NEW DELHI – Indian journey start-up founder Kovid Kapoor’s distinctive identify has made him a social media sensation.
“My name is Kovid and I am not a virus,” declares the 31-year-old’s Twitter profile. He tweeted this week that he had travelled exterior India for the primary time for the reason that onset of the pandemic “and got a bunch of people amused by my name”.
“Future foreign trips are going to be fun!” he mentioned in a tweet that had been appreciated 40,000 instances and acquired 4,000 retweets by Friday.
The remark triggered a barrage of jokes, memes, messages and interview requests, in a second of sunshine aid because the extremely contagious Omicron variant sees case numbers surge in India.
Kapoor has joined in himself, declaring that he has been “Kovid positive since 1990” and posting an image holding a bottle of Corona beer.
“I am Kovid that wants more travel,” the co-founder of Holidify quipped.
The sudden spurt of consideration was “totally unexpected” however he hoped it might deliver some publicity to his enterprise throughout a “very difficult time” for the sector.
He has by no means had a scarcity of ice-breakers at enterprise conferences for the reason that begin of the pandemic, however has instructed espresso retailers to not announce his identify when handing him a beverage.
Kovid is a extremely uncommon identify in India however means a scholar or a realized particular person in Hindi and Sanskrit, with the ‘d’ pronounced with a really comfortable emphasis.
Kapoor’s mom picked the identify nicely earlier than his start.
“It’s a memorable name with a beautiful meaning,” he mentioned. “It makes for a striking introduction with anyone. I’d never change it.”