Chennai; There will be a flood of Abhinandans on the birth register of hospitals and maternity clinics across the country in the days to come, such is the aura created by this man over a cup of tea.
Even as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman crossed over the Wagah-Attari border and moved back to Indian soil, the entire nation heaved a huge sigh of relief. At a hospital in north Chennai, another family heaved a similar sigh after their daughter gave birth to a baby boy after some complications. "The timing was almost perfect. Abhinandan came back to India at 9:20, my boy was born at 9.21," says Parimalam Ramanathan. "We have decided to name him after Abhinandan. We expect him to serve the nation just like him after growing up," Parimalam said.
Further north in Rajasthan's Alwar district, another family who wanted to remember Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardaman's bravery too named the baby 'Abhinandan.' Speaking to the press, the baby's mother Sapna Devi stated: "By naming my son Abhinandan, we will keep reminding him about the valour of the pilot and I would like him to become a brave soldier just like him."
Social media users also took to celebrate the Wing Commander's return by tweeting pictures of newborns named Abhinandan. One user, Kesar Chauhan tweeted, "My brother gave birth to a baby boy today, we have decided to keep his name Abhinandan. Our Josh is still high. How's the name?" Along the same lines, a couple in Ajmer named their newborn 'Mirage' to pay tribute to Air force for a strike on terror camps in Balakot. SS Rathore, the father said, "We named our child Mirage Rathore to commemorate strike on Pakistan by Mirage jets. We hope inspired by his name, he'll join the security forces."