What’s in a name?
‘Never judge a book by its cover’ seems to have become an old and forgotten saying. How about- ‘Don’t judge a book by its author’s name?’
Centuries ago, women used this tool to vent out their emotions in the male dominated societies. And now, pseudonyms are an easy way out for those who wish to skip the glam-world.
But are they really, easy?
Along with creating characters for their story, they have to create one for themselves too.
Names, that are not gender biased and names that suite your genre. Robert Galbraith finds solace in J.K.Rowling, her pen name to rope in male readers. Gulzar’s shayaris and Premchand’s poems wouldn’t be the same if you knew that they were Sampooran Singh Kalra and Dhanpat Rai Srivastav respectively.
Can there be anything worse than finding out that the person you connected with is not who they say they are. The next time you read their book, there’s no charm left; simply because you feel you’ve been lied to. It wasn’t just their real name but their personal lives at public display too. If she’s a three times divorcee or he is a father of four, your judgement of their character might just spoil your read.
Adding controversies to the mix, we have common incidents of actors tweeting offensive comments and then having to apologize. Ever wonder if they have accounts under pseudonyms through which they can voice their emotions unhindered.
So in the end, it all comes down to what name you choose. It can either make you, or break you. After all, words names are a double-edged sword.
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