Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What's in a name?

I always thought my name was easy to pronounce.

Alas! I was wrong. I never realized how many different ways people could find to pronounce my name.

It started in Class 5 in school where teachers would call me Kamaal. It so happened that in the batch before mine, there was another guy who was called Kamaal even though he spelt his name Kamal.

Things became worse at work. But only with people from the US.

Margie called me Kemaal. For Kevin Shea, its Kaamal.

Danny Kao from Apple calls me Camel. Shucks! Can't complain though!

I often think that with a name as simple as mine, you get so many variations, what must be happening to someone with a name like Namboodiripad?

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