The Story Behind My Pen Name – Ariel

Last updated on April 19, 2019

The Story Behind My Pen Name, Ariel 

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


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 the secular publications in the new name ‘Ariel Philip, Valanjavattom’ (my native land near Thiruvalla, Kerala) and many of my writings published in the newspapers, Children’s magazines and weeklies. My first writing (a letter 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, many of my articles and stories published in their children’s magazine called ‘Balarama’, which is popular among the Malayalam speaking children. Later in the Malayalamanorama newspaper’s youth page “Yuvatharangam” I was a regular contributor with that 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 of 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 in short:



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If my memory serves me correctly, it was, when I was studying in the seventh standard; our English class teacher (Susan Mathew) started taking a lesson from an English prose. Shakespeare’s famous drama “The Tempest” (Read a summary of the Tempest story here) 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 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’. Thus, born a new person by name ‘Ariel Philip’.

Ariel Philip in a school group photo

From the 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 where my elder sister was employed.  Staying with her family, I have completed my graduation and  P G course in Journalism. Slowly my writings shifted to the English language publications, and started publishing my contents in the name “P V Ariel” which is the short form of my full name “Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ “.
Later 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 name in my further writings.


Now in my web writing, I am using this name P V Ariel as my byline. Please read my interview with a well-known source 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 PVAriel My First International Friend…


Read another interview in which I shared a bit more about me and my blogging journey.  Reji Stephenson, a pro blogger, a Keralite settled in 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 at this world wide web writing community. I am again happy to say that through the sites like, I could obtain a good number of like-minded people as friends and associate writers.

I am extremely happy to be here at this world wide web writing community. I am again happy to say that through the sites like, I could obtain a good number of like-minded people as friends and associate writers.


Presently I am working as an Editor for a Christian bi-monthly publication called ‘Confident Living’ published from Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.


Read here my official Bio.


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 supports, comments, and encouragement.


My sincere good wishes and season’s greetings to one and all.


Thank you for your precious time to read this Knol


With Best regards,

Philip Verghese Ariel (P V)


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Last updated on April 1, 2018
Updated on:  Oct 3, 2016 @ 12:12
First published on Jun 30, 2010, @ 19:42
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by Philip Verghese 'Ariel'

A Multilingual Freelance Writer, Editor, Blogger, Roundup Expert, Translator, Internet Marketer And A Social Campaigner. Manages different sites in English as well as in Malayalam. Born And Brought Up In Kerala. Now Based At Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Facebook or Can Reach At: philipscom55(@)Gmail [.] Com twitter: @PVAriel Skype Philva6


  1. 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

  2. ആഹാ‍ാ..
    ടെമ്പസ്റ്റ് ഡിഗ്രിക്കായിരുന്നു നമ്മള്‍ക്ക്, നൈസ് ഡ്രാമ..

    ഷേക്സ്പിയറെക്കഴിഞ്ഞ് കഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പേരിടാന്‍ ആരുമുണ്ടായിട്ടില്ല.

  3. 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

  4. 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. 🙂


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. @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

  9. 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

  10. Hi!
    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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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