For last 2 years ... blogging years to be precise, Shande has been my identity on internet. Outside blogosphere this has been my nickname and has persisted for several years !!! Normally, bloggers think a lot that to keep(select) their internet id or blog name. In contrast ,I didn't even thought for a second !
How exactly this nickname originated ?
I am not very sure about this. In primary school there were two Sandeep(myself and Sandeep.T.S) in the class and to annul the ambiguity my classmates gave a nickname Tassa to Sandeep.T.S and gave somewhat a weird name "Sande" to me. The reasoning was that my closest friend was "Ande"(I still don't from where the word "ande" came from). Then after 2-3 days the name refined to "Shande"(शांदे, ಶಾಂದೆ), so that it sounds cute! The main person behind this drive was Chandan[at present more famous as a Radio jockey at S-FM 93.5].
The nickname intentionally or unintentionally has carried on from primary school to high school to college and even to workplace. It has become so common that some of the people close to me feel very weird when they try call me by real name :)
Like any other names, my nickname too has got many variants like 'Shandu', 'Shade', 'Shande Man', 'Shande Boy', 'Skande'.
At work place many people with whom I just have acquaintance (sort of hi-bye non professional relationship) don't even know my real name!
- "I thought you were other Sandeep!" : Apporximately one year after engineering I chatted with my classmate Sachin Satish using yahoo messenger. The chat went on for a while and we dicussed about usual stuffs such as "Howz work" etc. Then all of a suddent Sachin started to ask me some weird questions which were totally irrelevant to me and my reply sounded even more weird to him. Then he asked me "Are u really Sandeep H.R". He was able recognize me only when I said that I am Shande. The root cause for this was that my yahoo id didn't had 'Shande' as substring. A few months after this incidence, while creating my gmail id I made sure to have 'Shande' as substring.
- At Seoul Railway Station, South Korea: I had traveled all the way to Seoul from Gumi with Subhajit. At Seoul Station we met Mazeeth and he guided us with some basics to explore the city. In order help us for accommodation he called up the onsite manager and said "Subhajit and Shande have come to Seoul" ... (!!!) ... I had to immediately interrupt the conversation saying that my name is not Shande :) it was really an embarrassing moment ... till that time Mazeeth didn't even know that my real name was Sandeep!
- Searching 'shande' in employees list: At workplace there was kind of chess challenge with Brijesh Gowda(works in a different BU). The loser was supposed to treat winner with a glass of orange juice. The game didn't materialized for a long time. But one fine day enthusiastic Brijesh tried to call me for the challenge game. He search for my extension number in ip-phone, company intranet etc. On the same day in evening while going home he asked me "Man ...What's your phone number. I searched for 'Shande' at every place, no where I can find your name!".