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Her mother loved that name, that sound, that sigh, literally, ever since she’d seen Aishwarya Rai (sheesh, she’s not that beautiful, especially now!), and that song, in Devdas. And  so the obvious happened, when she was born.

She despaired, however, of being called that – that was her name. Ishsh. On her birth certificate, in school, and God-help-her, it made her the butt of all jokes, in school and college. Really. It was made all the worse, as she was ‘cute’.

Finally, she was in a position to do something about it. She had the wherewithal, so to speak. She’d graduated, despite all odds, with that name, and secured a ‘Government Job”. At, happily enough, The Department of the Registrar of Births and Deaths. And that, even more happily, was close to the Department that published the Gazette Notifications.

At 24, newly-employed, determined to change her fate, that lay entrenched in her name, she marched into a notary’s office to prepare the necessary documents. She saw him, seated at the far table, young, unusually kindly-looking, serene, welcoming, and well, easy on the eye. She presented her problem, with the necessary indignation; he listened patiently; waited for her to finish.

“Mishh Ishsh…” the way he said it, for the first time, before hastily correcting himself, was most appealing. Strange.

“Yeshhh… errm… Yes?”

“Why would you want to change such a beautiful name?” Earnestly.

That floored her. For the first time, her deep-seated animosity towards her name wavered.

Ishsh. Hmmmm …. maybe she’d keep it after all.

Moony-eyed, she walked out.

8 February, 2014


The How of the write above: 🙂

The Hindu In School, dated 10 Dec. 2013

The Team “Zing’in”, from my school, my kids,  comprising of students from Class 9, five of them, won a chance to attend a story writing workshop, yesterday, in Coimbatore (info in pdf file above). It was great fun, and educative with it. One of the activities was to write out a 25o word story, or part thereof, fleshing out a character, with the Hook, Hold in it… 🙂

I’m not sure if any of the teachers present tried to write, but I sure did. This is the result of that experiment 😛

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

18 thoughts on “Boomerang

  1. This is sweet! Well thought of and gives you a good feeling and a smile as you read this and ends it with a smile!!!

    Hello to Miss Ishh! 🙂


  2. Even though never heard before, Ishsh is a sweet name. Very cute post.


  3. Nice story. For real or imaginary reasons, quite a few people don’t like their names or looks. Fortunately for some of them, like Ishsh, they realise that their names/looks are not as bad as they thought, maybe good sometimes.

    “The How of the write above” is equally, if not more, interesting. It’s not too common for a teacher to be capable of writing a story and, more importantly, sporting enough to actually write it!


  4. Glad that the ‘cute’, though imaginary, Ms.Ishsh came to her senses. Hope the Kazakhstan President comes to his too! 😛


  5. I’ve been thinking of reading your posts for a very long time and I think “Ishsh” beckoned me today 🙂
    Such a lovely story and loved how it came to be written !!

    There is such a warmth here when I saw this page, wishing me well from strength to strength – just exactly what I need at this moment !! Hugs !!

    Am a great fan of your comments at FB 😀


  6. Hello, ma’am. It’s me again.

    First of all, it was your post that enlightened me about the workshop, and I do hope it was interesting. I’ve never gone to a story writing workshop, but I’d like to. And also, I was amazed when I heard (before) that the IX D team had won a special mention.

    Second of all, this story is really cute. “Ishsh” is a pretty name, I think, but it’s also kind of strange and mysterious. It reminds me of a gentle breeze.


    • Thank you Malavika, all over again 🙂
      The workshop was really interesting. I’m really wondering how we can bring it to the whole of the ninth, because you know story writing is going to be one of the tasks you may have to do, for the SA2.
      Thank you for the kind words for this write… how beautifully you have described what it means to you! Thank you! God Bless!


  7. Cute name and cute story. During my primary school days I wished my name to be changed into Swapna (for obvious reasons). Nobody took me seriously except one artist uncle who was kind enough to call me by that ‘dreamy’ name. I am indebted to him. Names do matter.
    Btw I loved your fb profile pic. What a bright smile! 🙂


  8. When I started reading i remembered having read it. What a cute story. She decided to remain Ishsh, didn’t she? I can almost hear those wedding bells 😀
    By the way I loved the Mishh Ishsh and Yeshhh touch 😉


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