Pet names as the name suggests should be names given to pets and not humans. However it seems Indian parents do not find a difference between rearing of pets and children [I know most would disagree].
How many times in your childhood, you have been asked to recite a poem or join hands in front of God or dance to a nursery rhyme in front of pot bellied uncles or aunties, who in the future are going to screw you up for not having cleared an exam or being unemployed at an age their pet (Ref: Child) has managed to out perform you?!
Parents take pride in training you and you doing things as trained by them. They like you as much as a trained pet. As parents they love control irrespective of the fact that you’ll over hear them saying “I have given my Duggu full freedom to do whatever he likes” at a social party. Not being a ‘Maya Sarabhai’ of any sorts, but pet names are categorically-metamorphically-obnoxiously-(add all sorts of ‘____allys’) irritating especially when they tend to carry forward with you in your adulthood. Imagine being called out by your petname in a mall or social gathering and getting that look from passers by or relatives arround you! Scary, isn’t it?
Pet names vary with castes too. Just as ‘Pappu’ is the national pet name of India, it further subdivides regionally itself as follows:
1. Bakuda – Gujarati – Meaning Brilliant
2. Manu – Punjabi – Meaning Wise
3. Sonu – Popular among all castes – Meaning Sweet
4. Duggu – Punjabi / Marwadi – Meaning keen sense of Business.
All the above together with Chikoo, Babu, Nunni, Dolly, Babblu, etc. make a bunch of funny Indian pet names. The word ‘nicknames’ I think was invented to hide the fact that such names are suitable only for pets.
Pet names can be cute at times and can be an indicator of affection of your parents towards you. They are also a symbol of control that Indian parents especially like to exercise on their children. Whats your take on this? Do mention your views in the comment section below. Stay glued to out page for more such articles. Till then, happy reading.