Today, baby naming seems to have become a competitive sport for parents. The goal is to have the coolest name in town, country and even in the world. The common man draws inspiration from the celebrities who encourage this trend by naming their bundles-of-joy with extremely well researched, exquisitely phrased and pronounced names.
Admittedly, naming your baby is one of the most time-consuming and frustrating processes leading up to the birth of your child. There are literally tens of thousands of choices. It is difficult enough to find one you are happy with, let alone one that both you and your spouse agree on. It is a family endeavour which is time consuming, but also brings tremendous satisfaction.
Traditionally, when a baby is "on the way", the family gets together to celebrate the imminent addition to the family. Parents encourage siblings to choose names so they feel part-of-the-process and hence prepare them to accept the new arrival. There are a lot of pitfalls here, because kids are to have preference for very weird characters (and their names) taken from favourite pets, cartoons, sci-fi movies and dislike something different. Though sometimes, unfortunately, some of such nick names get stuck to the helpless baby, most parents know to steer the choosing towards their own preferences.
In the race to select the best baby names, parents have long sessions with family members and friends. They buy books and videos, research their genealogy and identify favourite family (late) members and historical characters. Naming of the child, all parents will vouch for that, is a very special and serious business!
Among all the variations, Indian names, to be more specific, Sanskrit names are quite hot on the favourite lists of parents today. Maybe, because of the religious renaissance that is taking place globally where the Hindu Gods and culture is more and more explored, admired and accepted. And maybe because globally more and more celebrities choose Indian baby names with ancient meanings for their babies, people are more and more fascinated with the Sanskrit names from India. It looks like Indian names are having a great global demand.
Indian names, though they are not easy to pronounce, more often than not have a deep and romantic meaning. Parents often choose names which symbolize something and have beautiful poetic connotations. Here Urdu and Sanskrit names are unparallel. Each name has deep, almost magical connotation. Besides, many are of the opinion, though it was never substantiated by any reports or studies, that the child tends to emulate the characteristics of the meaning of their names.
Indian names are inspired from nature, feelings and expressions of love. Names such as Muskan (meaning smile), Khoobsoorat (beautiful), Khushboo (beautiful smell) though not exactly Sanskrit names, are hot favourite not only as Indian names baby, but also outside Asia countries. American celebrities and ISKON followers have given their babies well-researched beautiful Indian names which sound and mean exquisite things.