One thing that I have never understood was that why are cyclones and typhoons given female names. So far I haven’t had the pleasure of encountering a Mr.Cyclone, Have you? They are always, Olivia, Julia and Katherina and now Nargis. Someone told me cyclones also have names like Charlie but I am inclined to believe that is short for Charlotte. All this gives a misleading impression that cyclones are a bunch of pretty young things . Your estimate of the damage they cause is somewhat diluted because of the female names. You get the odd feeling that the victims of cyclone are a bunch of lucky chaps who are being hugged., caressed , and kissed by a lovely maiden. Why on earth can’t we call a cyclone say Osama.? Even Mr.bin Laden , I am sure, will not object to it. He would be quite flattered and probably deceive himself into believing that the extent of damage caused by the cyclone is mainly because it was named after him. Or if you don’t know how the al Qaeda chief would react, play it safe by calling the cyclone Saddam. Dead men, don’t protest. But If Saddam had been alive and had some clout when it comes to naming cyclones, he would have called one George.W.Bush. Or if he had believed that the cyclones were feminine, he would have named one Condolezza. If Indian opposition politicians are asked to name a cyclone, I am sure, they would have called it Sonia. Imagine this newspaper headline:: SONIA KILLS 10,000 And as for the weather office guys we must admire them. When they predict it will be a sunny day it rains. Whey they say temperatures will come down, the mercury soars. Yet they never admit defeat. They go on as blithely as astrologers, whose predictions never come true.. That is with respect to their profession. When it comes to their hobby they prefer naming cyclones. Now that Nargis has had her fill, these guys are waiting for their next cyclone. They already have a name even before the cyclone has arrived. They are calling it Abe. Is Abe a male name or a female name? Going by the practice of giving female names to cyclones it definitely must be a woman's name, Abe Lincoln be damned.. And I have a small doubt. What if the cyclones are really male?. The meteorologists with their penchant for constantly getting the weather wrong. could have mixed up the gender too. That could explain at least why the cyclones are so destructive. It is not only because they are so macho and want to show all and sundry who is the boss, they are irked by people getting their gender wrong. .