During my stay in Europe, many were either fascinated or taken-a-back by my name. Over the years, I have tried to explain it in different ways. Finally, I decided to add a small note in my homepage.
My full name in European format (i. e. in the first and last name order) is Shankaranarayanan Subramaniam. The last name is not my surname, it is my father's name. There is a interesting piece of history for this nomenclature.
I hail from Tamil Nadu where, traditionally, the names are written in a different format, i. e., Initial and the first name. In my case, it is S. Shankaranarayanan. I use this in all my scientific publications.
Since my first name is too long(!!!), I am often referred by --- rather anglicized version --- shanki! This short form was not invented by me. Roshan Jacob George, friend from IIT-Madras, came up with the nick-name shanki when we tried several login names to create an account in hotmail.
Officially, at ICG, I was referred to as Shanki Subramaniam!