Famous for bearing the name Kovid

IndiaKovid Kapoor, a man from Karnataka state, became famous on social networks thanks to the name that coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“My name is Kovid and I’m not a virus,” Kovid Kapoor, living in Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India has had to write this introduction on his Twitter account since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I recently left India for the first time and a lot of people abroad are delighted with my name,” the 32-year-old recounts his travel experience. “Future trips abroad will be fun.”

Kovid’s Twitter post received 40,000 likes and 4,000 shares. The tweet became the inspiration for a series of jokes, memes, messages and Kovid Kapoor was even invited for an interview.

Kovid Kapoor holds a bottle of Corona beer in a photo posted on January 5.  Photo: Twitter/Kovid Kapoor.

Kovid Kapoor holds a bottle of Corona beer in a photo posted on January 5. Photo: Twitter/Kovid Kapoor.

Kovid Kapoor’s story is considered a rare bright moment, in the context of increasing infections in India related to the Omicron strain. Kovid Kapoor said he is “real Kovid since 1990”, and posted a photo holding a bottle of Corona beer, with the same name as the crown-shaped virus family, including nCoV, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Kovid Kapoor said he was surprised by his popularity online and hopes this will help his travel startup become more known during difficult times for the tourism industry.

Kovid is an uncommon name in India. In Hindi and Sanskrit, Kovid means scholar or an erudite, with the “d” being pronounced very lightly. Kovid Kapoor’s mother chose his name carefully before he was born.

“It’s a memorable name with a beautiful connotation,” said Kovid Kapoor. “It also makes a great introduction to anyone. I would never change my name.”

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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