Why Barkha will be more successful than Rajdeep

OK, you do great stories. You’ve politicians quaking in their pants. You’ve sources calling in with tips every so often. Your colleagues adore you. Your byline is a brand. Celebrities are falling over each other to invite you to parties. But do you the right surname?

A new study by Richard Wiseman shows that people who have a surname that begins with a letter near the start of the alphabet are more successful in life than those with names towards the end. In short, Rajdeep SardesaI Barkha DutT is more likely to be successful than Barkha DutT Rajdeep SardesaI.

The Bard didn’t but he could well have asked, what’s in a surname? The answer: a lot more than he could have imagined.

Read the full article here: The surname study

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4 Comments

  1. ashok

    Going by the survey shouldn’t Dutt have the edge over Sardesai? Or am I missing something?

  2. “A new study by Richard Wiseman shows that people who have a surname that begins with a letter near the start of the alphabet are more successful in life than those with names towards the end.”

    According to this logic shouldn’t Dutt be more successful than Sardesai? After all, Rajdeep’s surname starts with an ‘S’ and Barkha’s surname starts with a ‘D’

  3. RS

    The way NDTV 24×7 lost out to CNN-IBN yesteday night at the NT awards is a sign of things to come.

    Watch out for “Times Now” – its news selection is exactly what appeals to english news channel viewer ie the politically aware, educated, white-collar Indian.

  4. vsesh

    Arun , you are really joking while citing the study of Richard Wiseman for accepting the selection of Burkha Dutt as an out standing journalist. I am sure she can win the award hands down on her own merit.

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