Niel and I were discussing my name the other day. How there are a few other people who also share it. Like Ani DiFranco(though she isn’t Armenian.) Ani is also a Hawaiian name. It also means I in Hebrew. All my life I thought Ani was exclusively an Armenian name. It hasn’t been an easy name to have. You would think a name with three letters would be easy to pronounce, but for some folks it isn’t. Some pronounce it Annie. Though I’ll begrudgingly answer to that. It's pronounced Ahh Knee. As if you are sighing "ahhhh" and then saying "knee". Ani
I was named after my paternal grandmother. Although my parents broke from tradition and removed the K from the end. Ani actually was one of medieval Armenia’s capitals. Before Turkey took the land. They haven’t done anything with it though. Not surprising. The ruins of a once thriving city are what remain. It was also dubbed "City of 1001 Churches". Between 100 to 200,00 people lived in Ani and it rivaled Cairo, Constantinople, and Baghdad. If you want to learn more, Wikepedia has an extensive explanation of the name. I will impressed if you decide to read the entire thing about my name and Armenia. No I won’t give you a quiz just my appreciation.
Also Happy Fat Tuesday!
Fitting for both holidays
Pork dumplings & Scallion Pancakes