The dragonfly was irritated. She tossed her lovely long wings and stamped one of her six feet. She also sighed deeply in case anyone was listening. It never hurts to garner sympathy points when you are feeling bad.
She looked at her reflection in the water over which she was flying and tried breathing out aloud. Her mouth fully open, stretched as wide as her head (Yes, she could do that, maybe she should have been called Big Mouth). Nothing came out. Not a spark. She paused and tried again. It was just air. No fire, no smoke. Then why the hell did she have a ‘dragon’ in her name? There had to be a scientific reason for it, right?
Then the poor thing tried being a fly. She tried buzzing with all her might but not a sound came. She sat on some old, soggy, putrid bisibellebath thinking maybe her palate was like that of a fly. She almost puked. How do these creatures eat this stale stuff?
Her species was 300 million years old and they still couldn’t find an original name for her. She was one of the most efficient predators in the animal kingdom. She could catch 95% of her prey. Couldn’t she be called ’95 Percent Accurate Killer?’ (NPAK for short). She was quite sure there were no creatures called that. Why in the name of Anisopetra was she called dragonfly when there was nothing dragon-like or fly-like about her? It was so annoying to be stuck with an identity, which made no sense.
Or maybe she could be christened ‘Does The Seemingly Impossible Things In Air’ (DTSITIA for short). She could move each of her four wings independently, even rotate them forward or backwards on the axis. Fly up, down, backwards, hover, instantly change direction and even stop in air without crashing to the ground. That is remarkable, isn’t it? Why wasn’t she named after this incredible prowess?
Or they could have spoken about her magnificent eyes, which had a 360 degree view. She could see you when she was flying towards you AND when she was flying away. Imagine. She had the largest compound eyes in the insect kingdom with each eye containing 30,000 facets. An apt name would have been ‘She Of The Most Beauteous And Plentiful Eyes’ (SOTMBAPE for S)
At the end of all this thinking, vanity won over and the dragonfly decided to call herself Sundari. As she rolled the word in her mouth, she began to feel good. No more this dragonfly calling business. She was sure her entire species would approve of a name, which was so fresh and original. Not a single creature in the animal kingdom had it. As she began fluttering her four wings to fly off and tell her weyr the good news about their new nomenclature, a green, plump frog, who had the most original name in the world, stuck out its tongue and gobbled up Dragonfly aka 95 Percent Accurate Killer aka Does The Seemingly Impossible Things In Air aka She Of The Most Beauteous And Plentiful Eyes aka Sundari.
Moral: If you change your name, you will still taste just as sweet.
The Dragonfly is drawn by the fabulous Bijoy Venugopal. You can find more of his wonderful stuff here bijoyvenugopal.com