Kerala woman ‘Korona’ is now the talk of the town

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The residents of Chungam in Kottayam, Kerala, have long been familiar with the name of the dreaded virus, but of course with a different spelling.

Korona, with a K, is the name of a woman in Kottayam and wife of Chunkam native Shine Thomas.

She is the daughter of Kayamkulam native J Babu and Selin. Korona was named thus by Fr James during her baptism at the St Joseph Church in Choolatheruv.

Before the ritual, the priest asked her parents, “Have you thought of any name for the child?”

When they said no, he named her Korona. She was called fondly by her family as ‘Tinu’.

Her official name in school records is also Korona. When her curious friends asked her about the strange name, she told them it was a term from the Bible and that it meant ‘crown’.

After the Coronavirus took the world by a storm, several of her old schoolmates were reminded of the ‘Korona’ they knew and called her up.

She got married to Shine, a fisherman, at the Holy Family Church at Karichal around 10 years ago. The couple has two children – Kevin and Naveen.

The world came to know about Korona in Kottayam through a video made by her husband’s friends.

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