At my office, the women’s day celebrations happen every year. I used to attend it mainly for the free snacks. Trust me, the speech and the talks were always very boring and it would put me to sleep immediately. But this year I really enjoyed it. They had some games, quizzes, impromptu catwalk etc. And I won that crystal candle when I correctly identified a celebrity from a distorted photo. It went on for an hour and a half and almost by the end of it, we all were quite hungry (it was our usual tea time). Thank God, they had some snacks ready for us. But overall it was a good one and the effort was commendable.
All about the names
In our community, it is a normal practice to use the grandfather’s name for the son’s and grandmother’s name for the daughter’s (the grandparent being the kid’s grandparents obviously). I was named after my grandmother (father’s mom) but then people younger than my grandmom can’t call me using her name (would seem rather disrespectful isn’t? Well, not in many other countries, but here, trust me, it is very disrespectful) so they had another name for unofficial purposes (aka to call me by that name at home, where my grandmom might be around) Later they combined both the names and now I am mostly known by my household name which sort of became my ‘name’ (both official and personal)
Keeping in with the tradition, my brother (who is named after my granddad) named his daughters the same way. The first one is named after my mom, and the second one named after my sister in law’s mom. Both short and sweet names. But at home, they are called using different names (which are also very short and sweet). And no, they haven’t combined both names to one. They don’t go that well together. Mine was the only exception. So today my brother went to book train tickets (for their annual vacation to my place) at the station (he found it was getting very tedious to do it online, so went to the station to get it done….took less time and less effort to get it done there). There he had to fill the form and in that, there were two names which were similar but the ages were quite different. One was 5 years old (first niece) and the other 65 years old (my mom). The person who was at the counter looked at my brother and goes like, ‘are you sure this is right?’ And took his sweet time to hear my brother’s explanation about the family names and such and finally was convinced and booked the tickets. I am sure the person who is gonna check their tickets is also going to have the same questions (or probably not, if he is having his granddad’s name for himself). And guess what, both of them got concession: one was underage (full tickets are assigned to people of age 6 and above), so only priced for half a ticket and the other was too old so, priced for half a ticket (being a senior citizen and all).
I have heard of people using the same names and adding suffixes like Jr, or Sr, etc., but what about in the case of women? If for example, you use the same name as your grandmom’s or mom’s? How do you differentiate when you talk about two women in a family having the same name. Haven’t heard of Sr or Jr associated with them. In our cases, we never assign Sr / Jr even to men, so it hardly matters and we do have two names for a single person.
Prompts and Challenges
Sue does her weekly word based photography challenge, which is almost similar to Daily Posts’s Weekly Photography Challenge.
In the name of the festival…
…we do celebrate more than being able to believe in something greater than us, we also celebrate being part of a community and its also about sharing, about giving especially to those underprivileged and to show case the talents of a group or an individual. That is what I saw when I went to my friend’s housing community celebrations of Ganesh Chathurthi, yesterday, and this is my first time there even though I have known that they have been doing it for long. It is also probably because she was taking part in an event. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the cute little kids performing and outperforming their parents, be it a dance, or a mimic act, a skit, singing…they had so much variety. To be able to stand there in the stage and perform before the whole group of elders and not to mention strangers, I really appreciate their courage. A lovely evening I should say and Thank Ganesha that the rains stopped when the events were about to start.