Misspelt

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.

(Picture: http://www.oceleb.com via Google images)

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.Β 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!

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Anniyan says:

    I know it is very annoying to have your name misspelled. My name is PAVAN mind the “V”. And these guys mess it up by changing it to PA’N’AN. I mean… can’t they even think for a second before they do it? PANAN doesn’t even mean anything.

  2. Reema says:

    LOL πŸ˜€ I share your woes. My and my sister’s “good” names are typical Bengali names and people in rest of India have misspelt and mispronounced them in every possible distorted way.

  3. Nita says:

    I enjoyed this post. πŸ˜†
    But I hope you correct all those guys!

  4. vishesh says:

    lol imagine my name being being written wrongly in my home country! lol πŸ˜› vishesh is written in so many ways..visesh vishwesh…etc etc…:P

  5. vishesh says:

    lol imagine my name being being written wrongly in my home country! lol πŸ˜› vishesh is written in so many ways..visesh vishwesh…etc etc…:P and thankfully the unni is easy properly spelt…but they mistake unni for my surname which is not….i am unni,vishesh unni πŸ˜›

  6. Dinesh Babu says:

    Anniyan – That’s bad. Pavan is just 5 letters – Peter Alpha Victor Alpha National as Kamal says in Kuruthi Punal.

    Reema – I take it you are referring to your last name as Reema is such a simple name.

    Nita – Thanks πŸ™‚ Yes I work with them patiently letter by letter to get it corrected, each time.

    Vishesh – Yeah that’s bad. Sometimes names get confused with other common names that sound alike.

  7. maxdavinci says:

    I’ve stopped even counting! I have a 5 letter name and apparently there are over 30 ways to pronounce it!

    aaarrgh!

  8. Nikhil says:

    HAHAHA!!!
    Something similar to my problems!
    http://mirrorcracked.wordpress.com/2008/04/24/whats-in-a-name

    These non-desis are weird creatures!! πŸ˜€

  9. Dinesh Babu says:

    Max – Yeah, it is the desiname-o-phobia! Murphy’s law of desinames. If a desiname can be spelled wrong, it will be spelled wrong.

    Nikhil – Yes, it is a similar problem. Loved your post πŸ™‚

  10. rambodoc says:

    That’s funny. The hole world knows me as Rambodoc.

  11. Dinesh Babu says:

    Rambodoc – That is nice to know. May be I should call myself Rocky Engineer, that might be easy for them πŸ™‚

  12. arvind says:

    he he … lol
    funny post..
    u just have to adjust or come back or india ..
    even here they can make mistake sin the north specially south indian names ..
    have seen many πŸ˜€
    thought not atrocious blunders like those americans make :mrgeen:

  13. Dinesh Babu says:

    Arvind – Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah name mistakes happen everywhere and it is worse here in USA.

  14. Usha says:

    hi deenesh, this is oosha here. I am sorry to hear about the spelling woes. I won’t even ask you about the 100 ways of pronouncing your name.

  15. Dinesh Babu says:

    Usha – Yeah spelling is one thing, Pronounciation is an entirely different subject. e.g., Santhosh is pronounced as “Sant – Hosh” (Sant is pronounced like Rant and Hosh is like Toss).

  16. Den Relojo says:

    I think Indian names are really unique. It refelcts your own heritage and culture. Unlike names that we have here in the Philippines which are mostly American names

  17. Dinesh Babu says:

    Den – Yes Indian names are very unique and it does reflect our culture. I am surprised to know Philippines has mostly American Names, I thought there must have been some Chinese influence.

  18. Sharad Bapat says:

    Lovely Post DINESH BABU πŸ™‚

    ahhh I am a victim of this mis prpnunciations too..

    Sharad is infact such a simple name to pronounce.

  19. Dinesh Babu says:

    Sharad
    “Lovely Post DINESH BABU”
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    “ahhh I am a victim of this mis prpnunciations too..
    Sharad is infact such a simple name to pronounce.”

    Exactly, They mess up such simple names!

  20. Rahul says:

    I was in a BPO for a short time, everyone there was suppose to take a pseudo Name. My name being RAHUL was altered into RAUL !!
    I didn’t object as Latino guys are quite popular with the girls πŸ˜›

  21. shivya says:

    haha, too good. I’ve been plagues my weird name pronunciations too! People (atleast in SEA) conveniently ignore the ‘y’ and you can figure what remains. Annoying! :@

  22. Dinesh Babu says:

    Rahul
    “I was in a BPO for a short time, everyone there was suppose to take a pseudo Name. My name being RAHUL was altered into RAUL !!”
    You see that is the proof that desi names are scary to non-desis. Raul is a nice name though.

    “I didn’t object as Latino guys are quite popular with the girls :P”
    Yup, That’s how they show it on TV too!

    shivya
    “haha, too good.”
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    “People (atleast in SEA) conveniently ignore the β€˜y’ and you can figure what remains. Annoying! :@”
    Why would they ignore y! I guess may be Shiva is much popular name than Shivya.

  23. Apar says:

    Just wrote this in Nikhil’s entry…Same applies here πŸ™‚ Well, like I became β€œUpper”na and even then, they were pronounced wrong! forget about my last name!!! There was a neighbour who told me, I will get it…and even after 5 years, he did not!!!

  24. Dinesh Babu says:

    Apar
    like I became β€œUpper”na and even then, they were pronounced wrong!
    he he πŸ™‚

    There was a neighbour who told me, I will get it…and even after 5 years, he did not!!!
    Hopefully someday he will !

  25. Anshul says:

    hilarious.. πŸ˜€

  26. Su says:

    πŸ˜† amazing dude… i’ve had problems too. the names don’t sound similar either. Sriharsha was called Srivatsa i dunno how many times. and all sorts of spellings come in for Sri… like Shri Sree Shree… πŸ˜•

  27. Dinesh Babu says:

    Anshul
    hilarious
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    Su
    Sriharsha was called Srivatsa i dunno how many times
    Tell me about it. They get easily confused with similar names.

    Sri… like Shri Sree Shree
    Yeah, they like the Brute force method of trying different spellings, probability is atleast one will be right.

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