No Special Characters Allowed

Russian authorities have refused to register a child who was named BOCh RVF 26062002.

Moscow authorities refused to issue a birth certificate to a six-year-old boy, whose parents named him BOCh RVF 26062002, an official said  on Wednesday.

“This case has been reviewed by several judicial agencies; but the parents have been denied the right to register the child with that name,” Tatyana Ushakova said. “This was done to protect the boy’s interests. His parents need to think how the boy can live with a name like that and not think about their own ambitions.”

Now, I could argue that BOCh RVF 26062002 is a lot more easier than something like Onisimova Fyodorovich Sviatoslavov, but we’ll debate that later.

It’s beyond me on why people, governments and societies have rules on what or how a name should be. If I wanted a name like, I see no reason why I shouldn’t be allowed such a name. It would be my bloody choice, right? But it doesn’t work that way.

My sister, who is a regular on this blog, doesn’t have a first name, last name or the middle name (something that retarded Maharashtrian babus insist that you must have). She’s just called “Anshu” with no prefixes or suffixes. And it was just a few weeks ago when I tried to register a domain under her name. As she didn’t have a first or last name, I couldn’t figure out what should be filled in the online forms. So I tried “Dr.” as the first name, and “Anshu” as the last name. And the system screamed – no special characters allowed. More on her adventures with her name here.

I still can’t figure out how Tamilians and other people who have initials – like N.Padma fill out internet forms.

BTW, if I called myself, would Yahoo Inc. sue me for trademark infringement?

Posted by Manish on February 20, 2009 in In Deshwa,Indian Names,Videshwa,Why The Hellwa?


1 Anshu { 02.20.09 at 10:20 pm }

Well, well. I managed to beat them all- the Nagpur Univ babus, the passport babus (one solid victory)— all that remains is an elusive voter I-card— I’m still struggling for the correct name to be added.

But how will this little Russian chap have his name pronounced, is my immediate worry. But why bother, I have students from the North East called Lalrinchhana (which is still pronouncable), and another name which I was determined to say correctly, to respect the owner. I asked this chap to repeat his name five times in class (with his mates all guffiawing)— and his pronounciation had no semblance to the spelling in my attendance register. And he grinned and said, called me MS. To beat it all, there was no M or S in his name! I just tried looking for the spelling of his name on his orkut profile, and he calls himself Emes! BTW, they find our names weird too! Touche!


2 Anshu { 02.20.09 at 10:22 pm }

And the key to having Dr. Anshu or N. Padma filled in internet forms is to leave out the dot. Though I wonder how the D’Souzas of the world finally manage to register their names. Hyphens work— all the Latino surnames need them.

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