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Hi Reno,

This is a great place. I am glad to have the opportunity to have my preferences at Geni.

The concern I have about the relations in India is that the calling names differ from the English names. People are missing their cultures and that is because of Anglicization of everything.

People have started introducing their parents, relatives and grandparents with their English names which makes a lot of confusions.

For example maternal uncle is called MAMA in Hindi where as the English word is uncle. And the paternal uncle is called CHACHA ... but still called uncle. Both are uncles(maternal/paternal) but generally they are called uncle only in English. There is no direct pointing in general English.

Moreover I feel that the Hindi names will give a different feeling to the users ... plus they would come to know the relationship names if they don't know.

I need to spend some time to get the Hindi names so that it may help you developing it. This will increase the traffic and references drastically.

Thanks, Vivek Pohre 02:15, 9 August 2007

This is very important information, thank for pointing it out. I think it belongs on the main page for India, and not in Talk. --Ilya 10:58, 9 August 2007 (PDT)
Moved to talk page to improve brevity (at 08:20, 9 August 2007) --Ashley 20:16, 9 August 2007 (PDT)

Hey Vivek, it would be nice if this could be put into the same format as the other pages that Ilya has done. --jon.jaques 06:56, 9 August 2007 (PDT)

Jon, Vivek had posted the text above into the main article page, I moved it to this page. I have also added properly formatted info to the article page. --Ashley 08:14, 9 August 2007 (PDT)
Excellent, thanks. --jon.jaques 08:17, 9 August 2007 (PDT)


The other thing to keep in mind about India is the formality of the names. It is very impolite to say a person's name without their title, generally bai (Lady) for women and bhai (brother) for men. When written in English (the way I've seen it anyway), the title is attached to the name. I would be called Selnabai. This can be confusing to people looking at the name in English.

Also note by this example that the title is generally listed AFTER the name, not before. I am called Selna Aunty by my nephew, not Aunt Selna or Aunty Selna.

[User Selna August 1, 2008]

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