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August 8, 2006

What is your good name, sir?

Filed under: India — Chris @ 6:18 pm

I really don’t understand where this question comes from. I guess it’s a clumsy translation of the local formalities. My answer is always “Christopher” (which inevitably comes back as “Mr. Christopher”), since “Chris” can easily become “Krishna” and “Conway” is just a waste of everybody’s time. People here know the name “Christopher” the same way Americans know… Um… Are there any Indian names that Americans know? “Vijay”? “Ravi”? (Stupid Americans.)

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3 Comments

  1. Hi there – I used one of your photos on flick for a post on my blog. Here it is – http://window-seat.blogspot.com/2006/08/zero-threat-bringing-aviation-back-to.html

    Have acknowledged your copyright. Lemme know if you want me to modify the attribution in any way. Great foto! Thanks.

    Comment by "Window, please" — August 11, 2006 @ 3:09 am

  2. Your use/attribution suits me just fine, window. The pic was actually taken by Hilleary, but what’s her’s is mine &c.

    Comment by Chris — August 11, 2006 @ 3:47 am

  3. Well, in Hindi, this phrase is used as a polite way of asking someone’s name. However, I don’t think people realize that it isn’t used in English, so it sounds really weird to native English speakers :)

    Comment by Rachel — December 26, 2010 @ 11:12 pm


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