What’s Your Rashi?

what's your rashi

When I was pregnant, I was asked by quite a few people, “Have you thought of a name for your baby?”

In fact, since years I had secretly thought of my baby’s name if it were a girl. But not one to reveal, I simply admitted, “Yes, I have.” And, thankfully, they didn’t persist.

“But don’t you want to name him or her on the rashi?”

“No,” I said. My name’s not on rashi (astrology) either and I am doing just fine. So I couldn’t find a good enough reason to name my child on rashi.

“But astrologically named child has a better future prospects,” somebody said.

“Seriously? Says who?” I asked sarcastically. “Einstein, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, who cared for their rashi?”

I know astrology is a great science but I believe in it only when it suits my purpose. I am definitely not someone who consults her horoscope every time she has to step out of the house or go to pee.

But then I thought, “What’s the harm in naming as per astrology?”

I had only one condition. “It has to be a good letter like ‘a’ or ‘s’ (they have the best of names). No way I am going to name my child on ‘bh’, ‘f’, ‘d’, or any such god-forsaken alphabet.”

And surprise of all surprises, her rashi was A. Was I happy? Only a little. Why? Remember, earlier I had mentioned that I had a secret name. Well, the luck didn’t extend to it. Anyways, not one to mop around, I soon started looking for beautiful but less known names on A.

Though we shortlisted a few – Aisha, Aahna, Arushi, Ashna, none struck the chord. Then out of the blue I remembered Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I loved the name Anna though a little traditional. While searching on the Internet for variants of Anna, I came across Aanya, a name quite popular in Hebrew and Persian that means ‘someone full of grace’ and ‘precious’ respectively. And surprise of all surprise, it exists in Sanskrit too where it means ‘unique’.

I instantly liked the name and also the fact that I had never come across any girl called Aanya. So we officially named her Aanya. But as luck would have it, during the next few days I came to know that Aanya was the most popular or trending name of the season and everybody (you feel I am exaggerating? Well, I am absolutely not) who had a daughter was naming her Aanya. Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Now wherever I go I meet several little Aanyas.

Sometimes, I wish I hadn’t believed in this astrology thing and named her what I had always wanted to. Sigh!

Do you believe in astrology? Have you named your child on rashi too??

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10 thoughts on “What’s Your Rashi?

  1. Hi, I am a first time mommy and love spending quality time with my 7 month old.
    Simple yet so interesting is how I would describe your blogs. Ofcourse, informative too. Being a mom I connect instantly with every topic and easily relate it to my life. look forward to many more!

    • Hi Sheetal,
      Thanks so much for visiting and reading my blog regularly.
      And congratulations on being a mommy…it’s often difficult and exhausting but it’s beautiful too. Lots of love to the little one 🙂

    • Alison, in India whenever a child is born, we prepare a horoscope of the child on the basis his/her date, time and place of birth. We believe that the position of stars, moon, sun and other planets in the solar system influence a child’s behavior, nature and future. We also determine his moon sign (which is more important than the sun sign). Also, as every sign has some alphabets associated with it, we name the child as per those alphabets (determined by his moon sign) so that he gets the maximum advantage of his moon sign. We believe that if he is not named as per his moon sign, he gets wrongly influenced by that moon sign which is not his.

  2. I am Tarana. I am Hindu. My son is 15 mths. I went through exact same as you wrote in your blog. The only difference in my story is the end. I went ahead and gave him name i had thought prior to his birth (different to his Rashi). Although lately I have a feeling have I done something wrong. Have I not given him an opportunity to be favoured by his Rashi name(in terms of attitude & aptitude & fortune). I argued with relatives for 15 months ending being influenced & shaken on my own beliefs. Phh…

    • Tarana, when you named your son, you had a good reason to do it your way. So stick to your beliefs. You did right! Any doubts now will only make you paranoid. Don’t think too much, dear! As I said in my post, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, neither of them were named as per Rashi, but have earned wealth, fame and success.

  3. Tarana, when you named your son, you had a good reason to do it your way. So stick to your beliefs. You did right! Any doubts now will only make you paranoid. Don’t think too much, dear! As I said in my post, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, neither of them were named as per Rashi, but have earned wealth, fame and success.

    • Thank you Anshu.. I will follow my heart in this case. My husband & I love the name, it suits him, it has a great meaning & so going to continue it. I am ceasing on the thought of changing it. Plus I did some online & public research & couldn’t find any source explaining significance of Rashi.. Thanks for your support.

      • I believe that if you are a believer, astrology would make sense to you. If not, then it is just superstition, nothing else. And you have risen above it all, Tarana! Wish all the power to your son!

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