If you’re wondering how to say it, it’s ‘A minus one plus five’. Till recently, Shaikh ran a snacks and juice centre called A-1+5 round the corner from his home in Vishnuseth chawl at Mumbra. He identified so much with that ‘formula’ that he later assumed it as part of his name. The now-defunct eatery started functioning on All Fool’s Day and that explains the intriguing numerals: A is for April, 1 for the date and 5 denotes 2005.
But Shaikh, a part-time palmist, also has several philosophical interpretations. “The minus signifies the sorrow in our lives and the plus stands for happiness,” he says. And there is the more mundane motive of publicity. “Yes, I knew it would be some kind of world record once it appears on my passport. And I have already sent an entry to the Limca Book of Records,” he says enthusiastically.
And where did the ‘Nawab’ come from? Pat comes the explanation, “My father hails from Hyderabad where there are Nawabs.”
After all that permutation combination with digits and titles you would imagine the change of name would change the course of his life. But ask the 44-year-old and he will tell you that the reality is quite the opposite. He says, “The day I opened my hotel, my sister was arrested. And I got embroiled in several cases.” So is he having second thoughts? “Certainly not,” he says, adding, “Still, I consider myself lucky to have a name that nobody else does.”