Kendrapara, Nov 11 (LocalWire): What’s in a name questioned the Bard but names are very important for the cyclone-affected villagers of the coastal district of Kendrapara.
They are naming their newborns after Cyclone Bulbul (meaning songbird) that hit them on 9 November to remember the nature’s fury and the struggle they went through to bring the baby to the world.
In remote villages, unlike in urban areas, birthdays are not a big draw. Villagers at times do not remember the birthdays of their children. But, the mothers who gave birth to babies on 9 November will remember it till their last breath as it’s a feeling of stoic acceptance and courage named the newborns Bulbul.
Dr Urmila Mishra, the CDMO, Kendrapada, said, ‘145 pregnant women were shifted to different hospitals in the district three to four days before Cyclone Bulbul. 20 women delivered babies on Friday night and Saturday and quickly named their child Bulbul. All the newborns and mothers are doing fine.’
Aliva Rout, wife of Amar Rout of village Basant under Rajnagar block gave birth to a daughter on Saturday. ‘We named our daughter after Bulbul,’ said Amar.
Damayanti Das, wife of Sarbeswar Das of village Gokhani under Rajnagar block had her labour pain the day the cyclone struck the coastal district. Their thatched house was damaged by the strong winds. The villagers managed to admit her in the Community Health Center at Rajnagar where she gave birth to a son and the new born was appropriately named Bulbul.
‘Though Bulbul is a common name for girls, I decided to name my son Bulbul as he was born during the cyclone,’ said Damayanti.
Ranjan Mandal’s wife Gita Mandal of Jamboo village gave birth to a daughter on Saturday in the Community Health Center of Mahakalapada and was also named Bulbul.