What South Americans meant by the term “Bless your heart” was not acceptable to others as they assumed the meaning “you are an idiot” by this wording. Their anger used to go so up as they talked of blowing the gasket in seconds. This reference becomes necessary in the matter of Aira Khan daughter of actor Aamir Khan, who took to public-facing platform Instagram to share her anxiety. The correct pronunciation of her name is not what the fans are taking. In such an odd situation she decided to impart a lesson to all of her strayed fans. She urged them to at least pronounce her good name in the right way. Not a few but many fans were stunningly failing to pronounce it correctly. It was more exposed during an Instagram live session. She did not feel it good to hear her name pronounced with an irresponsible temperament. The correct way to say her name not only brings the accuracy in the meaning but also helps in ably removing the mistaken practice. Making her discomfort public on nothing but Instagram, she cleared the confusion regarding the pronunciation of her name. She underlined the video as: “Ira. Eye-ra. Nothing else. #enoughisenough #swearjar.”
In the meantime, she also added if her fans still do not discard their habit of pronouncing her Urdu or Arabic name after this specified lesson, they will have to face a big fine going up to the amount of Rs 5000. It is indeed not a paltry sum. Is she starting a tradition to impose a fine on fans in case they pronounce the name inaccurately? Though she hastened to add that the amount of collected money will later be donated to the needy by the end of the month or year. Though she has undertaken her job of guiding her fans, it will without a doubt take time in learning whether her particular problem was sorted out or not.
However, it has been found once a wrong pronunciation comes into our conversational usage it becomes quite impossible to get rid of the menace. In this direction, a wrong pronunciation of a Persian word by widely known scholar Amrit Rai continues as was hinted by historian Prof Irfan Habib during his scholarly lecture on Rekhta. If we look at the difference in meaning between Ira and Aira the inaccuracy comes clear sooner. Ira is a Sanskrit word that means watchful while Aira in Urdu means respectful. Perhaps it was because of this matter, actor’s daughter has concluded a crash course online recently. A name is the greatest connection to one’s identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to a person. It is the one way we can easily get someone’s attention. It is a sign of courtesy and a way of recognising the individual.