New teacher taking attendance. Takes seven-eight names in one breath. Then gets stuck.
He takes his time pronouncing this one…
Me : “Sir.. that’s me.. Anubhansoo Runsoo”
“Anbanshoo what… ? ”
“Anubhansoo Runsoo, Sir”
“That’s a strange name! ”
(Awkward silence follows in class.. my friends turn around and smirk.)
“You got a rhyming name!”
“Your name is like “Phunsukh Wangdu” ” (Its a famous character from the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots)
Me: . . . . .
Oh the troubles I have explaining the spelling every time someone has to write my name down !! And they never get it right.
I know I have a unique name. I have been called, “Anshuman”, “Abanshoo”, “Anshu”, “Khusboo”, “Bhanu”, “Soo” 😛 . My friends have had time of their lives making fun of my name, singing it out loud to Bollywood songs.
To top it all, I don’t even have a pet name. 😥
So how’d my name come about? My parents decided to get extra creative while naming me.
My mother’s name is “Anubha” (meaning lightning in Hindi) and I am her “Ansh” ( a part).. So Anubhansoo.
Similarly, my father’s name is “Rudra” (name of lord Shiva) and I am his “Ansh” (a part)… Hence Rudransoo. But they thought it would be a little too much so made it “Runsoo”…
So, I came about to be known as Anubhansoo Runsoo!
And no matter how far I am, my parents are with me… in my name itself.
(Written as an answer to the Quora question : How did your parents decide on your name?)