Words make Men of Steel or Fish Mongers

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Lekshmy Narayanan Thantri, the firs time I looked at him, I thought what a simpleton he is. Very humble, balding, thin; his head always bowed down with a smile on his lips. I thought he reminded me of those weak grandparents that television advertisements show always smiling and feebly enjoying the antics of their grand children.

It was my first semester in engineering college.All the staff I got, I just felt, okay the teachers have the technical knowledge to teach us. This Sir was different. He came in, started with a joke no one could laugh with. We all took him to be some useless guy who was going to be easy to play the pranks. The perfect nutty professor with one bolt missing. The second class and my views changed. I started hating the guy.

Janus Faced -- People who cannot be trusted: Janus faced people are those people who promise one thing and once the time passes goes back on their words! Honorless Men, Corrupt Politicians, Cowards, Husbands to name a few :)Janus Faced -- People who cannot be trusted: Janus faced people are those people who promise one thing and once the time passes goes back on their words! Honorless Men, Corrupt Politicians, Cowards, Husbands to name a few :)

He had caught me and found I didnt understand anything he taught. Add to it, he started giving assigments and tests and he wanted to teach using the foreign author's book only. I could not understand one word in that British book on electrical engineering he asked us to use. It was not until the end of first one month of classes, my opinions started to change. He used to say stories about his real life experiences, his being a commanding officer in the airforce. I was after sometime mesmerised with his knowledge. Give him any topic he could speak hours on it and it was his humility that struck me most. He is one person I will never forget, though I am sad I lost touch with him and don't even know if he will ever know how much I respected him...

By the second semester I got the oppurtunity to be under him directly as a member of the Training and Placement Cell (TPC) of our college, College of Engineering, Chengannur . This was the time I got to know the real sir and there is one thing that remains with me after speaking to him. In our conversations for two years, his one word always keep coming back to me...

"A man is only as good as his word" . If you have given your word to someone, think about it a hundred times and do it only if you can. If you failed trying, its a different story but if you never meant it, your not a man of any substance. Like he said, "Words make Men of Steel or Fish Mongers" . If you notice the fish monger, his word on the price and quality of the fish keeps changing from the morning when he receives it and till the time it gets spoiled or completly sold! Does that describe how you keep your words? Or are you a man of steel who never would back out from your word and live on principles?

"Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is." --Publilius Syrus

Time and again I have met people of such quality who never mean what they say. There are still others who feel they can do as they want but the people should mean what they say to them.
Sometimes I feel some of the talks of such people are basically because of their hormones and as Robin Williams best said it :

"God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time." --- Robin Williams, commenting on the Clinton/Lewinsky affair

From long time back this has been one thing people have contented on. Would you believe only by seeing or would you believe the word of the person based on trust of his words? If its word, then you better be wary, is his words trustable or is he a swindler planning other things behind your back and these words are just the clouds to cover your eyes while things happen?

Remember to acheive something, you always need to sacrifice something else. A word given always asks that from you in return. If your not man enough to keep it, remember Napoleon's words..

"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it." --- Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon said it much better later on. A person who disagrees is ok but you need to fear the most
people who do not say it on your face and in front of you acts all positive and behind your back sits and schemes shameless acts.

"The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know." --- Napoleon Bonaparte


As the revered Fethullah said in his book, "Pearls of Wisdom",
"People reveal themselves through their words, and manifest their spiritual rank through their manners. Those who act as though they are the only ones with the authority to speak inevitably become disliked and are condemned by their friends. As a result, any valuable words they might express are rejected out of hand. As a corollary, these truths are not accorded the respect they deserve."
Author : "M. Fethullah G├╝len" in "Pearls of Wisdom"

Why do we need to keep our word? Its a question all the haughty asks. Like a faithful dog when your "EGO" follows you around, this can only be answered best by what Jon Corzine said,

"Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another. --- Jon Corzine "

If you can understand it, learn to live for what you promise, everything we do, trust, marriage, money, work is all dependent on that one thing, your "WORD". So unless you have it in you to keep it, remember,

"A sword can only do as much damage as the hand wills.It can be pulled back out too without leaving anything back. But a broken promise or word that leaves your tongue, shatters the heart and those words can never be erased from the heart or removed!"

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