Shashi Tharoor, who is either admired or trolled for his profound vocabulary, gave fair advice to a student, who wanted to learn a new word from him.
A video, which was tweeted by the Thiruvananthapuram MP on Monday, shows him standing for a speech and sipping liquid from a cup.
The 10th standard student said, "As you have been globally accepted as a man of vocabulary, I would like you to give me and the crowd a new word for us to learn."
Tharoor's answer was a "simple and an old word" — "Read".
He further said that although people might think that he is "some sort of a nutcase who studies dictionary all day long" but the truth is, extensive reading was the only way that made him acquire this strong vocabulary.
Tharoor believes his childhood had some advantages over the present generation, as he grew up without television, computers, play stations and mobile phones.
Being an asthmatic child and majorly confined to the bed, Tharoor said, all he had were books.
"Books were my escape, books were my education," he said.
So if you're too wondering how else can you expand your vocabulary, that is as strong and refined as Tharoor's, the only advice is, "Read, read and read. The more you read the better your vocabulary will also be."
The nearly-2 minute video garnered over 11,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 2,000 times.
Netizens are praising Tharoor's "excellent advice", which gives out a strong message to the young minds.
Sir please give me one chance to meet you.
My english is not good, so i cant explain how much I love your opinion, ur way of talking.
— Alamgir Rizvi(عالمگیر رضوی) (@alamgirizvi) November 11, 2019
one of those rare political figures who is an #inspiration to young generation
— Zain Rahman (@ZainMRahman) November 11, 2019
Excellent advise!! I will add "Listen" to it, and we get this opportunity to listen to statesmen like you 🙏
— Keshav Bapat (@kewlkeshav) November 11, 2019
Read is way to acquire vocabulary like @ShashiTharoor Sir
— Simmi Ahuja (@SimmiAhuja_) November 11, 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
This is so thoughtful ✌️✌️
— Gunjan Johar (@rajputg) 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