“I am not a virus”, insists an Indian named Kovid

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New Delhi, India – What’s in a Name? For the founder of Indian travel start-up Kovid Kapoor, it made him a sensation on social media.

The 31-year-old’s Twitter profile states: “My name is Kovid and I am not a virus.”

He posted this week that he had traveled out of India for the first time since the start of the pandemic “and entertained a bunch of people by my name”.

“Future trips abroad are going to be fun! He said in a tweet that had been liked 40,000 times and received 4,000 retweets on Friday.

The comment sparked an avalanche of jokes, memes, messages and interview requests, in a moment of slight relief as the highly contagious variant of Omicron sees the number of cases increase in India.

Kapoor joined in, stating that he was “Kovid positive since 1990” and posting a photo holding a bottle of Corona beer.

“I’m Kovid who wants more travel,” Holidify co-founder joked.

The sudden surge in attention was “totally unexpected” but he hoped it would bring some publicity to his business during a “very difficult time” for the industry, he told AFP.

He has never lacked an icebreaker at business meetings since the start of the pandemic, but has told cafes not to announce his name when he hands him a drink.

Kovid is a very unusual name in India, but means a scholar or individual scholar in Hindi and Sanskrit, with the “d” pronounced in very gentle emphasis.

Kapoor’s mother chose the name long before he was born.

“It’s a memorable name with a beautiful meaning,” he said. “It makes for a startling introduction to anyone. I would never change it.

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