October 22, 2005

My name is Celia Pexualisi

Filed under: When I get wild — Celia Rexselin @ 10:17 pm

Today I got a greeting from Vummidi Bangaru wishing me Diwali. Everything was right about it. Only that my middle name had been changed to Pexualisi. I wonder how they could come up with such a beautiful name when I had written Rexselin instead. Maybe I should have written King’s Flower or King’s Peace.

My name has always been associated to so many mispronunciation and confusion thanks to my mother. Ever known a woman who named her daughter after the obstetrician? If you haven’t, know it now. Its my great mother. One Mrs.Celia White helped her a lot during delivery that my mother was overcome with gratitude and named me after her. But thats not all. SOmehow my mother thought that “White” was not suitable for me. And she was bent on giving me two names as she had done for my elder brother. So there comes another story. Mom had a close friend called Rex whom she liked a lot. But since it was a unisex name and didn’t go well with Celia she thought that she’ll add some more to it. My Godmother Selin, gladly filled that part. Then Celia Rexselin happened. But why she decided to call me Bindhu at home is yet another mystery.

And fate followed me. People who were not comfortable with my second name found a new name that they liked and called me that way. Vummidi Bangaru is a very good example here. One senior guy called me Penicillin (and he was proud of it too) as he thought that he had discovered something even more greater than the medicine. Classmates compared me with another guy Brucelin and echoed that word whenever my good old Maths teacher asked for me.

One day, another interesting event happened. We had applied for railway ticket concession in college. Usually the staff at college would take care of filling the details and would send it to our class. All my friends got the form except me. While I was wondering what the problem was, they called me. Anxiously I went to the office. The clerk over there looked at me and asked,

Are you Célia Rexselin (The é is intended and thats how she pronounced it)?.
Yes Ma’m and its pronounced Celia.
Okay, you can go now. You would get the form in the evening.
I what?, why did you call for me then?
Oh! We had a small doubt in filling up the gender column so we decided that we’ll better call you and have a look.

But there was one consolation for me. Two other girls’ forms, their last names were Samuel and Edward had “M” filled up in their gender column and they had to reapply.

But all is not that bad. One thing I like very much about my middle name is its uniqueness. I don’t think that anyone else shares the same name. Thank you Mother!!



  1. Laughed at ure mishaps and college names.
    I have always been anon about my name.. but its one of those names you would have never come across so easily neither would spell it my way…

    just try its Javits..



    p:s please dont mention it else where

    Comment by Nanyaar? — October 23, 2005 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  2. :)) Thats coool!!! Welcome to the Club!!!

    Comment by bindhu — October 23, 2005 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  3. haha..u had already written that ‘gender confusion’ in my comment! nice to know the history of ur name! 🙂

    Comment by kalai — October 24, 2005 @ 6:10 am | Reply

  4. blogrolled you!!

    Comment by Nanyaar? — October 26, 2005 @ 1:07 am | Reply

  5. names reveal a lot.u r well written piece substantiates my thesis that in tamilnadu naming children is akin to erecting memorials by parents for their loved/admired ones.

    Comment by vb — October 26, 2005 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

  6. lol….enjoyed the fun

    Comment by Anbae — October 29, 2005 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  7. he he gud one … I thought I have a wierd one “suryakant”….c ya arnd

    Comment by gAMe — October 29, 2005 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  8. @KALAI – The card just added more fuel to the burning grievance inside me 😦

    @VB – I tried surfing for your thesis paper but couldn’t find it. I think your theory would hold true for all (not only tamils). I am a half mallu and I haven’t written about the mishap of my other mallu cousins (and their names).. Solla araambichaa dhukaam thondaiya adaikkum :(((

    @anbae – Thanks for dropping by. Aana en soga kadha ungalakku siripaa padudho??

    @GAME- Gracious!! what is wrong in such a lovely name?? Ask tamil girls about the name “Surya” !!!! 😉

    Comment by bindhu — October 30, 2005 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  9. hai, nothing turns fun expect the whole thing ….just for fun ..

    any way i had tagged u refering nanyaar?.. check out out my blog…

    Comment by Anbae — October 30, 2005 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  10. my thesis is in my blog under IT’S ALL IN THE NAME title.better read it. Solla araambichaa dhukaam thondaiya adaikkum….adhu sari. But for whom?

    Comment by vb — October 31, 2005 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  11. Saw it. You are right!!

    It seems people of every culture have their own means for naming.
    Dhukam: For me only!! 😦 my mother side family has the habit of keeping rhyming names ..

    Where else could you find?(all cousins of mine)
    Baiju, Rhinu, Shalu ..
    Vivin, Pravin
    Nijin, Sijin,
    Shibin, Shincy
    Dixon, Edison

    It seems Shibin’s friends call him Sabeena !!! don’t know what correlation that one has with Shibin.

    Comment by bindhu — October 31, 2005 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

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