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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's only me

I have had to fill up my voter ID form twice. There was a small aberration the first time - instead of my name the name that had been put in there was a combination of my first name and my husband's last. I still hold onto the name I had been born with on this planet aka my maiden name. No, I am not one of those pseudo-modernists who believe in latching onto notions of false freedom and individual identity. I hold no such fancies. My reason for holding on to my own name is rooted in reason. I have four different names on four different certificates. My school leaving certificate mentions me as Eisha Sarkar. I had to had my dad's name to get my Std XII certificate. I was officially Eisha Kumaresh Sarkar. Three years later, the university rules demanded I add my mom's name to my own. I came to be known as Eisha Kumaresh Sujata Sarkar. Now, the voters ID form says I should add my husband's name to it. My name would then read. Eisha Rachit Kumaresh Sujata Sarkar Mankad. Gasp!


Unknown said...

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

but seriously, that's way too many names for someone as tiny as you! and tera naam mein vazan hai, don't forget :P

Unknown said...


Sweetheart imagine if you had Spanish or Portuguese roots too....I ahve such friends and they have both parents surnames added onto theirs...

So you can imagine how long a name can get!