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Chandi's new name
Okay, I'm doing the re-write of the chapter where I introduced Chandi Patil, and she needs her new name once and for all. Nothing is really jumping out at me from popular Indian name lists or Miss India winners (figured I'd go there to make sure the names were actually used). So hey... votes! Why not? I could live with any of these.

Poll #1084819 Chandi's New Name

What should Chandi Patil's new name be?

Puja (keeps the Patil alliteration alive)
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wm_law2003 From: wm_law2003 Date: November 8th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for Anjali, because it's the name of the actress who is on the BBC's Robin Hood playing Djack. And she's very pretty and looks like a "Patil"

chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: November 8th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was exactly my thought! "Anjali? ANJALI JAY!"
ncp From: ncp Date: November 8th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

"expert" opinion

Given that I've been looking at Hindu baby names for Baby lately, I thought I'd chime in here.

Shreya: Oh, wonderful. I thought' I'd settled on a girls name for my own kid! Thanks SOOOO MUCH < /sarcasm >

Anjali: "offering" Very traditional and fairly common name.

Sati: VERY bad juju. She was Lord Shiva's first wife who immolated herself with her spiritual powers when someone insulted her husband. NO ONE names their daughter this. (Although she was re-incarnated as Parvati, who was Shiva's second wife.)

Neha: Trendy. Blech.

Puja: "religious ceremony" Overused. Blech.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 8th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: "expert" opinion

Ah, thanks for the warning on "Sati." I grabbed it off a goddess list (since Parvati and Padma got goddess names), but it seemed off.
beceh From: beceh Date: November 8th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
My english teacher's name is Chandani, that's similar to Chandi if you wanted it similar...although now I think about it, I think she's Sri Lankan not Indian...

I voted Puja though...only for the sake of alliteration tehehe.
beceh From: beceh Date: November 8th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Priya is a ncie P name too. A mytholigical name too. "Means "beloved" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a daughter of King Daksha."

Mmmm. Back to the politics study.
alkari From: alkari Date: November 8th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Agree that Priya is nice.

Apart from that, I like Anjuli. Digging deep here, but wasn't that also the name of one of the sisters in MM Kaye's The Far Pavilions?
viatrix03 From: viatrix03 Date: November 8th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is! Anjuli was the elder sister. Love that book :)
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: November 8th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Voted for Anjali because I think it's pretty.

I second the Priya for the alliteration vote, but offer up Priyanka as well.

And my roommates name is Silpa (apparently its really Shilpa), and she was born in India, so I know it's used there. Apparently kinda popular too (though I don't know how accurate this is)
lacontessamala From: lacontessamala Date: November 8th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, Priya is a beautiful name!
From: sleepingfingers Date: November 8th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I like keeping traditions alive, but Puja just doesn't resonate with me. Sati Patil sounds nice, however. :)
From: sleepingfingers Date: November 8th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just read the previous comment. Never mind Sati, then.
valerie_valerah From: valerie_valerah Date: November 8th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for Anjali because, the way I pronounced it in my head, it sounds like Angel :P
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 8th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Indian girls (women) I know: Supreet, Sonali, Shilpa, Maansi (pronounced Motsee). Other Indian women from my husband's biz school: Smita, Naman, Deepika, Nishkala, Ruchir, another Shilpa, Samina (from Bangladesh), Shabduli, Priyadarshini (goes by Priya). Lots of S names there.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: November 8th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for Neha, but also like Puja okay and of the others suggested in the comments, I really like Priya.
mrs_redboots From: mrs_redboots Date: November 8th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I, too, voted for Neha, because I know a very nice one! I, too, like Priya as a name, and have known a very nice Ayesha, Naima, Ela and Papia, all from India or with Indian roots.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: November 8th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I voted for Anjali because it sounds nice and doesn't have any negative connotations that I'm aware of :). If you're looking for another P-name for the Patil alliteration, I knew a girl in school called Preeti - I don't know if that was her full name or a nickname, but hey, P!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Anjali's a super popular name in Bollywood films--way overused, but it works pretty well with ditsy girls (which Parvati, if not her daughter, certainly is). I put my vote on that one. It's pronounced un-juh-lee, if that helps.

Neha is really trendy, too, but if that's what you're going for, then it works.

If you want more alliterative names, I can suggest Preeti (which I think has already been mentioned), as well as Priyanka (or Priya). Puja (worship or prayer) doesn't seem like something Parvati would pick; it's a bit traditional.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: November 8th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that the character-formerly-known-as-Chandi is meant to be a much younger sister to the Patils, though, not Parvati's daughter. In which case Puja might fit in quite nicely, as the elder Patil girls were both named after goddesses...
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: November 8th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Like one commenter said Anjali is the name of an actress on BBC's Robin Hood. Very pretty and that's who I thought of when reading about 'Chandi' the first time around. Plus it's pretty.
golden_d From: golden_d Date: November 8th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Voted for Shreya, myself, but I have friends named Sruthi, Charvi, Amulya, and Sneha, if you need other ideas. (Amulya's one of the nicest girls I've met at college.)
kacates From: kacates Date: November 8th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Priya's not on the voting list, but I think that's my favorite so far.
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