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Socially Unsocial

Lots of hope (or hype to be appropriate?) goes into social network/ social media these days.  Ask anyone “What is the next big thing in technology?” or “What is the most innovative thing that happened in this decade?”, the answer invariably will be “Social Media, Social network“, ie Facebook, MySpace, Orkut and what not. Everybody wants to be social. It has become fashionable to be net social these days. Gone are the days when people would meet in public places and discuss topics of interests, share jokes and experiences. Now these things happen only on internet through the social networks like Facebook, MySpace and others. It is addiction of a sort, to be social on the internet. Everybody, let it be a boy of school or a grandpa in his 90’s, want’s to be on Facebook these days.If  you are not on Facebook, you are not considered social animal anymore.

Unlike the conventional social gathering, where most often if not all the time, you would meet people whom you already knew from before, in the new social network you meet people whom you have never seen in your life sometimes. It is a different issue if the person with whom you are socially interacting on the network is really a person who you think he is in the first place.

Talking of addiction,being on Facebook and creating various social groups is another such addiction. I know some of my friends, who just like creating some blah! blah! blah! group, drag all of their contacts into it, no matter whether  they like it or not, and keep posting some junk. By doing so they think they have become some kind of celebrity with several followers.  Then arises a rival group formed by some other who drags all people from the former group to his. Then starts the race of number of members in each other’s group, then bitching and abusing each other. I know one friend who does nothing but forms various groups and publishes comments entire day. If no one responds , which is often the case, he replies to his own comments, writes jokes , appreciates them and laughs by himself. While others whom he has drawn to all his groups, just look at his stupidity with fun. He has turned a lunatic, a Facebook lunatic. (more…)

Whats in the name? So butcher it ? !!

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”  wrote Shakespeare in the memorable novel “Romeo and Juliet “.

Off course,  the person would still remain the same even when called with another name. Neither a good name would make a person good, nor a rich name would make him rich. “BUT“……!!!!  Shakespearean definition sounds logical only in his classic novel, not in reality. The name gives a person his identity. It is the integral part of who you are , not considering the physical aspect of the person. It is what identifies your personality. Not all who are named “Gandhi” are revered as “Gandhi”. When we say “Gandhi” we co relate the name to the messenger of peace “Gandhi”. That’s how the name engulfs the personality. Our name is so dear to us that mispronouncing it or misspelling it , hurts us. Not just hurts, but causes severe consequences in some cases.

Our culture and society gives a lot of importance to the name of a person. When a child is born people like to name their kid with a name that is very unique and unheard of. That unique name makes the parents feel that his child is special among others.  Lot of rituals go with naming a child. That’s the reason we always hold our name very close to our heart and cannot tolerate to hear it mispronounced or misspelled. However, many times these beautiful names are butchered because of the way different languages are pronounced. Spelling names of persons from other cultures  or languages sometimes becomes difficult  to a person belonging to some other culture or speaking a different language. Take for example the African name “OLUWAKANYINSOLA” (means “sweet” in South African language) or the Thai name  “APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL” (meaning “Holy“) . Some names are not just difficult but if not pronounced properly give a totally different and weird meanings, though in their native language they would mean something very nice. Being an Indian and knowing meaning of most Indian names, I’m particularly amused and sometimes irritated with the way native American English speakers butcher Indian names. They do not mean to deliberately do it. Most of the time, it is because they try to pronounce them the way they speak English phonetically. I have heard some names pronounced really funny and sometimes embarrassing, by native English speakers.  (more…)

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