Mr Mahalingam

Vikram Doctor writes in regarding my post on BAN Ki-moon:

This seems to be a particular problem with Korean politicians – there was the foreign minister who everyone was careful to spell Lee Beom Seok to hide the fact that it was pronounced Lee Bum Suk.

I wonder if there are other nationalities particularly prone in this way. A friend in Bangalore had an Estonian boss called Mr Penes which I was told is a common Estonian name. The good TamBrahms in the office were too embarrassed to use the name until they hit on the excellent tactic of calling him Mr Mahalingam!

Well, I suppose Anurag Dikshit would empathize.