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My name is Anirudh Shiva and I was never supposed to write an About Me.

Not if it were up to my parents at least.

They were convinced I was going to be a girl.

My name was going to be ‘Nisha'. 

Then I showed up. Bringing with me a panic storm.

“It’s a boy? Are you sure? But we didn’t even pick out boy names!” my mum cried.

While dad just scratched his head, confused.

So, to defuse the tension, my uncle shot out the first name that came to his head.

“What about Anirudh?”

My parents looked at each other, looked at him and said, “Yeah, sure. Guess that works.”

So if you have trouble pronouncing my name, don’t blame me. I’m not even supposed to be here.

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