HAVING an unusual name can make life a little more entertaining or challenging, especially when you first introduce yourself.
But for Kovid Kapoor, from Bangalore in India, life has been completely different since the pandemic began.
Kovid poses with a bottle of Corona beerCredit: AFP
The 31-year-old trip agency owner said: “It is crazy how I am getting all this attention for my name.
“Before the pandemic, I’ve always thought it was a unique name.
“I have met just one another Kovid in college and we instantly connected because I never found anyone with the same name.”
He added: “I was amused when the WHO first announced Covid in 2019. Friends and relatives started sharing the reports with me. It was surprising at first.”
Kovid has since had his fair share of people laughing at him for his name and even had baristas in coffee shops stare at him purely for what he’s called.
He said: “People really find it amusing, they think I am joking or have changed the name.”
The man has even changed his Twitter bio to: “My name is Kovid and I am not a virus.”
As for the national coverage, Kovid said: “For three months straight, my name was on TV every day although with a slight spelling difference. It felt great. My mother was equally amused.”
Kovid’s mum chose his name after she found it in a religious hymn. It also translates from Hindi to mean scholar.
Later on in the pandemic, Kovid found that more people thought he was lying about his name, that it was fake or that he’d changed it for a joke.
For his 30th birthday last year Kovid’s friends even ordered him a personalised cake, but the baker thought the icing message had a spelling mistake and changed his name so it read as ‘Covid’ instead.
Despite the relentless ridicule, Kovid can see the funny side of his unique situation and hopes that the attention he is getting goes towards his travel agency business.
Kovid translates to mean ‘scholar’ in HindiCredit: Caters
The baker got one letter wrong on his birthday cake and changed the entire meaningCredit: Caters
Even the internet is changing his nameCredit: Caters
The agency owner can’t even get a coffee without causing a few gigglesCredit: AFP
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