Why complicate the language when all you intend to do is communicate…

The paucity of limpid water forced the motley crowd of zealots into a crusade against the Government. I used a Thesaurus to frame that sentence. I really envy the guys who can write such wishy-washy stuff without a Thesaurus, but don’t see the need for such flowery English.

Okay, I accept that Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children won the Booker of Bookers. But Chetan Bhagat has a larger fan-base than Rushdie mainly due to the fact that he uses much simpler words in his novels. You don’t have to be an English scholar to understand the point he tries to drive in.

English is just another language, a medium of conversation by which a person’s thoughts are conveyed to another. While mastery of the language is in itself good, flouncing it by using baffling words to confounded readers (or listeners) is unnecessary according to me. Ensuring that the message reaches them is more important.

By the way, I didn’t actually use a Thesaurus for the first sentence, as I am also an English geek, but I hope I managed to drive the point in… 

R. BALAKUMAR, XII A, DAV Boys School - Gopalapuram