What is the best gift a man can give his daughter? Amid the million options that may pop up in your mind, let me tell you that in today's world the best gift that she can get is an identity – her name.
During a time when parents comb the web to find that unique name from the various permutations and combinations offered by baby sites, here is someone who choose to be simple, yet amazing. For their firstborn, Palakkad native Ajay Ghosh and his wife, Drishya, looked no further away from their country of birth and decided to name their little angel – India.
Onmanorama caught up with Ajay Ghosh, whose daughter's name has caught the attention of the netizens. Here is what he has to say:
I have always been on the hunt for unique names. I had decided long ago that I would give a unique name for my child. If I were to be blessed with a boy, I would have named him Indian. And I named my beautiful baby girl India.
India is a name that reflects the grandeur of varied cultures, religions and traditions. Only a great nation like ours can uphold strong virtues of peace and forgiveness for this long. Naming her India makes me proud.
I have always been a staunch believer of Gandhian philosophy and I'm happy to be India's father.
Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes had been in the news after he named his daughter India. Were you inspired by him?
It was after naming her that I did an elaborate search on the web for spotting people who are named after India. I chanced upon a few names, but they were all slightly modified like Indiana or something similar. It actually came as a surprise to me that cricketer Jonty Rhodes had named his daughter India.
It's also interesting to note that Ghosh did not add the burden of caste and religious identities on his dear daughter in the form of a surname. For he believes that she should choose her own religious identity, if she wants so in the future.
The name of Ghosh's little angel is trending on Facebook and his friends are wholeheartedly appreciating his choice. However, Ghosh said that his elderly relatives initially had a problem in accepting the name. Ghosh was all praise for his wife Drishya, who stood by his name choice, despite resistance from family.
Ghosh, a media personnel, had earlier been in the spotlight after he created unique sketches (Varayezhuthu) for each district in Kerala on the 60th state formation day.