I wonder why the number four seems to be so important, I almost spoke the words aloud.
My husband, who was watching the Hindi TV serial “Uttaran” intently chuckled with dislike which was a hint to me to shut up and not distract him.
But as I was bent on sharing the nuggets from the book ‘How You Can Make All Pepole Like You All the Time’ I began reading them loudly.
The tips given ran as follows:
You can divide people into four broad categories:
The Self-centered, The Grumblers; the Fault Finders and the Cynics.
Don’t keep away from them because they are like the four directions – East, West, North and South – which are important in their own way. Take care not to be influenced by them.
Do whatever you like if you have the courage of conviction. Don’t worry about what “four people” will say.
Have at least four good friends whom you can trust and rely upon and use them as your sounding board.
Try to think beyond the four walls of your home.
Try to practice four values in life, i.e. truth, honesty, sincerity and uprightness. They are like the four legs of a chair. All the four are equally important if you have to sit on it without falling down.
Who is this impractical person who wrote the book? I heard my husband asking me all of a sudden.
It’s a woman, I said happy that he was listening albeit reluctantly.
I thought as much. Looks like she is aspiring to be some kind of a female Gandhi and out of tune with the changing times. Leave alone making all people to like you all the time, if she can make four people read her book and practise what she says, it would be a great achievement for her, he remarked without taking his eyes off the TV.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao