What’s in a Name?

Culture and Media

A charming story from the BBC about a village in Kerala called Moscow, where people named Lenin, Stalin, Pushkin etc are meeting to talk about their names. It seems Stalin and Krushchev have lost their popularity as names, but Lenin is still going strong. Before you conclude that this is just a Keralite communist eccentricity, consider the case of the babies who were named Dhamaka Singh or Visphote Singh in Rajasthan, after India tested its nuclear missile. Or the unfortunate pet-names Bengali babies often seem to get- Poltu, Motu, Bhondu, I could go on.