Origin Of My Pet Names

Recount the origins of any nicknames or pet names you have.

I have had a few nicknames throughout my life. When I was about 11 or perhaps turning 12 years old, my family (parents, sister, some uncles, aunts and cousins) had hired two 15 seater mini buses and were on a tour of famous spots in South India. One of the places we visited was Kanyakumari, at the southern most tip of India. To go to the small island that has a statue of Swami Vivekanada memorial statue, which is on a small piece of an island, you have to go on ferry boats. Now while getting in and getting out they have deck hands to help you (as India had and still has in most places) shitty piers, so everyone took their help while the taller men jumped if they felt that they could. I, a plump kid, took the help of the men while getting in but on our way back I decided that I could make it and jumped to the pier easily even when most people older than me couldn’t. So the men remarked “Ah, master chaddiallo! (Master has jumped)” in jest and my cousins heard it. Thus the name Master has stuck and my damn cousins still call me by that nick name even though it is 25 years plus since it happened!

Years later, 1997 or 98 (I was 21 or 22) for a while some of my cousins kept calling me FC Rosh, because that was the name I gave to my custom team in a FIFA game we all used to play a lot during one summer. At the moment, only one of my cousins still keeps calling me that whenever she sees me or chats with me online – she is behind the times like that! And then in late 2007 I got this nick name at the office I was in, which has also stuck since then – Roshango! That’s because my user name for accessing the company network is “roshango” which is short for my full name Roshan Gopal Krishnan. I didn’t choose the name or else it would have been ‘roshangk” but it was the tech guys who put that. But over 2.5 years later my ex team members and some colleagues still call me Roshango!

I actually like that name. Even when it used to give us all a laugh when people call me “Come Roshango”!

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