What's in a name?

A reader sent this link to me a couple of weeks ago, but I've reluctant to post it mainly because it seemed a little self-referential and weirdly self-congratulatory. In any case ...

Here's an illuminating excerpt from an article in the Times of India:

Names do conjure images in our minds. And we form an impression based on that image, courtesy the name, of course. ... How else do you explain a leisurely image that springs up on mention of the word Bahamas and a near-perfect beauty with a mention of an Aishwarya. Says Aryan Vaid, "Some names are automatically catchy. For example Rahul sounds so cool. But a hot chick called Lakshmi? That is a real disaster!" [LINK]
The really funny part is that the quote inspired a bunch of bloggers to name their site -- you guessed it -- "A Hot Chick Called Lakshmi."

I dedicate this entry in gratitude to America for helping me overcome my lifelong grudge against my mother for naming me the Indian equivalent of "Millicent."

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