Though I am quite well aware of the disproportionate volume of writeups on E2 relating to The Simpsons (excellent show that it is), I will venture another.

I recently got into a squabble with Sylvar (in retrospect, my fault) that began over a dispute in the spelling of Apu's last name. In fact, on the official Simpsons website, it is spelled "NahasapeemapetilOn." I had heretofore seen the inclusion of the "o" as a common but understandable mistake. So I checked it out, and it turned out that the site backed Sylvar's contention, and the rest is history.

The other day I caught the episode involving the Bear Patrol and the anti-immigrant Proposition 24. Apu is forced to pay Fat Tony $2,000 for a series of fake IDs, including a passport. He shows this to Homer, and it clearly shows his name spelled as NahasapeemapetilAn (as a careful analysis of the video revealed). I consider it unlikely that Apu would pay for an ID that included a misspelling of his name; however, as this is exactly the sort of thing that Ellis Island workers did to numerous immigrants in their day, I can let it slide.

So which version is authoritative? I guess I have to defer to the owners of the Simpsons trademarks, but I do so under protest.

My apologies to those who would consider this writeup unnecessary node-clutter, but I will shut up about it now.

UPDATE: This writeup has sunk to -2, but I persist in my protest. I would point viewers to yet another episode where Apu's name is spelled NahasapeemapetilAn on-screen: In the octuplets episode, a newspaper headline is flashed which reads "Nahasapeemapetilan-tastic!" This "play on words," if it can so be called, would not work if Apu's surname was spelled with an "o." Downvote me if you want, but will continue following Gandhi's doctrine of "satyagraha"--"holding onto the truth."
Supporting character on The Simpsons who is the proprietor of the Kwik-E-Mart. Originally from India and a practicing Hindu (Ganesh/Ganesha, in particular). Following his graduation from the Calcutta Technical Institute, he came to America to study at the Springfield Heights Institute of Technology. He took the job as a convenience store clerk in order to pay off his student loan and ended up staying after it was paid.

Married to another Indian, Manjula, who was arranged to be his bride when they were children (the dowry was ten goats, an electric fan, and a textile factory). When, as an adult, he was told the marriage had to take place, he tried to get out of it, not having seen her in years. But when he met her he found her beautiful and witty (and they were both able to answer what their favorite book, movie, and food was with Fried Green Tomatoes). They are also the parents of octuplets due to too many people slipping Manjula fertility drugs. The children's names are: Poonam, Sashi, Pria, Uma, Anoop, Sandeep, Nabendu, and Gheet.

Apu's voice is done by Hank Azaria.

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