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When nobody can pronounce your name

As a child growing up in 1980s Britain, journalist Sangita Myska desperately wanted a name her white English friends could pronounce.

She says getting someone to pronounce her name was like sending it through a verbal mincer: Sanjeeta, Fangita, Sageeta, Sangria.

As she tries to book a table in a restaurant, we hear just what this feels like when you have a "foreign" sounding name.

Sangita Myska presents What's in a Name? on BBC Radio 4 on Friday, 9 November at 11:00 GMT. Listen again via the Radio 4 website.

  • 08 Nov 2012