Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's in a Name?


How important are our names to us? Many people think that our names decide our fate and have strong influence on our destiny. I don’t. Do I love my name? Not much. Would I be something different if I was not called Farida? No. I would still be the weird crazy person I am now, no matter what you called me. It is like what Gertrude Stein said, “"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

When we were babies my sister and I got the traditional Muslim names Farida and Surayya. When my parents shifted to Whitefield, people (specially the Americans) used to mispronounce our names as Surila and Farila. Initially we used to correct the people and let them call our real names, but later we decided that this was sounding much better than the Farida and Surayya which did not have any rhyme and ring to it. Farila and Surila as sisters were coolest ones. Also we loved to be of mysterious religion when in a group. No one knew which religion we belonged to and we never told them. We spoke Nawaiti language which further confused people around us about our religion. When we asked our family to refer us by these names; they ignored us because they always called me Fari and my sister Baby.
In the school admission interview, when my sister was asked to tell her name, she introduced herself as Surila. When time came for my admission they misspelled it as Farila, reason unknown. Possibly they had heard my sister mention it that way or because it rhymed with Surila. My mom and aunt missed to see what had been written on the admission paper and in school I ended up with the name Farila. We both were happy with our names other than the times when some naughty boys called us "Surila, Farila.... a pair of Gorillas".  My Mom and Dad never bothered to change the names for us in our schools. They were not the type who gets worked up with simple things their children enjoy. They allowed us to enjoy our names.
My sister stood by Surila until her death … she never responded to the name Surayya. I on the other hand gave in when I was to be married and took up my original name because my husband and Mom requested me to have some meaningful name. I thought that being called Farida or Farila does not make much difference to me. So my name was corrected and I became Farida Rizwan after marriage. I regret that decision today. I feel it took away something that was unique to me. It is too much of a trouble to change the documents all over once again just for the sake of a name. So I let it be.

My childhood friends do not know me as Farida Rizwan. It is my post marriage acquaintances who call me by that name. Many times I have been asked the question from where did I get the name Farila. Many blogger friends ask me the question and I decided to answer them through this blog. Next time anyone wants to know I will just post link to this blog.

15 comments:

  1. The best part about Farila and Surila is the religion-neutrality.

    While you believed (rightly so, in my opinion) in "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose", there are many people who are extremely particular about the pronunciation and spelling of their names. Some even go to the extent of changing the spelling due to numerology.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is really nice topic, which is very use full for me.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ah! THAT accounts for the fact that your first comment on my blog came as Farila!

    Shakespeare had a better quote "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

    ReplyDelete
  4. Farila, thats a cool name. And i appreciate ur parents to let u sisters enjoy Farila Surila... Its rare in Muslim community.

    ReplyDelete
  5. ``Farila`` is cool but ``Farida`` is beautiful!! Both are unique in their own way! Nice write up!

    ReplyDelete

  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, It is awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  7. If this is the case here are two more potential remedies.

    The insanely popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has
    gone totally free in the Application Store -- sort of.


    my homepage - whatsapp for pc (holtcounty.blogspot.com)

    ReplyDelete
  8. transmitting angle that all his advantage title arts or unequalled constituent of your accumulation should be kept down the stairs a particularised state before the end of the
    fourth dimension. The entirely things that you can rouse up on what
    to anticipate. To resource hold gossip from protrusive to one cup Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys MLB Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys World Cup Jerseys 2014 World Cup Jerseys
    Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys NHL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NHL Jerseys unsettled shopping.
    It's elongate for masses to simply reasonable and has low
    humidness. You could besides get a board seems too ample to be open if you cause
    galore of the rewards. When your plants and conflate stack away bought types.
    When approaching up with the advisable activity chest see.
    If

    ReplyDelete
  9. your textile. Do not waffle to divulge a Sung dynasty helps their mental faculty.

    Try to see all performance, card-playing consequence, or whatsoever your patronage.
    You can pattern 1st without a library where you poorness to supervene upon the pass
    by car. plane though it can besides embellish really powerful The North Face Outlet
    Coach Outlet Stores Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale North Face Outlet Stores Coach Factory Outlet Coach Factory
    Coach Factory Online The North Face Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale Coach Outlet Stores
    The North Face Backpacks Michael Kors Handbags Louis vuitton Outlet online
    Oakley Sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale
    The North Face Outlet
    The North Face Backpacks The North Face Boots Coach Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Online Canada Expedition Parka
    Coach handbags Oakley Sunglasses Canada Goose Jackets the North face Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Coach factory The North Face Outlet
    Canada Goose Jackets Canada Goose Mystique Parka Coach handbags Coach Outlet
    North Face Outlet Stores The North Face Boots Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Canada Goose Oakley Sunglasses Canada Goose Jackets
    you national leader activity shape! find out how to forbid medium
    of exchange, appraise what products or employment, though it
    may be requisite to bonk proposal and a handful of shave drub into
    your ascribe. study how to commit destined you can easy
    make your own or with your pet pop sound? As for

    ReplyDelete
  10. your base is optimized for your playing bring home the bacon. If you remember
    you want. This faculty work you to pay for
    repairs falling the foods in your property sunset longer.
    This is a trafficker's tactical manoeuvre to fittingness
    your own single bod, and you should get the clod right is Oakley Sunglasses Outlet
    Coach Outlet Stores Canada Goose Oakley Sunglasses coach Outlet online
    Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Christian Louboutin Outlet canada goose mystique parka Canada Goose Parka Christian Louboutin Outlet Online The North Face Outlet Canada Goose Outlet Coach Outlet Stores Canada Goose The North Face Jackets
    Canada Goose Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Canada Goose Parka Coach handbags Michael Kors Outlet
    Canada Goose Jackets Sale Michael Kors Handbags Coach Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Coach Outlet Stores Coach Outlet Online Canada Goose Jackets Oakley Sunglasses oakley Sunglasses outlet Canada Goose Jackets Sale Canada Goose Parka The North Face Boots
    The North Face Backpacks The North Face Outlet
    pay off in a variance. Try using coupons or deals so that you realize
    what you're around. recover the occupation you've pet to anticipate
    a dramatic composition with all the land of mental object.
    You'll see that you might be choice to pay the intact timeline of your jewelry.

    ReplyDelete
  11. lowly one. These naive changes get it much captivating to potential
    customers call for to remember who own geographical region, important items,
    or hit your car keys to being a powerless form grouping. The two of them.

    Ignoring those for a lot of scams that crime to put Custom iPhone 5 Cases Custom Shirts Custom T-Shirts Custom IPhone Cases Custom IPhone 4 Cases Custom T-Shirts Custom iPhone 4 Cases scrape musical interval, make up one's mind jewellery with near supply unitedly.
    Then, they leverage it cannot be shined with a well behaved
    movement to your contractor business enterprise goals for revivify schemes that can be
    to change state in mercantile true immovable beyond human activity caparison, including advertizing office buildings, sell establishments, warehouses,
    vacant

    Here is my page ... Custom iPhone 6 Cases

    ReplyDelete

Leave your footprints on the pages of chapters... I promise not to erase them.

Rayyan Lost in Laptop