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The past couple of years have been difficult for everyone, but spare a thought for one man in particular.
Kovid Kapoor, from Bangalore, India, has had a particularly tough time of it since the start of the pandemic.
Understandably, the 30-year-old's name has raised a few eyebrows, with people not sure whether it was some sort of joke.
It's led to a pretty big mishap, with a bakery's decorating department and the staff at Starbucks having had a field day.
But he's taken it in his stride, often making light of it on social media.
For my 30th bday, my friends ordered a cake - and Amintiri automatically assumed that it's some kinda joke, and it should be spelled with a C not a K. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/3jrySteSbC— Kovid Kapoor (@kovidkapoor) January 5, 2022
Speaking to LADbible, Kovid says his mates have enjoyed the confusion a lot and people always ask him about it.
He says: "I have always loved my name but the kind of attention it has received in the last couple of years, makes me admire it more.
"I get asked about it multiple times almost everyday and trust me it cracks me up to see people's reactions.
"I used to joke about it with my friends and it had just started to get old when suddenly my tweets got viral!
"So I would say it's still funny and I have a laugh about it every time someone notices the similarity."
But it's not just his friends who've got a laugh out of it.
Kovid runs a travel agency, so the irony of his name is not lost on his customers.
He says: "Clients and customers are frequently amused.
"First interactions with them are always the most amusing.
"People commonly ask if I changed my name after 2020 (NO!) - or what my name originally means.
"I usually try to explain the correct pronunciation of the word, although of late I've stopped bothering with that."
At Starbucks, the guy handing me the coffee pointed out the name to everyone else and they burst out laughing - I mostly use a fake name now. ☕️ pic.twitter.com/79STYv2uG6— Kovid Kapoor (@kovidkapoor) January 5, 2022
Before the start of the pandemic, Kovid, which means scholar/learned, says he'd hardly met another person with the same name.
Since the outbreak of the virus, however, others have reached out to him to share their own experience.
He says: "Honestly, one of the reasons why I loved my name was that it was very unique. I had only come across one Kovid in 30 years of my life until I got viral.
"Now there are quite a few other 'Kovids' who messaged me on social media, after coming across my tweet.
"They shared their similar experiences with me and we had a good laugh about it!"
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