Desi names are difficult to pronounce for Non-Desis and some Desis. But my name is no “Surya Sudharsana Venkatnarayana Swaminathan Sastry”. My name is Babu, Dinesh Babu, you know just like Bond, James Bond. It has 2 simple words 6 and 4 letters each and 2 syllables for each word. How hard can it be? Very hard. Apparently it is the phobia of desi names that make the ignorant at the other end to misspell it.
Over these days, this is how my beloved Non Desi (Not just American) counter parts have misspelled my name.
Dennis – I understand my name rhymes close to the Character Dennis from Dennis the menace and I agree I can be a Menace most of the times but my name is DINESH. One desi guy in the office simply nick named me Dennis, just to tease me.
Denise – I am a man, see I have a thick mustache like Rajinikanth. Need any more proof? I would like to keep this blog rating at G, so please I am not a Woman and I am not Denise as in Denise Richards, the hot blonde bond girl Nuclear Scientist from The World is not enough. See now you made my blog PG.
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Binesh – It is D as in Daniel, D as in Dave, D as in Dog and I say all these to the other person. The person nods or says yes and does whatever he/she can to positively affirm that the starting letter of my name is D, yet when the Bill or document comes back to me, It would have a B instead of D. No I am not Binesh.
Binehbab – How on earth did this happen? I remember spelling my name letter by letter to the customer service rep and yet you spell it incorrectly with 2 letters missing? You can’t even get the count of the letters in my name correct? Atleast Couldn’t you have mispelled it as BINEHH BABB, that would have been a little more graceful. Now Binehbab makes it rhyme like Spongebob and I don’t wear Square pants. Now my blog is back to G.
Dinnesh – When Shahrukh popularized kkkkkkkiran, little did he know that an insignificant male in the corner of the IT world will have his name misspelled by his collegue while emailing him, as Dinnesh. Why did we stop with 2 n’s. Let’s make it Dinnnnnnesh.
Dineesh – Sheesh Dineesh! What else can I say.
and worst of all How is it even possible to misspell B.A.B.U. It is Babu, B A B U, again B A B U and not B A B Y. I am not a baby. I have a baby, but I am not one. Dinesh Babu it is and not Dinesh Baby!
Babe – First you called me Denise and now Babe? May be if you misspelled this way together it would atleast match – Denise Babe.
Babi – Ok, now we are trying all the vowels. This one must be an effect of repeated watching of Disney’s Bambi with the kid.
Baba – Every fan of Superstar Rajinikanth and the Superstar himself knows who is the Baba. So Please don’t call me a Baba!
It is interesting to note that many times people end up complicating simple things because of prejudice and fear. It is so inherent in every one’s mind that certain things that they cannot understand has to be very complicated according to them. But complications and complexities are in the way we see it. It is merely a door that blocks the view of a simple concept behind it. If you unlock this door with your mind, everything will be simple. If we start seeing things in a simple way, I am very sure everything will be simple to us.
There, I am DINESH BABU. Simple isn’t it?
P.S: Picture of Denise Richards is added purely for marketing value. Let’s see how many suckers search for Denise Richards hot and end up here. Blog back to PG!