Myself Kamalamma from Kunjibettu, Karnataka.
It seems somebody is asking long back what is there in a name. I am forgetting who it is but if I am to meet that person now I will tell him that there is too much in a name.
What to tell you people! Ever since Kamala from Chennai is becoming the VP of America, Kamalamma from Kunjibettu is becoming famous. Why? Because our mothers are keeping same to same name for both of us. All people are asking if there is family connection.
That day I am going to bank and all bank staff are simply sitting and gossiping. It seems computer is down. So I am also gossiping little bit. Then they are asking, so what about this Kamala Harris, she is your relation or what? And I am saying, yes she is my twin sister. One bank staff is saying oho, I am not knowing she is having twin sister then I am saying, don’t worry, even she is not knowing about it. We are separated in Kunjibettu devasthanam jaatre when we are too much small. After that staff is suddenly saying, oh computer is working now and all are falling over themselves trying to do my bank work. Yebbe…they are believing my story or what!
So like this I am enjoying situation fully. Who does not like to become famous through somebody else? Like some women in my WhatsApp group are making so much big noise to show how they are related to participants of singing or dancing reality show on TV. Like that only, poor Kamala Harris is doing all hard work and reaching big position and I am sitting on sofa and taking full majaa. Just like my WhatsApp friends I am also putting long message that my great-ajja’s chittappa’s wife’s third cousin’s mama’s neighbour is brother of Chennai Kamala’s great-great thatha’s chithi’s sister’s sister-in-law’s mami’s friend. Then all women on WhatsApp are getting little confused and saying how it is possible because it seems this Kamala Harris is from Thulasendrapuram or somewhere, then I am giving full history lesson on how her great-great-great ancestors are from Kunjibettu and they are moving to that Thula-something during Manu’s time. Then poor ladies are getting full jealous and some are exiting from group.
If I am to tell the truth like Satya Harishchandra, even the Mister is little bit jealous because people are not asking one naya paisa about him. All are after Kamalamma only. Where is my fault in this situation? It is all in the name. Now if his mother had kept his name Harish then maybe there was little chance. He could tell everyone that he is also somewhat related to father of Kamala from Chennai and that one Mr. Harish in his family tree shifted to Jamaica long back and changed his name to Harris maybe.
But now that is not possible. Very difficult to change name in SSLC certificate, passport, Aadhar card, ration card, marriage certificate and all.
So Kamalamma is coming up with Plan B for the Mister. It seems Mr. Biden is also having India connection. Now before people from Chennai are hijacking this connection and making interviews saying he is also from there only, I am telling the Mister to follow up one Badanidiyoor family from Udupi and say they are ancestors of Joe Uncle. Maybe one member is migrating to the West and changing name from Badanidiyoor to Biden. One hundred percent all people will believe this and reporters will take next bus to our Udupi with camera and mic and all.
Then maybe both Kamalamma and the Mister will get invitation for White House swearing in ceremony. Because we are now closely related no!
This article was featured in the Times of India blogs in my TOI blog link The Witty Wordsmith.