... thus was the little one named on his 28th day since birth.
Safdar is a Farsi word (صفدر). Many around me call it a Muslim name, but I call it a human name of Persian origin. It translates to courageous in English.
All that was incidental. But my affinity for the name was because of the admiration for Com. Safdar Hashmi, the revolutionary and writer who is most known for his street theater movement. Most importantly, his vision of a People's Cultural Movement.
By the way, Safdar was also the name of one of the main characters in the my first (and hither to last) drama. (Thirasseelaykkapuram - which Raghu and I had scripted for NITC Staff Club). I also had a student at GEC Bartonhill with the same name who incidentally happened to be the College Union General Secretary.
Sudev is a mashup of SUdheera (my house name), DEepak and Vinita. It was very difficult for me to accept any special rights as father when it comes to second name.
Sudev, by chance, also happens to be the name of a descendent of Harishchandra and a great grand father of Rama (Info from Sri. Harikrishna, NITC).
So that's how he will be known - Safdar Sudev. At home, we will just call him Aju.
Along with the naming ceremony, there was also the rituals of a noolukettu. Here are the photos and a video.