10 thoughts on “Where the Indian CWG Mascot Came From

  1. Akshar Thursday September 23, 2010 / 5:46 pm

    Both the apparent strength of Kellogg’s tiger and sylvester’s cunningness is missing. The mascot rather resembles the helpless face of our PM.

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  2. @nks Friday September 24, 2010 / 1:09 am

    @akshar …. totally agree with you …

    I had the same feeling …

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  3. Akshar Tuesday September 28, 2010 / 12:49 pm

    Atanu,

    This is something you will find interesting as you have always highlighted the importance of using “correct language”.

    The CWG mascot is named Shera but they show a Tiger. (Tiger is called Baagh in Hindi Sher means Lion.) An argument can be put forward that Shera is just the nickname of the Mascot but the official website makes it explicit by saying “Shera is derived from Hindi word Sher which means Tiger”. (they might have changed it now but the WSJ link will be there)
    http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/09/28/whats-in-a-games-mascots-name/

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    • Atanu Dey Tuesday September 28, 2010 / 1:06 pm

      Akshar,

      Actually “sher” is a Persian word for tiger/lion. The Hindi/Bengali/Marathi “baagh/baag/vaag” means tiger. In Sanskrit, a lion is “Simha” which gives us “singh” and “Singapore” etc.

      Atanu

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  4. larissa Wednesday September 29, 2010 / 5:30 am

    “Both the apparent strength of Kellogg’s tiger and sylvester’s cunningness is missing. The mascot rather resembles the helpless face of our PM.”
    HA HA. That was good! The tiger does look wimpy. I guess not just the PM but the Indian state taken as a whole.

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  5. neo Tuesday October 5, 2010 / 4:31 am

    Dude.. singapore doesnt come from da word singh.
    it comes from a malay word, Singa. which mean lion.

    -citizen above da singaporean-

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    • Atanu Dey Tuesday October 5, 2010 / 7:25 am

      neo,

      Dude, the malay word “singa” comes from “singha”, which is a cognate of “Singh”.

      -person who looked up the big dictionary-

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