accordingly.

            Thanks a lot for the info, KG πŸ™‚

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  29. Beauty Along the Road · March 18, 2014

    KG – are you on Mauritius by any chance? I have a visitor from there every once in a while but he or she has never left a comment. Just curious who visits from that beautiful little island….

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    • KG · March 18, 2014

      Sorry , nope, I am from India. But I will make sure to leave a comment next time πŸ™‚

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      • Beauty Along the Road · March 18, 2014

        From looking at your site, I thought that, but there is a large Indian population on Mauritius, and you were the only one from that part of the world this morning in my stats….oh well, thanks for letting me know. I appreciate your visits. The mystery remains…:-)

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        • KG · March 18, 2014

          Sure πŸ™‚ All the very best.

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  30. suyashchopra · April 20, 2014

    Loved reading about you. Let me know your twitter handler. Mine is @suyashchopra1

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    • KG · April 20, 2014

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      It’s @kundavaigranger. But I am not very active in it. I do use it very rarely for following a handful of fellow bloggers.

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      • suyashchopra · April 21, 2014

        Aha I see. I see that you are from Hyderabad, where I am based currently.

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        • KG · April 21, 2014

          Actually I was in Hyderabad for almost a year, but now back to Bangalore , where I am settled. πŸ™‚

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  31. Vignesh C · August 12, 2014

    Just landed up here through one of your movie reviews. Pretty surprised on seeing your Books, Music and Movies & my See, Hear and Read having lots in common, right from the title. Anyways, it’s nice to have found a like-minded blogger out of nowhere. Loved the name, reasoning and the quote from Alice. Cheers, KG! πŸ™‚

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    • KG · August 12, 2014

      Thank you Vignesh πŸ™‚ That is indeed surprising. And following you right back.
      Cheers.

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  32. Quest Sickle · November 10, 2014

    I see you like Harry Potter, KG! The name that you made up sounds perfect, too!

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    • KG · November 10, 2014

      Thank you QS πŸ™‚ Couldn’t think of a pseudonym without HP in it.

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  35. Sahana · May 10, 2016

    Wow! Another PotterHead!!! High five! Are you from Tamil Nadu?

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  36. Hemangini · June 20, 2016

    haha I loved the quote from Alice in Wonderland. Just love Lewis Caroll’s way of using English. There’s muchness in it. Your name is beautiful! Adapted that is. Thumbs up. Good to know more about you. Although I’d like to inquire if english version of the novel Ponniyin Selvan is available?

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    • KG · June 20, 2016

      πŸ‘ πŸ˜€ Thank you. Yes, the English version of that book is available. I did see it on Amazon once. It’s a historical fiction based on a Tamil Kingdom.

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