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Naming my Baby


Like every new would-be parents, my husband and I were also excited about naming our baby. We spent the entire nine months looking for a good, nice-sounding, meaningful and unique name. However, when our baby finally arrived, we found ourselves most unprepared and got printed ‘baby boy’ on his birth certificate.

My husband wanted to name our baby anything that started with a ‘P’ (he called it keeping up the family tradition ;)). Coincidentally, his father, sister and he  himself  have names starting with ‘P’. So, the entire nine months he kept pestering me to look for names.
Our second challenge was, being in India, we did not know if it’s a baby boy or girl. So, like most parents, we tried stocking up a set of both.
I was secretly not happy with the whole idea though. I wanted to see my baby first and then think of a name. I guess so was my hubby, but neither of us admitted. In the meantime, everybody was busy suggesting us names. Time passed. Finally, it was the day. I still remember those beautiful dark eyes looking at me wrapped in a blue cloth, early in the morning. I could see my hubby’s face in him. Partho, later told me how I remorsefully had told him about the resemblance while still under the effect of anesthesia. How I laughed. 😀
My baby came home. A week passed. One day, Partho reminded me to look for a suitable name so that we could update his birth certificate. Un huh.. Like most parents, we wanted something very suitable. But how do you define very suitable? Hurrrmmph… My son was born early in the morning. So we started from there. We looked for names that meant rays of early morning. Came across several options, but not very impressive. I finally started looking for names of Krishna’s son. Bingo! There it was, the solution to our challenge. Arinjay is one of Krishna’s son. Why Krishna? My hubby’s name means lord Krishna. His son. So Arinjay. Now, when you replace the second ‘a’ in the name with a ‘o’, it becomes Arinjoy. Arinjoy also connotes Arin+joy = the sun’s first ray + happiness. It all fell in place. Best part – everybody in the family loved it.
Hoping my son will love it too :). Did you go through a similar situation? Do share with me. I would love to read them.

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