I am V
I am Vik
I am Vikesh
What’s your name again? Can I call you V? Can I call you Vik?
Having a name like Vikesh has caused me to repeat my name on many introductions throughout my life. This is fair if someone has never met anyone with a similar sounding name. Throughout my life, people have wanted to call me by a nickname, possibly to make it easier so they would not have to remember my full name. I would always comply with the request, mainly because I was fearful in saying my name due to my stutter.
Most recently, however, with my fear having diminished of saying my name, and of stuttering overall, I now insist on Vikesh. On my first day of work at a new job last year, my boss asked if he could call me V or Vik. I responded politely that I would prefer Vikesh. I was so happy with myself for finally having the courage to stick up for myself, or more importantly stick up for my name.