“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – quote.
I’m someone who believes in nomenclature. Probably not in the truest sense; I’ve had my share of bad nicknames in the past. But jokes apart, i, for one, believe that the tags we apply to people go a long, long way in creating an aura of pleasantness/displeasure encircling them. Close your eyes for a moment and think “Lincoln”. Now that is just a surname, but you get all these mental images of a tall president, oodles of personality and a deep baritone, right? Likewise when you hear “Bachhan” or “Sudesh Bhonsle”(If you’ve heard him).
Now all this does not seem like valid thought, but “since the quote”, it just crossed my mind to cross examine the theory a little bit, on a more murky note.
I’m pretty sure, a terrorist with any other name would sound much less terrifying. 9/11 with any other numeric configuration would sound much less scary, and a gunman carrying anything but a “gun” would sound less petrifying.
Let me walk you through the concept. (Disclaimer required here: These are fully my views, so it is absolutely understood if someone thinks that all this is basically crap.)
You see a thing, you hear a name, and you think you know what that is. But what goes on inside your head is probably far too complicated for any of us to fathom. The human mind tends to associate words with their literal meanings, only to create a distorted, often vague image of the unknown realm. It’s what a favorite teacher of mine, Mrs Madhumita Guha, termed “trans-literation”. More often, we come across a practical application of this concept when Indians translate. But in my theory, the name-game that our brain plays, is linked with our habit of looking at things “in-the-face”, or “at-face-value”.
“Terrorist” could be “Lone Gunman or suicide bomber.”
but at the same time, it could mean a religious fanatic who intends to express their sense of revenge with a savage display of violence. But the finer aspects rarely cross our heads when we think about stuff like that.
What happens when you hear your own name being called out at a place of authority? Like an institution? YOu associate it with your roll-calls, or an appointment visit. Note, that this happens when someone calls you by your FULL name. When it’s your nickname, or a shortie, you tend to be relaxed, believing that the person calling out is either a friend, or part of family; basically an acquaintance.
(Warning: My article does not have an objective, it does not teach. I kill time 🙂 )
So, getting back to the theory, the name of a gunman may very well reflect his degree of violence.
Chandramohan Pratap would probably sound like an Army General.
Charlie Two-One-One would belong to an intelligence agency.
Chhotu would belong to an underworld gang.
Munnu would be a small kid with a toy gun.
Pratima Hamid would be a female rights activist… the list goes on.
I still don’t have a point. Keep reading more of my blog…. 🙂 Lifesourcing kills time…