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.)



  1. Hi there – I used one of your photos on flick for a post on my blog. Here it is –

    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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