All of them who know me as achu, know her as greesh. But he was the first in a string of people who thought of her as a boy!
I had asked him to mail me two application forms for a course. “two,” he asked, “Ya, one for greesh and one for me.” Along with his courier came a letter, “Congrats Pins, when can I meet him.. ” Cousins, especially if they are brothers are very sportive & supportive most of the time when they are not overprotective! He did not let out the secret to the family! If he had he would have known.. 😉 Time and again, people have thought of greesh as my boyfriend, I have never gone and corrected any of them until they meet her in person. (yes yes, for the effect),* #meetthegreeshmoments have turned out to be really colourful! In the same way, her extended family has assumed me for her boy. I am achu to a set of friends of which she is a part you know, in the same way a few of you know me as ash/pinoo…
If you are from my land, you will know, the name achu can fit a boy or a girl, say, v s achuthanandan, our ex chief minister. the name Baby too, I know an uncle and an aunt each, the name Biju is more neutral, you need to wait to see/hear the person first hand. Greesh however is short for her very long name! But a lot of people around me have added an i to it, and changed it to Gireesh 😀 Achu is a commonly used shortened form for my name.
*for the effect: I don’t know whether any of you remember a particular candy like center fresh, (or was it a flavour of center fresh) that came out with a really sour liquid inside. Their ad showed a man whose hairs flared up when he ate them. My brother and I served this candy as the welcome sweet when guests came in for a house party! I tell you, mind blowing reactions 😀 caught on camera 🙂 😀