No wife, not her pregnancy but the son's name is soma lingam (some ×)

Aalu ledu, chulu ledu kani koduku peru matram somalingam. (Telugu)

Some people think of the future happening without any base in the present. This idiom is used to talk about such people in a humorous context.

_It is not equal to building castles in the air because it is not an impossible task for him to marry and beget a son. He is imagining things too early.

The idiom is used to talk about a person who talks about something well in advance without any scope for such a talk. A married man
may talk about his/ her son' s being christened but it is a foolish to talk about the name of a son well before his marriage without having a wife.

Is there such a phrase or an idiom in English?

  • Possible duplicate of Is there a term for polishing something too early? (putting the cart before the horse / jumping the gun / getting ahead of yourself / premature optimisation ...). Nov 8, 2019 at 14:28
  • @Englishmonger people could be downvoting because it is similar to Edwin's duplicate, and upvoting the answers because that is what they would suggest. Votes do not correlate between questions and answers. Nov 8, 2019 at 16:05
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    You keep asking questions about proverbs from a different culture, but show no evidence of any effort to find the answers yourself. How about buying a book of proverbs?
    – David
    Nov 8, 2019 at 16:39
  • @ David. It is an excellent Idea. I could not get it Nov 8, 2019 at 16:46
  • Look up "proverbs" + "list". Some might even be thematic (in which you'd find it easier to discover a proverb containing 'early', 'bird' and 'worm' if you didn't know it but knew you wanted one on the theme of 'punctuality'). Nov 8, 2019 at 17:50

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You could call this getting ahead of yourself.

You have named your son soma lingam, but you are not married or pregnant. Aren't you getting ahead of yourself?


This is putting the cart before the horse:

to do things in the wrong order:

  • Aren't you putting the cart before the horse by deciding what to wear for the wedding before you've even been invited to it?

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