DP Daily Prompt: Say Your Name Post by Ranu

My Dad loved the word paradise. He named my older sister ‘Firdous’, which means ,Paradise in English. He wanted to be within the confines of paradise, he decided his second daughter should be named, ‘Chaman’, my name means garden in Urdu. He named his third daughter,’Hoor’, meaning angel. Hoor also is an Urdu word. Then came the turn of the fourth,he named her,Roshan which means manifest. All these names are Urdu words. In our home we have,Paradise,Garden,Angel and manifest.

When one thinks of paradise:garden,angel and manifest comes to mind.My Dad did a fine job naming us.

My name ‘Chaman’ means garden. There are a lot of poems written by famous people about ‘A Garden’ or Gardens. I love my name.I cannot think of renaming myself. I love reading the poems composed by poets.

Here are two verses written by Iqbal from his famous book,( ‘Bang-e-Dra)

Kali Se Keh Rahi Thi Aik Din Shabnam Gulistan Mein

Sir Muhammad Iqbal

Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rahi Main Aik Muddat Ghuncha Haye Bagh-e-Rizwan Mein

English translation by the author;

One day the dew in the garden was saying to the flower bud

“I lived for a long time among the flower buds of Paradise.”

2. Tumhare Gulistan ki Kaifiat Sarshar Hai Aesi

Nigah Firdous Dar Daman Hai Meri Chashm-e-Heeran Mein

Translation by the poet:

The condition of your garden is so elegant,

The Paradise’s sight is concealed in my bewildered eye.

I have borrowed these two verses from” Phoolon Ki Shahzadi”  The princess of flowers(Bang-e-Dra)

20 thoughts on “DP Daily Prompt: Say Your Name Post by Ranu

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you very much for this.

    I think it is very beautiful what your father did in naming all of you Firdous, Chaman, Hoor, and Roshan…Paradise, Garden, Angel, and Manifest. How beautiful how you all, collectively, came out of Paradise, and into the world as manifest beings. How lovely what he did.

    All good wishes,


  2. Iqbal has used “chaman” at many places one such is:

    Uthaye Kuch Waraq Lale Ne, Kuch Nargis Ne, Kuch Gul Ne
    Chaman Mein Har Taraf Bikhri Huwi Hai Dastan Meri

    Some leaves were picked up by the tulip, some by the narcissus, some by the rose
    My story is scattered around everywhere in the garden

  3. Dear Chaman, (I hope it’s okay to call you Chaman instead of Ranu),

    I absolutely love your name and it very much suits you! Your father gave you all beautiful names and as they say it is important to have a name with a beautiful meaning! As the vibrations of that name (good or bad) surround you for the rest of your life (metaphysical theory, something Hazrat Inayat Khan mentioned as well – an Islamic Mystic and Philosopher).

    Much love,

    PS. My second name means Witness in Persian (Shaidi or Shahidi) and my first name is Reshma, which means Golden Silk.

    • Thank you Shaidi,you can certainly call me Chaman.
      Best wishes to you.
      I always wanted my mother to buy me reshmi material for dresses.It has such a beautiful sheen and so soft.
      My Mom used to say a name always affects the way you are. I can see why you are so soft spoken,Reshma is the reason.
      It’s so wonderful to know you.This is why I love blogging,you meet some extraordinary people.
      All the best.

      • awhh she was right, our name definitely affects the way we are. And thank you for your kind words as always, DjazakAllah Khairan.

        It’s an absolute honor and pleasure to know you!

        Best wishes and much love,

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  5. I have 2 first names and automatically feel the different sides of my personality respond when either of them are used. It is strange and powerful the effect your name has on us. Your father chose stunning names for all four of you 🙂

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