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The Story Behind My Pen Name – Ariel

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Last updated on October 6, 2023

cutmypic(35)How I procured my pen name, Ariel? There is a story behind it. This Knol is a narration of that small incident that happened in my life years back. That paved the way to stick with the name Ariel as my byline.

“Philip how you got your pen name, Ariel?  My new friends and followers on social media as well as on my blogs ask this question,  For such friends here below I present a small note on that incident that happened years back.  I hope, this will give an answer to that question.

Have a blessed day.

~ Philip


I used my original name ‘Philip Verghese’ as my byline in my early writings.

A Few years later, after completing my high school education, I started sending letters, stories, and articles to secular publications under the new name ‘Ariel, Valanjavattom’ (my native land near Thiruvalla, Kerala) and many of my writings were published in the newspapers, Children’s magazines and weeklies with the byline Valanjavattom Ariel (വളഞ്ഞവട്ടം എരിയൽ)

First Published Content In Print Media 

letterMy first writing (letters to the editor) with that name, got published in one of the most prestigious publications in India, “The Malayala Manorama” daily newspaper (The largest circulated daily, now it is the largest circulated regional language daily in India).

In addition to letter writing, many of my articles and stories were published in their children’s magazine called ‘Balarama’, which is popular among Malayalam speaking children.

Malayala Manorama’s Youth Page (Yuvatharangam/യുവതരംഗം


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A post published on Manorama Daily’s Youth column with the same pen name

Later in the Malayala Manorama newspaper’s youth page “Yuvatharangam” I was a regular contributor with the pen name  ‘Ariel Philip’.

First, let me say a few words about what prompted me to write this content.

Yes, just after posting my previous content, “what is there in a name“.  I just started thinking about my own words, “Yes, next time when this question arises, “What’s there in a name?  Think about it, you will definitely find a lot in it”.

Those words echoed in my mind and I just thought of my own name “Ariel” and myself: Yes, there is a big story hidden behind it. Let me narrate that here in brief.


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If my memory goes correct, it was, when I was studying in the seventh standard, our English class teacher (Susy Mathew) started taking a lesson from the English prose, Shakespeare’s famous drama “The Tempest” (Read more on that story in this link: summary of the Tempest story ) was the lesson for that day.

Ms. Susy Mathews explained the story’s summary and it was so interesting that everyone eagerly listened to it.

Later she asked the first bench row to read out the lesson, each of us got a different character to read, and very interestingly, I got the part of the story, an interesting character called ‘Ariel’ the good spirit.

The session was so interesting and all of us played our part well.

Later, when the class was over, everyone started calling me ‘Ariel’.

Since ‘Ariel’ was an important character in the drama ‘Tempest’ I too liked others calling me the name Ariel.

Slowly the name became famous in our school and everyone starts to talk about it, and the people around me called ‘Ariel Philip’.

P V ‘Ariel – A Little Writer Is Born Here!

Thus, born a new person by the name ‘Ariel Philip’.

Ariel Philip in a school group photo, can see Susy Teacher too.

From a very young age, I used to write articles, stories, songs, and poems in Christian weeklies and magazines in my mother tongue Malayalam.

For more on this line about me please visit my content titled “My Early Experience with My Writings”   


Years went by and in connection with my further studies; I landed in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh (now in Telangana) where my elder sister and family stays.

l completed my post-graduate study in Journalism from here.

At a later stage, I came to know about the meaning of the word ‘Ariel’. Ariel means ‘Lion of God’.

I was so delighted to know the meaning and I decided to stick on to that byline in my further writings.

Now in my web writings, I use the name P V Ariel as my byline.

Please read my interview with a well-known resource producer at, Dr. Donalad Pennigton of Texas, USA. Read more on this link:  Ladies and Gentlemen P V Ariel

Yet another content producer at Ms. Sheryl Young of United States of America (A well-known Christian writer, a Jew by birth) interviewed me and you can read more about my writings at this link: PVAriel My First International Friend…

A Blogger Without A Blog 

Read another interview in which I shared a bit more about myself and my blogging journey.  Reji Stephenson, a professional blogger, a Keralite settled in the UK interviewed me in this post.  You can read that here under this title: P V Ariel A Blogger Without A Blog!

I am extremely happy to be here in this world wide web writing community.

I am again happy to say that through the sites like associatedcontent. com (now Yahoo. com) Google’s knol. google. com I could obtain a good number of like-minded people as friends and associate writers.

Later I started working as an Editor for a Christian bi-monthly publication called Confident Living’An official publication of “Back to the Bible International” in India published from Secunderabad, Telangana State.

Presently …

Presently I am working as a freelance writer and a full-time blogger who manages different blogs in English and in Malayalam.

Also, I am working as an internet marketer, roundup post writer, and social campaigner for different platforms. Also, I am associated with two youtube channels named:

Philipscom Views.AND News Views And Songs

Let me take this opportunity once again to extend my heartfelt thanks to all my fellow writers, co-authors, readers, fans, and friends for their wholehearted support, comments, and encouragement.

Thanks for spending your valuable time over here. Please visit again for more updates.

You can also reach me via this website’s contact page.

A Search For My School Mates. സ്കൂൾ സഹപാഠികൾക്കായി ഒരു തിരച്ചിൽ 🌹

I am still in search to find my school mates!

ഇതു വായിക്കുന്ന ആരെങ്കിലും വിശേഷിച്ചു 70-71 ഗ്രൂപ്പിൽ പഠിച്ച ആരെങ്കിലും ഉണ്ടെങ്കിൽ ദയവായി ബന്ധപ്പെടുക.

അക്കൂട്ടത്തിൽ അടുത്തിട കണ്ടെത്തിയ ഒരാളാണ് Mr. George Kurian V, Valanjavattom.

ഇതു വായിക്കുന്ന മിത്രങ്ങൾ ആരെങ്കിലും ഈ ഗ്രൂപ്പിൽ ഉണ്ടോ? 😂🌹🙏

(Kannassa Smaraka Government School, Kadapra,  Valanjavattom.

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Philip Verghese Ariel (P V)

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  1. Alice Lynn Alfred
    Alice Lynn Alfred

    What a great essay!! You have a talent for writing ~ I wish I had a special name or the creative thinking to come up with something like that ~ the way you did. What an enjoyable post!!! Thank you for sharing ~alice

    September 4, 2011
  2. Tina

    It’s nice to know where the name came from. Lion of God is really special.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

    March 31, 2013
  3. Thank you for sharing your story. I found it interesting your story telling skills are awesome as I’m sure you know.

    October 4, 2016
  4. Palashtd

    LOL, Very interesting story!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    October 4, 2016
    • Thanks Palash,
      for your vist.and feed back. Good to know that you enjoyed reading it.
      Have a good day

      October 7, 2016
  5. Prakash Raj
    Prakash Raj

    It’s amazing to know more about you. thanks for sharing you story with us.

    October 4, 2016
    • Thanks Prakash.
      For your continues visit and share.
      Have a great day.
      Keep visiting.
      Best Regards

      October 7, 2016
  6. Hi Philip

    It is really great to know the story behind your name and it is so amazing too, as you have indeed been a lion of God in the blogosphere. :-)

    Thanks for sharing.
    Take care

    October 12, 2016
  7. Osho

    Well I must say I just came to know about the story behind your pen name
    That is indeed an amazing read! And will share this post now. :-)


    October 12, 2016
  8. I guess I was very curious to know about your pen name and this domain name as well. I think you have clarified all my doubts in a single post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    November 10, 2016
  9. CryptoG

    Wow! Great memories from school huh :) Such a heartwarming story.
    Good to know more about you and your pen name. Really an interesting one.
    Thanks for sharing.

    April 2, 2018
  10. Gnaneshwar

    Amazing Writing sir! Well written and well Authorized and interesting content Sir.
    Thanks for sharing more about your writing and the origin of your pen name. I liked the way you presented your story behind your name.
    Keep sharing more such personal stories thru these pages.

    April 3, 2018
  11. @Ikechi,
    Thanks a lot for your valuable time here, I am glad to know that you liked this post, Yes, that was indeed a great turning point in my life, and I adopted that name as my pen name.

    Thanks for your sweet words

    April 11, 2018
  12. Hi @Osho,
    Thanks for your maiden visit. I appreciate your time. Keep visiting and share your views

    April 11, 2018
  13. @Sameer,
    Glad to see you here, and I am glad that you enjoyed the post
    I am glad that I share the story behind how I got my pen name Ariel
    Keep visiting
    Best Regards

    April 11, 2018
  14. Hi @Lydia Brown,
    I am sorry I really missed your first comment,
    I so glad that you liked the post
    Keep visiting
    Keep sharing

    April 11, 2018
  15. Hi Gnaneshwar,
    Thank you so much for your valuable presence with a wonderful feedback.
    I appreciate your encouraging words. Yes, for sure will come again with more such posts.
    Keep visiting
    Have a great week ahead,
    Best Regards

    April 11, 2018
  16. Facto Facts
    Facto Facts

    First of All, Thanks for Sharing this Amazing Post! I Got Impressed With Your Writings. I Must Say You Are An Incredible Writer Ever.
    Please Keep Sharing Such Posts!
    Good Luck!

    April 17, 2018
  17. Sudha A R
    Sudha A R

    What a great and interesting experience! Indeed you have a talent for writing ~ I wish I had a special name or the creative thinking to come up with something like that ~ the way you did. What an enjoyable post!!! Thank you for sharing. Keep writing more from your life experiences. Good share.

    April 23, 2018

    Hahaha, Philip, that’s really a good topic someone can dream of i liked you post… Good to know a bit more about you and your writing career. Your story is really interesting. Keep going with such tremendous enthusiasm to entertain and inform others about the knowledge you are procured thru your vast and wonderful journey all thru. keep sharing such personal experiences thru these columns.

    May 9, 2018
  19. Professor Nahabu
    Professor Nahabu

    Thanks for sharing you story with us..It’s amazing to know more about you.

    June 28, 2018
  20. Thanks professor for the feedback.
    Nice to know that you liked the post.
    Keep visiting.
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip

    July 9, 2018
  21. Navkkar Sauda
    Navkkar Sauda

    Hello there, this is Zayn from Mumbai, I am so glad to be here today. It is reallly interesting to know about you and your pen name history. This is my first visit to your page, and I found that there are a good number of worth reading pieces you published on your wonderful website. Will visit again to read more such interesting and informative posts. Keep writing.

    September 17, 2018
  22. The Story Behind My Pen name Ariel. ഏരിയൽ എന്ന തൂലികാനാമത്തിന് പിന്നിലെ കഥ, - Philipscom Associates o
    The Story Behind My Pen name Ariel. ഏരിയൽ എന്ന തൂലികാനാമത്തിന് പിന്നിലെ കഥ, - Philipscom Associates o

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    April 1, 2022
  23. Perhotelan

    Philip, nice share, thanks for telling us, how you got your pen name, Ariel?
    Keep sharing

    July 26, 2023
  24. Rahul

    Hello Sir!
    really inspiring one

    October 9, 2023

    Really nice to know about u Achaya, May Almighty Bless you abundantly🙏🙏

    October 20, 2023

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