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First Line Friday
Grab your book!
Flip to the first page.
Type the first few sentences.
Here is my book! Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks
Most people in America cannot pronounce my name.
On the first day at my new school, my teacher, Mrs. Beam, is brave enough to try.
“Sur-yan-yay-nay,” she says, her eyebrows twitching as she attempts to sound it out.
“Sur-ee-ah-neh-RI-ya-nan,” I say slowly.
She tries again, but it is no better.
“I’m going to have to work on that,” she says with a laugh.
I laugh too.
Suryanarayanan is my surname. My first name is Ravi. It’s pronounced rah-VEE, with a soft rah and a strong VEE. In Sanskrit, it means “the sun.” In America, people call me RAH-vee, with the stress on the first syllable. That doesn’t mean anything.