I wish it was something as funky as Slim Shady!😎 Pardon the reference as I grew up in the emerging era of Eminem. My nickname was close, though. I was mostly called Khaddy by one and all during my youthful years in school. Boarding school tradition of surname calling still stands. Usually, the story attached to the derived name is a funny one. Mine emerged as a consequence of everyone inventing their own pronunciation of the rather unusual surname.
Personally, I preferred being called Khaddy than a distorted version of my already hard to pronounce surname. The more shortened and distorted, the funkier it sounded, like Khadz!. Mine stuck. Many, who had no reference of the connection to my surname, even called me Caddy, as in the golf caddy!! Imagine that!😆
My school principal had a peculiar way of saying my full name while addressing the whole school during result announcement at assembly. It was moment full of anxiety where the headmistress is calling out your name and your marks, both of which are seemingly questionable. What I felt then changed eventually.
In all honesty, I liked how she said it with her crisp diction and sense of authority. So much so that I preferred it over my family’s pronunciation of it. I adopted it and made it my own. That is how the name is now announced on the PA system on the aircraft on my flights as the Captain! I still have to tell the crew how to actually say it out loud though. 😁
I was only called Geetanjali when I joined Air India. Captains made it their own by shortening it and modifying it to Geeta and Geet. Colleagues and friends decided to call me Gee or just G! I found my name too long, misspelt and mispronounced, I didn’t really care what I was called anymore. What’s in a name, eh? Only much later in my adult life I began to adopt and appreciate the true meaning of my name and the creator of the award winning book by the same name.
When wordpress asked me to write an introduction to the blog, I don’t think they had this in mind. I am used to introductions usually with my professional qualifications or resume listings. Usually very technical. For those, you can see my LinkedIn profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/geetanjali-khadria-aba7b18a/ For my personal interests, I share some glimpses on Instagram. But this here is pure joy and recount. I don’t want to label this experience of expression with the list of qualifications or achievements. I want to meet and share with people who and what I am here and now. The richness of life experiences accompany me, of course!
I am as open as you can take and I am as candid as you may not be able to take!! Life can be sweet, sour, crisp , tender, hot , spicy , like our taste buds and mine certainly has been. Life has happened enough to know that all ingredients are essential to the recipe of life, it is our choice what we do with it. So, for the benefit of those still waiting to know more about me, I ask you to take this journey with me.
I have work experience of over two decades. I have been a Commander for 13 years. I currently fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I have two children. I am an explorer by nature. Interested in anything and everything from History to Geography, Finance to current events, wildlife to museums , pets to cooking, fitness to nutrition, tennis to films, you name it , I love it. I am , however, most interested in feelings. My own and others’. So, I look forward to this next chapter. I hope I can put words to thoughts. I hope I can do it as often as I would like to. Until next time…
Over and Out!! @thethinkingcaptain
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