You seem to be thinking very seriously about something, observed my husband noticing my expression.
Yes, you are right, I said.
At least for once, he stated.
You know, I have just discovered that lying is also a subject in which one could specialise, I said.
What makes you think so, he asked looking perplexed.
I am shocked at the way some people lie to your face without batting an eyelid, I said.
Well, what’s so surprising about that, you can’t always tell the truth, can you?
May be, but I feel lying is also a skill which people like me find difficult to master. Anyway I would like to do some research on “The Truth about Lying”, I said.
When are you going to begin your research? Are you looking for a guide? He asked appearing amused at the idea.
Aye, I am serious. Yes I am going to engage a guide because I have noticed there are different kinds of lies and liars in this world, I would like to do some study before coming to a conclusion.
How are you going to choose your sample, remember you are treading on thin ice because it is a very sensitive subject, warned my husband.
Thanks for your advice, I shall bear it in mind, I said.
How are you going to classify your sample? he wanted to know.
Oh, that’s quite easy you see, I said.
The sample will comprise at least half a dozen categories of liars – such as: Casual liars, Occasional liars, Habitual liars, Perpetual liars, Consummate liars and Blatant liars. I think the list is exhaustive, don’t you think so? I said.
My husband thought for a while. I think you have left out something very important, he observed.
What’s that? I asked.
Have you ever wondered as to who are the better liars – between men and women? he queried.
I nodded my head.
The answer is simple. As it is said there is a woman behind the success of every man, there is a woman behind every compulsive liar, he averred.
What are you getting at? I said not understanding what he meant.
What I said is very clear. If you still want to go on with your research, the guide is ready, he said.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao