Story of a lost journalist

September 16, 2008

Why Cris?

Filed under: Daily Rot — Cris @ 17:38
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This is one question not a single person failed to ask me whenever I gave my clichéd line “I love being called Cris”.
So blogging about it, the story that led to Cris.

When I was about 8 years old I used to know a candyman, his name was Christopher. He was an Anglo-Indian and came by our street every other day to sell candies. And he would tell us kids “Candies from the big Chris Man, take ‘em kiddos take ‘em”. And I would go back home and announce “Candies from the big Chris girl, take ‘em people take ‘em”. I repeated this at school, to the girls there and they started calling me ‘the big Cris girl’, which became ‘Cris girl’ later and over the years, Cris.

The name was forgotten as I grew up cause I stopped advertising candies. Christopher was not seen anymore in our streets and he was soon forgotten. I moved away too. Somewhere in my 8th grade, I ran into Christopher outside a market place. He looked a lot older at 70. He didn’t have candies anymore. I was thrilled when he recognized me and he in turn was thrilled when I remembered his big line “Candies from the big Chris Man”. Christopher told me he had enrolled to study literature and that took me by surprise. At 70, a man who sold candies for a big part of his life, had decided to seek education. But that’s something he always had in mind. “Yes Sir, that’s what I have always wanted. I been saving up”. I was quite pleased about this.

I kept contact with Christopher and he told me how he progressed in studies. Sometimes he used to pop up with his books and ask me to help him with them. Its because of him, that I started taking an interest in reading, in language. Christopher had lent me a few books at the time which put me on track. It was also on Christopher’s suggestion I started writing. My first works were simply horrifying and he’d frown and say “You could do a lot better than that Missy”. Christopher became a man who did a lot, to inspire me.

One year later Christopher passed away. And I christened myself Cris.

Reality Check. Mm ok. I just wanted to make the whole story interesting, but now that I have written it I wish there was more truth to it! But there isn’t, and every word was made up – the name Cris came to exist from 9th grade because my cousin and I came up with an idea to create a cyber name apparently for security (!) and I stuck to it till I have stuck so much that I couldn’t unglue myself from it! So there that’s the real story and it seems so absurdly lame! Sigh! Anyway I am Cris cause I am. Period.
And now I could actually picture Christopher so much I cant help wishing he was real! But if he was, I wouldn’t let him die.

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29 Comments »

  1. you almost me got me believing it!! ;-P
    Well how true when they say there is always a ‘Cris’ in every ‘Crisis’!;-D

    Comment by mathew — September 16, 2008 @ 19:26 | Reply

  2. Hi CRIS,
    Ok CRIS. Now we know CRIS. Thanks for letting us know about ChRIStopher, CRIS. We wish the story about ChRIStopher was true, CRIS. Glad to know you like being called CRIS, CRIS.
    Have a good day CRIS. Keep writing CRIS.
    Cheers,
    Salil

    Comment by Salil — September 16, 2008 @ 19:48 | Reply

  3. And here I was thinking after reading the first paragraphs that good old Wally has gone completely batty!

    Comment by Nish — September 16, 2008 @ 19:56 | Reply

  4. try
    {
    System.out.println(“Cris der ciski crazee”);
    }
    catch (UnCalledForException unfe1)
    {
    System.out.println(“Cris der ciski crazee”);
    }
    finally
    {
    System.out.println(“Cris der ciski crazee”);
    }

    Comment by Vishnu Kuttan — September 16, 2008 @ 20:00 | Reply

  5. Yuck! Java code!

    Comment by Nish — September 16, 2008 @ 20:14 | Reply

  6. Oh Boy ! What a build up !?!?! LOL ~

    Comment by Kavi — September 16, 2008 @ 22:36 | Reply

  7. :O You made me believe that !! You try politics!! 😀

    @ Nish : I think we are on same side! I hate Java! 😉

    Comment by Srijith — September 17, 2008 @ 00:01 | Reply

  8. This little story made my day! 😐
    And now you’re studying journalism.. That’s like America buying Japan?

    Comment by Vids — September 17, 2008 @ 00:16 | Reply

  9. U almost got me to believe the whole story..btw,don’t we bhaktha’s get a chance to kno ur REAL NAME>?> 🙂

    Comment by Multi Menon — September 17, 2008 @ 09:56 | Reply

  10. Im gonna come to vazhutakkadu and hammer your head..In fact i was very eager to read when i read the title..grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

    I always wanted to ask u abt the name,but never did bcoz i feared you wouldn’t like it..Now i know the real story behind- securtiy..

    I like cris..its cute small name 🙂

    Comment by Nimmy — September 17, 2008 @ 13:49 | Reply

  11. @mathew, LOL 😀

    @Salil, thanks! LOL I guess you got the point!

    @Nish, hehe

    @Vishnu Kuttan, somebodys been coding a lot of Java!

    @Kavi, thanks 🙂 Err isnt that a good thing?

    @Srijith, LOL politics?! Cant I just end up a story writer? 😀

    @Vids, err thanks I think. Am a little confused here. That a good thing? 😀

    @Multi Menon, thanks! I will repeat my line, I love being called Cris 😀 Its as real to me as I am kiddo!

    @Nimmy, hehehe 😀 If I wrote the actual story my post would have ended in 2 lines and would have made the lamest story of the year! And I remember how cutely you used to call me Crissssssssssssssss 🙂

    Comment by Cris — September 17, 2008 @ 14:11 | Reply

  12. Nice lil cook-up story 🙂 Wish it was true… it sounded nice. mmmmm

    Comment by Jayaraj — September 17, 2008 @ 14:33 | Reply

  13. No ! You made me believe that an anglo indian candy man existed in Trivandrum! And he recognized you after several years! That’s a good qualification for joining politics!

    Comment by Srijith — September 17, 2008 @ 22:38 | Reply

  14. OMG!! I was almost moved to tears until I read the last para. 😐

    Felt like murdering you for making me believe that Anglo Indian story. But hey, I too use *this* technique more often. 🙂

    And, nice story!

    Comment by Hari Shanker — September 18, 2008 @ 07:17 | Reply

  15. Whoa! Had me goin on for a minute there, Chrissy! He,he,he. But it was fun to read. I love twists like these. Genius!! Guess what? My name’s not exactly M.Rose either. Seems a lot of people employ this tactic. Anyway, fantastic story dear. Still can’t stop laughing at the twist!

    Comment by M.Rose — September 18, 2008 @ 09:09 | Reply

  16. I dont know how my name changed in previous comment!!!

    Comment from Sreejith . Instead of srijith :((

    But its auto filled, and was set to srijith! 😦

    Comment by Srijith — September 18, 2008 @ 10:04 | Reply

  17. aaaaghhhh!!! you got me there!! :))
    good ‘un, girl!!

    Comment by usha — September 18, 2008 @ 11:58 | Reply

  18. kidilam tto.. 🙂

    Comment by Deepak — September 18, 2008 @ 12:39 | Reply

  19. @Jayaraj, so do I! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    @Srijith, hehe bro I will edit that for you – I was confused too when it asked me to approve the comment. And bro, I am not joining politics!

    @Hari, you will have to wait your turn, there are too many others who came before you. Ahem To murder me 😀

    @M.Rose, thanks dear :-). But Cris is not just a pseduoname for me, I have somehow connected with the name so well – and the only reason its not officially so is cause my Mom has threatened me I will have to face huge consequences if I proceeded. Hmph! I cant even choose my own name, how rude!

    @usha, thanks dear! And so nice to see you back!

    @Deepak, thanks pal 🙂

    Comment by Cris — September 18, 2008 @ 23:17 | Reply

  20. oh! I was wondering why you didn’t tell me about him before! pinagiyalo enne vare aalochichatha 😉 shey missed a chance!

    Comment by rose — September 19, 2008 @ 06:17 | Reply

  21. Wow Cris, you really have the gift of story-telling. So whatever you do, please don’t stop writing at any cost !!!

    Cheers…..Jam

    Comment by Jairam — September 19, 2008 @ 08:24 | Reply

  22. I thought that was your real name 🙂 So what is your real name ?

    Comment by Pradeep — September 19, 2008 @ 10:25 | Reply

  23. @rose
    chance iniyum kittum

    Comment by Vishnu Kuttan — September 19, 2008 @ 11:41 | Reply

  24. @rose, hehe 😀 Like VK says, you will find another reason dont worry

    @Jairam, thank you! I wont :-). Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    @Pradeep, hey Cris is real!

    @Vishnu Kuttan, you bet!

    Comment by Cris — September 20, 2008 @ 16:02 | Reply

  25. kidilam … i was almost thinking … ayye painkilippennu 🙂

    Comment by sandeep — September 22, 2008 @ 10:20 | Reply

  26. I wondered about the funda behind ‘Cris’ as it didn’t seem like a typical name. Really liked the build up and the anti climax.

    Comment by The Fool — September 22, 2008 @ 17:51 | Reply

  27. @sandeep, hehe thanks 🙂

    @TF, thanks for visiting :-). And hey I have plans of making the name completely real and official!

    Comment by Cris — September 23, 2008 @ 22:16 | Reply

  28. I guess i broke the record, i never asked y the name Cris…

    but its a nice name and kind of suits you better than the official name too… 🙂

    Comment by Meenakshi Nair — February 3, 2009 @ 16:13 | Reply

  29. @Meenakshi, thanks dear! Though I have written it matter-of-factedly I am really attached to Cris for some weird reason. Its got me to believe that your name must bond to the person in you. And for me thats Cris.

    Comment by Cris — February 3, 2009 @ 22:52 | Reply


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