My Name Is Aditi And I'm Here To Answer Your Questions About My Name

My Name Is Aditi And I'm Here To Answer Your Questions About My Name

Is my name really unique or do I keep telling myself that?

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My name is common yet unique.

Not a lot of people pronounce my name correctly even though it only consists of 5 letters. Many people call me "Ditty." No, I am not named after a short simple song.

In fact, my name isn't "simple" at all. I know at least 5 other people with the same name as me and we all face the common struggle with our name which is many mispronouncing our name.

On the bright side, many people find it hard to forget my name. "Your name is Ditty right?" they would say even though they completely mispronounced my name. Usually, I would correct people and say no, it's "Aditi", but a majority of people even after I correct them still find my name quite hard to pronounce.

Sometimes even I get confused about how to pronounce my name correctly. I would question myself if my name is pronounced A-DIT-I or A-DITTY?

My parents call me "Adilu" which just seemed easier to say and it just stuck. It all started when I was 3 years old, and I shoved three q tips in each nostril and ear. I went to show my parents, my masterpiece and they just called me a "Lu-SA" which in my language means crazy girl.

So they basically combined that word with my name and that's how I got my nickname Adilu.

"Aditi" in Sanskrit means "boundless, entire, freedom, or security". Aditi is also the name of the Hindu mother goddess of the sky and fertility. Yes, "Aditi" is a common Indian name, but for others "Aditi" is a very unusual uncommon name. To me my name is special, and it represents who I am. I am pretty sure that if I had any other name it wouldn't represent who I am. It would just sound really odd if my name was "Anjana" or "Swetha" because my personality doesn't match those names.

"Satish Kumar" my friends call me laughing and giggling at it. My middle name came directly from my dad's first name. I see it on every test or important document I receive. Usually, for others, their middle name is just an initial. But for me, it's never an initial it's always written out, the whole thing.

I never really figured out what "Satish Kumar" means. It's a really common Indian guy name but a really uncommon middle name, especially for a girl. I didn't even know what my middle name was till 3rd grade. Even though I saw it a lot, I thought they just wrote my dad's name right next to mine.

But when I found out that was my middle name I literally gagged. I remember in 5th grade I moved to a different school so I created a fake middle name and told everyone my middle name was "Sydney". I did this because I was so disgusted with my real middle name.

I find my last name even worse than my middle name. My last name is "Vellore". Vellore is a small village in India and it is where my grandparents lived. Many people ask me if my last name is French because it sounds French. My last name comes from a village in India, nothing sophisticated about it.

It's an old Indian tradition to have a last name derived from a place in India. There might have been times where I thought about changing my name, but I feel as if no other name would suit who I am. If I search myself up I'm pretty sure no one else would have a name as uncommon, unique, and special as mine. The only person with the name "Aditi Satishkumar Vellore" is me.

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13 Signs You Grew Up In The 2000s

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The 2000s, generally referred to as the decade falling between 2000 and 2009. However, these 10 years were so much more dear to our hearts and definitely cannot be limited to this simplified definition. From hopes that you had the best kooky pen collection, to dreaming about making it to see the year 3000, there was never a dull moment. So, put on those terry cloth sweatpants, charge up that nano iPod, and read about the signs that prove you grew up in the best decade:

1. You might have jammed out to “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne on your nano IPod

Yes you had one, and your playlists consisted of the best songs the 2000s had to offer; All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, The Killers and of course Avril Lavigne.

2. You treated your tamagotchi as if it were your child

This hand held digital pet probably occupied a little too much of your time. You spent your days feeding it scones and watching them reach a new life cycle.

3. Your wardrobe consisted of every color Juicy sweatsuit and Ed hardy tees...

Thank god these terrycloth outfits made a comeback!... Right?

4. ... Oh, and gauchos, you LOVED gauchos

These pants took over your wardrobe before yoga pants came into your life. Gauchos flooded the playground in pink, blue and tie-dye. I miss you gauchos.

5. You had the debate with your friends over whether Webkinz or Club Penguin was better, but you begged your parents for a membership to both

As soon as you logged onto your account your afternoon was booked up. While on your Webkinz you visited the curio shop, got a checkup with Dr. Quack, made a hamburger in the employment office and played cash cow in the arcade.

6. Your friends always had these in their pantry

At the end of a long, hard day of multiplication, going to your friends house for a playdate and indulging in a cosmic brownie was a necessity.

7. This was your first experience with makeup, and a cell phone

This accessory gave the lyrics "my lipgloss is cool my lipgloss be poppin" a whole new meaning. Pretending to answer the phone while smearing your lips in every color imaginable; this was the perfect mix of feeling like you were a teenager while also staying true to your child like self.

8. Lizzie Mcguire was the first ever Bitmoji

You watched her on Disney Channel as Lizzie McGuire, admired her fashion sense, and sang to "Hey Now" an endless amount of times. Hillary Duff was the definition of goals.

9. The auctioning off of silly bandz in elementary school was basically Wallstreet

The must have accessory of the 2000s.

10. You would beg your mom to buy you lunchables when you walked down the frozen food isle

Looking back on it now, eating these was probably not the best idea.

11. You had a favorite Jonas Brother

And it was NEVER Kevin.

12. You dreamed of riding around in a JetX just like the kids in PCA

You put getting a JetX on your To-Do list right under making a key necklace.

13. Instead of homework, your after school activities consisted of watching THE BEST Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows

Disney Channel and Nickelodeon will sadly never be the same. Classics include: Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified, Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That's so Raven.

Don't you want to just go back in time and bask in the simple days where all you cared about was how good your blue eyeshadow looked and when the next Disney Channel Original movie would come on?

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In A Society Where Sex Sells And Women Are Trying To Be Heard

You are a valuable human being, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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I think it's fair to say we all have our guilty pleasures in life.

Those romantic comedies, steamy novels, or dramatic tv shows.

We love seeing the super attractive guy, with the super attractive girl.

But I think what society has picked up on, and what continues to happen, is women are being overly sexualized.

Whether it be a commercial, a show, a movie, a picture, or advertisement, sex will sell just about anything.

And I know this happens to men as well, and sure we don't mind looking at it, and might not even notice any real problems, but it is a problem.

We live in a society where men and women want to be heard, they want their voices out on the platforms for the world to hear, they want to change, and action.

We want to end major problems like human trafficking, sexual predators, and rape culture.

But let's put up a billboard of a half-dressed woman for children to see.

Let's make this simple.

No a woman or man for that matter, wearing very little clothing does not mean they are open or willing to engage with anyone sexually. This does not excuse rape, catcalling, or other sexual comments.

But listen, I am a woman, and if there is a man on the beach with a six-pack, It might catch my eye.

Just as a woman with a very revealing top may get a couple of glances, but this still doesn't have to be made sexual or overly dramatic. We can notice, and control our thoughts.

But here's the thing, if we continue to push sex, it really doesn't help our case.

As a woman I know if I walk into a job interview I'm going to look my best because my goal is to show I am a sophisticated individual worth being hired, it sends a message, just as walking into an interview with sweatpants would be.

I know I can speak for all men and women and say we all desire respect, as we should.

We don't want unwanted attention.

But there are a lot of other things we don't want either,

as I mentioned before, predators, sex traffickers, or rapists.

I believe clothing or lack thereof do not lead to such things, but rather things like pornography, graphic movies, shows, or magazines can "encourage."

NOT intentionally.

But think about it, really.

They create a fantasy, which means they aren't real. But when we continue to promote these things it becomes real for some people.

We as women want to be heard, we want respect, we want equality, but I'm telling you we are not going to get that in a society that banks off of sex. Or sexually exploiting ourselves.

Because

1. WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO SELL OURSELVES LIKE THAT TO ANYONE

2. I'm pretty sure people will still buy the product without the half dressed individuals if marketed well

I think if we want to change then we need to fix the issues staring right at us.


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