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When I hear an unfamiliar name I often ask what it means.  I’m slowly building my vocabulary in Hindi (hah!) and here are some of the words I learned at a 13BombayWheaton6company picnic for a computer company that used to be in Bombay but a few years ago asked all its super smart people to pack up and move to,  where else, Wheaton.  So, I learned that Ankita means “smiling princess; “  Pavithra = pure;  Rohan = progress; Shristi (a girl’s name)= universe, creation;  Palash(a boy’s name)= name of a flower;  Nabeeha = intelligent, Pratham = first.  Btw, Joshua (the only blue-eyed kid I drew) means “Saviour,” but I already knew that.  Gosh, I love words.  Anyway, this was a lovely afternoon in the shade at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

Now my Hindi skill is making rohan, I feel like an ankita and slowly, as I admire the palash growing near me, I’m being transformed into a more nabeeha  particle in the shristi. Wow.  Oh, joshua,  I’m ready for my pratham quiz!

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13BombayWheaton2Here are just a few drawings from that afternoon. Thank you, Sunny!

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This baby shower was held at the Indian Garden Restaurant in Schaumburg.  I would ask one of these upscale couples, “where did you meet?” and the answer might be “Paris” or “London.”

12AnishCouple6So, “upscale” is putting it mildly.  The ambient language, however, was Hindi.  When I asked the host, whose name was Anish, whether he knew Anish Kapoor, he said,” oh, the bean guy?”  Yes, the bean guy, the brilliant artist who designed “Cloud Gate”—the  bean—in Millenium Park.   And yes, Anish means “supreme.”

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