What is in a name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Somehow I have never been able to agree with this quote by William Shakespeare.

A name makes all the difference. When our grandson was born, the name given to him by his parents made a difference. It was as if he had acquired a personality of his own.

Recently , while in London we had been to Oxford. It had been a dream to visit Oxford or Cambridge. Oxford is a beautiful place steeped in history. We had joined a walking tour there and it was fun. It was fascinating to see the names of so many eating places and shops. One was named Cape of Good Hope, I wonder why that name was chosen? Another was called Opium Den, Chinese cuisine. I just had to photograph them. Those names added a magic to those places. Some of those names reminded me of the names read in books.

We were standing near a stream and the guide told us that J R R Tolkien had studied and worked here and he must have written The Lord of the Rings there too, if not the whole at least many parts of it. The guide must have been a great fan of Tolkien, he was telling us so much about the writer. For me the place seemed to become a part of Middle Earth. Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite books. I really do not know how many times I have read the book over the years. I just cannot imagine this book being called by any other name.:))

Maybe, once we are used to a given name, it becomes a part of the place or thing or living being. Calling it by any other name seems strange. Over the years our politicians have got into the habit of changing the names of places or roads. I suppose it is their way of thinking they have done something !! But most people just ignore the new name and refer to the place by its old name and many a time when asked by the new name, there is blank look. :))
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


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