During my Dad's medical school days, (oops! trying to whoo my Mom days..:-D) he had a friend who was also his junior. Satyam (Satti gada as they call him) Uncle was like how Lord Anjaneya was to Lord Rama...He helped dad in all ups and downs during that time and actually helped Dad gain a great impression near my Granddad when dad went to seek Mom's hand from Tatayya and Ammamma..(aaah So Romantic...)
My Parents are ever indebted to Satyam uncle as he was in more ways than one responsible to get them together. And my Dad and Uncle had this "Ye Dosti...Hum Nahi Todenge..." concept lingering along with them and soon as Satyam uncle got married to Mom's Fav junior Shashi Aunty, they had a pact. That they would name their kids the exact same names...They planned names for a Boy which would be Sandeep and the Girl's would be Amulya..:-)...(now how thay came up with these names is a total different story...and I dont want to bore you guys...)
As as time passed Satyam uncle went of to do his residency in the US and Mom became pregnant in due time with my Brother. She had some complications during her delivery and my Tatayya(Mom's Dad) who was in Ayyappa Deeksha at the time prayed to lord Ayyappa that he would name the child after the lord if all went well. So Anna came into the world and before Dad could put foward his objections regarding the Name of the boy, My Brother was named Swami Prasad...after the allmight Ayyappa...(Swami Saranam)
Dad was disappointed but he was likewise happy that mom had a rather smooth delivery...Satyam uncle was conveyed the news of how the pact didnot fall into place. Both dissappointed now strongly decided to name the next child as per the pact. and Lo Behold both Mom and Shashi Aunty had baby girls at the same time...In the Gade household it was cute ever-smiling Angel( Me... Of Course...) and Dad who always wanted a baby doll of his own was simply estatic...and on top of the world. Now the same thing happened in the Satyam Uncles household.
But it was decision time and the babies had to be named and uncle immediately got the name registered as Amulya. But dad again was in dilemma because tatayya as usual offered Goddess Durga to name me after her...For 2 days he tossed and tumpled as to what to do. And then on the 3rd day...he made the decision... whatever happens he is going to name his sweet angel as he decided. He told mom his decision and proceeded down the hall to inform Grandad of the decision.
By the way Amulya means "Priceless" or "Most Valuable"....
Truly a lovely name... Dont you all think so...