Sunday, June 20, 2010

What's in a Name?

The Great poet William Shakespeare asked this in his famous work 'Romeo and  Juliet', And if i was given a chance to reply, i would say
'Mr. Shakespeare, Please read this post and you will know'.

MEHNAZ - Beautiful name, lovely meaning, easy to pronounce and easy to spell. I am sure my parents must have thought this when they named me. Indeed they were right. I love my name, the meaning, the way its pronounced, but.. easy to spell? I doubt! Thanks to all those who have been creating their own versions of my name!!

Its Easy actually. Imagine you hear my name for the first time and in your mind you see it written as 'MEHNAZ'. But unfortunately, everybody's mind do not run on the same lines. And that's the reason i was inspired to write this post! I swear, If i could sue people whenever they misspelled my name, i would have been a millionaire by now and a billionaire in the future! :p

I am glad maximum number of people get my name right. I love you all :)  Then come the 'MENAZ' writing types. I am a lil irritated with them but then i console myself saying 'Its OK, Just one letter is missing and it doesn't sound real bad.' Next on the list of the 'innovators' are the 'MINAZ' creators. Two letters gone wrong!! I am irritated, but again, its OK, its within the limits atleast. We move on to the 'MINAJ' inventors. I am ANGRY!!! 3 letters gone haywire!! And that too a 'J' instead of  'Z'!! Comeon!! Which school did you go to??
I hate you!

'NEHAZ'- The guy who fixed my laptop had this written on my lappy bag!! Dude, you need to go to either Dr. Kishore Shetty, he is the best E.N.T specialist in town or join nursery classes again!! What the hell?!? Even as i recall this and write it here,  my blood boils! :p Okay! Digest this now. The person who is the inspiration behind this post and she wrote 'MEHNG' - You can imagine what i went through when i saw my name written this way!! I saw this on the receipt of my aerobics classes and i got WILD! Seriously!!! 'MEHNG'?!?!?! How on earth did you think my name spelled this way? How? How? How?? I hate u sooo damn much!. Felt like banging my head to the wall Photobucket but i was like 'Hey! why mine? I should take her head and bang it to the wall!! Stupid Lady!!'

All this made me think of some tips:
  •  Keep our ears open when we ask or hear anyone's name.
  • Open our mouths wide and pronounce and spell our name to others.
  • However easy the name sounds, feel free to ask the spelling the first time you hear it and in case you have a doubt, then PLEASE DO ASK!
  • Make sure we name our children keeping in mind the spelling aspect of it.
  • If by any chance we go to China, Japan, Korea and such 'chinki' countries, PLEASE do not even dare to ask their names. Just refer to them as 'Hey', 'Dude', 'Dudette', 'Babes' etc!! Trust me, we will be saved ;)
  • But if u want the best suggestion, here it is- Follow Shah Rukh Khan! 'My name is MEHNAZ and it is spelled this way 'M.E.H.N.A.Z!!!! 

Aakhir naam mein hi toh hamaari pehchaan hai! ;) What say Mr. Shakespeare? ;)


  1. naaz....MEHNG ws too gud...i ll call u MEHNG sounds lik u r a chinky gal .lol!!!

  2. good one M.E.H.N.A.Z. ;P faced similar situations....for eg., 'sunali=sonali " :-/ more worse 'mendoza=mendonsa" :-O aargh. lol...gud post. keep the blogs going!!!

  3. @ Beli: Thnx :) LOOOOL!! Me n chinki!! LMAO!! :p

    @ Sonali: Thnx alot! :) n Yea its soo irritating to see r names being misspelled!

  4. hey Naaz,

    Indeed it was fun to see people writing your name wid different spelling but the right one!! i guess, i saw few of them writing ur nick name 'Naaz' as 'Naz' (dat included our dear Regi!!! ;-) btw nelita has a good ncik name 'belly' ;-)

    good day!


  5. Wow !! never knew u were so Touchy bout the spelling of ur name !!
    Come to think of it, i've had to share a similar fate as urs.. people misspell my name all the time :-(

    Keep em' coming !


  6. Bipro.. My name being such a simple one was misspelled, I can imagine hw many versions u must hav got 4 ur name! :p

  7. i wish der wz a like option here! :) kewl as owayz, dis post makes us wonder bout d ppl who re-name us wid their stupid n funny names :P well sis, i've owayz heard u complainin bout it..LOL!! nw dat ur blog's on d track, u've put it on d right place! :)

  8. @ Savio: Thanx! :) LOL yea! Bt i dont mind my nick names goin rong! Dats fine! I jz dont like d Whole name being misspelled! ;)

    @ Fathima: Thnx alot sis! And U wer d first one to whom i showed d receipt na! ;)

  9. Hey Mehnaz (I better be careful with d spelling!)... I loved ur post... It was hilarious n interesting to read... Wanting to read more of ur works...

  10. Okay MEHNG ... I mean M.E.H.N.A.Z. You write really well. Looking forward reading more. Happy writing :)

  11. naaz..this comment is actually 4 avil dominic D'souza k...hey dominic its beli k not belly..even u shud go to Dr. Kishore Shetty.take his add 4m naaz!!

  12. Nehu.. Thnx Alot! Insha'Allah wil keep posting! :)

    Karan.. Thank You! :)

    Beli.. LOL!!! I knew u wud definitly comment if u see Avil's comment! :p