Saturday, August 13, 2022
While most Indian parents name their children after gods or movie icons, some, in their search for uniqueness, choose completely different sources.
The BBC met a few people in India with unique names that were inspired by historical events.
The word "Azad" means "free". Since Azad Kapoor was born on August 15 1947, India's independence day, her parents named her accordingly.
As a child, Azad was unhappy with her name as it is usually a boy's name but she eventually got used to it.
Needless to say, no one ever forgets her birthday.
"My friends joke that the entire country celebrates my birthday," she said.
On June 26 1975, a state of emergency was declared in India in a radio announcement.
The country was was facing a threat from "internal disturbances", according to then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
That is the day when Emergency Yadav was born. Emergency's father, who was an Opposition politician, said that he did not want anyone to forget "this sad, dark period in India's history".
He was jailed just hours before his son was born and could meet Emergency in 1977, when the state was lifted.
Mounitha Roy, Tsunami's mother, had to take refuge on top of a small hill as a heavily pregnant woman during a catastrophic tsunami in 2004.
She told BBC that she had asked her family to escape as she had no escape for herself and her unborn child.
Without any help, she delivered her son in the dark on the rock.
While Tsunami was bullied for his name as a child, his mother said the name meant "hope and survival."
"My son was the only good thing that happened that day," Roy said.
The word "Khazanchi" means"cashier". This five-year-old was born in Punjab National Bank after PM Modi's surprise announcement about demonetisation or note ban in India.
While standing in the bank's line to withdraw cash, Khazanchi's mother went into labour.
The mother said that everyone suggested the baby be named Khazanchi as he was born in a bank.
While the notice created panic in the country, with his name Khazanchi brought luck to the family.
"He's brought us money and wealth, everyone is helping us," said his mother.
Lockdown Kakkandi was born just a week after COVID-19 caused a shutdown in India two years ago. In his small village, Lockdown is no less than a celebrity.
His father said that he was born "at the peak of the lockdown" which is why it was hard to find a vehicle or a doctor.
On March 2020, PM Modi declared a nationwide lockdown with citizens given only a few hours' notice.