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“Namak Haram” was the name of one of Amitabh Bachchan’s hit movies. People who may have seen the movie might have understood the meaning of this pithy phrase, if  they were not familiar with it’s meaning before seeing the movie.While starting this article I made some search on Google and came across this interesting News item

https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/google-namak-haraam-country-and-indian-flag-will-show-and-heres-why-were-proud-of-it-3053890/

And thing is that people can be manipulative with words and in doing so, they only see the meaning that they intend others to see.

 

Some days ago Sanjay Raut used the word Haram Khor for Kangana and he is facing a lot of flak for it. Long back I remember Sita Ram Kesari who was then President of the Congress used the word Nikkamma ( Good for Nothing) for Deve Goda. What to speak of Deve Goda understanding it, he couldn’t even speak it. During the last election campaign Sam Patroda used the phrase Hua to Hua ( So, what if it happened) in context of riots in Delhi post assassination of Indira Gandhi. Mr. Mani Shanker Aiyyar had used a word “Neech” (Low caste) for Modi in some context. In the above two instances, the election fever was at full swings and I am sure that these must have done a substantial damage to the swing of votes against the Congress although attempts were made later to do some fire fighting to contain the damage.

There was a beautiful Cartoon clip from Aaj Tak’s team that makes So Sorry cartoons, taking a jibe at Mani Shankar’s utterances and their damaging results that congress has to face.

 

Everyone doesn’t have the gift of the gab. It is not easy to articulate your thoughts and be able to put those across effectively. Mr. Shashi Tharoor has a great ability to do that and he has a remarkable vocabulary for aiding him.

Mr. Modi also is a very good speaker. Same cannot be said about others in BJP. There is none in the Congress either who can match his oratory skills. It’s not only the words that matter, but the right selection of them that does the magic is a skill that needs to be honed, because the words have great impact on the listener.

Words are our tools and our weapons. The wars that are fought on the grounds start with wordy duels. One should be very careful with the words. Words convey our feelings more than our actions. Human beings are so sensitive that they can not only understand them but can also pick up the nuances from the tonal inflexions and they can be misunderstood or misconstrued. The politicians use this to get out of the situations their outspokenness often puts them in.

“I didn’t mean it.”

“My words have been blown out of context.”  They often have to use such apologetic phrases to make amends for the faux pas, which is very difficult because as they say, the words are like arrows which can’t be retrieved once shot.

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”- Alan Greenspan.

Parents, many times, when angry or annoyed with their children use words which hurt them badly and often the couples when fighting, sometime use words which can cause irreparable damage to their relationships.

Here is one of the Speeches of Shashi Tharoor that I like

Sadguru on Religion, Politics and Human Society

More on this later,

Bye for now

Navneet

 

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RAMARAO Garimella
1 year ago

An excellent piece written obviously after considerable research. Communication skills in speech and writing are essential for success in life. Mani Shankar Iyer was a Tripos at Cambridge and an IFS officer but lacked the communication skills of Tharror and fell by the wayside.

Ushasurya
Ushasurya(@ushasurya)
1 year ago

Suresh
Never knew that Queen’s English is as Terrible as you portray !! I have always been under the assumption that Quen’s English was something delightful :)))))

Suresh Rao
Suresh Rao(@sureshrao)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ushasurya

Yes, Queen’s English refers to the unique accent that the Royal family is accustomed to; only their immediate household help can understand them! They will have ghost writers who write their speeches; many are terrible when it comes to impromptu speaking and writing.

Ushasurya
Ushasurya(@ushasurya)
1 year ago

Sorry for the errors Navneet . I am using hubby’s laptop and half the time is spent is searching for the icon !! I am more at ease with my huge desktop !!!

Ushasurya
Ushasurya(@ushasurya)
1 year ago

Lovely piece Navneet.
I love to listen to Sashi Tharoor ( Give the devil his due, they say and it is very true!!)I liked Dr Abdul Kalam’s word play on Handsome !! Wonderful. I am agreat fan of PGW and I must say emphticlly that my language improved after reading his Queen’s English! Though, as you say we did have to reach out to the dictionary to get the meanings of amny words !
I personally feel that choice of words mean a lot and the sentence formatiom depends on words. The wholebeauty of the language is lost, when words are ignored and especially, amny of today’s generation cut shot relevant words…SMS language is becoming popular but I am a traditional person who oves to read good DEnglish!! I winge when I see words sliced even in blogs. Ifeel that one should appreciate the choice of words even when he / she writes a blog.
Aw!! It is personal, of course ! Each unto his / her wont !!

Suresh Rao
Suresh Rao(@sureshrao)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ushasurya

Usha, you often mention ‘Queen’s English’ in your writings. Queen’s English is the unique “accent of the royals”… not any great phrases or speech making or writing skills! Some of them are terrible at writing and speaking!

Suresh Rao
Suresh Rao(@sureshrao)
1 year ago

Good words and phrases can be picked up by reading good works and remembering them by writing them in your own sentences. You are getting good at both here!

Suresh Rao
Suresh Rao(@sureshrao)
1 year ago
Reply to  Suresh Rao

By the way, Dr Shashi Tharoor has not only mastered words and phrases but is also good at delivering them with nuances and perfect timing! The video you have posted: ‘Britain Does Owe Reparations’, says is all. No wonder he is called Samuel Johnson of India!

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