Proverb Expansion A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED Those friends thou hast and their adoption tried Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel. The lines from Hamlet have a string of doubt behind them. Shakespeare himself was betrayed by one of his fast friends who stole his beloved. In ‘As You Like it’ he is more vehement when he says ‘Most friendship is feigning’. A rich many generally steals the show only till his pocket is full. The people around him are all sycophants. They leave him when he has nothing to give. Prosperity is not the touchstone of friendship Adversity tells a man his true friends. Friendship has been very challenging for Prophets and saints. Jesus had a large number of followers – his real friends. Still none dare come to save him from being stuck to the cross. None could face the onslaught of the opponents. Socrates had friends. But they could not fight against the tyranny of Greek autocrats. St. Joan of Arc commanded a big army against the Britons. She was befriended by all the French including the clergy. The same clergy betrayed her and handed her over to the British to be burnt at the stake. A politician is all... read more
Proverb Expansion GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES Dependence is the worst enemy of man. It leads to desperation and suicides. A man who just believes in fate alone and does not make efforts walks on a slippery ground. He may fall any moment and lose all the strength that God has given him. He betrays God and invites insult and humiliation at his door. Let us go back to the Biblical story where a trader wanted to go for pilgrim. He had three servants. Before he left the city he gave one talent (a coin) to one of his three servants. The other received two and the third got three. After some years the trader came back and wanted to know how the three had utilized the coins that he had given them. The first presented the talent to his master in its original form. The other had given the two to another businessman who gave him ten. He presented these ten to the master. But the third took his master to a flourishing business complex and said ‘my Lord the capital was yours – the efforts were mine – the complex is yours’. The trader was pleased with him and embraced him. If we make efforts God... read more
Proverb Expansion EXAMPLE IS BETTER THAN PRECEPT We are in the habit of giving sermons to others. People advise others on any issue that comes up. Before we tender advice to others we should introspect ourselves. If we smoke and ask the children not to smoke it won’t have any impression on the boys. They may not smoke out of fear, but will surely make an experiment when a chance occurs. Many mothers would ask the sons not to have chilies while they do have it. Father would ask the boy or the girl to rise early and go for a walk, but he himself sleeps till nine. Boys are asked not to remain constantly before the TV. screen while the elderly people always remain there. These orders, suggestions or advice have no effect on the youngsters. A mother once took her son to a saint. She requested him to advise the boy not to take too much of jaggery. The saint asked her to bring the boy to him after seven days. After a week when the mother approached him again he advised the boy not to take too much jaggery. He told him how it affects health. The mother asked him why he did not advise the boy a week back.... read more
Proverb Expansion BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER Go to Jamuna Pushta i.e. the barrage on river Jamuna in Delhi. You’ll come across groups of people – young and old – girls and boys – rich and poor – highly educated and illiterate – all having a common purpose -consuming drugs in one form or the other. The scene at the corner Panwala in Connought Place in New Delhi, Anna Salai in Chennai or Kalbadevi in Mumbai is no different. These are the havens of drug addicts. All have the common purpose and flock together. Notorious students in schools and colleges form groups – sometimes rival groups too. Teachers for whom school or college work is just a side work have strong unions to safeguard their own interests. So is the case with the surplus staff in public sector (nationalized bodies like banks). They form strong trade unions and are close to one another like real brothers. No different are the unscrupulous political leaders who indulge in different types of scams. Even these plunderers of the national wealth have their ethics. They remain together. They help one another even at the time of distress – they flock together. Of late the tendency of flocking together has acquired a healthier... read more
Proverb Expansion A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE Man is himself responsible for the problems that he creates for his family or for himself. The problems must be sorted out as soon as they start. If the child starts feeling inferiority complex he must be dealt with at an early stage or his career would be doomed. A wall must be repaired as soon as a crack is seen or the whole building would fall. A business should be managed well as soon as there are the losses being or the firm would fail. Repair the hole in the boat when it just starts or the boat would sink. Stitch your Saree or the Shirt as soon as it is torn a little otherwise you will have to stitch it again and again or even may have to throw it away. A small gap in a dam in Gujarat was not repaired. It resulted in the bursting of the dam. A water sheet 20 ft. high ran across the villages and thousands of people were dead in Morvi a beautiful city within three minutes. There may be a wrong planning. It must be checked at the initial stage or it would fail and harm the interests of the nation.... read more
Proverb Expansion TO ERR IS HUMAN TO FORGIVE DIVINE To commit mistakes is normal with man. According to Christian mythology the first man and woman Adam and Eve committed a sin by disobeying their creator. They were tempted to eat the fruit of the tree of wisdom. Thus they lost the simplicity that God had ordained for them; Still God did not turn them out of the garden of Aden. The divine forgiveness allowed them to carve their life as they wished. The process goes on. Vice has become innate in man. He approaches the Lord only when he loses all. The person he approaches helps him by bestowing forgiveness on him. People having this divine quality are rare. Still they exist, for without them the world would be lopped sided. When Shylock does not accept the offer of Bassanio about showing grace to Antonio Portia tries to convince him that mercy. “droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath ………………………………………………it becomes. The throned monarch better than his crown;” It is a divine quality. God, in a way, incarnates in the man who shows mercy to others. The worst aspect of the society to-day is that a man commits a mistake and tries to justify it.... read more
Proverb Expansion THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD A pen helps the writer to record his thoughts on paper. Words represent the mental force. Words are capable of evoking or stirring up emotions. Emotions make people do anything. A sword can be wielded well only by those, who are physically fit. But words can flow from the pen of a very feeble man. If he is a good writer or an orator, he can use the words to their desired effect. Many great writers had inspired revolutions. Writings can evoke different emotions as love, hatred, sympathy etc. It is something that is to be regarded with awe and respect. Hence pen is considered to be a mightier device than the sword.
Proverb Expansion WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY Everybody desires success, but few attain it. One of the reasons is that most people lacks in strength of will. A weak minded person is frightened away by the initial difficulties and gives up the attempt in despair. If however, a man faces the difficulties bravely, they will prove to be really not so serious as they seemed to be and he will be able to overcome them and succeed in the end. Firm determination will open before us several doors. So if one way should fail, we may take to another and continue it till the object is fulfilled. In fact, nothing is impossible to man and the main thing necessary for success in life is firmness of determination and strength of will.
Proverb Expansion THESE GRAPES ARE SOUR This proverb has its origin from the fable, Fox and the Grapes. Once a fox tried to get a bunch of grapes beyond his reach. Even after several leaps he failed to get it. Then the fox went off saying that the grapes were so sour that he did not want it. Here, the fox made several efforts to get the grapes. But it failed. We can see a lot of examples around us in which people after failing to get what they desire, often term those things as worthless. Such scorn comes only after failure. Certainly that is a face saving exercise; this often makes the failure bitter and shameful.
Proverb Expansion THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM Birds go in search of worms early in the morning. But the earliest one gets the best and most of the worms. A bird that goes out late would not get even a single worm as other birds might have finished them off. Similarly, a person who is always late in doing his duties may not get the full benefit Postponing them to another day or some other time may rob us of our benefits. Everywhere, late comers are often dejected. Those who go first will be served first. Getting up early in the morning and starting our work is the best way to keep ahead of others. We should remember that there are others who start everything early and they quite naturally get the earliest benefits.
Proverb Expansion SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD Children usually have the tendency to do naughty things. At times naughtiness will turn out harmful. A child who grows up with the feeling that for anything he does he will go unpunished, may cause equal harm to himself and to others at a later stage. It is always better to punish children whenever they are found guilty. There are parents who refrain from punishing their children whenever they commit serious mischief’s, just because they love them. This approach only makes Jove all the more meaningless.
Proverb Expansion SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE We often see persons failing though he is intelligent and has abilities. We also sometimes see person of average abilities succeed. The difference lies in the different ways in which the two persons set about their work. The failure of the intelligent and able man is due to his want of steadiness and perseverance. Perhaps he does not exert himself as much as required. Or perhaps he takes up too much work at the same time, dividing his time and energy among several pursuits. The result is that he cannot do any work well. The successful man of average merit on the other hand takes up only one thing at a time and pursues it steadily with keen and undivided attention. It is this steadiness with undivided attention that brings him success. The well known story of the Hare and the Tortoise should teach us the necessary lesson.
Proverb Expansion STRIKE WHEN THE IRON IS HOT Iron is a very hard metal. If we strike it when hot we can bend or expand it according to the desired size and shape. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we should be prepared to make the most of it. The teenage is usually the time when a boy’s or girl’s character is being moulded. The youth is the time when one is full of vigour. For almost everything in life, there is a suitable time at which the most can be exploited out of it. So at an younger age children should be guided properly even with the use of a little force.
Proverb Expansion PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE Medicines will have to be administered to cure the patient. If we take proper precautions, many diseases can be avoided. Similarly, many disasters can be avoided if we are careful. For instance, if we get wet in rain, we may catch cold. This could have been avoided if we didn’t get wet in rain. Like diseases, life can pose many dangers which can be avoided if we are a little careful. So, not to land in trouble, we must be cautious before making a decision.
Proverb Expansion ONE LIE MAKES MANY People usually tell lies because they want to hide the truth. Telling the truth may be unfavourable in certain circumstances. This makes the liar tell more lies, because only lies can come out of lies. It is not a good policy to lie because as one is compelled to add a number of lies to the first lie, it is probable that he may slip in his lying somewhere and the cat will be out of the bag instantly. In most of the cases, even if a lair is able to convince others, the truth will come out in due course making the guilt more grave and unpardonable.