Anglicized last names

Through a comment to my post on Concatenated Bengali Names, Dave asked

Can you explain the difference between Chatterjee and Chattopadyay? Is the former the anglicized version of the latter? Also, how is Satyajit Ray’s last name pronounced in Bengali? Is it Ray, Rai, or Roy?

Another person (Partha Chatterjee) responded through a follow up comment that Chatterjee is indeed an anglicized version of Chattopadhyay. What I did not know is that “Ray” is pronounced as “Roy” in Bengali. I always thought that it was “Rai.” Perhaps, it is just the same, again different spellings for what should be the same pronunciation.

Some anglicized Indian last names are minor variations of the spelling or the pronunciation. However, I could think of only the following cases, where the surname seems to be pretty different from the original one (the first three are very commonly known as anglicized versions):

  1. Chatterjee (Chattopadhyay)
  2. Bannerjee (Bandopadhyay)
  3. Mukherjee (Mukhopadhyay)
  4. Scindia (Shinde) (This does not look vastly different from the original, though)

I wonder if there are many more!


New York to London using Google Maps

A colleague asked me to do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “get directions”
  3. Type “New York” in the first box (the “from”box)
  4. Type “London” in the second box (the “to” box)
  5. Check out the time it costs.
  6. Scroll down to step #23

For the impatient ones, it seems to take 3,938 mi (about 29 days 10 hours). And here is a screen grab of what I got (Make sure you notice what step 23 is!):

Plagiarism of blogs

Blog plagiarism is not new. But, it is new to me!

Well, a Mr. Nikhil Mahajan has a blog at – If you look carefully at the Archives in the right column (for example, click on Movies, or Computers) at his blog, you can find entire posts copied from my own blog!!!!!!

As it turns out, several of his posts are copied from several blogs without giving any credit to any original author. This guy has not even bothered to change the hyperlinks in several cases; they point to original blogs 😦

In any case, I think that copying an entire set of posts, and providing a link to the original article (mistakenly, I guess) still classifies as plagiarism. In this age of Internet, the person can just provide an external link, or quote a small part, with due credit!

[Edit added after Rashmi’s comments]

Before writing my post, I had already asked him (by commenting on this blog) why he copies other people’s posts. Interestingly, his comments are moderated 🙂

Now, I have also notified another blogger, Sankar, whose posts on cricket have been blatantly lifted by Nikhil!

An additional note is that Mr. Nikhil’s blog has adsense ads! So, Mr. Nikhil, if you come to this blog again, I hope you realise what you should be doing about almost the entire blog!