I have always loved Sanskrit the best among those Indian languages that i do know (which i must admit are remarkably few in no:- 4 to be exact), I love the way one can dissect a word and proceed to its root and occasionally discover amusing meanings. Here are a few Indian names that I have dissected (perhaps wrongly) and the cheeky, twisted connotations thus concocted (I’ve also used a couple of unique-to-Kerala names):
Aabha- ‘aah’ followed by ‘bah’? well, well, this just might actually be 😛
Aparna: ‘Parnam’ in Sanskrit means leaf; therefore, Aparna should mean leafless/nude!
Arun/Bhanu/Rohit: Red, does this mean the parents expect these boys to always leave them red-faced?
Bhanupriya- likes the sun; some like it hot, huh?
Dhara/Urvi- earth; this baby’s going to cost her parents the earth?
Harini: the doe or ‘here she comes, run like the wind ye all’?
Hima: snow; the parents were snowed by her arrival? 😉
Jayita: defeated? (I’ve truly been unable to come up with any other meaning for this one)
Joemol (there actually is a malayali actress who bears this name): mol in malayalam means ‘girl’ or daughter; joe’s girl?
Kanaka- gold; are they already thinking of her wedding and entailing expenses?
Meenakshi- fish-eyed? something fishy abt her?
Mili- er, proof that the parents did indeed meet? (kindly excuse the lewdness)
Mridula- a softie?
Nitya: eternal; are the progenitors thinking- ‘now, we’re in it forever?’
Omana- Darling, quite, but do they want everyone to call her that?
Parvati: of the mountain; is hugeness a good attribute for a girl?
Rashmi- perpetually hot-tempered? since i’ve a vested interest in this one, i’ve also come up with ‘too hot to handle’ 😀
Satish: the god of sati; no matter whom he weds, he shall always be Sati’s husband!
Sugathan: ‘the one who has gone down the good path’ or ‘good to see him ‘gathan’/gone? 😀
Vanaja: of the forest, i.e. savage?
P.S: An apology to my reader who might feel bruised by this abrasive article; please attribute this to my hyper-critical nature and please believe me when i say that i know that all or at least most parents must have had very different thoughts in mind when they chose a name for their child.