Blogging 101: Say Your Name

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.



Blogging 101: Who I am and why I’m here?

Wow! This blank text box can be scary. Anyways, I’ll try!

Hi everyone, I’m Kapil. I just created this blog a couple of days back. I don’t even have a proper name for it. And, THIS is my first blog. I guess, I was just lucky to find out about Blogging 101 the day I signed up on WordPress.

A quick short intro about me: I am a 23 year old, currently living in Bangalore working as a Design Engineer with an aerospace company. I grew up in Lucknow, India. Being extremely fascinated with outer space (at the time), I went to study rocket science in the US (Univ. of Illinois). I have traveled around the world and have many interesting experiences that I wish to share via this platform.

I’ll continue by answering the questions meant to “help you get started”:

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I think a lot! I have thoughts hovering around in my head all the time. Thoughts on myriad of topics. This blog is my attempt on articulating and cataloging those thoughts lucidly. Also, in the process, I hope to inspire people and create an impact in the world.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I have stories to tell, moments to share. Also, I like to travel and experience the world, and share those experiences via photographs and words.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I would love to connect with people who share similar interests (travel, photography, dance, music, food, writing, aspiring, inspiring, etc). And, anyone who finds me interesting or who I find interesting.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Sounds like a mammoth task, but hopefully with the help of Blogging 101 and fellow bloggers I’ll tackle this challenge one small step at a time. Hopefully, in a year I will have an impeccable command in English (I aspire to be in top 1%), interesting and organized ways of presenting my thoughts, great new connections with fellow bloggers and friends, and some sort of contribution to this world.

Okay, it wasn’t that difficult.

Please do leave comments/suggestions, and I’ll try to go through your blogs as well.

Cheers and good luck to everyone!

Be Kickass