We all heard about the story of Mahatma Gandhi, where he spells the word 'Kettle' as 'ketle'. His friends were able to write the spelling correctly but he couldn't. The teacher begin to check the spellings of other students and found Gandhiji's spelling to be wrong. He tries to signal him to write the correct spelling from his friend's book. But he refuses to copy it. The teacher was angry with Gandhi ji and says that he is a disgrace to the class and can't even look around and write correct spelling". But Gandhi ji says that he can be a disgrace but he doesn't want to lie. Gandhiji felt bad that he disappointed his teacher but he passed in his own examination.

I remembered this incident when I came to the US of A and here I have seen kids doing the same thing. I once visited a school to give a science class to 6th standard kids and saw Gandhi ji's principle coming true. They don't like to even copy the ideas for their science project.. I hope I see this in all the schools and kids follow the principle of truth even when they grow up.

P.S. This post is written as a part of Leo's Z-A writing challenge for the month of November.. for other posts visit this link


  1. I hadn't known that till now, Varsha :) thanks for sharing..

  2. A great lesson here, thanks for sharing.

  3. That's honesty...are you by chance a teacher?

  4. thanks victoria, leo and Rahul... Amity no i m not a teacher..i am an engineer :)


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