“My name is Kovid … and I am not a virus”

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My name is Kovid, and I am not a virusThis is the opening sentence of Indian entrepreneur Kovid Kapoor’s Twitter profile, which is causing a stir on social media.

This 31-year-old man, boss of a travel start-up, explained on the social network that he had this week traveled abroad for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and that his first name had “amused a lot of people“.

My future trips abroad are going to be fun!“, he launched on Twitter, with a message which received 40,000” likes “and was retweeted 4,000 times, adding that, if his first name helped him to break the ice in the meetings, on the other hand when he was going to order a coffee, he asked that his first name not be announced to the cantonade.

His comment sparked an avalanche of jokes, “memes”, messages and even requests for interviews, introducing a bit of lightheartedness into a distressing subject, as the number of Omicron variant infections increases in India.

He told AFP his hope that all this publicity will reflect on his business, which is in difficulty like all those in the sector.

Kovid, which means, in Hindi and Sanskrit, a scholar or an educated individual, is a first name that is not widely used in India. His mother, he explained, had chosen his first name long before he was born.

It’s a memorable name with a beautiful meaning“, he again underlined. “He makes an impression when I introduce myself. I wouldn’t change it for the world“.


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