Enayat Kaur, a student of Delhi University, loves to flaunt that she is proud of being Punjabi but hardly anyone would have heard her speaking about her village.It is not that she does not love her village, with which she has lot of sweet and sour memories of childhood attached, but it is the name of her village that she is shy of disclosing it in public.This smart young girl, having a knack for ultra modern gadgets, belongs to a big land holder family of village Gidderanwali in Fazilka district on Abohar-Sri Ganganagar national highway.Gidder is an animal generally resembling wild fox or dog and Gidderanwali, if one takes the meaning as Enayat thinks, this word means “a female who possesses Gidder”.
“Initially, about two years back, when in the class room all were introducing themselves with also mentioning the names of towns and villages they belonged to, I too happily said, “Hey I am Enayat Gidderanwali”. The response people gave me, I would never forget. The fishy smiles and their winking eyes made me realise there was something unusual in the name of my village, which made them to have smile,” recalled Enayat. “The day, I started introducing myself as Enayat Abohar as Abohar is the nearest town to my village and nobody finds any thing unusual in it,” she told.It is not only Enayat, there are thousands of people of this region, who love their villages a lot but still shy in revealing while introducing themselves.If one travels across Malwa specially Muktsar-Fazilka belt, he/she would read most of the sign boards carrying names of villages identical to the names of animals. Besides Gidderanwali, this belt has Kuttianwali, Kattianwali, Sappanwali, Jhotianwali, Hathianwali, Kolianwali, Rhoorianwali, Gidderbaha, Kabarwala, Gadha Dob, etc.”It is not about giving disrespect to the land that made us reach the metro cities but sometimes, whether one agrees or not, the name of village makes us the laughing stock sometimes,” says Sukh Simran of Kuttianwali village in Fazilka district.Meanwhile, Daily Post had an interesting experience in the former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s home constituency Lambi, just few days back, when an elderly man (close aide of the CM) being full of life introduced his short-height wife (in Punjabi) as “Aao Patarkar Sahib, eh hai meri dharam Patni Malkeet Kaur, chahe esda kad (height) sirf saade chaar foot (4.5 feet) hai par eh likhdi avde aap nu Malkeet Kaur Lambi hai.”Among the long list, boards pointing the location of villages namely Kakhaanwali, Korianwali, Balianwali, Bhukhianwali, Loonde wala, Bakainwala, Kanianwali, Billimaar, Lande Rode, Gumjal, Chhapianwali, Chibbranwali, Seerwali, Sheranwala, etc may also catch the attention.Speaking to different people in the region, a majority of them were found opining that at the time of christening the names of villages, such locations would be known for the availability of things/animals on whose name, but they too were seemingly perplexed on taking the query.Though the historians too are largely unaware of the reason behind names, it is pertinent to mention that the names of such villages may be unusual for outsiders but the way the people from here have shined their names all across the world, one hardly gets any problem in locating them as these remain in news highlights for one reason or the other.
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