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Laaija

Laaija

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LaaijaBorn to Brajeshwar and Shanta on 11th Dec, 2008.

Shanta was expected to deliver our baby somewhere around the last week of December 2008. However, her water broke on the 11th Dec, 2008 and my best means to reach her (she was in our home town then) was the next day. So, I missed the whole drama when Shanta gave birth to Laaija at 2:00 pm on 11th Dec, 2008.

Laaija

Ever since Shanta conceived, I had told her that I wanted a girl though I was prepared for a boy nonetheless. I went ahead picking a bunch of names for a girl. Laaija is a Manipuri word which translates to Water, more aptly the clear water offered to the deities during religious ceremonies. Even though I’m just spiritual and not religious at all, I liked the name. I was also concerned that it should not be a typical Indian name like mine (Brajeshwar) which makes it difficult for non-Indians. In today’s wired-wi-fi-ed and connected internet world, I wanted a more easier name which can crossover effortlessly across countries, east-west-north-south.

Besides her first Name, I was also on the hunt for a nickname. Being fascinated by Lord of the Rings, I wanted a character name from LOTR but they sounded too mythical — rather unrealistic. BGhose had somehow suggested Obi-Wan if its a boy and Leia for a girl. Being one of the many Star Wars fans, I liked the idea and picked “Padme” as her middle name.

Leia

Princess LeiaEverybody was happy with the name Laaija, even got a dot com for that name, not so common, not a long one either, isn’t too hard to spell, good meaning and reasoning also made the grand-parents happy. When it came to “Padme” I had to narrate the story of Padme Amidala and everybody rejected it in unison. The reason is pretty simple, Padme however good and smart she was, had to lead a hard life, her husband went to the dark side and she chose death during child-birth.

Eventually, the next best was Princess Leia and thus she will be nicknamed “Leia”.

She’s got a Flickr account where you can see her Photos. Read more on her blog where we’ll be blogging about her.

So, meet our daughter Laaija “Leia” Oinam.

32 Comments

  1. Congratulations Brajeshwar. She definitely is very cute and the name is pretty with a beautiful meaning :) just checked out her blog too, may be I'll stumble it and get her an early start at social media ;) glad she is feeling well now!

  2. Congratulations Brajeshwar. She definitely is very cute and the name is pretty with a beautiful meaning :) just checked out her blog too, may be I'll stumble it and get her an early start at social media ;) glad she is feeling well now!

  3. Heartiest congratulations to new Mom & Dad,

    She is so cuddly cute ... and her eyes are identical like yours. Her name Laaiza is gud and unique. I frankly never heard this name before :)

    Welcome to the club...

    My baby came on 2nd so am bit senior in this regard ;) just kidding ....

    Howz the baby's mom now...

    Anand

  4. Heartiest congratulations to new Mom & Dad,

    She is so cuddly cute ... and her eyes are identical like yours. Her name Laaiza is gud and unique. I frankly never heard this name before :)

    Welcome to the club...

    My baby came on 2nd so am bit senior in this regard ;) just kidding ....

    Howz the baby's mom now...

    Anand

  5. Thanks Anand.
    Baby is fine. Mom is fine. Baby cries a lot, drinks a lot, sleeps a lot, laughs too. She is still in Manipur with her mother and will remain so for the next 4 to 5 months.

  6. Thanks Anand.
    Baby is fine. Mom is fine. Baby cries a lot, drinks a lot, sleeps a lot, laughs too. She is still in Manipur with her mother and will remain so for the next 4 to 5 months.

  7. Hi Brajeshwar, Congratulations on becoming a father!! Laaija is very beautiful, and a very beautiful name too. BTW she shares my birthday.

  8. Hi Brajeshwar, Congratulations on becoming a father!! Laaija is very beautiful, and a very beautiful name too. BTW she shares my birthday.

  9. Hey, Brajeshwar Congrats to you and your wife. She is so cute and the name is nice too.

  10. Hey, Brajeshwar Congrats to you and your wife. She is so cute and the name is nice too.

  11. Congrats Brajeshwar!! Laaija is more than cute :)

  12. Congrats Brajeshwar!! Laaija is more than cute :)

  13. Congratulation!
    She is really cute and great choice of name. (never heard before).
    God Bless her.

  14. Congratulation!
    She is really cute and great choice of name. (never heard before).
    God Bless her.

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