The name is Maithili..
How do you feel when someone pronounces your name in the wrong way by giving it an extra long tone or stretching the vowels at the end?
With me it has come to a point that I no longer bother correcting anyone!
My name has more often than not been spelled wrongly on my certificates (which I had to correct!) and I have faced the frustration and confusion due to my name being called out as "Mitali".
The next stage (if at all my name is pronounced at first go) is "What does it mean?"
Well it means nothing.. After spending my childhood perplexed over the same question and Mom just telling me "It's one of the name of Sita" and then me being not satisfied with the answer and searching ,I came to a conclusion that Mom was right :)
It goes like, Sita's father was the King of Mithila and so he was called Mithilesh and as a system Sita also came to be known as Maithili.
Note: This Sita I m talking about is from Ramayana (Sometimes I had to state even that..)
My name has been written as Mitali (most irritating one), Maithilee ( relative of Bret Lee :P), Mythili(possessiveness!), Maithali (dumb dumb dumb) and many more depending on the vowel selection of the writer!
Finally I came up with a solution! I let people keep nicknames for me and trust me it's much better than hearing my name recombined and presented..
I have a chain of nicknames..
Maiti : This is usually for the kids in my family.. It sounds soo cute when they call me like that.. Grown ups don't even think of using it because it doesn't sound soo cute from them!
Meetu : I don't know how this started but this is what some really close and special people in my life call me.
Cheenu : Mommy calls me this when she is all lovey dovey for me :)
Mili : This was originally started by my friend Ranjith as an attempt to shorten my 8 lettered name to 4letter.. Now I see even Arjun using it :P
Militiah : Well its my twitter handle. Nothing more but an anagram of my name MAITHILI.. But many of my friends use this name now for me.
Lee: This was given to me by one of my friends called Tirth and it still remains copyrighted by him.. :)
Angel : This is used only when I am extra sweet ( I m usually sweet) to my friends !
Well these are the top ones.. There are many more ..
When I was young everyone used to call me Chilloo.. don't know why?
Then some nicknames like Noggie, Gabbu were given I don't know for what reason.
Dad still calls me "Baale" which means "baby" in tulu.. Guess I would never grow up for him.
Bro started this name called "Kumba" (inspired by Simba i guess) to tease me and with the variation in his mood it changes to "Kumbo" , "Kumbda", "Kumbdo" and recently he gave this smart ass idea to build a temple called "Kumbeshwari" where all lazy people ,who sit in front of their laptops all day, would be the devotees. One joker he is!
Nicknames are better to be used if one cannot spell the right name!
I love it when someone figures my name and makes the effort to spell it right!
So I end this post with the question