India set to score with Brangelina

Contributing Editor Priya Ramachandran also blogs at Words on Water

[img_assist|fid=2145|thumb=1|alt=jolie] I really don't know what to think of rumors circulating that Brangelina are adopting from India this time. With a name like India planned, I assumed it would be a girl. But, to wit:

They hope to be able to bring the child home by Christmas. Brad would prefer a boy no older than 18 months to even out the sexes but Angie has told him she can’t guarantee she won’t fall in love with a little girl."

The source told US magazine Globe: "Whichever they end up with, they'd like to name the child India to honour its homeland.

Like the quote says, it could well be a boy that's saddled with the name.

But Brad, Angie - I say - dare to be creative. Unwanted though they might be, here're some other suggestions:
Boy: Bharat, Jodhmal
Girl: Bharati, Bharatmata, Poona Devi, Jodhabai

Yeah, if you really want to help the kid, this is how you do it. Each time your kid gets in a fight on the playground, his/her friends could play verbal football trying to get some of these names right!

Manish on Ultrabrown has a great post on the name, and quotes from Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown to show how it might be yet another Western exotification of India. Taz on Sepia Mutiny points out that the other Jolie Pitt kids have cool names like Maddox, Zahara and Shiloh, and there're none named after their countries of birth - no Cambodia or Ethiopia. Or Namibia I might add. Whatever the politics of the name, I choose to think that India lends itself to being chosen as a name. I mean, seriously, which parent would want to inflict Azerbaijan or Massachussetts as a first name on their kid.

Of course everyone's talking about the United Nations they're creating for themselves. There's only the Americas, Australasia and Europe left to adopt from. Wonder if countries on those continents are jumping up and down trying to get Angelina's compassionate eye, the way us super power wannabes jostle for permanent Security Council seats :)

Jokes apart, I think it's a mixed blessing that they're adopting, that Madonna adopted. It might not be the best thing for the child, but at least it's an option, which many children don't even get.


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