Shashi Tharoor is not only known for his witty nature but also as a literary genius that he is. Tharoor recently shared a video on his Twitter handle and it is going viral for all the good reasons. He captioned the post as ‘My reply to a student who asked me to give him a new word in view of my reputation as a fount of exotic vocabulary’.
My reply to a student who asked me to give him a new word in view of my reputation as a fount of exotic vocabulary: pic.twitter.com/I6mr9DOX6m— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 11, 2019
At the event where this video was shot, a 10th grade student requested the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, to enlighten the audience with a new word, given that Tharoor is regarded as a ‘Fount of exotic vocabulary’ not only in India, but globally. The student asked ‘As you have been globally acknowledged as a man of vocabulary I would like you to give me and the crowd a new word for us to learn’.
The reply to this request was not only savage but also educational. The word he shared with the audience present was ‘read’.
Tharoor said, ‘I will give you a very simple, very old word, read. He added ‘that is the only way I acquired a vocabulary. People think I am some sort of nutcase who studies dictionaries all day long. I have barely opened a dictionary in my life. But I have read extensively. The reason I was like this is because I lived in an India without television, without computer, without Nintendo, without Play Station, without mobile phones. All I had were books’.
Tharoor’s advice left the audience surprised and mesmerized. Soon after the video surfaced, the Twitteratis started sharing the tweet and some of the users replied how important of a life lesson he shared so casually, without making a big deal out of it.
You can see some of the tweets here:
one of those rare political figures who is an #inspiration to young generation— Zain Rahman (@ZainMRahman) November 11, 2019
Must admit @ShashiTharoor ,sir, what you shared with the young & old in that audience is perhaps the best of your life's experience!— Darayas Rustom Irani (@IraniDarayas) November 12, 2019
Truth without compare!
Well said sir! I did same and felt similar.. But the way you put it is real manifestation of exhortation to youth to come forward for reading.. God bless you.. I don't agree with you on many things but same time admire you on many..— Mridul (@Mridul95343996) November 11, 2019
Interestingly, some people learnt new words from his small speech as well, like this twitter user said he learnt a new word ‘Nutcase’.
Nutcase… I got a new word— Nang-oo (@nangoosari) November 11, 2019
One user asked the Congress MP a question that a lot many of us wants the answer to, he asked ‘Why aren’t you leading congress?’
Again. Why aren’t you leading Congress?— Avinash Jha (@____Avinash____) November 11, 2019