When ‘Anjali’ isn’t just a name…

..it’s an emotion!

Why am I suddenly talking about emotions ..and what connection does a name have with it? Well it does.. and being Indian plays a major role in being so [emotional i.e]

Now as Indians, we love our movies and with watching Bollywood movies over the years, by the age of 21 we are clearly bollywoodized (as in we see/imagine our lives through the eyes of a Bollywood film) so when we hear a name we’ve previously heard in a Bollywood film..we kind of get excited. Trust me! we do 😜

In which Bollywood film have you heard the name Anjali before? I’ll give you a couple of seconds (it shouldn’t take more than that) to recollect

Yes! Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – the obvious first answer.

..not one Anjali – but two… the college best friend (turned wife at the end of the movie) and the daughter (from the woman he loved before the ‘realization’)

Kajol from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is the first image that comes to mind when we say Anjali.


I might not be this huge Bollywood fan, but there have been some stories that kinda get stuck on with time – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was one of them, and Anjali was more like a household name, back then.. in many ways STILL IS.

Of course I didn’t know any Anjali back then.. it was only a year.. year and a half ago, that I actually got to know one… Yes – Anjali. You wouldn’t have imagined my excitement (though I might have not shown it externally) I was like OMG! its Anjali, I know an Anjali.. needless to say we hit it off the very first time we met (the few things we had in common were English, the love for talking and being Goan) she’s this really awesome person, bubbling with energy.. and she’s also a Science Teacher 🤓 – how cool is that? It was one thing that I understood squat of Science back in my school day, but all that in another post. Let’s concentrate on the teacher here 😛

So it would only be fair to dedicate this post to the only Anjali I know.. (till now that is) – Anjali Shetkar – Science Teacher (who can also teach Maths, she specifies) – Friend & a wonderful human being.  

While I’m being biased towards the name Anjali in particular, there are a few other Bollywood preferred names that are right up there.. some of whom we personally know name sake of and others who we meet for the first time

..Naina ..Aditya ..Pooja ..Raj ..Meera ..Prem ..Priya ..Rahul ..Tina etc

Besides, I haven’t found my Anjali as yet..

mujhe abhi tak aisi ladki nahi mili jis ko dekhkar kuch hone lagta hai.. 

kya hone lagta hai…?

dil mein kuch hota hai..

kya hota hai

kuch kuch hota hai


24 Replies to “When ‘Anjali’ isn’t just a name…”

  1. True 👍
    Would definitely agree with that
    Even Mahima becomes Mahima chaudary (an actoress) for some 😅😂😝

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      Oh yes! Mahima 😂😂😂

  2. Yesss😂
    There are so many such examples in Bollywood. I met a girl named Khushi the other day.. and I instantly remembered Kareena Kapoor. And she has such carefree attitude too.. So..😅
    It’s relatable!

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      They’ll surely be a few Geet’s running around too screaming ‘mein apni favorite hoon’ 🤣😂😅 I’d like to be an Aditya Kashyap too someday in my field 😜

      1. Haha.. he’s really cute and smart. He’s an entrepreneur I guess😉

        1. theextraaamile says: Reply

          Yes.. and I know your thing regarding Entrepreneur’s 🙂

  3. Haha, this was a nice read!

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      The name Riya has also been used in Bollywood… ‘Hum Tum’ is one example 🙂 played by Rani Mukherjee.
      Thankyou for reading dear

      1. Even if Bollywood doesn’t use it as much, it’s a way too common name in daily life😂

  4. Koi nhi Anjali nhi Mili tho koi baat nhi 😂😂😂 you’ll find your Simran just as Raj did in DDLJ

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      🤣🤣🤣 thanks for the boost Ekta 😁 How are you dear? Long time no…

      1. I’m fine 🙂 just busy with exams and stuff, how are u?? btw your posts are really funny… Whenever I get bored with books I just read one and it’s really refreshing 😋😋

        1. theextraaamile says: Reply

          …that’s such a wow compliment. I hope I can maintain the standards and your high expectations.
          Oh boy! Talk about pressure of delivering even in the blogging world.. 😜😜

          1. 😂😂😂 You are always above my expectation and I guess humour is natural to you and it reflects in your work ! Happy Holi BTW

          2. theextraaamile says:

            Happy Holi..yes! Not sure about the humor coming naturally to me…I try! ..but if u say so..Hokies 🤣😂😅

  5. Aww this is so interesting, I’ve a neighbour called ‘Anjali’ and she actually behaves like Kuch kuch hota hai’s Anjali, 😃

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      That would be a treat for sure…is she still very young?

      1. Yup! She’s actually 23 😂😂😂

  6. Omg what an explanation on name Anjali. Loved reading this one👍🌸😇

    1. theextraaamile says: Reply

      Yes…its afterall an emotion..not just a name..aren’t you Anjali too? I thought I read it somewhere on your blog

        1. theextraaamile says: Reply

          Consider this a dedication to you too…Anjali 😊

          1. Thank you Dear💝🌸

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