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Random Conversations -1 | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
“Mummy, what would you do if your name was not “Vidya”?”“I guess it would be something else” “Did Paati* have any other name in mind when she named you “Vidya”?” (Paati = Grandmother in Tamil) “Yep. I think she also had “Poornima” in mind” “Why “Poornima”?” “Because she thought I was as pretty as the full moon” (Grinning) (Poornima = full moon) “Mummy, you are!” Some good natured nudging and punching later….a thought occurs to Vidur. “So, then if your name was Poornima, how would Poornima aunty* call you?” (Poornima aunty = my colleague at the Ethics committee I work with) “I guess she’d call me Poornima” “And how would you call Poornima aunty” “Poornima” Elementary, my dear Watson. There’s more, though. “Mummy, did Paati have any more choices in mind, other than “Vidya” and “Poornima”” “Dunno, Vidur. Maybe. Didn’t ask her” “Why did she name you “Vidya”?” “Because there was a movie called Dr.Vidya in 1962 and I think she fantasized about me becoming a doctor, too” Some silence. Deep thought. Hoping to provide a satisfactory answer, I say, “Another reason why I was named Vidya was because I was born on the day of the Saraswati Pooja during Navaratri – …