My dad Kishore V Sonpal, was just short of 82, when he breathed his last on June 12, 2020, 01:24am. He built the habit of maintaining a diary right from his late twenties, when he took up his first job with Indian Railways, way back in 1964. His writings have stood the test of time. They are as relevant today, as they were, when he penned them down. I am sharing third of these diary entries. Just like me, hope you will also find subtle meaning in his writings.

Here is the Thirteenth share:

Sunday musings with dad 2


Transcript of the Image:

The Essence of Lying is deception not in words; a lie may be told by silence, by equivocation, by glance of the eye, attaching a peculiar significance to a sentence. 

All these kinds of lies are worse by many degrees than a lie plainly worded.


While Dad has attributed the above quote to Ruskin, I could not confirm if this is by Ruskin Bond.

However, the point he has highlighted is so so true. In today’s world, deception and lying are now characterised as ‘art’, just because of the sly way it is packaged. Its important for us to be wary of people who package the lie in hard to recognise forms. 


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