“What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. We often say that too as if names do not matter. Yet how else can we introduce ourselves if we do not have names? There was a time when people would end up with nick-names like Buddhu, Shuddhu, Nidhu, Choi-choi, Admi, Gedi, Lillu, Potka and what not! Sometimes I wonder if it was because in those days people had so many children that they would call them whatever that came to mind. In modern times, when people have fewer children, names have become problematic in other ways. Modern day parents often come up with so unusual names for their children that sometimes it is difficult to pronounce them. I remember that under such a circumstance, I almost got thrashed for suggesting “Purish” as a name for the new born brother of some Barish. Names and naming are, indeed, interesting and important aspects of human life.
This issue of Star Literature, therefore, is about that essential aspect of our beings- names. We have invited four of our regular authors to write about their names and the significance of naming.