Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's reply to a student who asked him to teach him a new word is going viral.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP tweeted a video Monday in which a student asks Tharoor to teach him a new word given the former diplomat's reputation as "a fount of exotic vocabulary".
Tharoor had a one word suggestion: "Read".
Take a look at the video here:
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
In the video, Tharoor - who is known for his way with words - said that it was extensive reading that gave him his vocabulary. He pointed out that despite what people may think, he barely refers to a dictionary.
Tharoor said that reading extensively helps understand a word, and its usage.
"All I had was books, books were my escape, books were my education," he said. The MP also said that he had asthma growing up, and reading was the only respite from spending time indoors.
Here are some reactions to the video and his reply to the student:
Read read read......its a Mantra for everyone who want to learn.
— MOHD. IRSHAD (@irshad3100) November 11, 2019
Appreciate Shashi Tharoor ji !
You echoed my Father ...
Read Read Read ...
Write words from Dictionary to improve spelling, hand writing and vocabulary
Read any book apart from magazine and newspaper
— संजय शर्मा (@sharma__sanjay) November 11, 2019
I'm truly inspired by you Sir. My son is your huge fan.
— Bhim Raju (@BhimRaju) November 11, 2019
Very well said 👍
— TSJN (@JaisekharNair) November 12, 2019
He speaks so flawlessly and inspire us to transform .
A trademark of well read person, he won't tell u a complex way to learn simple things, he'll give u simple way to learn the complex things.
— Rishabh Upadhyay (@Ru7494) 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!
Truth without compare!
— Darayas Rustom Irani (@IraniDarayas) November 12, 2019
Finally I heard it from yourself... I always used to doubt how you are so good in vocabulary coz those days no tv no internet no blogs... The simple yet effective answer from you is read... 🙏🙏
— Ramesh kumar Uppalapati (@rameshpersuader) November 11, 2019
Good one! Respect your Knowledge
— Siddarth Pai (@siddarthpaim) November 12, 2019