Just when I had decided there is nothing I want to write about, I read this on google news feeds.
“And now cometh the progeny of my son that shall bear the surname Bachchan - the first in this generation…” Amitabh Bachchan has himself expressed.
A harmless statement about names which is nothing but true, for even today children do get the dad's surname. In the north its usually Srivastav, Sharma etc but down south the children get their fathers first name! No one wants to change this.
I wish we had retained our original surnames instead of hiding behind first names to escape discrimination. All my attempts to revert to IYER surname have been dismissed so far with mildly indulgent looks...my dad now thinks its a great idea but he had his way with amma and both his daughters who now bear his name. Needless to say P also wants the same! Sigh!
Are we doing the right thing for all the daughters of the next generation? Will they resent the fact that they have to deal with same issues as we did? Are we moving forward?
P.s- I have retained my surname (read as father's name) simply because I am used to it and it feels weird to change it. It's now as much my name, as my fathers. Thankfully P is at peace with this aspect now ( took him almost 2 years) and has found that there is too much red tape involved in this name change business!