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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding became national news last year, and even a glimpse of their wedding photographs sent the entire nation into a frenzy. And now, 2019 seems to have started no differently for the couple, what with Ranveer's mega success making the transition to 2019 utterly memorable for the newly-weds. The pair doesn't seem to be able to stay away from the limelight for long, and lately, they made headlines for coming forward and declaring loud and proud, that neither of them will be changing their surnames post marriage. © Instagram In this case, the newly-wed couple was met with the same fate as any other Indian couple. That is, as soon as two people decide to tie the knot, the raging question that arises is, whether the woman will change her surname post marriage. Deepika shared a similar fate, and ever since her wedding in November last year, gossip columns were populated with artfully written pieces speculating if Deepika Padukone will thenceforth be known as Deepika Padukone Singh, Deepika Padukone Bhavnani or some such other variant. © Instagram But as we have already gathered from an HT report, neither Deepika nor Ranveer have any plans of changing their surnames, much against popular buzz doing the rounds. Calling her own comment in an interview, about Ranveer changing his surname pose marriage, a “candid joke”, Deepika further added that, “It's not true. In fact, after that interview, I realised that it's a conversation Ranveer and I've never even had. So, we haven't been like, 'oh, do you think you should change your surname?'” © Instagram She went on to explain that the question about changing her surname came as a surprise since she and Ranveer had never considered it important enough to discuss it. “It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, 'oh, we haven't even thought about it'. Maybe because it's not important. Also, I've worked extremely hard to create my own identity and so has he. So, my question is, why would he have to do that?”, said the 'Padmaavat' star. At this point, I would prompt you to re-read that last statement by Deepika once more. I would have preferred to highlight that bit with a highlighting pen for you, if it was possible. But you get the point. I simply wish to draw your attention to the keywords here - “not important”, “own identity” and “why”. © Instagram And I have the same question, why is it expected from a woman to change her surname once she becomes someone's legally wedded wife? Also, why is it so that a man is seen as a submissive or less powerful when his wife decides to stick to her maiden name after getting married? Why do we as a society wish to meddle with others' personal choice to change or not change their surnames, so as to just carry forward medieval societal “norms and traditions” that secure patriarchal egos and position? © Instagram Changing the surname is often seen as a symbol equivalent of belonging to a community, family or household. Needless to say, the 9th-century 'Doctrine of Coverture' played a role in altering people's mindset in this regard, since such a practice was unheard of before then. But again, this is the 21st century and surely, we ought to leave behind such malpractices in our past and look at women as an independent, fully-functioning individual who is more than someone's wife, mother and daughter-in-law. © Instagram Why do we want to work ourselves up with this need to maintain that a woman must always “belong” to someone? That she needs to be labelled, which would then act as her marker should she get mixed up/misplaced in a country with a population spilling onto the 2 billion mark? Why do we as a society treat it as our birthright to overlook the identity a woman creates and maintains before she decides to get married and share the same with another human being, who also happens to have a 'unique identity' of his own? This is not to say that women who 'choose' to take on their husband's surname after getting married are bartering their identity, or furthering senseless patriarchal norms. Like anybody else, even they have the right to consciously and freely choose for themselves, regardless of the motivation behind it. So my point is, just like Deepika pointed out in her comments, that all of us, both men and women work very hard all our lives to create our own identities that are attached to our personal achievements and histories. And I believe it is utterly unfair for anyone to expect that a woman or a man should change that identity attached to their names, for any reason whatsoever. What do you guys have to say about this? Let us know in the comments section below!
Undoubtedly one of the most popular sports across the globe, cricket over the years has produced players who have redefined the rules of the game with their individual geniuses. Cricket as a sport rarely sees a generation of players representing their respective countries, but there are a few families who are still continuing the legacy of the gentleman's game. The sport has already seen famous fathers who've ruled the game before their respective sons carried on their legacy in cricket. The likes of Chris Broad and Stuart Broad, Peter Pollock and Shaun Pollock, Geoff Marsh and his sons Mitch Marsh and Shaun Marsh to name a few, have represented their countries at the international level. However, it's never easy to step into the shoes of an iconic parent - especially the ones who've etched their names in the history books with dominant display. Cricket has seen quite a few sons falling quickly by the wayside because the pressure of expectations of having to play a game with a famous surname in which the father had excelled. © BCCL Rohan Gavaskar, son of Sunil Gavaskar, is a prime example. While his father is considered one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, Rohan had to remain content with just 11 ODI appearances for India before eventually fading out. Liam Botham (son of Ian Botham) and Mali Richards (son of Vivian Richards) also failed to set the cricket field alight. But, while many crumble under the weight of expectations, only a handful allow the pressure to define them. This is the story of such young mavericks and their bravado. And, though it's too early to speculate on their respective future or whether they'll be able to emulate their fathers' success, their rise at such an early stage holds promise of a great future. Arjun Tendulkar © Reuters As noticed in other cases, a precocious talent cannot bloom naturally like other kids without the burden of a famous surname. And, Arjun Tendulkar's journey in cricket so far is a testimony to that. Whether he's on the field or off it, Arjun has already been the victim of high and unfair expectations. Neither those who expect another Sachin Tendulkar in Arjun, nor those venting their anger at him because they couldn't at his father, will do any good. But, Arjun has not allowed those things to affect him or his game - a trait he picked up from his father. At a tender age of just 18, Tendulkar Jr. is already turning heads with his impeccable bowling and slam-bang left-handed batting display. He has already raised a few eyebrows in the domestic circuit, while the fact that he bowled to Virat Kohli & Co. in the nets to help them prepare for New Zealand's speedster Trent Boult highlights his rise through the ranks. His biggest achievement undoubtedly came while playing in the Spirit Of Cricket Global Challenge - a T20 competition organised by the Sydney Cricket Ground, where the Mumbai southpaw smashed a 27-ball 48 as an opener and then went on to claim four scalps in as many overs. While the dreams of an India debut might still be far, this celebrity kid seems to be on track for a great career. Samit Dravid © BCCL While Arjun has been breaking new ground, another popular Indian cricketer's son is making waves for his brilliant showing on the cricket field. Rahul Dravid, who is currently on coaching duties with the Indian under-19 team, would surely be elated with the evolution of his son Samit as a prolific batsman. Earlier this month, Samit showed his batting prowess during the Karnataka State Cricket Association's (KSCA) BTR Cup Under-14 tournament where he scored a match-winning century for Mallya Aditi International School as they defeated Vivekananda School by a massive margin of 412 runs. Samit has been a constant scorer in the Under 14 category and two years back, representing Bangalore United Cricket Club (BUCC), which his father used to serve as a President, Dravid Jr. stroked 125 against Frank Anthony Public School in the Tiger Cup cricket tournament. While we'll never see 'The Wall' again, Samit's recent exploits promises a potential return of the famous last name - Dravid - to the Indian team. Austin Waugh © Twitter Just like the great Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh was also a polarising figure in his playing days. After leading Australia with his calm and composed demeanour, Waugh has now passed on the baton to his son Austin who looks up to the task. Austin is an all-rounder like his father, bats in the middle order and bowls medium pace. He is currently part of Australia's under-19 squad for the ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He initially rose to prominence with a number of high profile performances, and with him being the standout player in the under 15 and under 17 national tournaments. He continued his development when he debuted in the Sydney grade competition. In 2016, Waugh had hit an unbeaten hundred in the final of the Under-17 National Championships, and earlier this year represented Australia U-19s in a One-Day Internationals series against Sri Lanka's youth side. Carrying the popular family name will undoubtedly put pressure on young Austin, but Waugh Sr. will surely be happy even if his son ends up achieving half of what his father did in international cricket. Aryan Joshi © BCCL Not very long, Sunil Joshi was seen carrying the baton as India's premier spinner. And, even if his stint with the Indian team was restricted to 15 Tests and 69 ODIs, the fact that his son is breaking new barriers in the early stages of his career, is surely going to make him feel proud. In an under-14 match where Samit scored 150 runs, Aryan Joshi beat him and notched up 154 runs. Both the youngsters have a long way to go, but Aryan has shown a spark at such a young age and the pressure will only grow from here on, and it will be crucial for Aryan to churn up runs through teen cricket to progress through the next level. Tagenarine Chanderpaul © Twitter While the mention of Shivnarine Chanderpaul unwillingly brings his idiosyncratic batting stance to mind, there is little doubt that the West Indian legend was one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game. But, in the context of this article, Chanderpaul is the only cricketer who has the distinction of batting alongside his son Tagenarine in a cricket match - where both the father-son duo scored fifties. After representing West Indies at the 2014 U-19 World Cup, the 21-year-old has taken huge strides in his career while playing for Guyana in the first-class matches. He is a dogged left-hander, patient and persisting, firmly rooted to his crease without giving so much a hint of throwing away his wicket. And, his cricketing outlook consciously reminds one of the many qualities that helped his father hold the West Indies middle-order together for years after Brian Lara's retirement.