Modern-day parents attach a lot of importance to the names of their children.Even before a child is born, frantic search for the name by which it will be known begins. It hardly matters whether the child is a boy or a girl. Parents prepare for both eventualities. There is no time to lose when things are as urgent as naming a child.
There are books on names that sell like hot cakes among prospective parents. These are studied carefully.Choices are narrowed down, individual names are debated endlessly and a tedious process of elimination starts. Books on how to impart moral values to children are hardly purchased. Those on child health are not much in demand.Books on names score over all other types of books.
After a long and agonising process, names are finally determined, often to be changed quickly. It is either too long or too short.It sounds either too old or too strange. Parents are difficult creatures to satisfy.
Children would be turning in the wombs of their mothers when they find their parents burning so much of midnight oil on their names.Shakespeare, who failed to realise the importance of names, would be turning in his grave.