Welcome Grandmaster P!

We at Sepia Mutiny would like to extend a very snarky hearty welcome to the newest Sepia Macaca: Puran Singh. That’s right – Deep is a daddy! [Mothers everywhere want to know what the rest of us are waiting for]

Puran Singh (“Master P,” as my brother is already calling him) was born yesterday at 8pm. He’s 8 pounds, 2 ounces (3.7 Kg), and both he and his mother are doing well. We have lots of family around helping us out and giving support (thanks, everyone), and the hospital experience has been pretty good, though the final stage of labor was difficult (I guess it always is).

The name means “fulfillment,” “completion,” or “perfection.” No one in our family has been named “Puran,” but there are a couple of famous people who have had this name: including Bhagat Puran Singh and also a famous Punjabi poet. In the Sikh tradition, the first letter of a baby’s name is usually chosen by opening the Guru Granth Sahib at random, and taking a “Vakh.” The first letter of the page opened is supposed to be the first letter of the baby’s name. In our case, we got “P,” and I immediately thought of “Puran…” [Link]

P is for Perfection

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Puran: The cap is cute, but when do I get a black pagh like my dad’s?

For those of you similarly entranced, you can find more Puran-o-graphy on flickr .

97 thoughts on “Welcome Grandmaster P!

  1. Congrats!, the baby looks very healthy. I was about to say ‘P’ for Pretty Singh but then that will have to wait until they have a girl.

  2. Congrats Amardeep – that is one spiffy looking dude.

    Caption: “You can keep that black one dad, I need to get one from Burberry.”

  3. From a beautiful song about Puran Bhagat:

    Putt hunde ne pipal dian chaavan, buddhe hoye ma peyan layi Purna, ve akkhiyan’ch rabb vasda, koi dur na…

    Meaning: Sons are like the shade of the peepul tree, for their aged parents Oh Puran, God lives in your eyes, no further than that…

  4. Congratulations Amardeep and convey the same to the mother. Puran is an awesome name.

    What about a nick/pet name? All punjabis need one. How about Punny Singh? :)

  5. congrats to the little wonder, and to the parents.

    welcome to the world P, you just made it a slightly better place to be.

  6. Congratulations! The little one looks almost as though he’s thinking, “Who are you, and where’s the one with the milk?”. Good luck with the sleep deprivation.

  7. What about a nick/pet name? All punjabis need one. How about Punny Singh? :)

    Dude, the embarrassing nickname is not just for Punjabis. One of my worst nightmares is that everyone I know finds out about the childhood nickname that I’ve worked so hard to shed. Anyway, I like Punny. Or Punnu. Although I feel like they’re not adequately embarrassing… what’s his shape? You can name him golu or dabbu or ladoo or something like that…

  8. Congratulations to Amardeep & Mrs Amardeep on the birth of your child.

    || poota mata ki asees ||

    || nimakh naa bisrao tumko har har ||

    || sada bhajoh jagdees ||

  9. I love his “whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis??” expression in the first pic.

    I think he looks skeptical. Destined to be a professor.

  10. Congratulations to Amardeep and the family. Cute little “Sher a Punjab”. He already looks like a rebel philosopher!

  11. I see the future President of the USA here!

    Congratulations Amardeep to you and your wife. And another macacca is born to haunt the dreams of republican senators.

  12. Dude, the embarrassing nickname is not just for Punjabis. One of my worst nightmares is that everyone I know finds out about the childhood nickname that I’ve worked so hard to shed.

    What was it?

    I think we should have a thread where we all confess our childhood nicknames, that might provide some inspiration for Amardeep.

    what’s his shape? You can name him golu or dabbu or ladoo or something like that…

    Paratha Singh?

  13. CONGRATULATIONS prof, Where is the party? He is sooo cutee, dont let my gf see this or she might just steal him from you. Puran is such a beautiful name, glad you didnt name him something that ends with “jeet” or “deep”… you know how we do. I ‘ve heard that when a man holds his baby for the first time, thats when he actually FEELS like a man and you certainly have the smirk on your face (in the pic where you are holding him). congratulations again

  14. Congratulations Amardeep.

    1) Sleep when the baby does, if at all possible, because he’s not following your schedule any time soon, trust me. :-)

    2) Show the lady some love, and be very patient, cos its been much more of an experience for her than for you.

  15. I think we should have a thread where we all confess our childhood nicknames, that might provide some inspiration for Amardeep.

    Sunny, this nickname was everywhere. The reason my mom gave me this name was cuz a hindi movie “Betaab” with Sunny Deol came in 1983 (my year of birth) and she loved him in that movie, hence I became sunny.

    To list a few others heard around the neighborhood were chunnu, munnu, ladoo, golu, piddu, tilu, nattu, manu, nanu, gonu, monu…for Puran it can be something like Puri (a la chhole puri)

  16. I ‘ve heard that when a man holds his baby for the first time, thats when he actually FEELS like a man and you certainly have the smirk on your face (in the pic where you are holding him). congratulations again

    Jeet, when you hold your child for the first time, you understand intuitively why your father still smiles and gives you a hug even when you ignore him for long spells. You forgive your mother for all the times she has obsessed over you. Its one of life’s great moments.

  17. Dude, the embarrassing nickname is not just for Punjabis. One of my worst nightmares is that everyone I know finds out about the childhood nickname that I’ve worked so hard to shed. What was it?

    You’d have to marry me before I told you. I don’t think you could get nicknames out of anyone else here either, unless they’re harmless, like Jeet’s.

    Paratha Singh?

    LOL! Awwww, cho chweet little Puran! :D Congrats to the family again!

  18. I was just informed by a friend who knows much more about these things than I do that the name Puran (Amardeep’s son’s name) and Pooran (the name of the character (and subject of the song) from folk-lore I’ve been referencing throughout this thread) are TWO DIFFERENT NAMES. That’s embarassing! Anyway ignore everything I said in this post – except hearty congratulations to Amardeep and his wife.

  19. You’d have to marry me before I told you. Will you marry me?

    Only if I can nickname you Paratha.

  20. Thanks everyone for your kind words. It’s astonishing to see 95 comments here! We’re now home from the hospital and starting to decompress — also learning to change diapers and burp a newborn.

    Some people wondered whether I’ll be saying goodbye to blogging. I don’t think so — but for the next six weeks the writing probably will be greatly reduced. Master P needs to be fed and diaper-checked every three hours, and that’s not exactly a trivial proposition. It’s not that he’s that demanding, but so far I’m finding it a bit difficult to write anything.

    You might see more infancy and childhood related posts from me, but if you were looking carefully you already saw them. Designer Desi Baby food, anyone?

    As for nicknames, not yet. I suppose a nickname might emerge on its own.

  21. Congratulations!!

    Amardeep, when you get some breathing time from diaper duty, you must write a post about punjabi nick names. I always felt shortchanged when my best friend (who is sikh) described her family to me. It was priceless to hear her call a 250 lbs badass Sardar uncle ‘Pinkee’!