Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Story behind my Name-Anthony

An Ode to the Big B

What is the one thing that belongs exclusively to you but that you use very rarely is used mostly by others. Yes! It’s your name. Your identity, the one thing that identifies you.

My name is Anthony. I prefer to be called just that or sometimes Tony in short. Tony is to Anthony as Bill is to William.

I am often asked, if I am a catholic. Some presume I am. Even though I am not very religiously inclined to any sects, not that I am atheist though, I am not a Christian. Nor has my name Anthony got to do anything with any religion pertaining to any God. Well, if Amitabh Bachchan is not God ie. I heard that some people worship the Big B. So maybe, there is a religion there afterall.

I got named Anthony, after the Big B. I am living tribute to the Big B.

I am writing this post after I saw a limp Amitabh curled up into a semi-foetal position in his car( today's TOI). The photographer could have avoided that. It was so unlike the big B, but apparently the Big B was admitted to the Escorts in Delhi and later to Lilavati in Mumbai. For some abdominal problems, probably gastritis,’Just stomach problem caused by food poisoning’ says Dr Trehan of Escorts. Hope it is just that. Get well soon Amitabh.

Amitabh had much more impact roles with names such as Vijay or Jay than the role he played as Anthony, but somehow the name stuck and Anthony sounds more Amitabh than Jai, so as the story goes,’ when I was born It was destined that I would be named after Amitabh’ After all my father was such a fan of Amitabh’s. Or so, my Aunts thought.

Yes that is how I got my name. I grew up among Aunts and Uncles who couldn’t dare to tease my father who was elder and was known to have a temper. So they just started calling me Anthony and the name stuck, so when I got admitted into nursery school, it was the name that was chosen. And I don’t know if I would want any other name than Anthony.

But He did had the same hair cut and the swagger that Amitabh is famous for. But nobody could say it to his face, though I am sure he wouldn’t have mind. Why else did he collect those “Yeh hain Amitabh” audio tapes and who bought that LP of “Muqqadar ka sikandar”, "Sholay", "Zanjeer", "Zameer", "Silsila", and of course "Amar Akbar Anthony", with dialogues and everything.

Surprisingly My father never looked like Big B to me though. Maybe he has changed his style and gait by the time I was born and grew up. But I never saw him looking like Amitabh Bachchan. Oh! he is hansome, but not like Amitabh though. The reason why people think he looks like Amitabh was perhaps because of his height. In a place where the average height used to be 5.5 or 5.6( its increased though) my father’s 6 foot tall lean frame must make him look like Big B. And stories are that he was such a heart throb, something (sob sob) I didn’t inherit. Nevertheless, I was named Anthony as a tribute the One man who everyone at my home is crazy about. Oh! it also helped that My mom is just as tall as Jaya Badhuri, and that her name is Madhuri which is often confused with Badhuri, lol. People keep asking me if my Mom’s name is Madhuri or Badhuri.

I am also a great fan myself of Amitabh Bachchan, his swagger( a swagger that could whip Clint Eastwood's ass anyday), his Baritone voice and I am going to dedicate a blog to his name soon. The Man more than the Actor. People remember Actors for the part that they played, we remember Amitabh not for the roles he played but for the man himself, The Big B.( Shah Rukh Khan is trying that hard, The King). But as JaiArjun of jabberwocky, pointed out in a comment, 'his being everywhere-like God-is-omnipresent’ selling everything from Pen to Paint is a little too much to take for fans like me but then he must know what he is doing. “It is better to burn out than to fade away”, but his second comeback after almost fading out makes him even a bigger hero.

Get well soon.

## Do read the links to swagger and omnipresent.. very good reads..
I first picked up the thread at balancing life here, then followed it here, and here

## I had my dad's pic up. Then, I suddenly remembered his temper ;-)

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Blogger Rita said...

Accha...so there is this Amitabh Bachchan factor working behind your name! :D
BTW, Sachin Tendulkar was named after SD Burman!

29/11/05 10:54 AM  
Blogger Arz000n said...

toh yeh baat hai...

Rishte mein toh tu mera blogger friend lagta hai...lekin naam hai ANTHONY..

Areey vaaah!!


29/11/05 3:44 PM  
Blogger anks said...

yeah, may he get well soon...... but did this deserve to be front page news???

29/11/05 5:04 PM  
Blogger Soumyadip said...

I already knew this little secret. 'Coz you had revealed it in one of your comments on my blog. Unfortunately mine's uninspired (or should it be uninspiring?). Anyway I should double check with the old man. Usually Bongs have this trend of rhyming names of siblings - in our generation the common factor was 'dip/deep.'

29/11/05 5:11 PM  
Anonymous anthony said...

@ Rita: Yeah,but I hope you are not talking about sachin's baritone ??

@Arz000n: Haan Arz000n, the man behind the name lol

@Anks: What do u expect, many lesser mortals have Graced the front Page of TOI..

@Soumyadip: Did I?? hmmm..

29/11/05 5:42 PM  
Blogger dwaipayan said...

i like the post. amitabh is an extremely genius actor. and hope u have also inherited some geniusness by sharing his screen name.

29/11/05 7:52 PM  
Anonymous anthony said...

hey dwaipayan... thx for droppin by.. And I also hope so.... Ah... would be nice to be a super star eh....

29/11/05 10:07 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Hmm......a Manipuri boy with a Greek name. Yes believe it or not, there's a Greek touch here as well, apparently your name means "blossom" in Greek (the Greek version of the name is Antonios). But it was more commonly used by the Romans.

30/11/05 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Sanity Starved said...

Thalassa could have not put her name there and I would have known :D

I already can't imagine you with any other name. Even the Big B story doesn't make me relate Anthony to Big B now.

30/11/05 4:15 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

The name Anthony Gonsalves was a tribute by Laxmikant-Pyarelal to their violin teacher, a Goan who carried that name. See this article

30/11/05 4:44 AM  
Blogger Hul said...

name your kid Abhi-shake..! ha ha...a history behind your name..! good

30/11/05 6:32 AM  
Blogger visithra said...

anthony/ tony suits you ;)

but this is definetly a nice story ;) n agreed they shouldnt have put such a photo - hope he gets well ;)

30/11/05 8:14 AM  
Anonymous anthony said...

@ Thalassa_mikra: hey Thalassa, it is news to me.. Really sweet.. Blossom, nice to use in a context like" the naive kid blossomed into a Strapping Young Lad, like maitabh in Deewar"...
But then some people might think it is a chinese girl's name.. Pink Blossom lol

Ah!! Sanity Starved: thankx Same here.. Antonio... Like I said somehow the name so stuck with me, i couldn't have been known as any other name..

30/11/05 9:26 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

Quizman: I am so moved. As a music Lover myself, I feel very good now, that I know it. Yes, a musician none the less.. Misic runs in my vein er..Name lol
thanks for pointing out..

30/11/05 9:30 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Hul, thats a nice suggestion... Noted and notarised..lol

And my descendents will read my chronicles.. Once upon a time before cars flew, and pople breath dirty Air, our great great grandfather Anthony the 1st blah blah

30/11/05 9:32 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Visithra: thank you Visithra.

the photo was so depressing and that too on the frot page...

30/11/05 9:34 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

Yep I am back and found myself on your blogroll too.

my profile says enough about me but yours doesn't so who are you & where are you from ?
Sonia Chawla | Homepage | 11.29.05 - 10:37 am | #


Gee: Now you must know.. I ahve even given the story behind my name lol. I am a friend and cousin of Chabs.. Working in Mumbai now....
tony | Homepage | 11.29.05 - 11:10 pm | #


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