The Possibilities Of A Change In The Name


A few days back, I got my first ever cheque: A cheque that bore one of the many versions of my name- Harsimran Kapoor. Good enough, I thought… nothing out of the ordinary here!

This was going to be my first ever cheque deposit into my account and my step had a bit of a spring as I went to the bank.

Alas, it was not meant to be. My name in my bank account did not match the name on the cheque. Baffled at first, I soon realized my account was made with my Voters I.D. as Identity Proof. My Bad. So apparently my name is not what I thought it was-

My first name = HAR (pronounced as her)

My middle name= SIMRAN

My last name = KAUR.

I was heartbroken, to say the least… coz I love my surname “Kapoor”… so much so that I have planned that if I ever get married, I will not take on my husband’s last name… and keep mine intact..

And “Har” as my first name!!!?? Are you freak’n kidding me??

Annoying as it was, it was amusing too…

That was when I thought of the possibilities/opportunities that this first name might present-

Situation 1

A classy lounge… Some classy people… a classy man…

A conversation starts

Classy man- “I am looking for a soulmate.”

Me- “I am Har”

Now it can play out in two ways.

  1. Classy man- “Oh, but I am Gay”

    Me- “No, I mean my name is Har”

See… easy way out!!

  1. Classy man- “Really…could it be true??!!” (Imagine this with all the overacting of a bad Indian actor in a bad Hindi movie)

    Me: “Yes”

And a happily ever after!

Situation 2

Office meeting

Boss is going to announce a big promotion

Miss ‘I-am-perfect’ and I are standing side by side.

Boss gives an elaborate speech on how this woman is a top performer, a go getter in every sense, deserves every success in life…blah blah blah …

As a closing line, he says, “If anyone deserves this promotion, it is her” and points in our direction.

I gush with modesty, blush… say “Oh thank you sir… Knowing that you never make any mistake, it is an honor to be handpicked by you, and work under such a flawless man!!!”

At this point I seriously feel I overdid the buttering, and suspiciously look around.

Miss ‘I-am-perfect’ looks just plain confused.

The boss looks sheepish…

I hold my breath…would it work?

He takes a step forward, congratulates me, and throws the other woman an apologetic look

I think to myself: I love my name!

Yea…this name does have some serious possibilities.

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PS: I got my name changed at the bank. I am now ‘officially‘ Harsimran Kaur Kapoor.

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