I have been to UK and US for work reasons and stayed for a few months in each location. There are a few funny incidents that will be there in my memory for a long time. You will understand why, when you read further. After a gruelling period of work, I decided to spend a few days in sight seeing. Two of my friends already had a trip planned and I too joined them quick. Travelling to a particular place involved a local flight journey. Inspite of it being a local journey, we were all thoroughly frisked [it was after 09/11, security had been much tighter]. Then a thirty-ish lady took my passport and the flight ticket for verification, at the counter. I need to tell you some information now. I got my first passport years ago and it dealt with the expansion of initials then. As you see, I have two and when expanded, it went up to more than 30 characters [will write a separate blog on the problems I faced due to that]. She tried reading my name, failed once, tried again, couldn't make it and finally looked at me sadly [since my name contained an 'S' and 'R' together, many people felt it difficult to pronounce there]. "What did you say your name was?" she asked me. I told her with the expansion of initials as per my passport. Her eyes went up for a second and she said, "God! Thats the mother of all names!". My friends, the attendants, myself and she too, ended up laughing. The other was totally unexpected for me. It happened in UK, when I went to register for NHS [National Health Service - all are required to register there, to get free doctor consultation and hosplitalisation - after a long wait]. There, an elderly female was doing the routine check-up for me. She informed me that she had been born in India and migrated very early, and was due to visit India shortly. She then spoke about good things of India. I felt it my job then, to make her feel at ease and said, "Good to see that you have a good knowledge about India. Your communication is very good too!". She stopped checking me, looked up and said, "Young man! I have a daughter of almost your age. Understand?". I was utterly stupefied.