Say My Name, Say My Name!

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

I was almost named Sheffin instead of Roshan. My mom told me that she & my dad almost gave me that name just to match it with my sister Sherine. However just after I was born, a nurse who my mom befriended suggested ‘Roshan’ instead, stating that I looked like a ‘Roshan’!  I have no idea what she meant by that but I am certainly grateful for her suggestion and that my parents decided to take it. Even thought for a few years I remember that I didn’t like my name, thinking it wasn’t ‘grand’ enough, I love it now.

Just a point about the pronunciation. North Indians and central Indians pronounce it making the “Ro” sound separate from the “shan” sound. It kinda sounds like “Ro~shun”! I don’t really like this pronunciation. I notice North Americans pronounce my name as “Ro-shaan”, more emphasis on the “shan”.

How is it pronounced you ask? Simple – tack an “R” in front of the word “ocean” and pronounce it in the same way. Rocean. Simple and sweet!

I did a check on my name in Wikipedia and this is what they threw me :

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