I always wanted a name that began with A for my child. Navy had no problem with that for his child. So that made naming our child far simpler. Neither of us were in favour of a conventional or an esoteric name. It had to have Indian roots though.
Not one to busy himself too much, Navy asked me to come up with a few names for boys and for girls which I equally liked. So that we would agree on any that he chose. I picked my few after having ensured that they sound good with his name suffixed.
My list read:
Anushka- Very international and yet very Indian. Meant the favoured one , lightening & one with no enemies (in Sanskrit) and the youngest (in Russian)
Aditi- a name I wanted for myself when I was a child, being a big fan of Aditi De in Quiz Time or some Business Quiz
Ankita- Just sounded nice and musical
Arnav- a union of Navy and my name, meant the Deep Ocean I think
Adwait- fairly uncommon boy name
Anirudh- same as Anushka, Global Indian type.
Navy picked Anushka and Arnav. In the end Anushka won. Not quite sure if there will be an Arnav or not.: - )
The fine print: We spelt it without an O since the sitarist spells it so . Our Anush had to be her own person. That we were sure of! And the title- Sri Lakshmi Sundaravalli - is Anuhska's ceremonial name ( both her grandmas' names)