Friday, March 12, 2010

Say My Name

Go on, speak it out aloud. Su-na-ya-na.

It's pronounced Soo-NA-e-na, focus on the second syllable and none on the third. I only spell it the way I do because my Bengali grandfather spelled it that way and a Bengali would pronounce my name Shoo-nau-yo-naa where the 'ya' is drawn out the wee-est bit.

A lot of non-Indians have this problem with pronouncing Sunayana, they simply don't know what to do with the 'ya'. I was reminded of it when I watched the Persian version of the BBC Blogworld Superpower show where they used clips from my video.

Now you know why Afee called me Sue all those years ago!

23 comments:

starry eyed said...

Have suffered enough with all the mispronunciations of my name (and you can relate to my name ;)), but it was all put in perspective when my in-laws tried to change it to another name. At that point, I appreciated every single person who'd mangled my name all thru my life!!!

Liked trying out the Bengali pronunciation!!! Sounds regal!

threedrinksahead said...

I so know what you mean! I've always been Anchal (with a single 'A', and pronounced more like 'unchal'), instead of Aanchal.
And, there've been some people who've not understood my name at all, and decided to call me Archana(!!) instead.

Aathira said...

I have heard some very irritating pronunciations of my name.. but I don't blame them.. they just don't know those sounds!

p@tr!(k said...

so why didn't you correct me all this time, "pretty eyes"? :)

Humbug said...

I like Sue. How are you, Sue?

Sue said...

Starry -- You have a perfectly lovely name, dude, I don't understand why anybody would wish to change it.

Remind me to mail you the Bengali pronunciation of your name, it sounds very beautiful.

Anchal -- Agh, I'm one of those who've said "Aanchal" all this time. I stand duly corrected. Wherever did the Archana come from!

Aathira -- Ah, now yours is a truly unusual name.

Pat -- Because you never say it wrong, my Pat. :)

Humbug -- I like Sue too. I'm fine, thank you. How are you?

vicky said...

but you missed out the "Debi" part, not to mention all the rest that follows?

Sue said...

Vicky -- Go away and don't you dare spill the beans here.

Gauri said...

Soo Na E Na !! You just made your name sound so very Korean !!

Only you Sue, only you can do something like this !! :D

vicky said...

There is a most awful film version of Byomkesh Bakshi's Chiriyakhana directed by none other than Ray. People should watch it, at least, a couple of minutes around the 20 minute mark. Most interesting...

GettingThereNow said...

LOL! I have had my name pronounced wrong for 10 years now. People here always place emphasis on the wrong syllable. Only three people so far (current boss, one coworker and one ex-coworker) have picked up on the correct pronunciation. Others just call me something that rhymes with "maroo" as in "doob maroo" :P

GettingThereNow said...

I have also been called "Katrina", "Jaaroo" and "Kaaroo". Sigh!

Mystic Margarita said...

I don't have a problem with the name, rather the surname. And I know why Vicky mentioned Chiriyakhana :) Btw, you're looking very pretty in the clips.

Spin said...

What is Vicky going on about? Tell tell.

Humbug said...

I am well. I am also very sleepy which should say a lot since its already thirty minutes past nine in the morning.

Casuarina said...

The Americans insisted on calling me 'Gar-jee'. I'm sure you're better off than me :-(

अनिल कान्त : said...

gr8 blog

threedrinksahead said...

Oh-ho! No, no - I meant I've been "Anchal" because people wrongly call me that. It is actually "Aanchal". :)

BENGAL UNDER ATTACK said...

Sunayna is a v beautiful Bengali name - enchanting eyes :). Sue for people north and south of 66 1/2 degrees.

I am ANJAN - again something to do with eyes.

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artnavy said...

I love ur name and starry's - so musical!

u celeb and all now- me wants autograph please

Padma said...

I know how it feels. I got so tired of people just butchering my name that I cut out the "hard" part of my name and went by just 'Priya' when I started working. Three years and it still doesn't feel like my real name. Ah, just to have someone say my name right...

Sue said...

Gauriiii -- There was a time when my Baramama referred to me as Foo Li (Phuli, my other pet name). So I can be Chinese as well as Korean. :)

Vicky -- You're asking to be banned from these parts, mister.

Cee -- Doob maroo, ROTFL. Wherever did Katrina come from?

Mystic -- Ki embarassing, bolo. He's keep saying that line with the most disgusting leer when he first made the connection. Thanks for watching the video. :)

Spin -- Nothing, really. The man blathers.

Humbag -- I hope you got a nice nap, then.

Casuarina -- Yeah, yours would be difficult I suppose.

Anil -- Thanks.

Anchal -- Ah, OK. :)

Anjan -- Yes, they do good work.

Art -- :P You should talk.

Padma -- But how is your name hard??

eve's lungs said...

I prefer shoo noy na myself :D