Quite a bit, I think. But my problem is not with my name. Frankly, I just love it. True.
Plenty of reasons why:
1. I like the meaning. Masood means lucky, fortunate, happy. And I am.
2. I like the significance. My grandfather’s name was Masood. I was born right after he expired. And he was a great man. (May his soul rest in peace). Also, Masood was one of our holy Prophet’s (PBUH) companion’s name.
3. I like the uniqueness. In 27 years, I know of just 1 more guy named Masood. Ofcourse, come across the name on TV or the internet a bit.
4. I like the simplicity. Simple. Six alphabets. Not too big. Not too small. Easy to pronounce I thought. But not the case.
And that is what I don’t like. People not pronouncing my name properly. On last count, there are about 6-7 different ways:
1. Ma-su-d (The right way. My way)
2. Mas-ou-d (The Arabic way. Probably the technically correct pronunciation)
3. Ma-sue-de (The American way)
4. Ma-suuuud (The people-with-a-lot-of-time-to-call-out-a-name way)
5. Mah-su-d (The African way)
6. Ma-soor (Yes!!! With the ‘r’)
7. Mohammad or Mansoor (People have. Very nice names but hello…not my name!)
And why do I write about this? Someone called me ‘Masoor’ today, again.