Dear Puran

puran through glass

Puran Singh ("Master P," as my brother is already calling him) was born yesterday at 8pm. He's 8 pounds, 2 ounces (3.7 Kg), and both he and his mother are doing well. We have lots of family around helping us out and giving support (thanks, everyone), and the hospital experience has been pretty good, though the final stage of labor was difficult (I guess it always is).

The name means "fulfillment," "completion," or "perfection." No one in our family has been named "Puran," but there are a couple of famous people who have had this name: including Bhagat Puran Singh and also a famous Punjabi poet. In the Sikh tradition, the first letter of a baby's name is usually chosen by opening the Guru Granth Sahib at random, and taking a "Vakh." The first letter of the page opened is supposed to be the first letter of the baby's name. In our case, we got "P," and I immediately thought of "Puran."