Choosing Words With Care

Beautiful face, ugly words

SASHI THAROOR obviously is proud of his mastery over words, as seen in his frequent verbal gymnastics with English words, flaunting obscure and rarely used ones dug out of some dictionary publishers.

For such a person to be be told by his own party to be careful in choice of words is nothing less than reprimand. More so for one who, by profession, deals in words; public relations is allied to journalism, if not a branch it, and that was his profession when he was an employee of the United Nations.

Perhaps he is one PR man who rose to the world’s highest position in his field, making India proud of him.

And so proud of mastery over words is Shashi Tharoor that he has been showing it off by using big bombastic words which made everyone rush to dictionaries. One suspected he was in the pay of dictionary k

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Perhaps he, like all politicians, likes to stay in the limelight – even for wrong reasons like unsuccessful contest for the top UN post, multiple divorces, marriage (his third and her second or vice versa) or alleged affair with a Pakistani woman journalist, leading to his last wife’s suicide.

Sometimes over-enthusiasm makes people like Tharoor forget the very purpose of words – to communicate. Journalism is meant to communicate and not show off mastery over words, which are mere tools of the trade.

One may forgive Chidambaram for coining the term ‘saffron terror’ or former Home Minister Sushil Shinde for using a honorific for the Pakistani terrorist who masterminded Bombay blasts –in their over-enthusiasm to score over Bharatiya Janata Party.

But for Shashi Tharoor to say India was turning a ‘Hindu Pakistan’ under BJP is nothing but what the Congress high command chided him for: wrong choice of words.

And that is unpardonable for one who is primarily a wordsmith.

(Written on phone in train)

Why ‘Know Thyself’?

On one of the WhatsApp groups I read regularly complaints about the rude behaviour of public sector bank staff and replies by some bankers in the group extolling bankers, bemoaning the government’s bad treatment of bankers and backing their demands.nEveryone in this country feels he/she alone works sincerely and honestly and all others are frauds.nThese include corrupt newspaper or news channel jouralists who distort news for Netas in exchange for notes (‘envelope journalism’ in my book), bankers who feel ‘customer is always wrong’ and give three loans on one property, railway employees who delay every train, let compartments stink and allot seats for bribe, govt employees who.move files only when paid and ask for a (costly) ‘weight’ on every application, workers feeling it is right to be paid for not working, doctors who order unneeded tests or want money for doing duty …. the list can take many pages.nThe fact is that there are black sheep in all professions. Perhaps their number is growing. They may be the majority.nThis is because we all feel we deserve much more than what we get, see nothing wrong in taking bribes and value material wealth, equating pleasure with happiness or prosperity with success.nThere are crooks (others) in every field and also good people (ourselves).nEveryone is three persons: what they think they are, what others think they are and what they really are.nI thought I was always helping others, above average in my work, mentoring new entrants into my field, rising above consumerism, popular in my peer group, honest, and very successful.nAfter two books, I found NO ONE ELSE thinks so. I did not know myself.n’Know thyself’ and self realisation are what all religions preach. of the WhatsApp groups I read regularly complaints about the rude behaviour of public sector bank staff and replies by some bankers in the group extolling bankers, bemoaning the government’s bad treatment of bankers and backing their demands.

Everyone in this country feels he/she alone works sincerely and honestly and all others are frauds.

These include corrupt newspaper or news channel jouralists who distort news for Netas in exchange for notes (‘envelope journalism’ in my book), bankers who feel ‘customer is always wrong’ and give three loans on one property, railway employees who delay every train, let compartments stink and allot seats for bribe, govt employees who.move files only when paid and ask for a (costly) ‘weight’ on every application, workers feeling it is right to be paid for not working, doctors who order unneeded tests or want money for doing duty …. the list can take many pages.

The fact is that there are black sheep in all professions. Perhaps their number is growing. They may be the majority.

This is because we all feel we deserve much more than what we get, see nothing wrong in taking bribes and value material wealth, equating pleasure with happiness or prosperity with success.

There are crooks (others) in every field and also good people (ourselves).

Everyone is three persons: what they think they are, what others think they are and what they really are.

I thought I was always helping others, above average in my work, mentoring new entrants into my field, rising above consumerism, popular in my peer group, successful, and very very honest.

After two books, I found NO ONE ELSE thinks so. I did not know myself.

‘Know thyself’ and self realisation are what all religions preach.

When Black is Fair and White is Unwanted

India’s new God, glittering Black

Someone has been really creative to write this post…… I am only republishing it.Thanks Anonymous.

Dear Black Money,

I am your weaker sibling, white. How are you? I am fine here in India and I hope you are enjoying your stay in Switzerland. I am writing this letter as I have heard that you are coming back to India. Is it true ? If it is, then I will suggest you to please reconsider your decision.

Black, do you remember the days when we were together and there was no difference between you and me. We were simply, Money without any discrimination of black and white. But some corrupt politicians and cruel businessmen separated us forever. Since that day, you have
been growing in numbers and I am at the mercy of salaried employees who do not have your privilege.

People often call me No.1, but it’s you who went places- from Mauritius to Dubai to Switzerland, while I was locked in FD, Post Office or in PF. While I suffer from high rates of GST, Income Tax, , Property Tax, Entry Tax etc., you are immune to all of them.

You will be glad to know that today, there is no piece of land in India which can be sold or bought without you. You have been successful in buying MPs and also made special appearance in Parliament. Credit goes only to you Black, that today, even a government peon can become a millionaire. People here won’t accept a girl even if she is slightly black, but when it comes to money, they treat both black and white equally. Despite all this, please don’t come back from Switzerland. Black, if you come back, don’t expect to be of any help for the poor. You will again be routed in the hands of those special few on the pretext of schemes like MNREGA or Indira Awas Yojna. Instead of the wonderful lockers of Swiss banks, you will be kept hidden behind the walls, beneath the bed and sometimes, even in loos. You won’t get the privilege of cheques or credit card. In its place, you will be exchanged on the basis of Rs.10 note. Some smart peoples, called Chartered Accountants, may also force you to convert into me.

Trust me brother! Don’t come back to India because the hearts of people, here, are blacker than your colour.

Your fairer self

White Money
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