Myself Kamalamma from Kunjibettu, Karnataka.
What I am telling, normally after heavy lunch in afternoon, I am simply lying on sofa like python for digestion purposes. I am doing same thing today afternoon and so many thoughts are coming and going like waves. Oho, now maybe some people will ask, Kamalamma which wave, third or fourth?
Anyway, while thinking on sofa, suddenly that English poet is coming to mind. His name is Shakespeare or something, but maybe name is not important, because he himself is asking what is there in a name!
He is asking this million-dollar question in 16th Century, otherwise 100% Kamalamma is writing one letter to him telling him this is rubbish question. Paapa fellow he is not attending any namakarna of Indian baby. Otherwise he will not ask such question!
In our South India, 11th day after bonny baby is born, we people are holding ceremony for name-keeping purposes. It is so much gala function; we only are getting confused whether it is baby’s namakarna or marriage! And new parents are reading Bhagwath Purana and full Bhagwad Gita and all, not for spiritual knowledge but for finding unique and difficult names for baby. After function is over and we are coming back home, then what is happening? People are calling baby by that wonderful name? No … baby is becoming Pinky, Bittu, Putta and Tinnu. Aiyyo tchah! Why people are even having costly namakarna function, only Udupi Lord Krishna knows!
Now, you people will ask why Kamalamma is thinking these things suddenly. Why because, nowadays this is happening in whole world. They are keeping nice names for everything. One day news reader is informing us that Katrina will land anytime and I am thinking, Aiyyo our Katrina Kaif is travelling by parachute or what? This is new mode of travel to reach film shooting maybe? But it seems he is talking about cyclone not our Bollywood film actress. Tchah! They are giving all ladies’ names for cyclone!
Soon maybe you people will hear about Cyclone Kamalamma travelling at 240 kms per hour! Abbabba!
Now latest it seems they are giving names to virus also. One virus is born and they are calling it COVID-19 or Corona or something. Then, like we women are changing our saree when visiting other people’s houses, like that virus also is changing its appearance when it is visiting other countries. So name also is changing. Covid-19 is becoming B.1.1.7 and B.1.617.2 and all, same like our neighbours are two brothers B. Ganesha and B. Ramesha.
Our neighbours’ names are nice and easy to remember but how we will remember names which have long numbers, like number plate of vehicles! So, our WHO, which is having very clever people in it, is coming up with plan B. They are simply borrowing Greek alphabets. Then virus registry is starting from alpha and reaching delta it seems. At least now people will keep quiet? No, they are not having any work to do, so some are asking whether virus is not having surname. For this reason, Delta is now becoming Delta Plus! Abbabba!
Everybody is busy with namakarna ceremonies for virus instead of thinking of cure and vaccines! And that Shakespeare is asking what is there in a name! Tchah!
On top of that, virus is playing favourite party game – passing the parcel. Whoever is holding parcel when music stops is out and they are sitting in one corner and watching the game and only one person is left in the end, with the parcel. Like that, virus is passing from country to country. What China is doing? They are simply sitting and watching the game, and advising other countries how to play. And everybody is forgetting that they are starting the game first! Because now music is stopping and our India is left holding the parcel.
Ohohoho! What to tell you?
Kamalamma is too much angry and is thinking up nice names to call that country which is on other side of wall. But it is no use, because anyway … what is there in a name?
This post was published in The Witty Wordsmith in Times of India, Lifestyle blogs