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Whew... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I think I'm done with challenge entries for the night. My brain is saying, "I know who Uncle Alphard is, really. I even have an idea of what he was like. Fingers... type???" But no, no typing occurs. ;p I'm getting slower in my dotage here.

So, trying to think of a replacement name for Chandi. I found Shanti and Chahna. Would either of those have any problems? (I'd have to fight not pronounce "Chahna" like "Hannah" in my head, but I guess it doesn't matter how I pronounce something in my head.)
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1voice From: 1voice Date: September 24th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
As I think you've gotten to my request, I personally ask of you to take a break! You've already amazed me with your other challenge responses...you deserve to rest.

As for a replacement name for Chandi...I like Shanti. I also looked up a few and here are my favorites: Kala, Gita, Kali, Lina, Kanta/Kanti or Lilavita.
amamama From: amamama Date: September 24th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Have a rest, Fern. You've managed to pour out an amazing amount of stories. I'm awed. And I like both Shanti and Chahna, but have no idea of their meanings.
amamama From: amamama Date: September 24th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suddenly remembered one of my Indian cookbooks, written by Vimla Patil... Maybe Vimla is her aunt and namesake? And Maybe they have this book (which i found at Amazon) at your local library: "What's in Your Name?: Indian Baby Names and Their Roots" by Vimla Patil and Naishadh Patil. As it says in the synopsis: This book is not a mere list of names, but a veritable storehouse of the philosophy, beliefs and cultural narrations which have resulted in thousands of Indian names. I'm not Indian, but that synopsis made me want the book.
chengiz From: chengiz Date: September 24th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you deserve the break, that was an awesome 9 weeks!

Re: names, never heard of a person being called "Chahna" but my knowledge of Indian names is necessarily limited to one region because I left India at age 14, before I was properly aware of how the other 26 states lived. :) But it doesn't sound right, "Chahna" in Hindi literally means "to want", and I can't imagine that form of the word being someone's name.

If you want a "Ch" name, I can recommend a few: Chitra, Chetna, Chandini, Chinmayi, Charu..

- Olympe Maxime, who has been really too busy to read and comment these days, but promises to catch up next weekend!
chengiz From: chengiz Date: September 24th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Response to comment above listing these names -
Kala, Gita, Kali, Lina, Kanta/Kanti or Lilavita.
Most of these are great names; Kali, however, moves right into Chandi territory by being the name of a very fearsome, cannibalistic pagan goddess (yes, most of Hinduism is "pagan" but it's not acknowleged these days :D). Also, Lilavita should be Lilavati, I think that was a typo.

-Olympe Maxime
From: ethnotechno Date: September 24th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, stay away from Kali!

However, I do think of the other names as 'old people' names, but that just me :)
From: ethnotechno Date: September 24th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the name 'Chetna' (with a soft 't' and long 'a'). It means 'consciousness' or 'awareness', in a more mystical rather than literal connotation. It's a nice name for a witch, especially a perceptive one like Ms Patil.
From: ethnotechno Date: September 24th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and all the Chetnas I know in the US usually have their names shortened to 'Che' in school, as in Che Guevara, which I think is not bad.
michelle_ravel From: michelle_ravel Date: September 25th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I've become (belatedly) obsessed with your Forest Guard story. I read the chapters at the Quill first, 'cause I know you've revised them, and I'm trying to wait for the rest of the chapters to go up, but it's not working. I have to know what happens! So I'm reading in your LJ archives instead. I'll keep reviewing at the Quill, though.
From: geekstcy Date: September 25th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You really deserve a break after pumping out Forest Guard so fast. Job well done!

On the name part, the main reason I had to comment is because i started giggling when I read the second one. In the Carribean where I'm from, Chahna is the name for chick peas heehee.
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From: ethnotechno Date: September 25th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just curious Fern, are you an O. Henry or Oscar Wilde fan, by any chance? A lot of your short-story writing totally reminds me of them. But then, they ARE two of my favorite authors, so I'm so not complaining.
From: kobegrace Date: September 25th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 25th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

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