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  • Narendra 6:43 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, name, Reddy, uncle   

    How did I get my name? 

    After a long time, I visited dailypost blog. Just scanned to see if there was something interesting and finally, I stopped at this topic. I found this quite interesting simply because – How I got my name has a nice little story behind it. I heard it directly from the horses mouth few years ago.

    Unlike most kids who get their name from Parents or Grand Parents,  I was named by my eldest uncle [ mom’s eldest brother ]. It seems after my elder sisters birth uncle was troubled by financial losses and repeated crop failures, which complicated both his personal and social life. He was under tremendous stress and anxiety. He was hopeless and during that period he happened to meet a person from his neighboring village. Uncle said that this man helped him a lot  to recover from the setbacks and showed him new direction. With time they became best friends. Also, both their families got closer to each other.

    All was going well when suddenly one day, he was found dead. No one knows what exactly happened but his best friend was gone. This happened few weeks before I was born.

    Originally uncle wanted to name me Mohan after Mahatma Gandhi’s first name. But, when I was born he decided to name me after his dearest friend. I got his got his name. It was his way of paying tribute to his friend who helped him through a difficult stage of his life and more importantly stayed a good friend till the very end. That’s how  I Was named Narendra Reddy.

    But hey, story doesn’t end here. During those days dad was a lecturer at REC, Calicut. Which means he got to know about me and my name only after few weeks. He immediately wrote back to my uncle and wanted them to append ‘Kumar’ as the middle name. My name became Narendra Kumar Reddy. Apparently, my family members, relatives and my neighbours call me Kumar. Most of them don’t even know my name is Narendra.

    Ok, there’s one more twist to the name thingy. During my 10th grade, where I had to appear for the board exams. I was told by my class teacher my name exceeds the permissible limit and the computer wouldn’t accept such a lengthy name. By the way, my full name was Addula Narendra Kumar Reddy 😀 I told my dad, I want the Reddy out [ Reddy is my communities name, it has an infamous track record for being violent and aggressive ] plus I wasn’t amused with the sound of Reddy. Dad being a true “Reddy” flatly refused to listen to my plea and decided to do away with Kumar. So, since 1996 my name was scaled down to A Narendra Reddy. 😀

    Right, that was my story, How about yours?

    • The Hook 12:18 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Named after my dad. That as exciting as it gets.
      As for “The Hook”, that’s another story…

      • Narendra 11:03 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes, nice. The Hook..what’s the story behind that..Curious to know

    • Kim 2:39 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Reddy ^^

    • Single Malt Monkey 2:53 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great story, Narendra. I recently did some family tree research and found a trail of Johns, Richards, Williams, and, heaven forbid, a whole load of Cornelius’. Fortunately Cornelius as a name died out (although my wife seems to think it’s funny to call me that some times, now that she knows of it) and it was my Mother’s choice to call me Brian ! She changed her mind at the last minute and as a consequence I am the only Alan in 400 years in our particular branch of the tree – though I do know that there are others now with the same name.

    • Bianca 1:11 am on April 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Chrisanda = Jesus’ name when he was 8
      Its Hebrew!!! ^^ and Rare.. 😀 😀
      No story behind it though -.-“

  • Narendra 12:49 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , carnal, gandhi, History, , Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Personalities, sleep   

    What you didn’t know about Gandhi 

    On this very day, way back in 1948 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot dead. There’s no parallel to his achievements and legacy, no one comes closer to his aura.

    But you see no hero is flawless, there’s no genius without a touch of eccentricity. There’s one such facet of Gandhiji’s life which has been well masqueraded. Neither the media nor the historians seem to poke into it, maybe centuries later when he attains god like status, some silly Dan brown clone might go back digging into the past just to figure out his mortal deficiencies. Anyways, coming back to the focal point – What you didn’t know about Gandhi. Hmmm, I haven’t read much material on this but you see whatever is available online is enough to showcase this lesser known dimension of his. What you going to read may startle you simply because you might have never ever heard or read this, so stay calm.

    I will be direct, Gandhiji used to sleep with young women..ummmmm..literally. None of us were there to see what exactly happened whether he did so to satisfy his carnal needs or was it what he called ” Experiment’s with Bhramacharya” ( experiments with celibacy ). Whatever it was, it’s is nothing less than shocking. Can you imagine a man sleeping with his grandnephew’s wife and terming it as an effort to correct her sleep posture, how ridiculous ( Why would I be bothered about someone’s sleep posture, all that matters  is restful sleep. As far as I know he was a law student not medicine ). There’s very little dope available on his experiments, he even planned to publish his works. Just imagine, Gandhi’s book on so called celibacy, it would have been a best seller ( Hey bhagwaan ). His end brought curtains to his work ( which by Indian standards would have brought more shame than pride had it hit the stands ).

    Just writing all this stuff is making me feel odd. Still suspended in disbelief. I suggest you google it and read more or maybe you shouldn’t.



    • Bianca 4:28 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Three Words.
      Oh My God!

    • sufiaz 5:50 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      didnt u already know this????? did u know he also used to drink his wifes milk?

      • Narendra 8:42 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Pata nahi..I first read about this in 2007..for obvious reasons..this isn’t highlighted in the media..it’s under wraps..Bitter truth..difficult to digest this..

        I dun care what he did with his wife..that’s between them..but 16 year old girl..it’s illegal..immoral..aur kya boloon…hmmm

        • Narendra 8:43 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          agar mein karoon toh jail..aur bapu kare toh experiment..wah re duniya..not acceptable

    • sufiaz 10:23 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      wah re dunia?……mere bhai…yehi dunia hai

    • Narendra 10:38 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply


      • Rajiv 9:17 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        ‘SAD’ bhai kaha isliye 😉

        coming to the point-
        “When Gandhi was 16 his father became very ill. Being very devoted to his parents, he attended to his father at all times during his illness. However, one night, Gandhi’s uncle came to relieve Gandhi for a while. He retired to his bedroom where carnal desires overcame him and he made love to his wife. Shortly afterward a servant came to report that Gandhi’s father had just died.”
        —I doubt the lady was his uncles wife. Actually he married to kasturba on behest of pressure by his father. The night of marriage when kasturba and Gandhi were married. His father was on death bed. (from my experiments of truth)

        @Sufia nehru-edwina lovestory is a Turning point in History. Known fact- Gandhiji was against partition but Nehru and his political ambitions and his Closeness to Edwina led to the partition. Mountbatten was appraised of the fact that INC (Indian national Congress) is in favour of partition by none other than Edwina, Who did all this for nehru.
        Also I suppose (Heard from somewhere) nehru-Edwina had a baby girl too. Though not sure how much True it’s.

    • sufiaz 12:18 am on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      but u know sth, i can understand why its kept under wraps there….its very public knowledge abt him here…on a related note, u DO know abt nehru/edwina mountbatten dont u?

      outta curiosity. were u guys told any dirt abt iqbal or jinnah?

      • Narendra 9:17 am on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember any school syllabus shooting down Jinnah or Iqbal..for that matter even the British..as far as I remember, school books only stated what had happened..there wasn’t any character assassination or negative propagation.

        As of the Nehru-Edwina pact ( or their love story ), totally amused. Guess the lady was charming 😀

    • Leianne 2:56 am on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Surprised? Well Yes, I am! ^o^

    • sufiaz 5:44 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      they didnt teach it us officially in school, just there r ways of finding out..we were just discovering the advantages of search engines when i was studying history in school (at the time there was yahoo not even google)….that and having grandparents who had witnessed the horrors of partition also helped

    • Mohini Puranik 7:31 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Narendra! You dared to say it! if you come in touch with Marathi ppl……you will get more about Gandhi. There is always big war between followers of Gandhi and Svatantryaveer Savarkarji. we have facts and we can decide the truth. But ppl are really blind…all this is shocking i didn’t kno…only thing i knew was he helped British always…..keep this up.

      • Narendra 8:03 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Mohini..I wrote this piece with no intention of disrespecting Gandhiji..he’s is our father of our nation..a man who could inspire millions and show them a peacefully path to freedom. Without him we both may not be enjoying this liberty today.

        Every genius is flawed so was he, but that cannot take away what he gave to this nation.

        • Mohini Puranik 12:53 am on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Actually what i mean is you respect or disrespect, but first we should stop following blindly..and that;s good you raised the questions..and about independence…it will create again a diff. debate.

          • Narendra 12:05 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            When people can follow crazy mongrels…without no logic..Trust Bapu deserves much more..however, god worship is unwarranted ..he was human..

            • PP 10:09 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Eye Opener! Great work Naren

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