Saturday, November 27, 2010

There's Lots In A Name

 What's in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Really ???
Well how do you feel when you bump into your school teacher in a bus and she remembers your name ?
How do u feel when your long lost school crush ,who now looks hot ,sees you at a mall and yells out your name.
Or when the DJ announces your name over the Mic..
Everyone's name is extra special to them and its one of those things though belonging to them ,you use it more!

About a couple of months ago I was working on an education project with a finance company and I decided to visit my school for some primary research on regulatory policies of schools.I went after the secondary school timings since I knew the principal would be free then.I reached the gate of the school and suddenly felt as if i was in my half pants again...the school flag fluttering next to the Christmas tree and the peculiar  buzzing sound that a school gives you even when you stand outside it brought back fond memories of people and my life with them.

Amidst my thoughts someone called out " arrey shreeram ,tu yahan kya kar raha hai?" ( meaning,hey shreeram what are u doing here) and i was surprised to hear my school name again coz after school I have always been addressed as Ram . I turned around to see my school peon Narayan .. the fact that he remembered me and my name..almost got me to tears...I still remember holding his fingers with my tiny hands as he led me to my classroom after I had wet my pants in Sr.Kg.. I shook hands with him and I was glad he remembered my name.

I moved to the second floor ,had  a fantastic meeting with my principal Mr.Anthony Fernandes as I took leave I bumped into my primary teacher whom we called 'Jane Teacher' the next instant she had her hands on my ears,twisting them  and said "My god U've changed so much ,how are you?" to which I said" I cant belive you remember me " ."of course I do Mr.Shreeram Santosh"

It is truly said by Dale Carnegie (One of the worlds best writers on human interactions) "Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language"

Ever since then I made it a point to remember people's names  coz I learned remembering someone's name is like honoring them and respecting them for what they are.and it doesn't take a lot of effort
There have been times when I have got the beer after the bar closure , just because I knew the bartender's name.
The sandwich guy ,Chotu lets me Eat Now-Pay Later ..The watchman greets me every morning with a salam sahab ,just coz i give him a smile and say " good morning shankar " and I tel him hes the only one who calls me sahab before I even have become one .





To end this up I'll end up with one last story
Six months ago there was a fire in my building and our corporator/MLA  Mr.Subhash Desai paid a visit to our society. amidst all the chaos ,the fire fighters the screaming a young lad from my society saw the corporator and said "haila Subhash Desai " to which the smile on his face was endless...he couldn't believe his branding skills were so good that a 6 yr old knew his name.

People love their names,
Waiters would prefer being called by either their own name rather than thapa or raju or ramlal or whistles..start remembering their names and see the kind of service that you get.
Remember that lift man's name and he would run to stop the lift for you to get in
Remember that Peon's name and he would let you know which salt it is in the chemistry practicals even before you start the practicals 
Next time instead of just thanx ..say thank you _____(persons name) and see the difference it makes!!


Remembering a name cant get you good grades ,or promotions or fat salary packages but it brings you simple moments of happiness , which integrates to upgrade the lives of others as well as yours.

Your name defines who you are, your attributes, qualities, your preferences ...simply put your name is the super set with which all other memories ,quotes and incidents that are attached to you.
Every Name is special just as life every life is significant..
Take time to celebrate the uniqueness that your name brings you. Call out your name aloud! and see how great you feel about it ...coz Ram Santosh feels awesome when his name is screamed out loud!

And Remember To Remember people's names.It pays. Not in Cash But in Kind -ness.

70 comments:

  1. i ve experiencd d same... its very true dat names r so very spcl.. b it long short..anythng.. dey mean alott... m jus lovin ur blog....

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  2. Super Fyn man !!

    awesOMe stuff !!!

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  3. @OM ...THIS IS YOUR FIRST COMMENT ON MY BLOG ! and it matters a lot to me!! thank you!

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  4. really nice..gud work..keep writin..!! :)

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  5. @ruchika thank you!do read the earlier posts too!

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  6. wow!! jus wow!! SHREERAM SANTOSH!!! wow!!

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  7. @pavitra thank you!! tera pehla comment on my blog!!

    @ priya dugad....thanx u sooo much!! that means a lot!

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  8. fantastic blog Shreeram....loved it!

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  9. too good bro!!!
    i have noted one thing.. u have too many narayan's in your life.. :P

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  10. @ccw ha ha nice observation chetan!!thankyou!

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  11. out of all i have read, this is the best :)
    keep writing man you are really very good at it

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  12. Amazing write-up Mr.Shreeram Santosh! :D i had a similar experience wen i went back to my school too!It indeed is an honor if one remembers ur name.Remembering names helps on the professional front too. The impact is infact greater than a good hand-shake!Wat say?

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  13. @ anoop nair thank you so much buddy ! and thanx for following my blog regularly!

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  14. @wrisha yea someone remembering your name has a much better feeling than ..shaking hands and saying...er ..i knew we have met but...!
    ;) thanx for the read wrisha ..do follow my blog!

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  15. very thought provoking...good stuff...do keep up the work...kudos to ya...:)

    Natalia

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  16. @ natalia ,@rajana ,@ sanjana thank yoU!

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  17. Awesome dude.....Mahn i m sure i am in to some inpirations of writring more blogs now....but buddy cant beat the way you think ;-)..keep writing

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  18. This is one of the crazziest blog....trust me.... everyone .... and I bet everyone is able to relate the posts here with him/herself or with people around them !

    This post is very well written... it's so interesting that you forget about it's length !

    God bless u brother! keep rocking Shreeram Santosh !!!

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  19. @abbas thank you so much brother!!

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  20. @kalpesh thats the best comment on my blog so far! had i been rich i would have sent u a bag full of cash for that generous comment!!
    thanx brother! love u!

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  21. The Guys At Priyanka Almost Waved Off My Whole Bill Once Wen We Had An Sudden Money Crisis The Name Is Always Worth Remembering !!!!!!!


    And Whats Ur Stance On The Nicks Well Couple Of Years Ago I was more notoriously famous by my Nick DuffMan and BaiT lol Till I Hit Our Coll lol ... I mean I Had This One Tym Incident Where in a Couple Of Guys Total Strangers were kinda Discussing My LAN nick My Share And My Softs [Yes I Was A Major Nerd]... It Was One Of Those Moment Where You Kinda Just Lay Back And Bask In Ur Silent Glory

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  22. awesomeness!!the inaugural line is sooo awesome!!!
    You have proved William Shakespeare wrong my friend!!

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  23. @ ashwin.. what u write and speak continues to amaze me every single time! im glad u could relate so well!

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  24. @ nachiket thank you my friend!! u observed the best part!

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  25. well written ....well said

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  26. awsum stuff bro...as usual....am one of a large fan base da u hav!! :P

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  27. @shashank thank you brother! im glad !! super glad u said that!

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  28. i came 2 noe abt dis blog thru a common friend...nd lemme tell u dat u r really doing a gr8 job..1 cn very much connect thru dis article...nd dis is d essence of ur writing wich is simply amazing.. :)god bless.. :)

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  29. @ anonymous! i would be really glad if i had ur name to send u thank u message for this comment!

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  30. awesome!! too good!! :)

    and soo true...coz I hate it when someone doesn't make an effort to remember my name, or spells it wrong constantly!

    Fantastic!! :D

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  31. Every time I think this was ur best...u prove me wrong by writing something even better! and I'm glad u do so. Ur blog keeps me wanting to read more about ur experiences & somehow the length doesn't matter. superb Ram!

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  32. @rithika thank u sista!!

    @ krithika thank you so much!!

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  33. dis is minakshi(wich ws an anonymous person sum tym bk)hs nw reavealed her "NAME"

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  34. Remembering somebody's name is also an art and when you call by name indicates not only familiarity but closeness.I have this bad habit of forgetting the name but remembering the face!

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  35. @S.R Ayyangar sir: absolutely names do indicate closeness, since you've worked with the government all your life,you know best :) thank you for commenting on my blog!

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  36. good one boss..:)Every Name is special

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  37. @ramesh thank you so much!! your comment relly made my day!

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  38. well ram thanx for being my 1st follower
    what i like about bloggers is talks u can relate to
    i can completely relate to what u have said
    like when a senior or a professor mentions you with your name and not with 'that guy there'
    feels gr8
    the gurads , the mess ppl like being called with their names
    humans afterall

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  39. @da enlightened : your most welcome and thank you for taking time to comment on my blog!

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  40. I like ur blog coz I can relate completely to what u write.
    I like ur writing style as well.
    For a long time now, I hadn't come across a blog I wanted to visit everyday and read.
    You make me spend more time on your blog than mine...
    Keep up the good work!

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  41. @Janaki thank you so much lady!
    I'm honored

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  42. very true. n yup, gonna make extra effort to rmbr names from now on :) . tripti

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  43. heyy..dint know there is so much of u..
    nice work..keep'em up..
    hema

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  44. Your opening line starts with the famous Shakespeare quote, 'What is in a name?' well the quote would have been anonymous if Shakespeare hadn't credited it to himself. Yes a name is very important to each one and though you might find millions with the same name, at the end,to one, it signifies who we are and what we are. loved the article. It also highlights the quality of Attitude with Gratitude. Brilliant job!

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  45. @ padma thank you so much! for reading so closely..do visit again! :)and let me remind you to write some of ur wonderful poems..so that i can reciprocate the same :)

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  46. Too good!! :)
    1 more thing right back from THOSE DAYS..
    "My name is WHAT??
    My name is WHO??
    My name is________!!"
    :) :) :)

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  47. @asif yo brother!! you got that well slim shady!

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  48. Just awesome............buddy....awesome

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  49. @surbhi:yeah!! even i remember narayan n den jane mam too... i ws her pet... :D good wrk "shreeram" ill c to it tht i adress ppl wid deir names :D

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  50. Dunno what to say after all the above comments... But its Coooolll.... Flashed my past memories :)

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  52. so nice yaar....awesome.....it feels really gr8 when some1 really remember us by our name after so long time....superlike......:)

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  53. Amazing Stuff...brought a smile to my face:)

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  54. Thumbs up!!

    Yes, remembering the really does matter.

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  55. I just love this one Ram!!

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  56. Well Ram! I would totally agree to all that you have written. Addressing someone with their first name and also remembering someone's name does make a lot of difference in any kind of a conversation.

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