Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What's your surname Mr. Iyer?

South Indians are funny characters. You can't slot them into any category. No templates fit them. The Mallus are different from the Tams from the Gults from the Kannadigas. At least when it comes to naming conventions. Take four names for dissection: Vishwanthan Anand, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Arackaparambil Kurian Antony & Ramakrishna Hegde.

Vishwanathan Anand is a Tamilian name. Vishwanathan is Anand's dad's name and Anand is his given name. The Nara in Nara Chandrababu Naidu is the family name while Naidu is the caste name and Chandrababu is his given name. The AK in AK Antony stands for his dad's name. Hegde is the surname of a man named Ramakrishna.

Got the drift? Ain't the naming so different? There's a well-written piece in answers dot com on Indian naming conventions. Read it up if you want the answer to the poser in the headline.

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