Today’s task: Title and Tagline
Another mammoth task. I had to literally think for an hour before deciding on this one.
Title: Kickin Kapil
Tagline: Be Kickass
And here’s the story behind this name: Spring of 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Engineering leadership committee (ELC) had organized a weekend workshop called “Student Engineering Leadership Program (SELP) that I was participating in. The foremost activity was introduction among a group of about 50 students. The rules, as laid out by Mr. Price, a senior professor and adviser to the ELC, required us to say our first names prefixed with an adjective spelled with our first initial, e.g. Tenacious Tom, Stupendous Samantha. Also, as we proceeded in the group (now sitting around in a circle), you had to recall the names for everyone from the first person to the person just before you.
I was somewhere in the middle, so I had to remember some 20 odd names while thinking of an adjective of my own. At that time, I just couldn’t think of many adjectives starting with the letter ‘K’. Some of the popular one’s like ‘kind’, were already claimed by people before me. As my turn came closer, I grew nervous. After pondering for a while, a word came into my mind.
I grew excited as I thought how cool “Kick-ass Kapil” sounds while repeating it again and again in my head. Suddenly, a realization dawned upon me. Kick “Ass“? Is it appropriate? I was a bit skeptic of the overt casual nature of the American Professors. No doubt, I grew up in a conservative Indian society, where you really have to mind your words in presence of teachers, parents and the likes (Now, I know that holds true everywhere, but its a bit more conservative in the society I grew up in).
The next thing I realize is a pair of 50 eyes staring at me, waiting for me to shout out my fancy name. And, I go: “Kicking Kapil”. What? “Kicking”? Did I just turn Kick-ass into Kicking? What was that? – A censored version? And, its not even an adjective! But I guess, I coined a new term, or say, a new meaning to the word kicking. Later on, it was translated to “Kickin Kapil” (in American accent), and popularized as my nickname by my very dear friends (notice sarcasm) from that weekend onwards.
For now, I’ll be using the name I made for myself at U of I, as my title. I’m adding the tagline “Be Kickass”, because that is what it is supposed to mean. Also, it reflects my aspiration to be kickass at anything I choose to do.
Please comment what you think about the title, tagline and the back-story. Also, do share your stories of times when you said something that you didn’t mean to in the first place. Most of them make for funny stories.