Jose John June 1, 2016 No Comments
A DEFENCE OF SHYNESS It is said of Jawaharlal Nehru that as an undergraduate at Cambridge, he suffered from acute shyness, so much so that he could hardly muster courage enough to get up and speak before a group of boys. He was a member of the debating society at the Trinity College, “The Magpie and Stump” which had a rule that a member not speaking for a whole term had to pay a fine. According to one of Nehru’s biographers, the fine paid by the future Prime Minister of India regularly replenished the society’s funds. There was another great Indian leader, viz., Mahatma Gandhi who, in his childhood, was afflicted by a similar shyness. Writing of his school-days in “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, he has said, “J used to be very shy and avoided all company. My books and my lessons were my sole companions. To be at school at the stroke of the hour and to run back home as soon as the school closed— that was my daily habit. I literally ran back, because I could not bear to talk to anybody. I was even afraid lest anyone should poke fun at me.” From these two instances it would not, however, be right...
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