The Houston Zoo has a new, 384-pound baby elephant, and it's looking to name him (via Sam Kannappan, who appropriately enough calls the contest a Namkaran). Go to the zoo's website and place your vote for one of five names, including 2 Indian names:
The deadline is Friday, November 10.
You'll notice on the website that they've given a little explanation/translation for each name, and for Sundar and Janu it says "In Hindu/India, it means..." as if to suggest that Hindu is a language. Whoops.
But hopefully nomenclatural (?) justice will prevail and that little Indian elephant will receive a good Indian name.
They say this is the largest baby elephant birth on record. Maybe they'll eventually take it a step further and do like Guruvayur temple, in Kerala, which is to let you get blessed by the elephant. Elephant's trunk caressing the crown of your head - one of the world's top 5 sensations.