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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Of Dix-its and Shams

Western publications try to educate people about Indian names and sometimes overdo it. After the Forbes article about Anurag “Dix-it” Dikshit, a lesser-known American publication educates people about how to pronounce Shyam.

Then there's Shyam (pronounced, more or less, "sham") Reddy.

Did they listen to too much of Shyam (ESS ECH VAI YAA YEM) Radio? Usually they are the guys who pronounce Shyam as Sham.


  • Kaps... imagine going through these...
    My name is Gajanan. It contains a "J" which gets pronounced as "Ya" in Mexico and Spain. So, my name gets called out as "Guyanaan" by a Hispanic working anywhere in US. Then come the Chinkis. They can get a "J" spelled from their mouth. They end up calling me as "GaHaNaan". And some rednecks who plainly rebel against anything that is un-christian called me "GaNan". I have even been called "Gajajan" by some blessed soul. God alone knows how many contortions my name has undergone. Under these scenarios, if there is a guide on pronouncing Indian names, I guess it is good. But only as long as the readers make it a point to read it correct and sound it correct. If the media publishes "Shyam" as "sham", it is truly a sham lesson!

    By Blogger Rubic_Cube, at 5:09 AM  

  • RC,

    The local Telugu friends would call you Gazanan!:))

    By Blogger Casement, at 10:30 AM  

  • @Rubic_Cube,
    LOL. why don't u shorten your name to GAJ to make it that much more attractive to the international audience :-)

    why are u pulling his leg?

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:24 PM  

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