Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 14: Honesty is the best policy.

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02 April  2016

Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:

 

“Honesty is the best policy.”

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Thanks Insights….. and Good Morning friends….. Happy writing today’s essay…..:) 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      plz review my essay…

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Sure.. 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        please review mine too !!

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please review my essay… 🙂

  • Pankaj Nimbolkar

    Good morning insightians √√√√

    No office, only full day study….

    • sankar

      so, i like to give you a little work…….
      plz send me………….economy survey pdf at.gmail— [email protected]………thanks.good morning

      • Pankaj Nimbolkar

        I sent you, download it

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Dear frd , Plz review my essay ….

        • sankar

          got it………thanks a lot frnds.

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Rama Shankar is the name of my former Boss.

        Glad to see his namesake here.

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Dear frd , Plz review my essay …

          • Thor and Miolneer

            Sure Harsh 🙂

        • sankar

          not namesake….my fulname is Rama shankar but its too big so iuse only shankar………haha………..haha……….plz rvw my essay ……thanks

          • Thor and Miolneer

            His name is Rama Shankar Singh.

            We Call him RS. He likes RS (Royal Stag)

            Name Sake.

            Sure.

    • Night_Lites

      Bro can u please forward that pdf to [email protected]

    • LEVRA

      hi pankaj, could you please send me the economic survey.
      i would be very greatful to you
      my id. [email protected]

      thanks a ton in advance bro..

    • Pankaj Nimbolkar
  • Nimesh

    good morning all friends….honestly

  • Sanchi

    Gud morning fds…..:)

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Dear frd , Plz review my essay .

  • pink

    can anyone pl explain me the controversy wrt compulsory licencing

  • sankar

    thanks sir…….good morning and gm to all of our insightians

  • Night thinker !!

    Thanks dear team! ?
    Happy writing dear people 🙂

    • Pankaj Nimbolkar

      I sent u 2 PDF.
      Got it ?

      • Night thinker !!

        Got it friend 🙂
        Thank you so much! 😀

      • Thor and Miolneer

        I too got them.

        Thanks Pankaj 😀

        • minaxi

          what pdf?

          • Thor and Miolneer

            PDF of economic survey.
            You want it?
            If yes, you can ping pankaj or post me your email id and I will send it.
            🙂

            • minaxi

              Thanks.. I already have it..:)

            • Sonia mehra

              plz send me: [email protected]

              • Thor and Miolneer

                done

                • Sonia mehra

                  thanks..

          • Jaya Swatantra

            please review Minaxi!!

          • Night thinker !!

            Dear Minaxi,
            Look at my essay please 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Pankaj bhai,
        Review my essay when time permits:) thank you!

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Please review my essay as well /… 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        I will 🙂
        In return, you read mine 😛

        • Jaya Swatantra

          Price of reviewing… in return … just going to review yours… 🙂 🙂

  • Sonia mehra

    Sunday special- Calvin dose

    • ESWAR

      Good morning,

      Very nice. Sonia are u writing essay today? Please write.

      I have written essay, please review if time permits only.

      • sankar

        in advance………where……….cheating hahaha……….writing not………. have written

        • ESWAR

          Dear good morning. I am typing it

        • ESWAR

          Dear I posted essay, please review

          • sankar

            surely by evening…….in the meantime find time ………rvw mine…thanks

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hi sonia , Plz review my essay …

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      hahahah ..I was really missing this series :p

      • Night thinker !!

        Look at my essay please 🙂 thanks

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Sonia ,

      Hahahaha……. So, I will surely write an ESSAY with a Father and Son story 🙂

      WHAT DID CALVIN DO ???? HOPE YOU ANSWER THAT NEXT WEEK …….. LOL!!!

      THANK YOU 🙂

  • Deep

    Kindly review friends
    A little boy takes money from his fathers pocket. His father never asked for the money. One fine day the boy goes to his father, admits what he did. His father says nothing. The boy remain witted beside his fathers bed whole night and cries. This boy never lied in his life and went on to become The Father of our Nation- Mahatma Gandhi.
    This life incidence might be known to us. But have we analysed why little Gandhiji went to tell his father even when he never searched for the money. Secondly, why father didn’t say anything to Hisboy. Thirdly, what all qualities made this boy to earn the huge position and name.
    Let’s examine and find our answer that why Benjamin Franklin said that Honesty is the best policy.
    Unfortunately early in our lives we learnt that dishonesty is easy, brings gains easily, helps everyone around us happy. But if we think deeply, the earned gains were short term. How did you feel after that? Were u feeling good? The answer is a big NO. So what are the benefits of being honest.

    Honesty gives mental peace
    Dishonesty co es with a burden on you. Honest person is free and at mental peace. And this is the key to lead a successful life. Saying lie makes us to live in two worlds- real one and other created by us. And Abraham Lincoln has rightly said that No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

    Honesty makes u trustworthy
    It shows a clean character. People trust you. This leads to success in all spheres in ur life. Many example of dishonesty like the case of Mr. Vijay mallya, satyam scam teaches us the lessons to practise honesty.

    Honesty builds beautiful relationships
    Friendship, love relations are important part of our life. Ad honesty in them brings satisfaction to us. We gain respect in society.

    Wellbeing of our body
    Honesty helps us to bring in good balance between our body, mind and spirit. It helps us attract more good situation and people in our lives. Stress is the main outcome of dishonesty. And honesty help us to live less stressful life.

    But at the same time honesty doesn’t mean hurting people by saying truth, or no. Here is where ethics play a role. We have to make balanced decision as to when to avoid conflict, address conflict or create conflict. Ad when to say yes for yes and no for the no. Use honesty to encourage people. And criticise in constructive way.

    • Patil123

      Well Deep,
      1. Intro part is nice with a piece of prose fiction
      2. You explained a positive part very well but lacked in explaining negative part… I think must be equal weightage for both
      3. conclusion part need still more explanation

      overall you can make your view more broader then it might make your essay more impressive.

      • Deep

        Thank u friend. Will keep ur points in mind.

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  • ESWAR

    “Honesty is the best policy”

    Please review

    There were few cows, go for grazing to the forest. One day, cows were spotted by tiger, very hungry, had no prey for long time. Tiger was in such condition that whatever animal appears to it, ready to swallow because of extreme hunger.

    Cows had seen tiger, approaching them. They kept running to scape from the predator, one cow did not run. Cow knows that she was not as good as tiger in run. Tiger surprised looking at cow, not trying to escape from it. Predator asked cow why were you not trying to away from me. Don’t you have fear?

    Cow obediently told tiger “oh Lord, majesty”. I am weak. I can’t run, even if I do so, I shall be caught. Tiger was happy, without doing much, he got animal to satisfy hunger. Tiger told cow, I was going to kill you.

    Then cow says, oh my lord, please hold on for a while. You could kill me to satisfy your hunger, no harm in that. I beg to you to listen to my last wish. That, I gave birth to a child, few days back. She is innocent now, do not know about environment because she had not gone out of home. Moreover, she is surviving on milk. I beg to your honour to allow me to go home. I will teach child few words about truth of life that how to mingle with society and compassionate towards others, soon i come back.

    Tiger says after listened to cow that I could not leave you at any cost, because after so many days, I got you. I will not let you to go. Moreover it shall be foolish if I do as you like it. Conversation between tiger and cow had continued for more than two hours.

    Cow did not loose patience to convince tiger. Eventually, tiger agreed to the request of cow. Tiger told cow that if you could lapse your promise, consequences would be severe, then I will kill both you and your child. Cow obediently agreed to the conditions of tiger. She left forest hurriedly to the sake of her child.

    Cow met child at home, which was eagerly waiting for her mother and hungry too. Cow had fed her, slowly narrated the tragedy which she met in forest to the child. I promised to tiger that I could return to forest after I meet you. Dear child listen to me, you must always be compassionate towards others, not to steal, oblige every time your lord (house owner). Therefore, now, I have to go. However, new born lamb was not understood the words of her mother.

    Cow left her child and walked to forest as promised. Lamb also followed cow. Cow reached to the spot of tiger. Predator had seen cow alongwith new born lamb. Tiger asked to cow why did not you come alone, she said I made all efforts to console child, however she could not able to grasp the essence of life because of her age.

    Tiger impressed upon honesty of cow, told to go back home with her child and live happily.

    May be the story is old, it’s morale is live honestly, be honest even in crisis, do not run away from responsibilities -relevant to contemporary world. Crime rate is increasing. According to national crime record bureau report of 2004 -2014 that 68% jailed persons (inmates) are literates -had education taught us to do crime? Vulnerable (children, women), downtrodden are even today discriminated from social justice. It is not only question of our fellow beings, indeed it is also ours – be honesty and compassionate.

    Now a days, we are being listened to tall promises by politicians, had they honestly tried to satisfy the demands of society? There are many live stories about the power of honesty and it’s virtues documented in various texts since ancient times. One need not to refer ancient books or scriptures to know about power of honesty, if one is honest on his words what he preaches to others , for given duties, in family life; it is enough. He/she will definitely become torch bearer in society, even others do not hesitate to emulate you -it is missing now. We all have to stand for it.

    “THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HONESTY, IF YOU DO NOT POSSESS IT, YOU POSSESS NOTHING”

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Dear , almost half of your essay is occupied in INtro story…. (Story is good , But write it in max 1/4 of what you have written)

      You have to explain more about Honesty & various dimension.

      But i good try…

      Read few essays on the internet on same topic ( I did same and picked many ideas from there)

      ADB

      • ESWAR

        Thank u dear. I follow ur from next week essay onwards.

    • pink

      your essay only shows story .pl make it short and try to cover other dimensions also .good luck

    • Deep

      Hi, cut short the intro story. Can cover other dimensions. Try to keep balance between intro, body and conclusion.
      Keep writing.

    • sankar

      one story and overstreched……also the rationality of this is not clear
      add more dimensio
      particularly for this essay ………lots of works to do
      keep writing and rvwing……………..thanks

  • Eco-friendly

    We often come across incidents like when we forgot our purse, or some valuable item in shop while doing shopping and the shopkeeper returns you back your item, or when you yourself give some extra-money by mistake and the shopkeeper gives back to you that extra money, or when you forgot your purse in rickshaw and he comes back and gives back your purse. All these real life, small but valuable incidents have a message i.e.- Honesty is being upheld even in the times of so-called Kalyug.

    “Honesty is the best policy” as said by Benjamin Franklin, is still followed by thousands of people. Even Gandhi ji followed it and it becomes a weapon in his hands to expel Britishers from our soil. It is a value which was imbibed in people through socialization, by school teachers, through personal experiences. Honesty refers to the quality of being honest, truthful and sincere. An honest man is fearless and courageous. He does not bow his head before others. He can face any situation in life with courage and confidence. Thus honesty is the best policy.

    Sometimes people discard such values as redundant and impractical and give arguments like- 1) World is full of competitions and there is a rat race for more and more wealth and power. It is an age of cut-throat competitions. So being honest is not advisable.

    2) People want money and power through short-cut means. They want to be rich overnight. So they become dishonest. Businessman feels that they cannot makes money if they are honest.

    3) Our social system is based on the power of money. So everybody is mad for money. An honest man often suffers. At times he has no money to maintain himself and his family. His sons and daughters may not get good education and medical treatment for lack of money. A dishonest man lives more comfortably than an honest man.

    But these arguments are partially true. The path of honesty is difficult, a person can face such problems. Through dishonest means a person can easily earn money or power for some time but this money and power will not remain with him forever. They are momentous but the peace of mind and happiness of being honest is a forever thing. A dishonest man is fearful, immoral and corrupt. He has no internal happiness. An honest man may be poor. But he is fearless, happy and contented. He is respected by all. But a dishonest man is hated in society.

    It can be seen from a following story-

    There were 5 SHG’s in a village named Jetpura in Rajasthan. All the SHG’s were of women and they all were poor. As the women’s were not so literate and reluctant to take responsibility of their book keeping, a service provider named Avinash was appointed by them who looks after their accounts and book keeping. On one fine day an external audit was done on behalf of Raajeevika for all SHG’s. Discrepancy and misappropriation of funds was caught in which accountant and one SHG member were held. From that day all women’s decided not to give that work to a third person and they themselves took that work. Through some training from the nearby NGO they become self-dependent and any chance of cheating is now over. Avinash and that member were now labeled dishonest and were seen with suspicion wherever they go.

    One of the important thing that was lost in the process was the credibility and the confidence that people have in each other. It not only dents a person’s image but also whole society suffers (as a general suspicion will prevail).

    Honesty is the only thing that a poor person has when he goes for taking loan from bank. Records also say that most NPA’s are due to non-credibility of rich people. Our govt. securities are credible only when govt. gives investors sufficient reasons through their words and deeds. Economy is also sensitive to honesty. It is faith in doctor when a patient goes to him for his treatment. Being honest bring to shopkeeper many customers, to a person many friends, to a politician many votes and to a govt. many investors. A relationship between husband and wife is sustainable only when they both are truthful to each other.

    Though having so many positive things, dishonesty is prevalent in society. Fake encounters to get laurels, misappropriation of money by govt. officials, are common. The image of a country who got its independence by following the path of Satya and Ahimsa is being damaged by such people.

    Many a times doctors are seen indulging in bad practices like- suggesting a number of tests and recommending medicines which do not have any use. Politicians gain power by committing false promises to the citizens. Truthfulness has now become a rare species to be found. And the most badly suffered person is poor man. He loses his money in chit fund scams, agriculture has now become a business of loss, being flouted by politicians and harassed by corrupt officers.

    But everything is not gloomy. There are people who still upheld honesty like that rickshaw puller and shopkeeper. There are also some learning and benefit when we face dishonest person like in the story (women becoming self-dependent). We must live up to the expectations of Gandhi ji like those people did. In the world where people comes to India in search of mental peace, we must not lose our mental peace and credibility by becoming dishonest just for the sake of material gain and that too for a short period.

    • Mahi

      Good

      • Mahi

        Plz review mine if possible

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hi Eco Very well written

      Nice intro …

      Sometimes people discard such values as redundant and impractical and give arguments like 1) , 2) 3)
      I think we should avoid writing in points in Essay , it looks like an GS paper answer

      SHG,s story & overall contact is good .

      Plz review mine too

    • Deep

      Hello, need to rearrange ur content,to give it a flow. Good examples.
      Keep writing

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi eco bhai 🙂
      A well written essay 🙂
      Examples were good
      Lied your concluding part a lot!
      Waiting for you to review mine 🙂

    • shilpa

      more articulation needed and connectivity is somewhat missing i think

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine please 🙂

    • Ram

      hi eco friendly
      it was a nice essay
      case study meant for pub ad may be avoided as it ate words also the story was less effective
      flow was gud
      better than last one
      plz review mine also

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Ram,
        Review my essay as well 🙂 thanks 🙂

    • Nivedita Singh

      well written …….

      Please review mine….

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine Nivedita
        I’ll review yours 🙂

  • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

    (1000 WORDS)
    “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY”

    Once there lived a poor woodcutter. He used to cut trees in the woods. One day he was cutting wood on the bank of a river. His axe fell down into the river. The river was deep. He could not take his axe out. He sat on the bank and began to weep. Mercury, the god of water appeared. He asked the reason of his weeping. The woodcutter told the whole story. Mercury dived into the water and brought a golden axe. The woodcutter refused to take it. Mercury again dived and brought a silver axe. The woodcutter did not take it either. Then he brought an iron axe. The woodcutter took it gladly. Mercury was much pleased. He rewarded the woodcutter with the other two axes for the Honesty of Woodcutter.

    Everybody of us have studied this famous story either in our primary classes or through the story tales of our grandparents. This story teaches us that Being honest is very important in the life as it solves many problems and lead towards the success and peace. Honesty is the property which gives lots of trust and respect in the life of honest people. Honesty is the best policy is a most famous proverb said by the great person named Benjamin Franklin. An honest life with simplicity is the life excluding all the nonessential which marks oneness in the family and society if followed by everyone. Honesty is the good property help to live peaceful life and get success with kind respect. Being honest helps us to focus on the most important things in the life to us.

    But this also raises many questions about how this virtue of Honesty is developed, is honesty the sole virtue which can make our life happy & dignified?

    A person with good character, ethics, and morality in the life easily develops honesty because a good character person has nothing to hide to anyone thus can be honest easily. Honesty gives us self-encouragement without bad feeling. Gandhi ji in his Book “ My experiments with truth” have mentioned that how his Good character , morality turned him an Utmost Honest person . Because of this virtue he became the undisputed leader of Indian National Movement . He got fame & respect not only in India but in the whole world. He invented new methodology of Non- violence & Satyagraha on the core foundation of Truth & honesty.

    But Courage, empathy , Self believe & Compassion are the other virtues which complement the Honesty . After the Chauri Chaura Incident Gandhiji called off the Non- cooperation movement in spite being severely criticized because he knew that Indian Masses are yet not ready to embrace the path of Truth , Honesty , Non- violence & satyaghraga. He had the Courage To face critissism & to swim against the tied. He trained the Indian masses the lessons of Non- violence , honesty & compassion which United & strengthened the various folds of society which finally culminated in the Independence of India from British Rule.

    But are these Ideas of Honesty & Truthfulness relevant today As we see in our day to day life that Dishonest persons are having all the pleasures of life . Those who are corrupt & cheat have occupied the highest position in the society. Honesty does not give wealth and power. Honest persons have to suffer a lot. But dishonest persons have become very rich and powerful. Dishonesty, and not honesty, has become their policy. But it never means that dishonesty is better than honesty.

    A wider & holistic analysis clearly shows that Dishonesty can put those who lie in difficult situations. When the truth does come out things get bad and problems start to happen. For example,An employee who is dishonest in workplace will certainly loss the trust of his colleague & Seniors . Anyone who is not honest his/ her spouse is most likely to have troubled relationship & even breaking of family sooner or later. A dishonest man may cheat the whole world but how can he cheat his own soul? A dis¬honest person is always in fear of something. This sense of fear cannot give him rest. An honest man may be poor. He may have to lead a hard life. But still he is happy.Even dishonest persons claim that they are honest. What does it prove? It proves the greatness of honesty. Who can hide the sun of honesty? The cloud of dishonesty may hide this sun for some time. But can a cloud hide the sun forever?

    Without honesty, we live in the two world, means a true one and other one which we have created as an alternate. However, the person following the saying of honesty is the best policy in all the aspects of life (personal, business, job, and other relationships) generally live the same life. On one hand, where honesty lead us towards simplicity; dishonesty lead us towards duplicity.
    Honesty in the life is the way to great intimacy means it brings our friends closer to us as true friends love our real trueness, not the one which we have created artificially. It helps us to make good, loyal and high quality friends in the life because honesty always attracts honesty. It helps us to be trustworthy and get lots of respect in the life because honest people are really trusted by others.

    The role of parents , teachers & society becomes more important today to show young ones that Honesty brings strongeness and confidence and helps us to get prevented from being underestimated by others or yourself. An honest person easily develops feeling of wellness and hardly develops cold, fatigue, frustration, depression, anxiety and other mental problem. It is the important tool of peaceful life gives lots of incredible benefits and gets us out of the trouble. In the early stages, honesty takes many efforts to get develop however later it become very easier.

    Although it is not an easy path to choose but the correct path once chosen certainly takes us to our Goal.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      PLZ REVIEW FRDS , IN TURN I WILL REVIEW YOURS TOO

      • ESWAR

        Dear friend, there is no word to comment. To be frankly, your essay appears as a writing of philosopher. Keep it up. Please review mine, sorry to ask.

        • Night thinker !!

          Review mine as well bro,, meanwhile I’ll review yours 🙂

      • Mahi

        Made my day with that short story in the beginning . and nice flow …great use of words . I have a doubt can we use sentences like what does it prove? I mean interrogative sentences in exam.
        ..

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Thanks for review Mahi . yes we can use interrogative sentence but at the same time we have to answer it also.

          • Mahi

            🙂 bhai AGR possible ho toh mera b dkh Lena

            • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

              ya sure…

        • Night thinker !!

          Look at my essay too Mahi 🙂

    • pink

      i agree with eswar.only one thing i need to say is all the best

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well 🙂 thanks

        • pink

          yes definately i will do

    • bakir malik

      good one harsh. please review mine . thanks in advance.

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine ……..sham tak main rvw

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Bakir, please find time to review my essay 🙂

    • OPTIMUS PRIME

      TOO GOOD…………….

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well 🙂

    • Michael

      Yar frankly speaking.. the wood cutter story is too old and obvious.. im my opinion when someone reads an essay he must be curious enough to go through the whole story. U can make your own story connecting it with honesty,or real life examples, or something new…
      i skipped the first para coz i knew the story and directly read the next part…

      now the good part..

      your essay is very energetic.. Lucid explaination..the language is very very good..

      one suggetion.
      end the essay with some thrillig words or strong sentences.. however your end is also good..

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Thanks for value addition frd.

      • sankar

        rvw mine plz

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Thanks for your review buddy …

        • Michael

          hey harsh .. take a look at my question no.1today .. please review

      • Night thinker !!

        Dear Michael,
        Look at my essay as well! 🙂 🙂

        • Michael

          yar mast essay likha kal…. some points i directly copied from ur essay i hope i m not violating IPRs.. hahaha review my question no.1 ,4th april.. secularism vala.. 😛

      • Jaya Swatantra

        please review my essay as well…

      • Mahi

        Bhai mera b krna … Mene b koshis ki h

    • Deep

      Hi, one of the good writings. Good flow. Scope for improvement in intro and conclusion. Keep writing.

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well 🙂 thanks

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Well Written Harsh,

      However, I think that at places you are repeating the words where you could have used IT or something. like in the case of DISHONESTY.

      Everyone of us HAS

      There are some typos like – Swimming against the TIED.

      I especially liked this quote– honesty lead us towards simplicity; dishonesty lead us towards duplicity.

      I think I need to read more essays to give a better review on your ESSAY.

      Will post a better one by EOD 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        please review!!

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Sure…Doing that in a while 🙂

          • Mahi

            Bhai i possible plz review mine

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine if you want to 😛

        • yogi

          same to you 😀

          • Night thinker !!

            To you too 😛 😛
            Review mine ! 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          If I want to?
          I think I need your help in deciphering the meaning of it.

          🙂

      • yogi

        bhai pls review 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Sorry for the delayed response bhai.

          Sabke review karte hue aa raha hu..to thoda time lag gaya.

    • ajay

      well written out of a difficult topic essay has been engaging and nice to read.showed multiple and genuine aspects which one should touch while writing the essay

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Harsh,
      The story of wood cutter is too obvious
      Either frame a story of your own or write down your own experience 🙂 🙂
      This would give a fresh feel to your essay. 🙂

      Paragraphs were lucid, examples were good.
      Flow could have been better 🙂
      Conclusion was not appropriate I felt. 🙂
      Look at mine please 🙂

    • shilpa

      nice one

    • Ram

      nice one. better than the last one.
      honesty as a personal attribute discussed at length.
      dishonesty in surroundings and society could have been discussed also.
      overall a nice read.

      • Night thinker !!

        Look at my essay as well 🙂 thanks.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Well written Harsh but i think you focused on moral aspect of honesty mainly but more dimensions may be added … but indeed a worth read.. Keep writing and ATB!!

      • Vivaan Khanna

        hi jaya 🙂
        me too in the queue…please have a look

        • Jaya Swatantra

          Ahaa really happy to see you Vivaan… just going to review 🙂

          • Vivaan Khanna

            thank you….ur essay in blog or here only?

            • Jaya Swatantra

              yahan bhi and blog par bhi.. 🙂

              • Vivaan Khanna

                phr blog pe hi milte hai…it will be with u for long time

        • Night thinker !!

          Hey Vivaan
          Long time no see! 😛
          Review my essay when time permits 🙂

          • Vivaan Khanna

            ok thinker ji after harsh’s essay will review urs

    • Ambarish

      Hi Harsh,
      Overall a very good package. Good job in adding the trivia related to the proverb :D. Didnt know until today that the proverb was coined by Benjamin Franklin. You have also done well to cover ethical and moral aspects surrounding honesty. The flow of the passage can be improved. Excellent conclusion, however it would have been good to add some more meat around it. Overall a very good essay.
      PS: Thanks for reviewing my essay. I will try to incorporate your suggestions in future essays

      • Night thinker !!

        Please review my essay as well 🙂

    • Nivedita Singh

      Nice assay……your way of structuring assay is attractive.
      Keep writing….
      Please review mine…

      • Iconoclast

        Pls review

    • Vivaan Khanna

      hello dost..kaise ho?
      1.intro ok
      2.2nd para..avoid mistake in the very first line….proverb has been said by Benjamin could be avoided to maintain the flow of the para
      3.i think ur essay ignored the ‘best policy’ part which raised the que in u whether is it the sole virtue?..essay is giving the cue with its word ‘best’
      4.but are honesty and truthfulness relevant today..there had never been ram rajya if mythology is kept aside…examples u mentioned can be used in alll period of time
      5.”Even dishonest persons claim that they are honest. What does it prove? It proves the greatness of honesty. Who can hide the sun of honesty? “-excellent shot
      6.its ethical essay so can have wide range of applications
      7.make it engaging..i m also struggling on this part
      8.connect the paras to convey the message and to maintain flow
      9.conclusion ok
      PS-its easy to criticize but difficult to write..so ur efforts are appreciable than my critique

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        thanks for review buddy … Ur reviews always help to improve.

      • yogi

        bhai plz do that easy task for me as well, i will do the same:)

        • Iconoclast

          Bhai pls review my essay

    • Hi Harsh, my views:
      1)Woodcutter’s story is cliche
      2)The second para. It would have been great if you could pick these points and used them to back with examples. Otherwise it may become repetitive
      3)Very good and different dimensions have been explored. Lot of takeaways from your essay 🙂
      4)Conclusion needs improvement. In terms of content, it seems a continuation of previous paras
      Overall, a good read 🙂 Please have a look at mine as well !

      • yogi

        Batman bhai, review plz 🙂

    • HappyIAS

      Very good essay.
      Some mistakes, I think they are a typo and Thor has already pointed them out.

      I loved this woodcutter story. in fact, this is the one that came to my mind too when i wrote my essay. 🙂 Childhood memories. 🙂
      Language is lucid, free flowing essay.

      Also, give a little longer conclusion.. may be 3-4 lines. It gives a good look and ending.

      Keep writing. 🙂

      Please review mine. I wrote first time after toooooooo long. Thanks in advance. 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well 🙂 thanks 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Thanks for review buddy ….
        For the story i m not sure , many have point out that story is too generic so not very effective.

        • HappyIAS

          ya, may be. dont worry. we’ll improve 🙂

    • yvr

      Hi harsh,a review of my essay will be appreciated.Thank you.

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Positive Points :

      -Great Content
      -The Quote : ” honesty lead us towards simplicity; dishonesty lead us towards duplicity.” Too good man !

      Negative Content :

      -Some sentences are too long .Break them into two

      Eg:”He trained the Indian masses the lessons of Non- violence , honesty & compassion which United & strengthened the various folds of society which finally culminated in the Independence of India from British Rule.”
      This can be reframed as : His lessons of Non Violence,Honesty and compassion had an indelible impact on the Indian masses.These lessons not only strengthened the various folds of society but also proved to be an effective tool in ousting the Britishers.

      – A couple of grammatical errors : EG :
      “The role of parents , teachers & society becomes more important today to show young ones that Honesty brings strongeness and confidence and helps us to get prevented from being underestimated by others or yourself.”

      The correct form would be :

      The role of parents , teachers & society becomes more important today who show their young ones how Honesty brings strength and confidence…
      It should be strength .Strongness is no word 🙂

      -I know you are definitely gonna work upon the flow of your essay 🙂

      Pls review mine !

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Thanks for review and value addition…

    • Phoenix

      After reading your essay I understood the philosophical part to be added.. thank u.. coming to ur essay
      1. I guess some grammatical errors due to typing
      2. The way u started wid story was good
      3. Cloud hiding sun was unique. Nice.
      4. For chauri chaura u can give a small 1 line explanation. Becos I heard mostly ppl wid eng lit correct essays in upsc. May be they wud have studied tis in their 10th std and forgotten.
      5. Conclusion part can be improved

    • Rashmirathi

      A dishonest man may cheat the whole world but how can he cheat his own soul? – best line 🙂 quite engaging , good examples, covered a lot of aspects.

      the introduction can be improved, i also started with a fable, but used it within another story to make it more interesting, have a look.

      your content is good, but writing can be improved , some lines are repetitive and confusing .

      overall good essay, little bit of refining here and there is required.

      please review mine if you have time.

  • sankar

    PLZ RVW FRNDS

    Honesty is one of the most invaluable inherent characteristic of a person. Being honest in life is essential condition because it leads to a peaceful, respected, satisfactory and successful life. Honesty is very important in life because it solves many problems and leads a peaceful and happy life. It is a property which is at our disposal without any hindrance.

    As, Benjamin Franklin rightly said; ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Honesty brings simplicity. So an honest life with simplicity is the life excluding all nonessential things of life away and marks oneness in the family and society if followed by everyone. Being honest we can focus on the most important things of our life

    However without developing the habits of honesty, we cannot achieve simplicity and other goodness in our life. We can say that honesty can be without simplicity but simplicity can not be without honesty. Honesty in the life is the way to great intimacy means brings our friends closer to us as true friends love our trueness, not the one we have created artificially. It helps us to make good, loyal and high quality friends in our life because honesty always attracts honesty. Honesty makes us trustworthy and brings confidence and strongness. An honest person develops a feeling of wellness and hardly develops fatigue, cold, tiredness, depression, anxiety and other mental problems.

    This feeling of wellness is not confined to ourselves and our kith and kins but engulfs in its ambit entire society transcending the boundary of state, national and international. In other word, living a honest life is not for oneself, but for the entire humanity of the world as well as for the just and sustainable development of natural flora and fauna like trees, animals, reptiles, water bodies and other natural beauty. Then, again we have to develop the habit of living an honest life.

    The most prolific example of this is the ‘Raja Harischandra’, a mythical story in Hindu religion. It is said that Honesty of this man was immaculate. So, god decided to check his honesty by taking incarnation of a Brahamana. In this process, Raja Harischandra dreamt one night that he offered all his property to a Brahmin as grants. The next morning, the dream came true. On getting up, Raja found that the Brahman was standing before the gate and asking for all the properties. Without hesitation Raja Harishchandra did so.

    As he survived with his wife and a child named Rohit, now to live their rest of life, he decided to go other place with his family. On his way, he came to a place where a bidding of man is going on. He decided to sell himself and his family members. Unfortunately, they could not be bought by a buyer so they had to go with separate owner. The owner of Raja Harischandra was a cremetary ground owner who used to get fee for cremetation. Incidently, his son, Rohit died after biting a snake. So his wife came to cremate in the same crematory ground. At this juncture, despite knowing the condition of his family, he did not forget his duty and asked for fee to his wife. At this time his wife gave him a piece of cloth after tearing away his saree.

    To preserve the principle of honesty, many spiritual leaders like Maharvir and Gauatm renounced the worldly life and adopted a very simple living style. They advocated to the service of human kind with utmost care and honesty.

    In human life too, honesty has come to fore in shaping characteristic of individual and an organization to do their best to bring a sense of oneness, participative and loyalty in the society. In this way of imbibing honest life, many of great heroes of our freedom struggle had laid their supreme sacrifice in the service of nation. Despites suffering from brutal and inhumane atrocities and tyranny, they did not deviate from the path of honesty.

    in the post Independence, perhaps the best prolific example of leading a simple life with immaculate honesty was the former President and great scientist, popularly known as the ‘MISSILE MAN OF INDIA’, late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. His simplicity and honesty not only gave immense benefits to the nation but also became the living symbol of inspiration for millions of young people across India as well as the world.

    As simplicity cannot be achieved without honesty, honesty helps us in renouncing the greedy life. In other word, an honest ensures judicious and scientific utilization of all the resources meeting not only their own essential requirement but also keeping it for the future generation. In this respect, the prevailing incidence of indiscriminate forest loss due to increasing nexus between forest officer and mafia, greedy mining of sand and coal fields without taking care for ecological and social impact can be checked.

    The issues of corruption entrenched in almost every departments and ministry of the government can be significantly be resolved by following the path of honesty which in turn helps in eradication of the most unsocial and challenging tasks of eradicating poverty, malnutrition, gender disparity, hunger and equality. Further to channelize the available resources in efficient and effective manner to reach the needy, only honesty in the execution of the programmes and policies in every starta of bureaucracy and political set up will make it happen so. As a leader and a bureaucrat lead the life of masses, they also become role model for the subjects. In this sense, being honest in their life, they not only bring the execution of the programmes and policies in right way to serve the needy but also they earn lots of respects and trustworthiness in themselves. In this way, they bring a sense of participatory and inclusiveness among the people as well as send message to the others to become honest in their lives.

    In the end, honesty brings self-encouragement and confidence. It makes us emboldened, self-resilience, humane and fearless in raising voice against the atrocities. Hence the outcome of honesty is simplicity while that of dishonesty is duplicity.

    • ESWAR

      U written in multi dimensional way. Good writing. In fact, I have to learn from you. Thanks

      • sankar

        thank you bro

    • Deep

      Hi, ur content is good. Can rearrange in more effective way. Try to make intro more catchy. Mention of diff personality is good. I missed it in mine. Over all good writing.
      Keep writing.

      • sankar

        thanks bro.

    • Isha

      Hi Sankar, my views-
      1. “Being honest in life is essential condition because it leads to a peaceful, respected, satisfactory and successful life. Honesty is very important in life because it solves many problems and leads a peaceful and happy life”- 1st para me ye lines repetitive lag rahi hain

      2. ” In other word, living a honest life is not for oneself, but for the entire humanity of the world as well as for the just and sustainable development of natural flora and fauna like trees, animals, reptiles, water bodies and other natural beauty.”- 4th para me is line me I am not getting the logic. Make it more clear, may be expressions are not coming out clearly.

      3. Raja harishchandra story went too far. Rather than stretching it to the whole, make it short and include other examples of personalities. Like Gandhi ji, Yudhisthir, etc.

      4. Simplicity does not brings honesty, neccessarily. This is what u r saying in Buddha’s example wla para.

      5. In the very next para after this^, the first line u started with- it is getting repetitive. Use avoid karo.

      6. “In the end, honesty brings”- avoid concluding like this. U can reframe it.
      7. Flow me thoda gadbad thi. Examples- u restricted urself to personalities only. Make it diverse. U can talk abt honesty in public life, administration, international sphere, judiciary, justice, there are many such. Also, its not always good to be honest in every instance.
      Conclusion- make it more comprehensive.
      Bdw, pardon me for the critical review 😛
      Thanks and ATB.

      • sankar

        thanks……..lol
        ATB

      • Tanu Singhal

        Hey isha m done with my today’s essay.

        Where is urs .?

  • bakir malik

    Life is a rollercoaster ride. UP’s and down , movement of calm and movement of madness but what sticks with people is they do and the effects of these actions on themselves and the society in which they live. If these actions are backed up by the policy of honesty our life as an individual and as a part of society will be much better and a life worth living. We find moments in everyday life where policy of honesty can yield goods results for us and for others as well.

    Lets take the scenario of an individual entity. There are lots of problems a person faces in his daily life. A student faces problems for completing his syllabus , A working professional faces problems to complete his work. The outcome of these situations will depend on how he treats these situations. We he be honest to himself, work accordingly , face the problems and work out the solutions, or will he lie to himself, make himself belief that he does not need to do anything and everything is working just fine. A policy of honesty brings discipline in ones life , a sense of being ambitious and goal oriented and a chance of being successful.

    Not only that the honesty its the tool for satisfaction as well. Lets take an example of an employee. A person , lets say 40, is working in a public office, lots of work on his table. Has to go through lots of files, check various facts , signs many files correct some mistakes. If he decides to just run through them , not pay attention or just start signing papers without reading what they are about . He goes home. As soon as he sits and starts relaxing, there are thoughts going up and down his head. Lots of what if’s will make him unrest. He will think about all the mistakes in the world he may have made will doing his work. He looses his satisfaction, peace of mind and starts panicking and there is effect on his personal and family life as well. There is guilt written on his face. How would have policy of honesty helped him. Doing his job perfectly , knowing that has not being dishonest to his work , he would have been much relaxed , his personal and family life would have been better and he would have been a successful employee too.

    Outside the individuality . honesty helps other people as well. Lets take an example of a friend. This friend is very talented . He can do a lot of things. He can earn name and fame in this world. But unfortunately he is trapped in some bad things and has ruined half of his life. But there are chances of him recovering. Working hard and achieving something in his life. You as his friend , what would you do, would you be supportive in whatever he does and be a good friend or would you be an honest person, tell him what is the right thing to do, how he can be a better person and achieve something even if it hurts his feelings and your friendship as well. Following this policy of honesty helps to make a society better , it not only helps us but the people we love and care for, the fellow human beings. By being honest we paint a perfect picture and help others to decide what is good or bad for them. By being honest we are being a well wisher and a boon for society.

    In all that we do, we have to have a policy of honesty. Be it from judging ourselves to judging others, working , building relations, or just a casual talk. A policy of honesty will help us to be afloat, live a life of dignity and be content with ourselves which is the goal of the life after all.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hello Bakir bhai , well attempted .

      Intro is good

      Office example is elongated too much cut it short.

      Introduce some examples of persons famous for being honest.
      Conclusion is good.

      Abd

    • Deep

      Hello, content is good. Try to write precisely so that v can get space to write diff dimensions.

  • Phoenix

    Hi friends can someone give me some suggestions on writing essay ? Every week when I see the essay on insights, I feel like where should I start, how should I arrange my points.. so I drop writing the essay every time…

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hi phoenix, i am also a beginner like you…

      First of all start writing . i wrote my fourth essay today.. I am still unabke to write 1200 words on my own so i google the topic, take some ideas ….

      Infact for todays essay i read few essays on the internet .

      Imp thing is you should start writing, after writing few essays you will gain confidence..

      Plz review my essay , if you have time.

      • Phoenix

        Yep ok thank u.. comments about ur essay were good, so was thinking to read.. will post mine and then review yours..

      • Phoenix

        Hi Harsh, pls review my essay.. atlast I tried writing.. my 1st essay. .

  • Shrunga Chandrashekar

    Honesty is best policy

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi when he was a child used to steal money from the pocket of his father and used that money to buy cigarette and smoke. But he was not peaceful due to guilt of theft, one day he decided to confess to his father. He wrote a letter to his father where he admitted all his mistakes and was eagerly waiting for reply from his father. His father appreciated his honesty and forgave his mistakes. The honest confession of Gandhi to his father helped him to overcome guilt and give up smoking, live peacefully.

    It was not that Gandhi did not committed any mistakes but it was he honestly confessed about his mistakes, retrospect about his actions and corrected the mistakes. His honesty had a big role to play in making of Mahatma. Honesty plays a very important role in both public, professional and social aspects of life let’s try to explore how in the next paragraphs to come.

    Vandhitha aspires to be civil servant and want to serve people, she started her preparation for civil services examination. She avoided communication with her friends citing exam as a reason, she presented herself as very hardworking. But her procrastinating behavior distanced her from her destination, she failed to clear the examination. She was devastated and decided to retrospect the cause behind the failure, she came to know that she only presented her as hardworking but it was not the truth. After understanding the truth that she was not honest with herself and always procrastinated. She decided to be honest with herself and to world outside and started her preparation, came out with flying colors and she was out there serving people.

    Honesty is not only important to be successful in the personal sphere but also important in political sphere. In the arena of coalition era of politics, honesty plays important role in stability of the government and development. Socialist party forms a coalition government with the communist party, chief minister is being elected and he has taken oath. Communist party leaders now oppose the coalition and governor orders the floor test at that time chief minister fails to prove his majority and thus steps down from the chair. The communist party failed to be honest towards socialist party, socialist party failed to keep up their words about portfolio allocation. Both parties failed to be honest, which affected the stability of government, development of the state and affects the exchequer economically due to burden of election before completion of 5 years.

    When the election is announced candidates will promise people to provide all facilities and work for development of the region and in turn the development of country. People believe in words of candidate and vote for him and he wins the election with decent majority. The person who was elected by the people now will not turn towards constituency and when people tries to contact him for grievance addressal their attempts to reach him will go unnoticed. 5 years will go like this and person will turn towards the
    constituency again for seeking votes this time people will not believe in him and fails to be reelected. If the person was honest to his words and upheld his words for working for development of the region then would have been successful in the next election.

    Will being honest all the times will return good results? Straight trees are ones to be cut first are the words of Chanakya. District collector is looking after the tenders for the construction of foot-over Bridge and MLA of the constituency is pressurizing him to award tender to contractor who is corrupt. DC will try to convince MLA by citing various examples from the work of the contractor but he fails to convince the MLA. If the DC now goes against MLA and award the contract to other person then the project can be disrupted in the middle due to political interference or he can be transferred and MLA can get the work done by other person. It will not benefit both the honest DC and the people, so he decides to go after words of MLA and awards contract to person. Now DC will involve the local community to check the quality of the work and strict guidelines were issued to the contractor, payments were released after the quality check. Here DC deviated from being honest but did not compromise on the ethics of his profession or values or his life and took utilitarian way to get things done.

    It is important to be honest to oneself and to others to be peaceful and successful but sometimes for maximum good of others it would be necessary to deviate a little but not against the values of the profession and personal values.

    • Pallavi

      Hey nice 1,,,
      Few suggetions,,,
      Intro quite good but the same standerds not maintained throughout the essay,,,
      Emphasis on upsc aspirant and then dc example also 2 ex from politics z tilting ur essay to 1 side,,,
      Make it multidimensional,,,
      Philosophical part needs more explanation,,,
      Conclusion must leave a lasting impression,,,
      Keep it up!!!

      • Shrunga Chandrashekar

        Thank you for the suggestions pallavi:) will take of these in the next write up

  • Ram

    Honesty is the Best Policy

    India is heralding at present, with the faster pace to the age of development and liberalism. But our approach to development differs from those of western counter parts. The fabrics of Indian society are based fundamentally upon the notions of morality & virtuous life. There have been sundries of such moral principles which prescribe the best way of individual & social integration. “Honesty is the best policy” is one of such prescribed principles which require to be practiced by the individual not only to internalize the society but also to integrate the individual & social goals of co-existence.

    Since the origin of the human civilization, the significance of virtuous life & adherence to moral code has been accentuated, and is evident now through various sources available to us. The life teachings of Gautam Buddha, Mahavira & other such ancient yet highly relevant personalities draw attention towards a virtuous life. In the west, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates & later Hobbes, Locke etc have laid great significance to virtuous principles like honesty.

    Gandhiji being influenced by both the Indian & western scriptures, practiced throughout his life the virtues of truth, honesty & non violence. He was well acquainted with prowess of these virtues. These virtues he practiced & propagated not only to unite the Indian populace but also to make the nation free from strangulation of the Britain.

    Even after more than 69 years of independence & martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi, We the Indians, appear to be preaching morality & honesty but not practicing it from the core of our heart. Numerous scams & scandals at the political & bureaucratic level exhibit not the honest policy rather a dishonest pursuit to maximization of individual self interest. 20 years back a politician even devoured the money meant for the provision of fodder to the cattle. Although, that was not the beginning rather for petty political & individual interests the defence & security requirements of the nation have been put at stake. Off late, the allocation of coal mines was required to be based on the policy of honesty but in contrast it was based upon adherence to dishonest policy. The programme to connect India digitally owing and indebted to the honest work of scientific community just resulted into a historic scam.

    Thus, is it the political & bureaucratic class of India responsible for deterioration & degradation of the prescribed policy of honesty or are the other factors behind it?

    Indeed the political class has not come somewhere from outside rather it is the creation of the political socialization of the citizenry. It is the common masses who have voted & sometimes out voted these political people. It is the practice of democracy in India and the very idea of democracy envisages freedom, equality, justice & fraternity. But in practice, the idea of democracy has failed to percolate down to the downtrodden & the real voters. Owing to the skewed political socialization & prevalent vote bank or polarization politics the interest of voters fail to get attention & priority of the political class.

    In the similar vein, the bureaucratic structure which is also connoted as steel frame of India is dangling between the personal interests of the bureaucrats & the politicians on the one hand while the interests of the masses on the other. Because of the above two ways movement which is sometimes honest while the other dishonest, India has progressed uptil now.

    Meanwhile, on individual level apart from political & bureaucratic class, we observe today the prevalence & presence of various Gurus & Maulwies who claim to have access to the eternal but supreme reality & thus to simplify the complex life of people at large. Indeed there are a million of followers just hang around to have a glimpse of the God-individualized. The conspicuous nexus between the spiritual leaders, political & business leaders is evident from their presence in organized cultural cum religious conglomerations.

    Thus the land of enlightened entities like Buddha, Mahavira & Shankaracharya appear to become so hollow that its people are entangled in the illusive promises of various spirituals leaders & have lost their own spiritual thought process.

    However, there always remains a ray of hope. We also remain hopeful that there will be a day in the words of Aurobindo Ghosh,

    “Where the mind is without fear & head is held high,

    Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls,

    Where the words come out from the depth of truth & where the clear system of reason has not lost its way”

    Thus as stated, the free mind & clear system of reason could engender spiritual freedom to an individual who is presently enslaved by the external spiritual agencies.

    Apart from the issue of spiritualism, the rampant moral degradation & hence crisis has denuded the importance of honest principles. We have forgotten the role played by honest persons in the past to renovate & rejuvenate the very pillars of the nation. The present youth gives more importance to easy success & money. The Yankee winds which have brought consumerism & the culture which is not native to the nation are amongst the responsible factors for the rampant moral crisis.

    Hence the solution lies with us, as we have to eradicate the veil of ignorance & illiteracy then only the vicious circle & culture of poverty both economic & moral could weather away. Honesty as a policy though accepted worldwide but in order to engrain it into the priorities of coming generations a strong moral upliftment framework is required to be constituted. Then only we could realize the underlying meaning of the words of Rabindranath Tagore as quoted above.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one Ram…

      You have elaborated well about scams .. & how hosety is today .

      bureaucratic structure part needs to be more detailed…

      Beautifaul & relevant quote Of Aurbindo Gosh

      of Rabindranath Tagore as quoted above ????

      Plz review mine

      • Prash

        hi ..kindly review my essay

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Well written ….

          In the conclusion , dont write i want ( dont use I)

    • Newgeneration

      Nicely written
      Some suggestions
      If possible start essay with short story that develop lot of interest
      Still start is gud
      U can not blame all politician and bureaucratic class instead of use word “some”
      Flow is gud can be better
      More gud example could be taken and presentation of example should be little more attractive
      Word selection is very gud
      Ray of hope…Aurobindo Ghosh.. Is very impressive
      Conclusion can be better but it’s gud
      Overall very well written…keep writing

    • Hi Ram, my views:
      1)Good command over language
      2)It was fine up to Gandhi ji (though this example needs explanation) but after that you have moved into the dimension of the reason behind degradation. You haven’t detailed why honesty is the best policy
      3)Aurbindo Ghosh vs Tagore-some mistake
      So, I think you need to re-write this essay so as to bring it in line with the demand
      You have good knowledge just stick to the theme, you will do well 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.if i would have been examiner i would have given full marks to intro…different and standard start
      2.2nd para was just repetition of first one..also dont make too general start….frame a plot and bring honesty then
      3.in 69 years para select some and then elaborate them…ur attempt here has made this para messy
      4.morality as a whole was theme of ur essay than honesty being the best policy…we really need to play with words to convey our ideas
      if i remove the topic of the essay then i loved it in general but not as an UPSC essay…u wrote with awesome whole
      try to stick with the theme..will wait for ur next better essay

    • Thor and Miolneer

      We the Indians, appear to be preaching morality & honesty but not practicing it from the core of our heart – Do you think you are completely right here?

      Thus, is it the political & bureaucratic class of India responsible for deterioration & degradation of the prescribed policy of honesty or are the other factors behind it?

      Thus is used when we are concluding something..not before the question. ( Correct me if I am wrong)

      The words you quoted were of Rabindranath Tagore but you wrote the name of Aurobindo ghosh.

      It seems a little tilted towards babas and maulvies/Spirituality.

      Overall It was a nice one.

      Keep up the good work 

    • vengeancee

      Wow, Very nice flow of English, u do have a good command, is ur optional political science?
      I found quite some reference

    • yogi

      Sorry Bhai, but this is a pessimitic essay, u have written mostly the negative side, that is how not being honest is bad,

      That is just one side, which shoud not dominate the essay, it should have been written with optmism and a little bit focus on the negative side

      words of Aurobindo Ghosh,

      “Where the mind is without fear & head is held high,

      Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls,

      Where the words come out from the depth of truth & where the clear system of reason has not lost its way”

      —-only write this if u have committed these words to oyour memory in exact form.

      hen only we could realize the underlying meaning of the words of Rabindranath Tagore as quoted above.—I did not see any Tagore’s words in the essay.

      i suggest you to read insights official review to Night Thinker’s essay

      Thnaks and sorry if I sounded harsh 🙂

  • Namrata

    Please Review !!

    Sudha saw her nine year old son, Rahul, writing with a beautiful imported fountain pen. She asked, “Where did you get that from?” Rahul quickly hid the pen. On further questioning by Sudha, Rahul answered, “Ma, actually this is Sahil’s pen. His father bought it for him from London. I simply loved it and so I took it.” Sudha enquired calmly, “Does Sahil know that you have his pen?” “No he doesn’t. He thinks he lost it. So I decided I will not take this pen to school and so he will never come to know”, pat came Rahul’s reply. Sudha was quite shocked at this revelation by his son but maintaining her calm, she made Rahul realize that what he did was really bad and that he should not only return the pen to Sahil, but also apologize to him for taking it without his knowledge. Sudha said, “One should always speak the truth. Lying is bad.” Rahul feared that telling the truth to his best friend may jeopardize his friendship. But Sudha comforted him saying that, “Beta, honesty is the best policy. In fact, being truthful and honest to your friend will win his trust and belief in you for life.”

    Sudha is right. An honest person, who always speaks the truth, is considered most trustworthy and dependable by all. People tend to blindly believe him/her. For instance, in the mythological epic ‘Mahabharata’, Yudhishthir (the eldest of the Pandavas) has been called the ‘Dharmaraja’ as he always walked on the path of honesty, fulfilling all his duties as per the ‘Dharmashastras’. It was believed by all that he was the most righteous person and could never lie. There was an incident when in order to treacherously kill Guru Dronacharya, who was fighting on the side of Kauravas, someone went and told him that his son, Ashwatthama, was dead. Such was the stature of ‘Dharmaraja Yudhisthir’ that Dronacharya said that he would believe the news only when Yudhishthir would confirm it.

    Thus, trust and honesty go hand in hand. It is important to display honesty in personal communications in order to nurture our personal relations. However, it is equally important to have mass communication marked by truth in order to help people shape their opinion based on actual facts. Here comes the concept of “honest reporting” by the media. Media nowadays resort to ‘media trial’ when their actual role is to ‘honestly’ report on the occurrence of events. Sometimes, in a bid to project the truth in depth, the media end up projecting itself as insensitive. For instance, at the time when Nepal was jolted with severe earthquakes, Indian media was tagged as ‘most intrusive and insensitive’ as few reporters took interviews of the deeply affected population as a symbol of ‘honest reporting’. At some other times, media tend to project a biased version of any event and this is also not in consonance with what its duty is.

    Following one’s duty as per the rules and principles is another aspect of honesty. One who is not true to his/her work can be termed as a ‘dishonest person’. The issues of corruption, evasion of taxes by companies and individuals, black money, unnecessary delays in the government departments as well as in the courts of law, no compensation to victims or farmers are just few of the examples reflecting this kind of dishonesty. A person, on the other hand, who earns his living by being true to his/her work and without cheating or stealing in any form is said to earn an “honest wage”.

    Honesty in personal or mass communications, need not always be about telling the truth to our close ones in order to gain their trust. Sometimes it is required to be frank and give an “honest opinion” about something or someone in order to simply express ourselves better. For instance, Rajesh may feel bad about his best friend joining a group study session with another friend and not telling Rajesh about it. It may so be that Rajesh’s friend forgot to tell him and Rajesh is simply misunderstanding his friend. So it is better that Rajesh confronts his friend by giving his “honest opinion” regarding his feelings in the matter. This kind of honesty would help nurture the friendship of the two, thereby enhancing respect towards each other’s feelings. This is true of any relation.

    So a person needs to be honest and truthful to others and his/her work or duties. But honesty on the outside cannot be achieved without an honesty on the inside. It is important for one to be “honest to oneself”. It may so be that a person is lying to himself with respect to his career or his relationships. For instance, an engineer may not be meant for a job at the manufacturing unit as he does not enjoy it and is able to give only a mediocre performance despite trying his best. On the other hand, he is crazy about music and also excels in it. But still, he continues to work at the manufacturing unit due to pressure from family. Thus, he needs to first be ‘honest to himself’ by introspection and muster courage to leave the engineering job to pursue his passion for music. Only then can he be honest to his family by being frank and giving an ‘honest opinion’ about his feelings towards music.

    Few days passed since the incident of the pen between Sudha and his son. One day Sudha was too busy in organising her parents’ aniversary party. Her phone rang and she told Rahul to answer it and say, “Ma is not here. She will call you back later”. Rahul stood startled when he heard his mother. Sudha asked, “What happened?” Rahul replied, “You taught me that lying is bad. And now you want me to lie. I am confused.” Sudha had absolutely no answer to his little son’s query. Naturally, we as adults find it normal to be dishonest in such little things in our daily routine. But Rahul’s question is worth a thought as to why can’t we be honest at all times?

    While honesty is the best policy majority of the times. But there are some cases when circumstances are such that we tend to lie thinking them to be petty issues. At other times, for the benefit of others or for doing some good to others, we tend to lie or hide the truth. For instance, we may be terribly sick but tend to not tell our parents back home as they will get all tensed and in the process, it may affect their health. Also, surprise parties are thrown after hiding a lot of truths and sometimes even lying. But such kinds of dishonesty is usually acceptable because it involves happiness and welfare for all around us.

    Hence, honesty is all about being true to others to gain their trust and respect, being true to our duties and responsibilities and also being at peace with our own self. Also, dishonesty involving altruism can be considered as yet another “honest effort” to spread happiness and take care of those around us.

    • Great!!!
      I must say this is your best essay so far 🙂
      My two cents-
      1)The case of media reportin in Nepal is more related to the issue of ’empathy’ and ‘compassion’ rather than honesty. So this example can be replaced or molded
      2)The terms like ‘media trial’ can be explained in one sentence
      3)Intro para was long in terms of content (its quality was good) and writing the same on paper can occupy almost 2 pages. So take care of that, I know it’s not a big task for you
      4)In conclusion, you gave a new dimension of ‘dishonest’ so needs refinement
      But overall, it was a treat to read 😀

      • Namrata

        wow thankuuu batman ..finallyy 😀
        1. actually what i meant was that what media takes to be ‘honest reporting’ actually they cross the line and end up being insensitive ..probably that did not reflect right .. will mould it ..thankuu 😀
        2. agreed 🙂
        3. agreed 🙂
        4. okhay i got what u are saying ..fine will alter that 😀

    • Intro is apt (Y)

      I thought of using Yudhistra too so if I was the examiner, you would be getting better than others 😀

      I guess it’s better not to write media reporting in Nepal as we don’t really know the real picture. Many media houses played an active role in humanitarian work too 🙂 Instead u could write how according to certain reports Indian media was the most biased and sold out media 😀 But the context is good (Y)

      Instead of bringing in a name (Rajesh), you could have generalized. But this example was good.

      Every dimension was touched upon so good (Y)

      Conclusion and flow could be bettered. Use connectors [I didn’t use them too :(]

      https://nitishsinghi86.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy/

      Review when u have time

      Thank u! 🙂

      • Namrata

        thanks a lot nitish .. points duly noted ..will just review yours 🙂

    • Iconoclast

      Did essay ended abruptly on Rajesh’s example or am I missing something?

      • Namrata

        no no no ..it has whole 4 paragraphs after rajesh wala para .. here for ur convenience ..

        Honesty in personal or mass communications, need not always be about telling the truth to our close ones in order to gain their trust. Sometimes it is required to be frank and give an “honest opinion” about something or someone in order to simply express ourselves better. For instance, Rajesh may feel bad about his best friend joining a group study session with another friend and not telling Rajesh about it. It may so be that Rajesh’s friend forgot to tell him and Rajesh is simply misunderstanding his friend. So it is better that Rajesh confronts his friend by giving his “honest opinion” regarding his feelings in the matter. This kind of honesty would help nurture the friendship of the two, thereby enhancing respect towards each other’s feelings. This is true of any relation.

        So a person needs to be honest and truthful to others and his/her work or duties. But honesty on the outside cannot be achieved without an honesty on the inside. It is important for one to be “honest to oneself”. It may so be that a person is lying to himself with respect to his career or his relationships. For instance, an engineer may not be meant for a job at the manufacturing unit as he does not enjoy it and is able to give only a mediocre performance despite trying his best. On the other hand, he is crazy about music and also excels in it. But still, he continues to work at the manufacturing unit due to pressure from family. Thus, he needs to first be ‘honest to himself’ by introspection and muster courage to leave the engineering job to pursue his passion for music. Only then can he be honest to his family by being frank and giving an ‘honest opinion’ about his feelings towards music.

        Few days passed since the incident of the pen between Sudha and his son. One day Sudha was too busy in organising her parents’ aniversary party. Her phone rang and she told Rahul to answer it and say, “Ma is not here. She will call you back later”. Rahul stood startled when he heard his mother. Sudha asked, “What happened?” Rahul replied, “You taught me that lying is bad. And now you want me to lie. I am confused.” Sudha had absolutely no answer to his little son’s query. Naturally, we as adults find it normal to be dishonest in such little things in our daily routine. But Rahul’s question is worth a thought as to why can’t we be honest at all times?

        While honesty is the best policy majority of the times. But there are some cases when circumstances are such that we tend to lie thinking them to be petty issues. At other times, for the benefit of others or for doing some good to others, we tend to lie or hide the truth. For instance, we may be terribly sick but tend to not tell our parents back home as they will get all tensed and in the process, it may affect their health. Also, surprise parties are thrown after hiding a lot of truths and sometimes even lying. But such kinds of dishonesty is usually acceptable because it involves happiness and welfare for all around us.

        Hence, honesty is all about being true to others to gain their trust and respect, being true to our duties and responsibilities and also being at peace with our own self. Also, dishonesty involving altruism can be considered as yet another “honest effort” to spread happiness and take care of those around us.

    • Rashmirathi

      intro is very apt.
      i found the paragraph on media reporting thora hazy. you were saying honesty is imp in mass communications. media should not be biased etc. then you suddenly wrote about insensitivity while reporting the truth. i mean its a valid point but you have mixed both together and there is no clarity.

      loved the paragraph abt honesty towards oneself 🙂 i wrote abt it too but urs is so much better. takeaways fr me

      conclusion seemed weak, doesn’t leave an impact.

      great essay overall

      thanks , KWAR 🙂

  • Mahi

    Honesty is the best policy
    Honesty is a kind of insurance policy the interest of which is always positive and everyone can have this policy without paying high monthly premium. It is affordable and both rich and poor can adopt this. However to adopt we have to pay something as nothing comes free. We have to present the facts as it is without manipulation, truthful in our dealings and fulfil our commitments.
    The policy of honesty gives us best possible return in the form of trustworthiness, credibility, assurability and realibilty. The person who adopts this policy get love of others , people trust him/her , respect her and admire her.
    What makes a person honest is that he is not only truthful to others but also to himself. It is very necessary that we must be loyal and truthful to over selves before we can apply the same to others. The person who is not able to fulfil his own set targets can’t help others in achieving their goals. If a student sets a target studying 6 hours daily and stick to it sincerely ,he will be more confident and well prepared for his exam and at the same time can be a help to his friends.
    No doubt honesty is the best policy but it is not that easy for everyone. Being honest is not an easy task it requires lot of courage. Honesty is a tool which only a strong person can have . If a friend of ours call us to his/ her wedding and we are not able to attend it and give false excuses for it we lose not only there respect but also self respect .But if we tell him /her the true reason it not only maintain the relationship but also give lot of peace to us. And telling truth is not an easy job.

    Honesty is the best policy And those adoring it brings multiple benefits not only for themselves but also for the soceity. Mahatma Gandhi was true to himself and true to the cause of freddom struggle. Through his policy of truth and non violence he helped India in getting independence. Honesty is the policy which is adopted by the greatest men and women of the world and who did wonder in their life .
    But today when everyone is behind success and is in mad race honesty has taken a back seat. People nowadays don’t feel hesitation in lieing and they do it so perfectly and to many it comes naturally as it has become their habit. Students don’t do their work so they they lie , employees lie in front of boss for every possible reason . And this gives them satisfication that they have been able to make others fool or have achieve something great. This does provide them short term benefits but they forget that in long run they are doing more harm to themselves. It is a fact that to cover a lie we need many more lies and in the end truth will come . And when this happen the person loses respect and people call him a man of bad character.
    But who is caring for that today in this materialistic world when everyone is worried only about success and end result s. Getting a good score in exam , getting a good job , making huge profit in business etc.has become the only aim and nobody cares about the means whether they are good or bad everyone cares for the outcomes. But these people forget that even though the world may not know about the true fact they themselves know it.
    This trend of hiding the truth , being disloyal , irresponsible is increasing everyday . This is the result of degrading moral values in the society. When a child is born he is pure with no bad feeling for anyone. In the childhood children always say the truth and are honest but as they grow up their surrounding people , environment manipulate them and they loses their true character . To preserve the honesty we need to cultivate the moral values in our society .we need to highlight its importance and show how beneficial it can be for the society.
    India wants to become a global leader and the prerequisite for that is an army of ethical men and women. We need honest citizens who can bring glory for the nation . Being honest also mean that character of the person is strong and he is not going to fall to any pressures and alluring tactics. And thus is whatvis needed for a strong political system , environmental protection , economic development and inclusive growth.
    No doubt the path of honesty is very difficult and the person following the policy of honesty may have to suffer many hardships in the life . The person may have to face many bad person , he has to bear many threats and allegations but he should remain true to his path of honesty. The person should always remember that honesty may not bring money but it will definitely bring eternal mental peace and happiness. And happiness is what all we need . Honesty is the best policy as Truth always triumph ” satyamave jayate”.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Nice interesting Intro — Good

      content is very good … you wrote well about Materialism ( Ghandhiji wala part could have been elloborated more )

      Exellent Conclusion…

      An upvote for you.

      • Mahi

        Thanx for review bhai

  • Sonia mehra

    Honesty is the best policy

    If you have ever noticed, that whenever you see the picture of Sachin Tendulkar or Mahatama Gandhi you feel good. Have you ever wondered why?

    It’s because these two men were undoubtedly honest to their cause. There are very few in the world of cricket who are so committed as Sachin towards the art of hitting a ball with a stick and running along 22 yards for more than 20 years. Also there are few who are as committed as Gandhiji towards the cause of non-violence and for the emancipation of the colonized people.

    So the question now which arises is what is there in honesty, which turns a common human being into a great man/woman? What does honesty teaches you/ makes you/gives you?

    Being honest towards your Goal, teaches you the value of “perseverance”. Perseverance is not giving up on something no matter how hard or difficult it is. One such person was Thomas Edison. After inventing the light bulb, Edison began a quest to find an inexpensive light bulb filament. Ore was mined in the Midwest at that time, and shipping costs were very high. To avoid paying the high costs, he opened his own ore-mining plant. He devoted all of his time and money into the plant for about a decade. At the end he succeeded and the entire humanity benefitted.

    Being honest in words, invariably means being “truthful” in what you say. So honesty gives you “credibility”. Hence when Gandhiji said in 1920 that Non-cooperation movement will provide us freedom within one year then everybody became enthusiastic and joined the movement. Because there was no reason for not believing Gandhiji, since he is a person who has always been truthful towards his words.

    An honest person is committed to the things he is doing. This gives him the “courage” to face any adversity, which comes in the way in achieving his goal. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what you know you want or need to do, despite your fear. Again going back to Gandhiji during the non-cooperation movement, Gandhiji knew that the decision to call-off the non-cooperation movement after the chauri chaura incident would be an unpopular one. It took real courage for him to gather the strength to call-off the movement, in the long term interest of Indian national movement. This also reminds me of a personal experience during my school days. It was the first class since we returned to school after Diwali vacation and my teacher was checking Diwali homeworks done by students. There were few students including me, who didn’t do their homework and most of them were giving excuses like they forgot the book at home, they were having illness etc. But I decided to be honest and when my chance came to give explanation I straightaway said “I didn’t do the homework”. This straight answer didn’t save me from beating but it did give me a sense of courage, a sense of satisfaction. I do admit that though I was honest in accepting my mistake, but I was dishonest for not doing the homework in the first place.

    Honesty also teaches you to be “humble and soft spoken.” As an honest man do not use unfair means, so he will always strive to be gentle and humble. This reminds me of an actual incidence of my life, when I was caught by a traffic policeman. I was having helmet, insurance and vehicle papers, but somehow I managed to miss PUC papers. The traffic policeman showed me the rule book and told me to pay challan, since I was at the fault of not following the law, I humbly told him that I want to pay challan but don’t have sufficient money right now, hence allow me to approach the nearest ATM. The police man allowed me to go to ATM and I returned back within few minutes. On returning I found that a rich men was arguing with the police man and he was telling the police man about the influence he have at the higher levels of government. Police man told him that no matter how influential he is he will have to obey the rules and pay challan. After this he turned towards me and looked a bit surprised on my return. He gently told me that he won’t charge me challan, If I could go and get a PUC certificate right then. Although the police man in this case has not followed the law in letter, but he followed the law in spirit and I was rewarded by not paying challan for being honest and humble.

    Above all honesty gives you the most important thing in life, which every human being strives throughout his life that is “happiness”. Being honest in a relationship allows you to enjoy the relationship to the fullest. Being true to a cause, gives you the joy on surpassing each hurdle towards the cause. Being honest towards yourself, gives you peace of mind. There is no joy or happiness in being dishonest.

    Hence Honesty develops in us Perseverance, Credibility, Courage, Humility and it gives us Happiness. The list is not exhaustive. Therefore Honesty is the best policy.

    (873 words)

    • Deep

      Good flow. Good language. Can cover more dimensions like corruption.
      KWKR.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      hey Sonia how are you… please fine time to review my essay.. would love to review yours.. 🙂

    • Hello Ma’am, my views:
      1)Intro was quite good
      2)Liked the way you explored different dimensions of honesty to prove that it is best policy (though I feel that ‘best’ can be highlighted a bit)
      3)The para on honesty teaching ‘humble and soft spoken’ looks a bit forced. There can be persons who are honest but use harsh language to convey the same (personal experience :D)
      4)Most of the examples were related to you. You can add some others that are known to all of us, will give the right balance to your essay
      5)Conclusion needs to be expanded a bit. It just started and came to an end
      Overall, it was a nice read with good flow and language. Keep writing and have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Batman bhai 🙂
        Review mera essay bhi 🙂

      • Sonia mehra

        Hello friend,
        I concur with ur view. I am very sorry, I didn’t reviewed ur answer yesterday. I would definitely do it today.

        All the best dear friend..

        • Thanks Ma’am 🙂
          You need not be sorry, I understand 🙂

    • HappyIAS

      humble and soft spoken- i doubt if this is true in this context.. I may be wrong.
      Also, please narrate the story in the beginning. It gives a better look.
      content could be worked upon a liitle.
      Very nice flow and language.
      Overall, a nice read. 🙂
      Please review mine if time permits. My first essay after too long.
      Thanks 🙂

      • Sonia mehra

        Hello friend,
        I will review ur answer today, pardon me for the delay..
        Thank u for ur valuable review and suggestions….

        • HappyIAS

          it’s alright dear. Do it as per ur own convenience. 🙂

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Sonia ,

      1) the example of Sachin tendulkar is good but it is his passion for cricket that made him to continue for 20 years . Yes he might be honest to the work that he is doing but it would have been better if you would have cited an example which changed the lives of millions of Indians .

      sachin tendulkar playing cricket only benefited him and not the public in general ( the only favor sachin tendulkar could do the Indians is to takeaway the precious time of millions of Indians who watched his match on television which could have been utilized by them for a noble cause )

      You could have cited Mother Theresa, A.P.J Abdul Kalam ,M.S Swainathan ( who brought green revolution ) etc.

      They all worked for the country . But Tendulkars only brough pride to India but did not wipe the tears of millions of Indians . A person becomes great when he/she looked upon the masses for this exemplary efforts to improve the life of the citizens and the country .

      2) Being honest towards your Goal, teaches you the value of “perseverance”. this paragraph is well explained but you could have worked on the continuity in this sentence ” Edison began a quest to find an inexpensive light bulb filament. Ore was mined in the Midwest at that time, and shipping costs were very high ”

      3) Because there was no reason for not believing Gandhiji, since he is a person who has always been truthful towards his words. ……… you could have written before Thomas Edison because it would have given you a flow from the introduction to the main content of the essay .

      I think the non-corporation is not appropriate for because Gandhi is betraying the people and it amounts to dishonesty as per the contents you have written .

      4) It took real courage for him to gather the strength to call-off the movement, in the long term interest of Indian national movement. This also reminds me of a personal experience during my school days. It was the first class since we returned to school after Diwali vacation and my teacher was checking Diwali homework done by students.??????? DON’T JUMP FROM ONE TOPIC TO ANOTHER TOPIC in an abrupt manner .( from Indian movement you suddenly jumped to personal experience during school days )

      try to keep the flow of the essay intact .( the Honesty in not doing the homework is well explained ) 🙂

      5) but somehow I managed to miss PUC papers.??????? PUC PAPERS ????? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      Although the police man in this case has not followed the law in letter, but he followed the law in spirit and I was rewarded by not paying challan for being honest and humble. EXCELLENT POINT !!! ( I REALLY LOVED READING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT IN THIS ESSAY )

      6) you could have also discussed about the hardship in being honest and also why we should NOT be honest in certain cases to give cover the entire gamut of Honesty .( YOU discussed only the positive aspect of Honesty )

      7 ) CONCLUSION HAVE TO BE IMPROVED

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • Sonia mehra

        Dear Aravind,
        Will strive to not to jump points and will use full forms instead of PUC (pollution under control certificate).
        You have almost written an essay while reviewing the essay…

        Thank you dear friend..

  • Nivedita Singh

    Honesty is the best policy

    “Honesty is an art which instil a sense of faith in others toward the honest one”

    Life has different mean for different people. In search of destination we all are moving. In this journey we come across many experiences- some are sweet, some are bitter. We pass through these experiences but one thing we leave behind is our impression of character on others. If someone is corrupt then the sense of faith will hardly comes in anyone’s mind. But if someone is honest his trustful impression will be long lasting.

    Honesty is an instrument for smooth functioning of any institution whether it is personal or public. In personal relation also honesty plays a great role. If a husband is not honest towards his wife and vice-versa, then their marriage life cannot run smoothly. Likewise if an employee will not honest with their organization as well as if employers will not honest toward their employee, then the business cannot run in smoothly. Thus the progress and development of institution is depends on the behaviour of their entities.

    Trust-building is the result of honesty. If a person is honest then only he can be trustable for others. The day when s/he lost honesty from within, he starts to lose trust. Honesty does not need evidences. This reflects in the person’s behaviour. The rise of national freedom movement was the result of trust deficit in foreign rule. The economic critics revealed the dishonest attitude of British Rule toward its citizen. And being honest was the result of rise of political career of Mahatma Gandhi. He was honest toward his political activities in all circumstances. Hence honesty is the best policy to stand at the harsh action of the oppressor as well as to get love and support of masses from all sections.

    In the Modern world people are running behind success. For getting success they are ready to do anything whether that is ethical or unethical. For them success is above all. In corporate world especially people and organizations are more competitive. They have to follow some norms of organization. But to make themselves on forefront, most of time, they ignore these norms. For instance, “maggi cash” so many hue and cry happened and maggi was banned in many places for sometimes, again it is in market. On the other hand those companies, who are honest toward their work as well as towards their employees, flourish really. The success of “TATA STEEL” is its biggest example.

    Lack of honesty is also a result of huge corruption in county. In public life honesty plays a significant role. Honesty helps a person to abide with his responsibility. Funds are released for fulfilling the assigned aim of specific scheme. Coming from the top to bottom, very little fund reach to people. Many centre’s schemes are staggering due to huge corruption in the system. In academic organization also the honesty plays an important role. In the name of research, projects sanction from the centre to the Scientist or Professors. But at this level also all the funds are not used in judicious manner. Sometime they use for personal purposes by using the loopholes in system.

    In public administration, honesty plays a great role to make civil servant stand with her/his integrity and self-respect in all conditions. If a person is honest, more and more people will associate to her/him. Honesty helps a civil servant to associate with others emotions. S/he can reach to masses and make the things done in short duration and more pragmatic way. The proper development of that area can be possible.

    Politics is main wheel to run any country. Lack of honesty creates a huge gap between political system and common man. This creates a trust deficit towards the institution in mind of citizen. This is a big issue in India. This also makes the citizen suspicious toward each and every activities of Government. This is also a reason behind heavy criticism on political activities.

    India has become an important member of this globalized world. But still India’s status is of developing nation. Honesty is best policy for building national as well as international relationship. The rise of climate change is the consequences of developed nation’s preindustrial activities. But these nations are not enough honest to acknowledge their responsibility for dealing with this issue. The result comes between the delaying in the common consensus. The WTO peace clause demand was also the result of lack of trust on the policies of developed nations.

    Thus honesty plays a great role in our day to day activities. Being honest is the best policy to make the things done smoothly and reach to many people emotions. Honesty makes a person humble towards his duty.

    • Nivedita Singh

      Review please……

    • Anit ifs

      I think that you could put more dimensions into your answer. Further, you could benefit from the video of Roman saini on youtube regarding structuring your essay. Most of all, to get marks your essay needs some “DUM”, you know what I mean? to write something slightly different/personal etc. This seems bland to me. Best of luck.

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Well written …

      The success of “TATA STEEL” is its biggest example. ( This whole para is very good with different dimensions)

      Try to add some names of Public figures famous for Honesty.
      Conclusion could be better ( it felt like more is about to come)

      overall , well written

      • Nivedita Singh

        Thanks for reviewing…..

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Nivedita 🙂
      The Philo touch in your essay is it’s USP 🙂 🙂
      You could have incorporated a few more examples 🙂
      I was once told here, that whenever we use a quote we first need to elaborate and explain it in connection with the paragraph that follows 🙂
      You could have expanded your quote 🙂
      Overall nice 🙂
      Review mine as well 🙂

  • Anit ifs

    Honesty is not the best policy, it has never been, otherwise we would not have needed language to modify what we could tell with less complex sounds and signs. Nevertheless, this is the maxim most commonly heard by the children. Even small children aren’t fully honest. They would pretend to cry when they want something and act along with adults even when they don’t understand. Then why do we call honesty the best policy at all?

    Children as they grow up, generally forget what they’ve been told about honesty. They realise that the world doesn’t function as it has been told in the textbooks. There are stories of being rewarded on telling the truth, but in reality, it gets them trouble. Wily liars get way more than they deserve and the richest men are usually the best liars too. But even after knowing all of this, some people still follow honesty, they still think in order to be a ‘genuine’ person, it is necessary to face the truth.

    Some of the greatest men that the world has produced had the guts to accept and tell the truth. The famous psychologist Freud had theories about lying. We all want to protect our self esteem, our ego. To do so we hide/modify/repress the truth. This in turn leads to neurotic disorders. If carried to the extreme, this leads to hysteria and even madness. The amount of energy that one has to invest in carrying out the lies do not compensate for the gains made by telling them. One has to remember the lies and when caught, one has to devise ways out of them. With all our energies diverted to this perverse addiction, where does the individual find time to develop?

    Clever statesmen have lied. Clever Guru’s make their living on lying. Clever businessmen have worked out strategies on webs of lies. But what makes each of them merely clever and not great for posterity is the rather unfortunate tendency of these lies to unravel through time. We all are influenced by the society and what people tell us. IN reality, we spend the greatest time in the company of our own selves. Our cleverness can fool ourselves into believing the lies intended for others. We become trapped by those lies and start living in a sort of self created fantasy. This is not to say that deep down we don’t know what we are doing, say a housewife prodding her husband to tell her that she looks slim, even though she is not, but eventually the lies convince her that she doesn’t need to take care of her health, having adverse effects in future. The sign of greatness is to accept the truth, to make it into a policy.

    Our society is riveted on foundations of our mutual understandings, of our laws and customs. We as a society have established norms and preferences. Not all of them are out in the open, for example our prejudices, jealousies, hatreds are hidden most of the times in a haze of socialising effect. Indian society has harboured caste based, religion based and nationality based prejudices for the longest time. Since we were not able to tell the truth about our own narrow minded nature, these festered underground and could only be seen manifesting in clashes/riots and even in caste groups formation etc. Most of these measures were indirect, like avoiding individuals of a certain community, even though one professes to be a liberal, modern person. But, all of these were hidden in the living of a lie, of an ideal that one is not.

    Recently though, the debate about nationalism, casteism, the meaning of being Indian etc was raised. The mere fact that the truth has gotten out would finally allow progress where the lies ( of imported western philosophy of being a liberal nation) was actually impeding progress. We might not be as tolerant/peace loving as we always profess to be, but now at least we have admitted this ( Rise of right wing groups vs reactionary minorities) and by doing this I am sure a solution would emerge that would finally allow us to develop our own philosophy of our nation.

    Honesty in personal life is concerned with freedom. It might not sound true at first instance, but once we define freedom, we will get the answers. Freedom is not merely being free of foreign rule. Freedom also signifies the ability of living the kind of life one wants to live, of having the things one wants, of not being limited in the mind due to the actions of others. For example, the king might seem like the freest person in land, but in reality he cannot do as he pleases at all. He is bound by his duty to serve and cannot take up any other vocation. His life is shackled by his servants, ministers and people on whom he rules, for in ruling them he has to forgo achieving his highest potential. Gautama Buddha realised this and was thus able to achieve enlightenment or the truth.

    Lies, deceit and duplicity has another more sinister affect. It makes us less us. This might sound like an oxymoron, but an example would throw more light on the meaning. A harbours love for B, but upon being asked, he is afraid and says no. Then later on when B notices A always roaming around her balcony she asks A what he is doing. A says that he is a great bird lover and is observing birds in the tree near balcony. He reads up on birds to shore up his defence. Some time later, the lie begins to manifest itself. B gets married and A manages to convince himself that he had always loved birds and yet he remains sad throughout his life. The imperfect example tries to show that A had the chance to take hold of his destiny and to become a great lover, to stand up against society and so on. That was what would have made him the real A. The lies reduced his story to another ABC failed romance.

    Civil service is a battlefield for this quote. Honesty is likely to get officers in troubles or at the least to not afford them the chance to advance in their careers by being dishonest-supporting politicians-gaining money etc. The practicality of the service takes away the initial idealism of many. The real question however is that what do those officers that stay honest get and what becomes of them? The dishonest officers have their moves dictated by their political masters. Businessmen buy them and then use them like puppets, even without the officer realising it. They therefore loose control over their destiny for things that give them temporary pleasure. Without a strong self identity/beleifs we are nothing but a biological machine. This machine is pleased on getting certain stimuli like food/alcohol, but then in the end, without honest principles it remains a collection of flesh and blood, without truth even the power and money can’t give pleasure, for there is no one to take it!

    An honest civil servant has made his stamp of identity on his/her life. The integrity to principles allowed freedom to choose according to likes of what our self is and not what is being directed to us. This is akin to the philosophy of Geeta. Our true self wants to merge with the ultimate reality and our sense are like horses going off where get pleasure. If we let the horses get lost in the illusions of the world, our true self would never reach the goal. We have to awaken our true self, turn away from worldly pleasures/lies/deciet and show true courage. What is this true courage? To be truthful and thus be DIVINE.

    Ultimately, the question of lying or not comes down to what we want to do with our life. IT would be easy to say that having fame and money would be the ultimate goal. Deeper analysis would reveal that not all people with money become happy or even satisfied. Even happiness is temporary and goes away. What mere money cannot give is a lifetime of satisfaction of ‘knowing’ deep inside that you have lived a “meaningful” life. Why do great men/women don’t lie? Simply, because truth allows them to fully realise themselves to actualise and by knowing the truth they move forward and reach their ultimate goal in life.

    Truth alone triumphs, Truth is God, Truth itself is the ideal. These are words of great men which haven’t faded with age. They have survived the test of time for experience has shown that the life of truth si ultimately the only life that we value. How can we value fakery, for the heart would always know? How can we keep on living a grand life, if we know from inside that it is not true to our own self? And lastly how can we NOT tell the truth, when our deep mystical self knows it is a lie that we are telling and in doing that we are belittling our own self. Honesty therefore is really the best policy.

  • Shaktimaan

    “Honesty is the best policy.”

    The father of the nation, Mahatama Gandhi, during their childhood, once went to the restaurant with his friends and took some non-vegetarian food, which was forbidden at home. He repented afterwards and honestly accepted his mistake in a letter addressed to his father. Gandhi ji was expecting severe punishment as his father was very strict but his father broke into tears as his son’s honesty touched his heart. In his later life, Gandhi ji practised honesty as a habit. This story clearly throws up light on the policy called “honesty” that if one practices it whole heartedly s/he will definitely rewarded with appreciation, strength and prosperity. But in modern times, it somewhere fades away from the lives, daily practices and dealings in between the people; let’s search for the reasons behind it.

    Corruption, treachery and immorality in actions/reactions now seems to be a people friendly as cases related to thug, scams and bribery become usual and common to hear. And it becomes plausible, because people have finding lying/dishonesty an easy task and short cut tool, to achieve gains. For example Sahara group CEO Subrotto Roy, jailed currently for the charges, to use public money deceitfully, now instead of making fortune he left with only misfortune. It should be noted here that such precise means never bring long term fruits, falsehood only knit vicious cycle from which one cannot leave on his own discretion, it spare one only, when truth comes forward which definitely let aggrieved with shame/humiliation and stigma. Then how to acquire virtues of probity and veracity? Have a look.

    To become loyal, one has to imbibe the character of integrity and morality in his/her self. And ready with courageousness, confidence and truthfulness, whenever faced the situation of complicity. For example bureaucrat Durga Shakti Nagpal when disclosed the illegal sand mining in Yamuna river basin, she was alleged with false charges by the politicians, but her strength of connectedness with the truth, led her to face challenges and let her to come up with flying colours. Thus one can say that to stick with honesty is not always as easy as it seems. Yes! It asks for audacity, bravery and fearlessness; it brings toughness/stiffness, but one should remember, the after tastes, that freeness, realness and powerfulness which it brings. But here one question arises that how to implement/execute these behavioural aspects as “policies”?

    To enact honesty in day to day life one has to, be simple, original and determine. And will have to leave telling lies, over spiced talks, an artificial/fake temperament and sugar coated attitude. Efforts should be toward being human-natural-original. And now applying these virtues in real terms not in front of others only but while handling yourselves too. For example you will never want to get criticised from any strange person but if you know the traits of truthfulness and another one too have that sense; first he will give you a true picture of yourself with calm tone; second you will take it as a constructive, productive and valuable criticism. Here your ethnic behaviour came out and your righteousness framed out. To believe in the letters of your attributes and then employ them with the spirit is the correct/honest exertion of your policy. Let’s look at on a bit broader view, when honesty is not honest to itself, then what it brings?

    Here takes an example of our neighbour country Pakistan, whose stance on terrorism is very duplicate/dual, it condemns attacks when terror hits its own land-people-property. But silently backed non state actors, provide them all institutional and infrastructural needs, which they vomit as terror/violence/bloodshed against innocent people of India. Such a dishonest practice now starting encroaching itself. Poverty, hunger, inequality and unemployment now carved out as curse to it. Candour and rectitude idiosyncrasies only built close friends and wellness, which Pakistan needs to understand. Otherwise its only action not only harms its own people but possesses threats to the adjacent livelihood also.

    Thus honesty demands; first, transparency to own self; and second, accountability toward other selves. So, Farmer-Engineer-Doctor- teacher- administrator, anyone who serves people at large must have quality of being honest. This single trait has the power/strength to change the whole world and force to lead it toward the efficiency and proficiency. It will curb the malpractices and leakages. Hit the beneficiary at the right time with correct amount of help. Remove the fraudulence and illegal marketing. And this will not only leave the smile on the thousands of starving faces, but also filled the doer with satisfaction, contentment and gratification.

    At the end here, a very profound thought can be cite, that is, “an honest man is the noblest work of the god” as honesty never asks for favours nor it does want any returns. What it wants is, to convey the peace, happiness and prosperity. The god, who creates the creatures on earth, blessed the human being with mind and soul which helps him to grow as good virtuous man among other creatures. Thus one should reflect this nobility of his work in the profession and occupation one choose to serve himself and others. If each and every one bound him/her self with these peculiarities, earth will be the greatest piece of land to live, to enjoy, to cherish the humanity, parity and unity we have.

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.shakti ur intro may raise the controversy of beef and not beef..there are many examples from his life than this one…his admittance of stealing….having affairs with other women etc…
      2.very crispy essay…u chose one theme and built upon it…excellent
      no criticism except tthat if theme was honesty in contemporary times then many more and diverse examples can be added as length is small..but nice one
      please review mine

    • Hey Shakti 🙂

      This is ur best essay till date. Honestly, u have improved a lot on ur grammar so salute 🙂

      The flow was good + U touched upon dimensions too. However, I felt much more interpretations of the word “honesty” could be added.

      Nothing else to add from my side. https://nitishsinghi86.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy/ Please have a look when u have time. Thanks 🙂

      • Shaktimaan

        thankswaaa birather!!:):)
        haan interpretation or b wide ho sakti thi>>>sahi bol re aap:):)
        nw my rvw 2 ur esy:)
        first of al>>>>>boom shanker!!
        ultimate h bhai
        but
        examples me to aap mashallah h>> pr wo aaj kisi sequence me ni aa re the>> mtlb fox k baad veda:)
        jis se fir flow tut jaata or maza b kharab hota.
        end main con b ultim tha pr>> jo extra marital wala tha wo udta hua aaya aisa laga >> mtlb baki jo aapne wola wo aap upr unko explain kr juke the to unse connect hona thik lfg ra tha >>> bt marital wale se ni:)
        bakkiii yeh sachiiii brilliant cateory wala tha:):)
        p.s>>mera bin bole rvw kia>> lord shiva will bless u with sucess defintlyyyy
        sory late rvw k liye…………………..thank u bhai:):):)

    • Hi Shakti bhai, hope you receive this review of mine in the best of health and spirits. My views:
      1)It was a fine essay with good flow and very few grammatical error
      2)The only thing that can create problem in this essay is the different strands that you are including in single para e.g. in second n third para, you began with a sugestive tone i.e. how to imbibe values and then went on to explain the benefits of honesty in 1-2 lines. I guess explanation for benefit of honesty should be elaborated because that is the main crux of essay. You have good examples, just molding them a bit will do wonders
      Rest is fine, some more issues should have been explored to make it multi-dimensional 🙂

      • Shaktimaan

        thank u batieee!!!
        han abi medicin chal ri >>> doc bola tikh ho jayenge hm:):):)
        haan sare suggestions le liye mene >>> dhanyaaaadaaaaaaaaad batieeee!!:):):):) thank u:) GBU!!

        • sahi h bhai, ho jaega thk 🙂
          Take care 🙂

  • Rafia

    Honesty is the best policy, is a proverb given by benjamin franklin & Is the one of the most familiar proverb we hear from childhood. Though this proverb’s role seems to be fading away from the practical world this is one of the base which is holding the world still..
    honesty means being loyal, fair , sincere, trustworthy, truthful. Where as dishonesty attribute to cheating, lying, being unfair.
    honesty is a virtue possesed n nurtured by the great people it brings about a positive change in their character.
    when we see the character, it ia tr crown of life and honesty is the crown of character itself hence every great leader is honest.
    honesty brings mental peace, one need not remember what they lie, honest people live without guilt, and others trust the honest people. Honesty often brings a healthy relationship among each other. Even the doshonest people do not hesitate to trust the honest people. Hence honesty always brings good results.
    somtimes honesty also gives a negative outcome when someone is honest n the other exploits the honesty, with the changing times this kind of exploitation is often seen in many walks of life but this doesnot effect the fruits that honesty brings though sometimes it brings some discomfort for a period of time which is not permamnent.
    honesty makes the relationships strong, people rely on them and gives peace to the person
    whereas dishonest people loose relations, people may noy trust further n doubt them, it brings anxiety, their white lies bring their own ruin.
    hpnesty works as a backbone in many different situations. We can see this is everyday life situations.
    honesty often plays a very crucial role in relationships, business, workplace, politics, everyday life instances Etc.
    relationships: any relationship stands on mutual trust and honesty nurtures the realtionship bonds become stronger, it is not just the spouse relationship whch should be counted many rekationships like friends, business partners, collegues, classmates all such relationships are at best, when we are honest to each other.
    Business: honesty in.business whether is is between the partners or between the customer n business man it always reciprocates its growth n development. When it comes to business honesty brings long term trust n strong relationship. This can be clearly observed in some decades n centuries old busineses being run in india and abroad.

    work place: This includes both pvt n govt sector employees, work place is often a mixture of diffrent memtality people. Being honest to one’s duty is one the greatest virtue as a good employee. It brings trust and often they are promoted quickly in pvt sector jobs hence it works as a good tool for career development, they also develop the company well, when it comes to govt sector, public are of a opinion that these officers are often corrupt and dishonest, but the honest officers are always rewarded, whther it is pvt sector or govt sector, the trust they gain from the people often pays off in long term moreover the dishonest employees are always at risk of being caught of their misdeeds whereas honest ppl are peaceful and that brings grace to their life & Job.

    Politics / politicians : When it comes to polits and pokiticians the word honesty often looks off the track now a days. This is not actually true, the politicians are honest but only to a cluster. Hence we always find these clusters often supporting indefinitely to their leader. These politicians always remain honest to them either it may be a group or community or a geogrphical area which often helps them form.firm grip on their political career. But if we see the earlier political leaders we find almost everybody to he honest to the society and feel dutyful to bring about growth and development to the society. It is their hardwork and honesty which lead to our freedom.

    Evryday life: We often come across many examples where honesty is rearded as the best policy and we also somtimes encouter such situations in our own lives where we are honest and our honesty saves us. And also we encointer some people who are honest to us which helps them/us/ Both. These often lead us to think in a positive way and develop the habit the being honest most of the time. As the rrward of honesty can never be compensated.It brings happiness and peace to our lives.

    now a days one of the main reason for the breaking of relationships is being dishonest, cheating the partener, in life, or in business, for promotion, fame etc. This could very much breakdown the formation of a healthy, good society.
    in some cases being honest also lands them in trouble with the recent example of a couple where the wife honestly admitted her previous relationship lead to divorce, that is why honesty is often said best policy (not the priciple) Priciple are meant to be strictly followed whereas when it is of policy(best policy) One should always be honest but cautious (in relationships), and one should always be honest but unexploitable (business, workplace,etc).

    Honesty is the virtue which gives the sweetest fruits.hence we always try to be honest and expect the same from others. However some people may not choose the way of truth but in hard times it makes them realize the value of honesty. Honesty often leads to better relations whch bring out a better society to live in And such better societies make the world a better place.

    p.s :- Just written fr practise dnt review

  • Thor and Miolneer

    Words — 805
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    Disclaimer : I think I messed up this Essay But you may still like a part of it.

    Seven year old Mohan stole money from his father’s pocket to buy some cigarettes. He went to his friend and smoked it. He knew that it was wrong and would never have been permitted by his father. He started feeling guilty and his heart was in his mouth. The friend was encouraging for stealing more money and the peer pressure along with the guilt was unbearable for Mohan. He wanted to get rid of it but how to do it was the question. After a long thinking, he decided to tell the truth to his father. Since he didn’t know how to present himself to the father and was scared of what may follow, he decided to write a letter and placed it near his father after writing. His father read the letter and went to sleep without saying a word to Mohan. Mohan felt relieved and this incident chalked in stone the value of honesty in his heart.

    Mohan in the above story is none other than the great father of our nation-Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The incident of stealing money and then adopting the HONESTY as his POLICY to relive himself from the guilt of stealing and smoking made him to use the same policy in his conduct for the rest of his life. It helped him to mobilize not just him and his friends and family but a whole nation to oust the mighty British govt. from India and gain independence for millions of Indians.

    Honesty, emanating from truth is one of the basic values which serve as a base for other values like inter alia fidelity, integrity, transparency and accountability. A person can use it in both his personal and professional life where the degree of his HONESTY and its continuous use as the POLICY is what defines his character in the eyes of people. A person with HONESTY will remain HONEST towards his spouse, family and friends. It helps him in establishing his integrity by making it clear that when time comes, he will not be biased, impartial or non-honest in his actions and his conduct. The transparency and openness for scrutiny is only achieved when his actions and his conduct remains HONEST and it is followed by accountability which in most cases becomes easy to practice when the person uses HONESTY as a policy in his actions.

    HONESTY can be practiced at three levels viz Individual, Group and Govt.’s level.

    At the individual’s level, it can be practiced in both his personal as well as in his professional life. While at the personal level, honesty can be practiced by speaking truth, remaining loyal to his family and friends, remaining accountable for their well being, using resources in a way that they can be better utilized among his family and friends, honesty at the professional level can be practiced by the financial integrity, emphasis on transparency and accountability and by remaining committed to the values and conduct practised in one’s personal life.

    At the Group level, a person’s honesty in doing his bit is what defines the success of the group. Taking the example of our Freedom Struggle, we find that the entire nation became a mass group to fight the exploitative Britishers. People were contributing at their level by spinning Charkha, by celebrating festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and taking out processions, by offering their arrest, by protesting, by picketing etc. The leadership of Gandhiji was based on his conduct of honesty and the propagation of the same in the form of ‘Satyagraha’ (a combination of truth and Non Violence) has defined the success of the movement.

    At the Govt.’s level, the HONESTY practiced in the various stages of a POLICY is what determines the outcome of that policy and the growth and development of the nation. A policy is formulated after judging the need for it by analysing the data available through various surveys and studies. The policy should be based upon a proper survey which if doesn’t have the right information, defeats the very purpose of its existence. The formulation should be done by the experts and it should be open to suggestions from and scrutiny by the public. Following its formulation there should be an HONEST implementation where any dishonest means and methods would mean the defeat of purpose of tis very existence. Other than this, the HONEST conduct of the govt. is required for the Parliament to work, for letting the state governments to work, for the students to study among others.

    The practicing of HONESTY in the thoughts and actions is what is needed for the moving of life of a person on the right path, survivability of a group and the growth and development of a nation by the implementation of POLICIES in the HONEST manner. Any deficiency on this part is non warranted.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Buddy you wrote a very good essay..

      I enjoyed reading it …. First para is food then you connected it to 2nd para with gandhi ji which went very well…

      HONESTY can be practiced at three levels viz Individual, Group and Govt.’s level. ( USP , no one has written this aspect)

      You could have added few aspect like Being dishonest may seem to be good but in the end Truth always win..

      But overall a very good read..

      Review mine also

      • Thor and Miolneer

        I did that..and would like to Review it again.
        I will do that later.

        Thanks Harsh.
        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Neelotpal

      In case you feel you ‘messed up’ this, why don’t you write it afresh. Btw, at first glance, it doesn’t look as messed up as you think. But you gotta give your best performance……AtB for that.

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Thanks Neelotpal,

        I was going to write another essay on the same topic. Though I will keep the original here.

        your suggestion is highly welcome.
        I appreciate it.
        thanks 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please review my essay as well Neelotpal ji…thanks in advance

        • Neelotpal

          Aap mera jawaab jaanti hain……share the link.
          It will be my honour…..

          • Jaya Swatantra

            please add your comments too in the given link itself.. because it is going to stay for long… https://jayabhartiya.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy/comment-page-1/#comment-74

            • Neelotpal

              As you please, Madam.
              I will revert to you in a few days.
              All the very best…..

            • Neelotpal

              Jaya ji, a few things I could see in the write-up-

              1) I have come to admire your writing style. So, was expecting that you would start your intro, as you usually do, with a quote or story.
              2) You give examples galore. Most of the examples are good, but could be made better. When you mentioned sports, I was expecting that you would add some examples of SPORTSMAN SPIRIT too.
              3) Ira Singhal wale udaharan ki vyakhya ki ja sakti thi.
              4) I must confess that HONESTY IN FAMILY CONTEXT wala example brilliant tha. Probably only a lady can think along those lines! Jaise ki mata-pita ki kathni aur karni mein fark hona aur uska bachhon par prabhav.

              At last, I implore that You continue with your individual style. I have always found it a pleasure to read something written in your ‘old’ style (Rememeber Napoleon wala example that I shamelessly copied!).

              If time permits, please review my last essay. I share the link down-
              http://www.insightsonindia.com/2016/03/27/insights-weekly-essay-challenges-2016-week-13-criticizing-man-walk-mile-shoes/#comment-2602297984

              BOL, and thanks in advance…..

              • Jaya Swatantra

                Thanks a loads Neelotpal ji.. yes i lacked the explanation part of examples sought by me… i shall be improving it in my future write ups.. 🙂 by the way you did not copy that example because facts are copied but thoughts can never be, your write ups are really fabulous even i used to learn so many things…….. so thanks for giving me another chance of reading yours… 🙂 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Look at my essay as well 🙂 thanks 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Thor,
      Intro was too obvious that Mohan was Gandhi ji 🙂
      Good that you kept yourself restricted around Honesty! 🙂
      You yourself know you could have written a far better essay! 🙂
      Keep up dear! 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Thought obvious, I think Gandhiji was needed to mention after the story.
        Right?

        After last week’s Objectivity and Subjectivity– I think I could work on your review and kept it around HONESTY.

        Yups I know. 🙂

        Thanks Thinker.

        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      You wrote so well today .. not at all messed…. but a bit short… i really enjoyed reading it.. keep writing and All the best… Have a look at my essay as well.. 🙂

      • yogi

        can u pls review mine 🙂

        • Rashmirathi

          hi yogi, review plz. i’ll do yours raat tak 🙂

        • Jaya Swatantra

          aap na kehte tab bhi review karungi.. 🙂

    • minaxi

      Disclaimer : I think I messed up this Essay But you may still like a part of it.??? Why do you not give us the freedom to decide?
      Intro – very attentive.. however.. it do not represent the content of essay… So .. may want to improve it.
      Now body part.. too short.. individual.. group and govt? I though it’s only me, who write essay on levels way.
      more dimensions are missing and it is short.. However, how much you have written is good,,, But doubt about getting good numbers with limited content.
      If got time plz tolerate my essay too.

      • yogi

        plz review mine 🙂

        • minaxi

          Sure.. with free mind.. 🙂 If get time.. review my essay.

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Like you tolerated mine? 😛

        I agree with all the points.

        However I think that I tried making the Intro connect to the body.

        You have the freedom to decide..it was just what I thought.

        Keep up the good work minaxi.

        you are not alone who write essay on levels way 😛

        Thanks..now going to tolerate yours. 🙂

    • HappyIAS

      A very well stuctured essay with a different outlook. the introduction is very intersting and makes your essay intersting to read.
      Conclusion is good too.
      Keep writing such beautiful essays. 🙂

      Please review mine. I have written after a very long time today. Thanks in advance. 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Sorry for the delayed response HappyIAS.

        You have a wonderful name.

        Reviewing in some seconds from now 🙂

        • HappyIAS

          not a problem dude. Review at ur own convenience.. 🙂

    • yvr

      Hi,Thor. Very nice essay,especially the introduction is class apart.Also the importance of “honesty” at three levels is nicely portrayed.However the conclusion is too weak.A better conclusion would have made it a perfect essay.Please review mine buddy.Thank you.

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Yups, that needs to be improved.
        Vese copy me to aur bhi galat tha..mene type karte waqt thoda sa jodh diya tha.

        I am sure I will make you read a better essay the next week.
        Sure yavar, reviewing 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        you didn’t write an essay today.
        did you?

        your profile has privacy. and its not there on insights.

        • yvr

          i did write,but i am unable to upload.Every time i try to post some error is showing up.It says “wait till insights approve ur message”.I dont know whts the issue.Anyway thanks for taking effort to search.Its really nice of u.

          • Thor and Miolneer

            Koi nahi dost 🙂

        • yvr

          Finally succeeded in uploading 🙂 please review critically

    • Ram

      yes u have done it well
      dealt with various group levels
      giving first hundred words to a story may be controlled.
      however a big essay.
      nice and honest effort
      plz review mine

      • Thor and Miolneer

        thanks for the review Ram.

        giving first hundred words to a story may be controlled. — How? Please suggest.

        Sure 🙂

    • Akhil

      Hello Thor yar tumara essay hi nahi mil raha tha..
      Any way this time you rocked.
      Intro very apt..
      Very nice flow..Content wise good essay

      But, I think thoda aur likhna chaiye tha..
      Dimensions like dishonesty, limitations of honesty, honesty at corporate level, international level could have used.

      Overall good essay. Keep writing bro..
      Thank you. Good night

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Thanks Akhil.

        Yeah, I know I could have written more.
        Isliye disclaimer de diya tha.:P

        Thanks again brother.
        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello Bhai:)
      apart from disclaimer ,it is a good essay
      beginning was filled with suspense, i liked it,
      policy word has been given due respect along with honesty
      3 levels : nice structure that made it clear for reader what is going to be here
      conclusion: not impressive, u jumped too early to conclude the essay
      dimensions that u missed can be seen in insightsofficialreview to Night Thinkers essay
      improvement over last week, just work on conclusion
      thanks and kutgw 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Conclusion is a repeated feedback to me.

        I surely am working on it.
        Will do my best to make you find an improvement the next week. 🙂

        Thanks bhai.
        Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Hey friends, I have written a piece on Karma arguing why it is erroneous to view it as a law of cause and effect. Here is link => https://beyondgoodnevil.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/on-karma/

    Hope you enjoy. 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Please review my essay//…

  • Jaya Swatantra

    HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
    Essence of life lies in being honest.Honesty towards oneself, towards ones work, towards ones relationships adds dimensions to a holistic life.Honesty is directly proportional to the success in life.Here policy refers to the norm which becomes the indispensable part of the life.Honesty naturally comes to habit if followed conscientiously.

    ” Honesty” begins with self.Being honest to self meant holding pious and pure thoughts.As it is the potential of thoughts only which frames ones overall personality.Rising above the negative thoughts of anger,greed ,jealousy grants wings of freedom and assists one in realizing and experiencing the true beauty.True beauty residing in self, its true potential and efficacy.Beauty of every thing around us.

    The beauty of nature,its varied creatures is surely a bliss which may be experienced by being honest , not being overpowered by restless thoughts which deviates oneself from remaining focused,agile,vibrant and vigilant.

    Honesty towards ones work is indeed a hall mark of super success.Putting our best in anything we do is honesty. Honesty while playing,while studying,while doing daily chores becomes essential for getting a sense of accomplishment.And again it is the focus,attention and a feel of responsibility which brings contentment.Some one has rightly quoted that work while you work ,play while you play,that is the way to be happy and gay.

    In any game.on the play ground, the feeling of winning gets emboldened by remaining honest. One should be honest in realizing his shortcomings and play smartly.Rather it is the honesty of whole team which matters in the long run. Only one Virat kohli is not sufficient for winning but it is the team effort and cool captaincy of Mr. Dhoni which helped India win.Honest efforts always pay.

    Abhinav Bindra olympic gold medalist despite adding so many laurels to his name knows the importance of honesty.It is the honesty which helps one to work more not getting complacent for the previous achievements.

    How one may remain honest while studying?.Internalizing,summarizing,analyzing and putting ones view point is the key.Success in any competitive examination is the result of honesty and dedication.

    Honesty has indeed a great potential.Last year UPSC topper Ira Singhal proved her mettle that no disability may block the path of success if one is truly honest ,determined and committed to the goal.

    Honesty while remaining in any profession be it teacher,doctor,engineer,politician,administrator is the need of the hour.The prevalent corruption is really sucking the spirit of very institutions.

    Doctors prescribing costly medicines,administrators taking huge bribes working to gain political favor,corrupt politicians accepting money for asking questions in the Parliament and prominent businessman eloping to foreign countries without setting huge debt taken from the bank is really very pathetic.It dwindles the faith of common man in the very institutions.

    This behavior corrodes divine features of transparency and accountability.This dishonest behavior generates a feeling of sheer discontentment and may aggravate the problems severely.

    See the dilapidated infrastructure of government institutions.Its disgusting indeed but individuals taking government jobs have every luxury at their end maintaining a very nice house etc. Where are all the funds missing?. why is government functioning is so impoverished and delayed?.

    The answer lies in being dishonest and mismanagement of fund allocated.This very issue needed to be dealt seriously.

    ” An honest person howsoever poor he may be, is equal to a level of an emperor in the human society”

    Compare the respect and dignity one gets in the human society by remaining honest and truthful.Honesty do pay in the long run. One might go short of funds at times but space in the heart of others and a sense of respect towards him by others would definitely compensate that .

    One rickshaw puller once returned the purse to a foreigner in Varanasi which fell while he was alighting from rickshaw is a wonderful gesture of honesty. Although he was poor but knew the importance of honesty.This left a remarkable effect on the foreigner, raised the image of India as a whole.Whenever he comes to India he meets with that rickshaw puller and brings gift for him.

    A successful person is honest in his each role whether son,father,husband etc.He equally cares for every relationship and maintains a fine balance.An honest person never counts and compares the advantage of relationships.

    Its disgusting to see the sons sending parents to age old homes or being violent towards spouse at times by a slight provocation by the parents reflecting dubious and dishonest behavior.

    Honesty in relationships is all about providing space to each relationship remaining calm and happy while cherishing the very ideals of a successful relationship.

    But there are situations too where acts of honesty do harm.If one sees a hungry poor boy stealing a piece of bread, one must not report it to the owner.Because if reported small poor boy would have to face the wrath of his innocent theft.Instead one must go and try to redress the problems of that boy. Hunger kills the ability to think.Why do not we pursue for a society where no one is hungry,without clothes and without house?

    This is possible where every one is empowered to tackle with ones miseries in the long run.But honesty is the small answer to a very big problem.We may bring smile on every face by remaining honest at our position without promoting dishonest acts.Success,happiness and honesty runs parallel.Success becomes feasible in the task we undertake,relations we cherish and motives we aspire only if we remain stuck to the very policy of honesty .It may be a difficult a bit but respect we get in exchange is tremendous.If we want India to be recognized as a super power in the near future we must abide by the path of honesty.If we remain committed to the goals ,whole world would like to accompany us in this journey of eternal success.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      PLEASE REVIEW FRIENDS!!

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Very well written Jaya as always ..

      Abhinav Bindra olympic gold medalist despite adding so many laurels to his name knows the importance of honesty. ( Should be eloborated more …jst one sentence looked out of place.)

      Example of doc & Ira singhal is good.and well supported.

      But there are situations too where acts of honesty do harm.If one sees a hungry poor boy stealing a piece of bread, one must not report it to the owner ( this is out of the sync Mam … You could have rephrased it in better way.)

      Good conclusion..

      Overall a very good read..

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Harsh ,your points duly noted.. but please feel free to say Jaya… only… 🙂

      • Ambarish

        Hi Harsh,

        Could you please review mine too? 🙂

    • ajay

      very nicely written ,excellent presentation and nice issues have been touched upon by u some of the egs are are brilliant in context of the essay and also in general.thumbs up.

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Ajay… for the kind words.. but still a long way to go.. 🙂

        • ajay

          Pls review mine

          • Jaya Swatantra

            would really love to review…:)

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Jaya,
      Your start was good 🙂
      Philosophy part was well maintained through out 🙂
      But the shift from one para to other looked abrupt.
      Examples were many! You could have used less examples an elaborated them well to show the relation with honesty 🙂
      Keep writing dear! 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        points duly noted.. thanks for reviewing.. 🙂

    • Good one 🙂
      few observations-
      1)Try to find a perfect balance between long paras and short one
      2)Though you have added many dimensions but it has hindered flow at few places. Example of Abhinav Bindra went unexplained
      3)Philosophy part and conclusion were quite good
      4)Second para-the last two statements looks bit isolated. Refine them
      Overall, it was a nice read. You are improving 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a loads for reviewing… 🙂

    • minaxi

      Beautiful essay Jaya… It is a philosophical topic and you did justice with philosophical part.. yet linkages between different paragraphs can be improved. And why Mr. Bindra and honesty in same sentence without explanation?

    • Ram

      dont mind
      tried to include too much stuff
      honesty can be explicated both in narrow and broad manner
      divine concept of transparency and accountability a mere exaggeration
      however, conclusion was impressive
      also over all a nice effort.
      plz review mine.

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a loads for reviewing…. 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      jaya i tried to reach ur blog but could not ..i love to review on blogs but nobody gives me opportunity :p…thank you for giving a good read…
      1.rather than covering all things under sun select few and beautify them
      2.promote the honesty in relationship before criticizing honesty(talking about mismanagement wala part)
      3.flow was coming and going…(rickshaw puller followed by honesty in relationships)but better than those last essays which i read
      4. ur opposite view of honesty presents a sort of dilemma…but arent u teaching the poor guy to steal and eat….what if he starts thinking that no problem i can steal as jaya mam will not tell to shopkeeper…obviously not a good argument against not being honest…from the very first day teach him what u want than afterwards….
      5.conclusion mein India kaha se aa gaya…make it better to convey the idea..can stop at tremendous itself
      overall a better essay

      • bhaiya mra blog h . mri profile open karo, link bhi mil jaega 😛

        • Vivaan Khanna

          ek tu hi to hai mera saccha dost jo mere dard samajhta hai….remind me next sunday if i forget..i will review on blog only next sunday…insights pe ab tumhare essays nahi review karunga

      • Rashmirathi

        hey ,long time , hows preparation going ? review please if you can find time, have you written ?
        blog bhi hai if you like that better 😀 : https://soulsurfer13.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy/

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for your value feedback Vivaan… would work on above points… 🙂

        • Vivaan Khanna

          haha..very obedient na ;p

    • Thor and Miolneer

      An upvote. Why? You deserved it.

      Well Written Jaya.

      However I do find that the essay is full of too many examples.
      the paragraphs are too many..you can elaborate some of the examples to make them a little big. (emphasis should be on A LITTLE)

      Connecting the paras should be worked upon.

      That’s it.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Thor.. points duly noted would improve… 🙂

    • Raunak Vashisht

      The best so far Jaya. Loved it (Y)
      Pls review mine if time permits. Thanks 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Raunak… would love to review yours… 🙂

    • Affu

      Good one jaya,u brought out social dimensions of this aspect very well,philosphical touch has been subtle but diversify ur perspectives like honesty starts with self ,u started well,then move on to levels like relationship between two people in a family,other institutions like school,in administration,in politics and in economy.u can quote how dishonest policies ruin countries,in economy u can cite examples of sovereign debt crisis of greece, recent crisis in brazil where there were alleagtions of inflated accounts in india u can quote scams like satyam case and others like volkswagen to add environemental dimensions
      conclusion was good but can be better,all the best keep writing,even if u dont like me points ignore as these are written by a girl who feels she has worked alot throughout weekdays and on sundays just criticizes others essays

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks a lot Affu… your suggestions are really valuable… big thanks for this… and i want this girl to critically review my essay in future too… 🙂

    • Reviewed yours on ur blog 🙂

    • It was an excellent read Jaya 🙂 Examples are apt. Intro and conclusion is good. Just 2 minor points though :-
      1. Honesty is directly proportional to the success in life.
      =>I think it should be worded as “Success is directly proportional to the honesty in life.” In this way we set honesty as the measuring standard for success and not the other way round.
      2. Some one has rightly quoted that work while you work ,play while you play,that is the way to be happy and gay.

      =>Use said instead of quoted

      Ofcourse, these are small issues and it does not impact the beauty of your essay. Keep it up. Thanks 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for your valuable feedback… 🙂 would work on the points… please share me link where you wrote the essay… 🙂

        • Hey, I did not write the essay. 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello Jaya 🙂

      my views :

      Intro: directly jumping to the essence of life is being honest, did not bode well to me as the reader, I would love to see for something unique, in intro and conclusion, that uniqueness is missing

      Virat kohli is not sufficient for winning but it is the team effort and cool captaincy of Mr. Dhoni which helped India win.—the essence of honesty is not explicitly visible here,

      Last year UPSC topper Ira Singhal , Bindra, Kohli etc are example is silos, u can fit them under the major heading like sports, education etc. The structure that u have followed in breaking the flow,

      Flow is not good,

      I did not understand the one line paras, as fillers, u could have clubbed the small one line paras as they are not giving any new dimension to the essay,

      If we want India to be recognized as a super power in the near future we must abide by the path of honesty.—gives a narrow view to the essence of honesty , speak at global level, that the whole world would become a lovely place to live in, something like that 🙂

      I would say a fair attempt, not that of Jaya’ s level

      Thanks, keep writing

      Om Shanti 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks for such a detailed review.. would surely try to live up your expectations from next time… 🙂 ……… Om Shanti.. 🙂

  • vengeancee

    When you hear statements like the above, thought come running into the mind of school memories, where note books had this quotation on top of every chapter, and diaries mentioning importance of Honesty to be nurtured in child’s memory. After passage of several summers in life of an individual, this statement gets much more evident & realistic; life acknowledges the vitality of being honest & opens the plethora of successes & opportunities.

    Stories in textbook have been highlighting Honesty in a vivid form where story of a woodcutter is starkly remembered the most, the story revolves around him as he loses his axe in the river, after intense efforts he was unable to find it, then emerges a God from Water who asks whether axe made of Gold present in water belongs to him, woodcutter refuses to lie & prefers honestly telling God that he had a simple axe, the almighty gets fairly impressed as instead gives him the Gold axe instead. This is just one of the chapters children are taught but subsequently lessons are forgotten away, and the weapon of honestly is most unused by persons.

    One can lie to the entire world, but not to his own conscience, and if one can’t convince himself, it won’t be long when others will also not be convinced. This basic law of human nature holds its importance since history & will continue to hold relevance till eternity. Following of honest principles in life are workable & most suitable for every walk of life, and at every stage of life.

    One name which depicts the face of Honesty is Gandhiji, such was his personality & stature that he followed what is Right, and never lied to himself, he followed the path of truth, and called the purpose of life to know truth. This truth can be achieved through Satyagraha which means adopting truth. Then began his historic journey which had many ups & down, but this one thing stayed intact. Gandhiji saw different movements occurring in-front of him from Home Rule to Pro-Changers to Socialists to Communalist movements. But his path & means to achieve the path remained plain & simple exhibited by truth & honesty.

    “Honesty is the highest form of intimacy”, this statement is highly relevant as trust laid with honesty forms the foundation of any relationship. This relationship can be love, affection, commitment, consistency or any other thing. Once the foundation is strong, sub-structure, and super-structure stay strong, but if foundation goes weak, array of trouble will commence.

    “Tell a lie once, and all your truth will become questionable”, importance of being honest replicates & shows its positive impacts in every possible style, but once this confidence which person accumulates through years of truth gets shaken, all previous truths get stained with doubts. It takes years to build a reputation, but moments to destroy it.

    Gandhiji was a pioneer in emphasizing on importance of truth, but its scope lies beyond our imagination. Honestly lays its ground in not just being hones to self, but also being to every other thing committed. Some are committed & brutally honest to their work, those personalities are remembered with utmost respect for their contributions to mankind. History has seen various examples like Former President APJ Abdul Kalam whose dedication & devotion coupled with honesty to his job earned him accolades, and his name will be taken till India is remembered. His not only got the highest civilian honor, but came to be associated as face of Modern India, and rose to height of his Wings of Fire. Dr. Homi Bhabha, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai are some other names which can be aptly added to the list who have made their names immortal.

    Ethics, Integrity are deeply linked to honesty, one can’t expect to become a great administrator or a leader or even become successful without following path of truth. No job can be termed great if it doesn’t satisfy the inner self of the person. And self-satisfaction is an impossible dream whose existence can’t gain ground without being true to oneself. Struggle of life demands several factors to play their part, among them uprightness is needed the most to stay consistent, goals are not difficult till one is steady, and steadiness demands morality.

    When Columbus discovered America, or when Vasco De Gama reached India crossing Cape of Good Hope, they had one thing extra in comparison to all the others previously, and this was being truth to their objective, and working relentlessly towards it. This separated their work & consequently achievements.

    Different jobs exist in present society beginning from sweeping to serving the nation. All the jobs are equally important in building the nation, but carry different aptitude & level of hard-work which is suitably differently for everyone, among all these aspects of life if there is one common thing which proves worth to the job is doing it scrupulously.

    More than anything, the prime objective of one’s life is transforming oneself to become better human being, this is an arduous journey requiring living with truth every moment of life, and gradually reason of being human gets justified.

    • Ram

      nice one
      gud collection of examples
      columbus and vasco could have been dealt at length.
      a different one
      plz review mine

    • Night thinker !!

      Hey dear,
      Really naaaaaice I must say!
      Each Sunday you’re improving brilliantly 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Start was lovely 🙂 🙂
      Only misfit was Columbus wala example 🙂
      Nice read!
      Review mine as well 🙂

      • vengeancee

        Ty bro, ur points are duty noted. Will review urs.

  • Prash
  • ATUL

    Sir ji ….. Quiz plz plz plz…………

  • Night thinker !!

    KINDLY REVIEW! 🙂 🙂

    Which is that one thing that looks good on everybody? No matter which religion you belong to, from which place you come, how old you are, it suits you perfectly? Which is that one thing that lets you sleep peacefully with no regrets no grudges at heart? Of course, that one most important thing is HONESTY. It is one quality which everyone admires, which everyone wants to see in others.

    Staying truthful to self and others, not cheating self and others is what is called being honest. As rightly said by Benjamin Franklin, honesty is the best policy! And this proverb holds much relevance even today and shall continue to hold relevance forever.

    When Simran was a kid, she had gone to a near by shop to buy some chocolates. There, she met, Mr. Verma, her neighbour and greeted him. He took his stuff, bid bye to Simran and left the shop. What Simran found that by mistake, Mr. Verma had dropped a thousand rupees note there. She picked it up immediately and ran after her uncle to give the money. Mr. Verma thanked her and said, “You’re an honest girl. Stay the same forever, god bless you child.”

    When Simran returned home, she narrated the incident to her mother and asked what ‘honest’ meant? Her mother said that being honest is being true, being honest is not to cheat anyone no matter what the situation is, being honest brings you praises because people love honesty and honest people.

    Such incidents might have happened with most of us, where we might have exhibited honesty or seen others showing honest behaviour. A person does not have to be young or old, rich or poor to be honest. It does not take much to speak what is right, not practice what is wrong, favour the good, try and bring change in what is bad. All it needs is a clean heart and a good mind to bring honesty in our lives.

    The first place where a person learns about being honest is his home, where family teaches what is honesty and how to be honest. For instance, a mother tells her child, that when he goes to school, he should never touch someone’s school bag and take something out from someone’s pencil box. This because, it is a bad practice to steal someone’s belongings. But even a small child does so, mother asks the child to return back the things which he took because stealing is a bad practice and when he will come to know he will for sure break friendship with the child and never talk with him again. So the child, returns back the things to his friend, says sorry and promises never to repeat such a thing again. His friend forgives him without getting angry with him. This is the beauty of being honest.

    Honesty strengthens relationships. Our dear ones love the truth we carry with us. Relations never demand us to be fake, and honesty brings out the real us.

    An honest person is always trustworthy. People show immense faith in someone who is honest, because they believe that no matter what happens the honest person would not let anything wrong happen to them. Who else, other than the father of our nation, can fit in here? He is regarded as the MAHATMA for right reasons, he is known as the father of our nation for right reasons.

    His whole life was a learning experience for him and for all of us too. The mistakes he committed in the initial stage of his life, of stealing and practicing wrong habits does not define who Mohandas Gandhi was. But, the lessons he learnt from accepting his mistakes, bringing in the policy of honesty in his life, define Gandhi. Masses followed him blindly, adopted his policies of non violence and truthfulness, this because he was successful to gain their trust. People believed him and shall continue to have faith in the ideology of Gandhi because people believed in his honesty.

    Honesty brings courage. An honest man is never afraid of anyone. A person might take the support of a lie to earn short term gains but the same lies may cost him long term consequences. Because when the truth would come out, a liar would be left with no one trusting him, and showing faith in him. Honesty makes a person fearless, his head is held high and he enjoys a state of mental calm. Honesty strengthens a person’s character and gives confidence to him.

    An honest person, has complete faith in his hard work. He considers hard work as a tool which can mend all possible defects existing in his life and in the society. When I use honest and hard work together, the example of ARMSTRONG PAME comes to my mind, who is fondly known as the miracle man of Manipur. He single handily constructed a 100 km road in a remote village of Manipur without Government’s help. All it needs is a heart full of honesty dedication and hard work to earn respect and love from people and work for the society’s betterment.

    For an honest person, mental peace won’t come after seeing his bank balance or the wealth he could accumulate. Instead, for him, satisfaction is when he does not hurt someone with his actions, with the words he speaks or the work he does. An honest person believes in leading a life where he does not cheat anyone, where he could bring small changes in someone’s behaviour and character. He might not lead a lavish life, like someone who chooses the path of lies, cheating, and dishonesty but certainly he would lead a happy life.

    But, if I ask you to take a moment and think for yourself how honest you are? How happy is your life? And has the happiness come through all honest means? If the answers to the above questions come in positive, then you are on the right path, doing right with the life you have got. At the early stages, practicing an honest behaviour might be difficult. This because, when we look around we find people adopting unfair and unethical practices to succeed. But for how long will that success stay with dishonest people? One should remember that success and happiness achieved through dishonest practices might appear attractive initially but these come with no guarantee too.

    Inner satisfaction which is gained through honesty is something that stays forever. In this twenty first century, competition is high, life has become a race, we are competing with everyone. But success achieved through fair means, healthy competition and honest practices is what gives morality and integrity to our character. When we look around, we find many people running after money, because they think money solely can make them powerful and help them live a comfortable life. For this, they indulge themselves in corruption and increase their wealth manifolds. But what they fail to realize is that a handsome bank balance won’t make others respect them. They won’t earn love and affection from others. They might get successful in life but shall fail drastically as humans.

    Honesty is that humane quality which is appreciated by others. Everyone expects others to be honest and truthful. But one should understand that before expecting honesty from others, one should himself be having that quality. When we are honest in our relations, we develop a pleasant environment in our family and the bond with our near ones keep going stronger and stronger. Somebody has rightly said that a day spent with honesty can only bring a peaceful sleep at night. Not just in our families, but honesty holds importance in a student’s life.

    A student might not succeed at once, he might face impediments on his way, but when he does not give up, continue having confidence in his hard work , keep working honestly without cheating himself and his dear ones, success one day would surely find him!

    Honesty for sure, is that one thing that looks good on everybody! It attracts appreciation affection and respect. An honest person sets an example for others. People want to follow the footsteps of honest people and be like them. Honesty radiates optimism. An honest person never gives up on humanity and kindness. He always looks at the brighter side of a person or a situation or the world. An honest person thinks that the world is full of people like him, who would not compromise with their morals and character and such people only would bring big changes in the society and mend whatever defects that exist. Thus, honesty is something that can surely make this world a better place to live.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Very well wrtten …
      I was waiting for your essay

      Simran story is good , and good thing is insread if starting with story you explained the honesty and connected the story well.

      You have explained well varoius attributes of honesty.

      Just one addition — you could have included how dishonests are having all plesures in current time and all that.

      Rest is very good.

      Plz review mine also

      • Night thinker !!

        Glad you were waiting 😛
        Simran wala part has happened with me when i was very small 😛 I thought of writing it down! LOL 🙂 🙂
        Glad you liked 🙂

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Ha ha ha .. You have got so many Good experiences in Life …

          • Night thinker !!

            Life is a learning experience friend 😛

            • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

              Thats why i am preparing for UPSC, Agar kuch nhi hua to tajurba hoga. 🙂

              • Mahi

                Han ye shi bola bhai ….

    • ajay

      nicely written a very good read

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Ajay, 🙂 appreciation is beautiful 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Good flow ,content and a worthy presentation…but relation part needed to be a bit more elaborated.. keep writing… ATB!!

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Jaya ji 🙂
        I’ll work on it 🙂
        I’ll be reviewing yours now 🙂

      • Mahi

        Plz review mine jaya

    • minaxi

      Hello Thinker… a good start and great flow.. But i missed the substantial part and clear views in this essays, which is a deviation from your earlier essays.. you have represented the various aspect of honesty but diversity and dimensions are missing.
      Thanks,,, And if got time review mine.

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks dear Minaxi 🙂 shall work upon your suggestions 🙂

        • khatri

          i must say very nice essay due to

          1 VERY CLEAR AND BASIC LANGUAGE USED, SO THAT EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND IT WELL
          2 EVERY HONEST PERSON WILL RELATE HIS LIFE WITH THE CONTENT YOU HAVE USED LIKE SELF SATISFACTION AND COURAGE , AND WILL TRY TO IMPROVE UPON IT
          but as everyone else has pointed out critical evaluation is necessary, so in future try to include points where honesty leads to trouble or struggle in an individuals life.
          I NEED YOUR HELP IN HOW TO WRITE ESSAY AS TIlL NOW I HAVE NOT WRITTEN A FULL ESSAY ..DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS AS I AM WORKING AND JUST MANAGE TO FINISH INSIGHT TEST SERIES SYLLABUS ONLY, AND WHEN TRYING TO WRITE DOWN THEN COULD WRITE ONLY ABOUT 2 TO 3 PAGES I.E 200-300 WORDS AND NOT MORE.

          ALMOST 60-70 PERCENT OF YOUR CONTENT I WANT TO INCULCATE IN MY ESSAY, AS EVERYTHING IS IN MIND, BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS IT ON PAPER.
          SO PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN………. IF YOU DONT HAVE TIME FOR IT THAT’S OK TOO……….
          thanx and best of luck for your preparations

          • Night thinker !!

            Hey Khatri,
            Glad you liked my essay. Thanks for your kind words and appreciation. 🙂
            To write an essay is not rocket science actually. You only have to have the proper flow of words, and clarity of thoughts.
            The topics which insights post here shouldn’t take 20 minutes of visualizing your essay, having the proper structure in your mind, proper examples and a good conclusion that would straight away leave a great impression on the examiner 🙂 🙂

            I started writing essays four weeks back, here on insights only, so the suggestions that have helped me improve, I shall tell you too. 🙂

            Don’t start your essay straight away with a story or an example. You can start with some questions.
            Paragraphs should be small and cute 😛
            Don’t use heavy words for which the examiner has to refer a dictionary 😛
            Cover up multiple dimensions in your essay, like for this one.. Honesty is the best policy..

            Apart from showing how important is honesty, cover why dishonesty is on a rise? What are the impediments on the way of honesty? What are the challenges an honest man has to go through in the era of corruption? Cover honesty in various fields politics society sports education marketing etc.

            But your explanation shouldn’t look long and lengthy. 🙂

            Donot use more than three examples in your essay..
            If it is a philosophical one, try and elaborate the idea.
            If you use a quote, the next paragraph should first substantive the quote. 🙂 🙂

            I hope this will help you. 🙂
            Thanks.

            • khatri

              hey thanx for giving the blue print of essay writing in such a lucid manner
              I HAVE READ MANY POSTS ABOUT ESSAY WRITING AND ALSO ATTENDED FEW COACHING WORKSHOPS ABOUT IT, but there is no match to practical wisdom given in your answer.
              now, will try to improve on it and would write my first essay this week with a genuine request to you to kindly review it.
              also thanx to insight for making this wonderful platform, as it is only because of this site that working guys like me and aspirants from remote areas can now fullfill their dreams. and true thanks for this selfless service of insight would be our disciplined and foccussed study to reach our goals of serving the needy people.
              so good bye with a promise to meet u at lbsnaa soon…………

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.very apt intro…but questions raised cant be said all valid…thing which looks good on everybody?suit u perfectly?…grudges wala que was good..changing que by relating with topic may help u better i guess and make ur intro stormy one
      2.yarr relevant even today ka funda mujhe samajh nahi aaya….honesty is the virtue which has got no dimension of time…such things should not be measured on timely aspect as per me
      3.when u started with philosophical intro..could carry on with it without forcing simran in mid and bringing dis connectivity
      4.try to arouse the interest of readers by connecting the ideas and use of some more examples at appropriate places…
      5.From intro to conclusion it was philosophical…good on that part..but the line between conclusion and body was very blurr….conclusion should be visible in itself
      good efforts girl…….please review mine too

      • Night thinker !!

        Aila Sachin 😛
        Thanks for the detailed review! Shall work upon the suggestions 🙂

      • Mrinal Mukherjee

        bhai kaha ho ! tere aur @pandeyji ke answers ni dikhte ! Prleims ki taiyaari shuru kar diye ho kya ?
        Dekh , time mile to review kar dijo 🙂

        • Vivaan Khanna

          ha yarr thoda chut gaya hai to vahi cover kar raha hu…answers likhta hu par post nahi kar pata due to paucity of time

    • HappyIAS

      brilliant essay! one of the best that I have read. Intro is powerful. very different.
      Conclusion is spot on. Flow is good.
      Keep enriching us, friend.
      Please review mine too. thanks 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Means a lot! Thank you so much. Of course will read yours.

    • Hi MSD, my views:
      1)Definition of honesty has been repeated
      2)Multiple dimensions have been explored
      3)I feel flow can be improved. At times, the core of your essay was difficult to comprehend. I mean in which way the essay is progressing ahead (you may ignore it 🙂 )
      4)Conclusion-some new dimensions like optimism, seeing the bright side have been added. Prima facie, they look quite sweeping arguments and secondly, they haven’t been mentioned in the body explicitly
      There is much less for me to point out. It was a good read. Please have a review at mine as well 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Batman for the detailed review 🙂 of course I’ll read yours.

      • Iconoclast

        Hi Batman, Pls review my essay

      • Ajay Kumar

        Hey Batman I am noticing U that yours answer are always well written but I think u didnt qualify for interview this time(sorry for hurting ….but plzz take me positively) …Can I know what were yours mistakes that must be avoided by freshers?

        • haha. you didn’t hurt me but made me laugh 😀
          I had not even applied for CSE 2015. I had given my first prelims in 2014 but couldn’t qualify because was busy with my college project and other stuff.
          Apart from interview, I can give you certain tips-
          – write answers regularly (try writing on paper)
          – revise (most important thing, you can skip writing for few days but never the revision, I have noticed that if you sincerely write answers for few months, you will that issues are getting repeated. So revising will help you more than anything else :))
          Hope this helps, All the best Ajay 🙂

          • Ajay Kumar

            thank u sir …keep improving…best of luck

          • Ajay Kumar

            Sir essay writing ke bare me bhi btayiye…how to start practicing

            • No need to address me as ‘Sir’ 🙂
              If you are beginner, take some time. You may use internet for some ideas. Then use some GS knowledge of yours. Try to bring out a good analysis through language. Ensure flow and connectivity between paragraphs. For a philosophical topic, try giving some philo touch if you can.
              So, just start practicing and read essays written by others to see how they arrange the content and flow. You can read essay of Why SO Serious? and Isha for some good insights on essay 🙂
              I hope this will do, rest you will learn slowly 🙂

              • Ajay Kumar

                thank u bhai

    • Deep

      Hello, good content. Good flow. Not sure of Words limit.
      Review mine.

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Deep 🙂
        Of course I will 🙂

    • yvr

      Hi buddy,please review my essay. Inturn i ll review urs

      • Night thinker !!

        Sure 🙂 review mine 🙂

    • yvr

      Really great essay.Nice introduction and brilliant conclusion.Very nice flow and good vocabulary.U have touched almost all aspects of “Honesty”.However i didnt like the story of simran.It could have been better. Atlast,the conclusion is the best part of ur essay,really nice one.

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks yvr! 🙂

    • Ram

      nice creativity simran’s story 🙂
      apart from individual aspect social aspect may also be explicated
      however a flawless writing
      better than last one
      review mine

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Ram! 🙂

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Good to hear that Simran(AKA Night thinker) is an honest girl .Keep it up ..We need bureaucrats like you :p

      –However , coming to the essay , i felt it was too long ! I couldnt even think of more than 800 words in my essays.You have breached the word limit by 200 words !
      –In the mother child paragraph , the idea of stealing has been repeated twice ..You could have cut it short !
      –” But, if I ask you to take a moment and think for yourself how honest you are? How happy is your life? And has the happiness come through all honest means? ” This made the reading very interactive !! I actually paused a moment to answer these questions :p Great Work !!
      –The flow got complicated at times .Content was nice 🙂

      Pls review mine as well 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Mrinal 🙂
        Glad you liked it 🙂
        I wrote over 1450 words *facepalm* this is a blunder I know!
        You are the only one who pointed out that take a point and think for yourself wala point 🙂 my only idea was to make the essay exciting 🙂 glad you liked! Thanks 🙂 I’ll be reviewing yours 🙂

      • Isha

        Hey Mrinal, have a look at mine please. Be critical.
        Thanks.

    • Namrata

      hey night thinker .. wonderful essay rich in content .. and starting was engrossing ..good conclusion too .. nice anecdote used ..
      few points from my side:
      1. gandhi waala point : dont think there is need to split that in 2 paras.
      2. subsequent para where u mention “not afraid of anyone” ..i feel some explanation could be given here ..seems a little incomplete
      3. “For an honest person, mental peace won’t come after seeing his bank balance or the wealth he could accumulate.” ..slightly controversial coz it may so be that he toiled in for hours putting his most honest efforts to get that money in his bank ..so kindly alter that one 🙂
      4. money point comes again making it quite repetitive. (break in flow)
      Overall a great piece of writing 🙂 Keep writing and reviewing 😀

      • Iconoclast

        Hi Namrta, pls review my essay

      • Night thinker !!

        Dear Namrata 🙂
        I broke that paragraph into two parts, because it was too long 🙂 glad you liked it 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      With 1454 words, it’s a bit long.

      Introduction is nice. Conclusion is nice.

      I see many people (including me) opening their essay with stories.

      Your introduction is a little different.

      When Simran returned home—Can be changed to after returning home.

      Why did I say so? Because the earlier paragraph was similar to it.

      Family and school are two places where honesty is taught first.

      Why I included School?

      Because It might happen that the child doesn’t tell her mother about what he did.

      I stole my friend’s pen but never informed my mother. My friend knows it today.

      For an honest person, mental peace won’t come after seeing his bank balance or the wealth he could accumulate. – I differ on this.

      Why? Because I am an honest person and I like it when my account gets credited with more and more money.

      Rest I feel is all good.

      Keep up the good work 

      • Night thinker !!

        Dear Thor 🙂
        You counted the words,SERIOUSLY THANK YOU! 😛 😛
        Jesus Christ I wrote over 1450 words! This is a blunder I know :'(
        I’ll improve and write a better one next time 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          I copied the essay and pasted it into MS Word.
          Itne count karta to neend lag jati.

          Since the content was good..I can’t agree on you calling it a blunder.

          Sure..ATB. 🙂

      • Akhil

        Bhaijan hamara bhi review kar dena. Aapka mai karta hu..

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Kar do Akhil Bhai..
          Me aapka kar raha hu.

    • pink

      your essay is good as you connected many dots or i can say many aspects.but i feel if you add current affair knowledge then it will become awesome.good luck

      • Night thinker !!

        Sure Pink 🙂
        Thank you so much!

    • Rashmirathi

      you have written it very nicely. good flow, crisp language, apt examples. only one pointer from my side, i think the simran story could have been a better start for the essay.
      keep writing 🙂

      please review mine if you have time

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Rashmi 🙂
        Thanks a bunch! 🙂 glad you liked it 🙂 I’ll surely review yours! 🙂

    • Mahi

      The way u introduce is good … Content is also good …and you know Armstrong pame nice…overall goof job and …. And plz look mine and this time plz look

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Mahi! 😀

        • Mahi

          Plz review mine

    • Raunak Vashisht

      Good attempt Thinker
      KWAR !

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Raunak ! 🙂

    • ragini sharma

      a beautiful essay,,,,,

      start karne ke baad pata hi nahi chala kab samapt ho gaya

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Honestly speaking, this essay touched my heart as I saw myself in it when you evoked all such childhood teachings given to Simran aka you 🙂 .
      Bravery, inner satisfaction and related examples were beautiful and refreshing.
      Whatever you spoke is reality and philosophy wise , this is an A grade essay.
      I would like to follow the things suggested in your essay and feel fearless and happy. I realised one aspect where my answer lacked and could have been better.
      Criticism part :
      You could have added other perspective and examples too. You could have added sociology, international relationship and some other innovative fields :). This would have added dimensions to your essay.
      Overall, an excellent one, Simran 🙂 .
      Keep writing and reviewing

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Virat bhai 🙂
        Glad you liked it 🙂
        If any portion touched you or could teach you something or could bring a change in you, my objective of writing this piece is done 🙂
        I’ll write a better one next time 🙂

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Jaa jee le apni zindagi , simran 🙂 , keep writing

          • Night thinker !!

            *facepalm*

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              Wanted to ask one thing – using technical terms is a necessity in such philosophical essays or we should try to be simple ?

              • Night thinker !!

                Virat bhai, this is my fourth essay only. So may not be the right person to tell you exactly but yes if you want to ask my personal opinion, then,
                When such Philo essays come up I prefer not bringing some heavy technical terms. Because I feel simplicity in itself looks very beautiful. An essay should not look full of heavy words instead it should be simple and lucid so that any common man can understand it 🙂

              • pranay rajput

                Well i m also not dat much experienced but i know beauty is appreciated by all. Try to touch as much dimensions as u can. It shud b ur talent how beautifully u can corelate them to ur essay. Film..sports..environment.. Phylosphy…story…poem as much u can. It will just show that u r interested and attached wid every field..which will give a nice expression to examinor. & Its totally my personal opinion. Gud nit

                • CSE2016 aspirant

                  Agreed

    • Akhil

      Hi thinker! Here is my review.

      -it was a lengthy essay I think you crossed the wordlimit.. So keep tab on wordlimit.
      -it could have been better if you have started with the story of simiran rather than through questioning?
      -what interesting thing I found in your essay that in some para you have some nice philosophical stuff but in subsequent paras you lost the connection.
      -you stretched pencil wala example try to make it short or avoid altogether.
      -gandhi is revered as father of nation for his role in freedom struggle. Even vivekanand was honest person.
      -try to make paras short like seven or eight line ka padhne me easy hota hai and reader k interest bhi..
      -Conclusion is good.
      -overall nice essay. Keep writing
      Thank you

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Akhil 🙂
        I usually avoid writing long paragraphs, is baar galti Ho gayi I guess feelings Mein beh gayi 😛 😛
        I wanted to start with questions so that readers ka interest build up Ho sake 🙂
        I’ll write a better one next time 🙂

      • Nivedita Singh

        Please review mine also……

    • Babita Babita

      Beautiful essay but I think other dimensions are missing.pls review mine as well I wrote 1st time need help.

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Babita 🙂

    • Tanu Singhal

      Hey night thinker few thoughts on ur essay.

      1. Pls don’t add the story parts, I don’t know why people add such instances, I personally feel that while we add anything story we know that it is going to be great anding in the Ned due to the topiic, surprise element gets finished.
      2. You only rotated around the benefits of being honest. You could have touched many more areas.
      3. You focused more on being honest, less on humanly traits of being honest, or as to why is it so important in today’s scenario.

      The content is really good, the optimism of your personality is definitely reflected here, still go for a critical approach as well.

      Will be writing my soon, pls review:)

      • Iconoclast

        Hey Tanu, please review my essay

        • Tanu Singhal

          Will do in a while, definitely,but I just completed mine, will u pls review mine.

          • Iconoclast

            Good attempt. Few points from my side
            1. Lines like “I guess” could be avoided. Looks informal
            2. Some sentences were long.e.g “In the real world scenario…. long guilt”
            3. Provided lot of ideas, but I felt structure was missing.

            Please review mine too. Thanks 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Tanu 🙂
        I feel without penning down story, it would get difficult to stretch till 1200 words. 🙂
        Thanks for reviewing 🙂
        I’ll write a better one next time 🙂

        • Tanu Singhal

          But u don’t need to stretch much…

          See the story adds a very conventional approach, I find it boring to read after that .

        • Amruth Kumar

          Just a principle, doing something just to strech might not lead to much value addition.
          As additional point, You could have try linking honesty to accountability and transparency.
          How honestly solve many problems in society.
          Other than flow and connectivity is really good. You have covered many aspects.

        • Ankit

          Stretch ni karna. Monotonous hojata hai plus exam me1200 words likhna next to impossible kyuki 2 essays likhne hai. Maine likhe the 😛
          P. S. Acha likha but lamba zyada. Mere jaisa kaam chor adha padhke bolega isko dedo ya 50marks thak gaya 😛
          Aisa ni hona chahiye!

          • Night thinker !!

            Ohho! Bhaisaab has written mains! Kya baat.. Guide karte rahiyega 😛 what’s your optional

      • Buddha

        just a query – should a non-philosophy student go for a philosophy based essay? Should we stick to our strong zone?

        Does writing technical aspects fetch more marks…for instance, in case of philosophy mentioning thoughts of philosophers, in case of economics using economic theories

        • Tanu Singhal

          I personally feel, that here in this paper, what u need is finding the right opportunity to quote the right aspects. No matter which field you belong to, no matter how less you know about something, if you can place it just the way and at just the right point, nothing else matters.

        • Tanu Singhal

          Wrt to field specific choice, I believe where you think you have more content and comfort, choose that one.

          Eg. While I might be able to go for a technical economic essay but i wont ,though I was student of the same, say cz I know I will waste my time getting emotional to the topic will go over the board in technicality etc, hence I will resist wasting my time.
          So choose the one which you know you can hit right, before choosing make a rough draft see if you have enough examples or quotes, or instances, or structure for the one you wish to go.

          • Buddha

            thank u

    • upen

      Nice and fine attempt with blend of philosophy, common day example etc.
      Personal view you left many dimensions like seeing honesty through lights of economy e.g speculation and hedging
      In public service, welfarism etc
      Moreover how to cultivate honesty and is honest society a utopian concept would have made the essay more pluralistic.
      Furthermore honesty is not totally similar to speaking truth

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks for the review Upen! 🙂

    • Nivedita Singh

      Very attractive assay…..your art of structuring assay is really good. You have approached this assay with perfect direction. Introduction and Conclusion is also completely suit this topic.
      What is your optional. Is it philosophy?

      Keep writing…..
      Thank you for reviewing mine….

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Nivedita 🙂
        Glad you liked it 🙂
        No my optional is public administration 🙂
        Change kar Lu kya 😛 😛

        • Nivedita Singh

          muje tumhara assay sahi me achaa laga……
          are you arts student …..you are in Delhi right?
          have you joined any coaching institute?

          • Night thinker !!

            Yes arts student..
            But I come from a small city and I stay here only. In Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh 🙂

            • Nivedita Singh

              your assay writing skil is very nice……
              What your real name…..Surely it is not Night thinker…..

              • Night thinker !!

                Simran! 😛
                Naam to suna hoga 😛

                • Nivedita Singh

                  Nice name ……haan jaroor….suna to hai bus maloom nahi tha ki tum hi ho.

                  Are you doing self study…

                  • Night thinker !!

                    Not exactly 😛
                    When my college life started three years back, I joined a coaching centre here in Bilaspur only. My aim was always 2016! Now coaching classes are over so I completely prepare on my own .. Insights zindabad. I learn a lot from here 🙂

                    • Nivedita Singh

                      All the very best….

                    • CSE2016 aspirant

                      Have you taken any test series ?

                    • Night thinker !!

                      Insights wali bas

                • Affu

                  ha ha,”naam toh suna hoga” yeh dialogue har koi nahi keh sakta..lol
                  anyways “main aa rahi hun simran,essay review karne

                  • Night thinker !!

                    Waiting 😛

                  • CSE2016 aspirant

                    Hahaha, affu is acting like raj

                    • Affu

                      🙂

                    • CSE2016 aspirant

                      Affu, are you taking any coaching or test series ?

                    • Affu

                      Nope,following insights timetable thats i! wt abt u

            • Pankaj Nimbolkar

              Yes
              Arts students always dominate GS paper √√√

              • Night thinker !!

                HOPEFULLY ✔

        • Ankit

          Karlo 😛
          Pub ad ki to UPSC ne…… No comments 😛

          • Night thinker !!

            Apka kya hai bhaisaab?
            Pub adm se waise humara lagaav din pratidin kam hota jaa raha hai

            • Ankit

              Jab kehra hun change karlo to matlab mera kya hoga 😛

              • Night thinker !!

                You too pub adm praani? 😛 arey to lets work as a team 😛

                • Ankit

                  Hanji sure.
                  Waise bhi ajkal ap Insights topper ho mera fayda hojayega kuch 😛

                  • Night thinker !!

                    LOL !!! kuch bhi 😛 😛
                    If you’re interested in team work then kindly send me your number at my email id so that I can contact you for strategy 🙂

                    [email protected]

        • pranay rajput

          Nice effort. Well my optional is pub-add too. So how much syllabus u have completed till now.

          • Night thinker !!

            Hey Pranay,
            I’ve started revision from first April 🙂 first paper..

            That’s the most difficult part too. Thinkers and their theories.
            How much have you covered and which books you’re referring?
            Can we both plan a strategy to work on the paper?
            Waiting for your positive reply because pub administration is really tough 🙂

            • pranay rajput

              Well its nice dat u started revision. And i m also doing d ssme. Pub add is very interesting subject..just enjoy it. And thinker is not dat much tough..follow prince dhawan blog for pub add. He has nicely explained chapter wise.
              Definetly cooperation and coordination are key to success in dis field. So if 5 or 6 dedicated candidates ( including us) make a grup in watsapp…we can improve our optional. Best of luck

              • Night thinker !!

                Thanks Pranay 🙂
                Wish you the same.
                I’ll do anything to excel in the optional.
                Because that’s the portion which can either make it or break it 🙂
                Can I know the books you’re referring 🙂

              • Night thinker !!

                Thanks 🙂
                Wish you the same 🙂
                I’ll do anything to do well in the optional 🙂
                Because that’s the only part which can either make it orr break it.
                I’m ready and always in!! Lets make a strategy 🙂 🙂

                • pranay rajput

                  I m not in watsapp right now. Till evening i ll make an account. I will make a grup only for pub add optional. But not more than 10 member . we can share our ans dere and will clear each others doubt. It will b win win situation for all of us. I will make u admin too dat u cud also add member. Hav a gud day

                  • Night thinker !!

                    Sure 🙂 🙂
                    My email id is
                    [email protected]il.com

                    Send me your number there, I’ll contact you. 🙂 good luck

                    • pranay rajput

                      Check ur mail…

        • Shreyansh

          Was just going through this space. I too have public administration.

    • Ambarish

      Hi Night Thinker,
      1. A very good essay indeed and a multidimensional one too! There is hardly any facet related to honesty which doesnt find mention in your essay
      2. You have garnished your essay well with a generous sprinkling of stories and examples
      3. You could have shed some light on the aspect of morality and its role in influencing honesty
      4. Keep writing! 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks friend 🙂

    • Affu

      good one dear,flow was nice but take care about the monotony that may creep while u keep on telling honest is good,why reasons,twist it,when it is impossible to be honest,is it really so etc etc..otherwise in the middle of essay itself the examiner may loose interest and conclude yeah he/she has written advantages of being honest’
      social aspects being good diversify ur examples-political,economic
      yar examiner roz daal chawal (routine essay) khata hai,life mein thoda tangdi kabaab,noodles bhi hona chahiye na”- dialogue Yeh jawani hai diwani
      keep up the good efforts
      chalo sab ki burai kar li,let me go to sleep peacefully now:-)

      • Rashmirathi

        affu could you please review mine, whenever you can spare some time ..

        • Affu

          ok dear,i shall try to review whenever possible,btw ur name reminds me of sandhyarathi,hope u too clear upsc like her bring laurels to this name in real life:-)
          i guess u have asked me about optional answer writing sometime back,sorry for the alte reply,yar im also worried about same,no plan has materialised yet,lets see how it goes

          • Rashmirathi

            ohh, i didn’t know abt sandhya rathi when i chose the pen name 😀
            its from dinkar’s book – rashimirathi meaning charioteer of the sun .

            its okay i understand, you are preparing with job i read somewhr . last year main bhi job ke saath padhne ki koshish kar rahi thi, i totally get ur situation .

    • Shankar Kinagi

      good essay…
      >write at least 2-3 examples.
      >If u start a essay with example it will be very interesting to read..
      >don’t concentrate only on being honest,try to explain consequences of being dishonest with examples like vijay mallya case,2G scams etc..,

    • Prash

      hi…excellent essay..beautifully written..very lucid….story is incorporated very beautifully and it’s looking very natural..
      very elegent…
      Although questioning is not desired in essays as we are here to answer not to ask but still the way u I have put the first para..its very catchy ..
      kindly review mine..
      thanx

    • vengeancee

      Hey brother, really well written.
      While I was attempting to write I was struggling to extend it even uptill 1000 words, but the way u have captured the word limit is quite awesome. Moreover, flow & variety of words used are very good.
      U can though add some quotes on this topic as there exist many famous ones, so not really difficult to gather them.
      Keep writing.

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Bring more dimensions in your essay like
      (a) Is honesty absolute or relative?
      (b) What is difference between honesty and truthfulness
      (c) What are the problems that honest people face in society (You failed to critically analyse the life of honest people and made it look like they are most happy people – don’t name anyone, you can take hypothetical character). Honest people face so many troubles, still they don’t leave path of honesty.
      (d) Why dishonesty and corruption is on rise
      (e) What could be done to remove dishonesty from society.
      (f) Link it to other factors like poverty, unemployment, lack of education, morals, success, failure, ego, nurture and nature, environment, culture and tradition, superstition, religion etc..
      (g) Tell situations where honesty may not be the best policy (for ex – issues of national security, saying something bad on face about someone’s appearance, character, education, class/creed/race etc..)
      (f) You can also add the concept of myths, magic, mythologies, ancient symbolism, religious superstitions etc. which play a vital role in social cohesion but, are fake/exaggerated/deceiving version of reality (Anthropology)
      (g) Tools to enhance honesty, (like Right to Education, Right to Information, Social Audit, Citizen’s participation, whistle-blower act, institutional culture, vigilance on public works, role of audit, CAG, role of punishment, role of courts/democracy/5 year elections/development etc.) (Public Administration)

      and many more .. Just make it more interesting and multidimensional. Your essay is brilliant but repetitive in nature. Initially it was fun to read, but moving forward slowly it become sort of moral lecture, far from social realities. Be more honest in your essay 🙂

      Marks – 70/125 (10 more marks due to nice flow in your essay)

      • Night thinker !!

        My dear team insights 🙂 🙂 🙂
        THANK YOU SO MUCH TAKING OUT TIME TO GIVE A DETAILED REVIEW 🙂 🙂 🙂
        Means a lot!
        I so agree with whatever you said! I promise shall work upon the weak parts and write a brilliant essay next week! 🙂 🙂 🙂

        THANKS A BUNCH 🙂 🙂

      • Dear Sir, can you please review my essay too 🙂

      • Iconoclast

        Sir, Please review my essay..

      • Buddha

        should a non-philosophy student go for a philosophy based essay? Should we stick to our strong zone?
        Does writing technical aspects fetch more marks…for instance, in case of philosophy mentioning thoughts of philosophers, in case of economics using economic theories

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          Yes, always stick to your strong zone. If you are confident about content then go for philosophical essay, else don’t.

    • MP

      Very well written..flow is good and simple. but my personal view is that wen u write philosophical essays, try to make it multidimensional with live examples like sir m visweswaraya,Lincoln,gandhi,or other great thinkers and try to explore meaning of BEST POLICY in them which makes examiner more comfortable.include environment issues,wto issues,etc.. dont forget to correct me

      • Night thinker !!

        Absolutely correct 🙂
        I should have used more dimensions 🙂 thank you 🙂

    • Pankaj Nimbolkar

      Hiiiiii night thinker…..
      I read your thoroughly.
      Good presentation of thoughts in logical manner.

      I appreciated points like- mental peace, honest behaviour….
      Important thing, u used simple language for self expression.

      Our mental peace will not get until our final destination ( IAS, IPS)

      65/125 marks

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Pankaj 🙂

    • sri sri

      nice one man…flow z good..but u can cover more dimensions instead of stretching few points..
      1.u can mention about satyameve jayatey..mentioned in mundakopanishad…historical perspect..rama and king bali etc how they stick to truth
      2.u can add about trust deficit in indo pak relations etc..
      3.due to lack of honesty trust deficit bn politicians and people
      4.how cheating in personal life causes failure of love ,marriage ,family etc..
      5.corporate fraud.,chit fund scams…etc.these r some critcal points..remaining z good.6failure of govt polices AADHAR..lack of trust on gov people fear of privacy..I KNOW IT Z EASIER SAID THAN DONE..just take it as an advice..if it z usefull…keep writing,……

      • Suraj Sahoo

        Adding to you, a global view can be taken to substantiate efficacy of policy of honesty.
        Radicalism and extremism and ISIS problem would not have arisen had USA and other West been honest to middle East countries and their cited cause of establishing responsible Democratic government instead of serving to the selfish need for petroleum.

        • sri sri

          thnq..it seems topic z multi dimensional than we r xpecting..keep adding ur views..

    • yogi

      Hello Thinker 🙂

      my views :

      It is one quality which everyone admires, which everyone wants to see in others.—I know it is very optimisitc line but if I go by the meaning of line, it is not always true esp. bcos of the word “everyone”…

      2th and 4th para repeated

      Till the mid of ur essay, I liked it because u were giving example along with philosophy, but in later half, it lacked example, negative side, and things started to repeat

      Words too much, may be due to flow effect 😛

      Flow is brilliant,

      Thanks 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Yogi bhai 🙂
        I realized after reading it twice ke bada average Sa hi tha 😛 I’ll write a super one next time! 😛

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Night Thinker ,

      MY DETAILED REVIEW 🙂

      I could see 17 paragraphs and i will give 17 points in my review 🙂

      1) Which is that one thing that looks good on everybody? ……first paragraph is good 🙂

      2) second paragraph is also good 🙂

      3) third paragraph is good 🙂

      4) fourth paragraph is good 🙂

      5) It does not take much to speak what is right, not practice what is wrong, favour the good, try and bring change in what is bad. ???????? PLEASE DON’T MAKE SUCH ASSUMPTIONS 🙂 HOW DID YOU COME TO KNOW THAT it does not take much to speak what is right and not practice is wrong .

      What you speak or do might be correct to you but will NOT be correct to someone . I hope you got my point 🙂

      6) sixth paragraph is good 🙂

      7) seventh paragraph is also good 🙂

      8) An honest person is always trustworthy. …… this paragraph is well explained .

      9) His whole life was a learning experience for him and for all of us too…….. explained well 🙂

      10) Honesty brings courage. An honest man is never afraid of anyone…….. this paragraph is NOT properly explained . you are telling a liar would be left with no one trusting him but you have not substantiated it properly to support your argument .( an example or an event from daily life would make this paragraph better )

      11) An honest person, has complete faith in his hard work. ??????? THIS PARAGRAPH IS NOT PROPERLY EXPLAINED

      the example of ARMSTRONG PAME comes to my mind, who is fondly known as the miracle man of Manipur. He single handily constructed a 100 km road in a remote village of Manipur without Government’s help.?????????? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!! How did he construct the road BY MAGIC OR Did he contribute money for the entire work .

      Please don’t write statements were the examiner can his/her view . Be clear about what you write .

      12 ) For an honest person, mental peace won’t come after seeing his bank balance……. I find you are dragging the essay in this paragraph without getting much details to write about .

      Don’t drag by repeating the statements that you have already made in the essay .

      13) But, if I ask you to take a moment and think for yourself how honest you are? ……. this paragraph was an opportunity for you to tell about the disadvantage of being HONEST always ….. you could have criticized the statement ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ” but you totally MISSED THAT PART

      dishonest practices might appear attractive initially but these come with no guarantee too.?????? I AGREE TO this statement but there nothing in the paragraph to substantiate it .

      14) But success achieved through fair means, healthy competition and honest practices is what gives morality and integrity to our character.??????? INTEGRITY TO OUR CHARACTER ????? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!! Don’t write whatever comes in your mind . You have to think carefully before using terms like integrity , Honesty or any other keywords .

      INTEGRITY IS WHAT DRIVES A PERSON TO BE HONEST AND IT NOT HONESTY THAT MAKES A PERSON OF INTEGRITY .

      But what they fail to realize is that a handsome bank balance won’t make others respect them. They won’t earn love and affection from others.??????? YOU HAVE TO SUBSTANTIATE WHATEVER YOU WRITE IN THE EXAM .

      You are writing statements but NOT making any effort to convince the examiner about the reason that made you write a particular statement .

      15) This paragraph is more of a kind of repetition for the contents that you have already mentioned in the previous paragraphs .

      16) A student might not succeed at once, he might face impediments on his way, i find a break in the flow from the previous paragraph . I don’t understand why you are dragging the essay in the 15th and the 16th paragraphs .THE BEAUTY OF THE ESSAY WILL BE LOST BY UNNECESSARILY PROLONGING IT .

      17) Honesty for sure, is that one thing that looks good on everybody! ?????? ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS STATEMENT ????? AGAIN THERE IS NOTHING in the essay to substantiate it . CONCLUSION HAVE TO BE IMPROVED .

      MY OBSERVATION :

      The only positive aspect about your essay is the flow that you are able to maintain from the introduction to the conclusion ( here too i find the flow of the lost towards the end of the essay due to the repetition of the points . )

      you are writing statements but NOT substantiating it properly .

      I HOPE YOU TOOK ONLY 90 MINUTES TO ( think + type on the website ) THIS ESSAY 🙂

      IF YOU HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 100 MINUTES , THEN YOU ARE TO REQUIRED TO PUT MORE EFFORTS 🙂

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • Eco-friendly

        I even learn from your comments on other person answers. Realizing my shortcomings too from this review. We all are lucky to have you on insights.

      • Night thinker !!

        Dear Aravind,
        Honestly, I was waiting for your review. 🙂
        Thanks for the detailing.
        To be true, I myself was not completely satisfied with this work.
        It had good flow lucid explanation but lacked diversity and dimensions.
        Last night I thought I could have added a few more things to make it interesting and an exciting read. It was lengthy hence chances of it getting boring went high too.

        Though I feel the topic given was not difficult at all.. It didn’t take much time for me to think over it and type but essay is very plain.
        I’ll write a much better one next time! 🙂 🙂
        Thanks friend for the review 🙂

      • VKS

        hey brother if u could review mine… that would be gr8 thnx..

    • Eco-friendly

      Wonderful essay. Specially iliked your intro part.
      Body part too looks good. Can add other dimensions too like what problems do honest people face, and why dishonesty is on rise
      Conclusion could have been better. means u can include how to inculcate honesty, what to do to eradicate dishonesty.

      Waise from example i believe Simran is honest….:)
      All the best

      • Night thinker !!

        Arey bharpoor honest hai! 😛 thank you

    • Buddha

      Just a query – should a non-philosophy student go for a philosophy based essay? Should we stick to our strong zone?

      Does writing technical aspects fetch more marks…for instance, in case of philosophy mentioning thoughts of philosophers, in case of economics using economic theories

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Buddha 🙂
        Even I am new to writing essays, have written only 4 here.
        Three out of which were philosophy based.
        My optional is not philosophy, I’ve never studied it too.
        There’s no harm in going for philosophical essays as long as you have clarity of thoughts, good flow and can expand your ideas giving it multiple dimensions. 🙂
        I feel, when you use too many technical terms, the essay itself gets complicated. I guess whatever we write in our essay should be in lucid terms so that even a layman can understand it. 🙂
        I hope it will help you. 🙂

        • Buddha

          thanx

    • Abhijeet***

      SOMETIMES WE NEED TO SAY LIES IN PURSUIT OF A TRUTH HAVING LARGER INTEREST

      THERE IS VAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHOLE TRUTH AND HALF TRUTH

      WE DONT ALWAYS NEED TO SAY THE TRUTH BY LIPS, OUR EYES CAN SAY MUCH MORE THAN THAT (SOME CRIME INVESTIGATION TEST WORKS ON SUCH PRINCIPLES THOUGH)

      AS A HUMAN BEING OUR EMOTIONS WORKS ON TRUTH TO WHICH OUR HARMONES REACTS, IT NOT VOCIFEROUS TO SAY THAT TRUTH IS OUR NATURAL TRAIT IN GENES AND BLOOD

      OUR RELATIONS WILL ONLY WORK FOR LONG TIME WITH TRUST AND TRUTH MAKING A BASE FOR LOVE TOO

      OUT OFF SO MANY FEATURES OF CHARACTER OF ANY PERSON, TRUTH IS ONE WHICH CAN ENDORSE ALL OTHER AND MIGHT FED THEM ALL

      BUT TRUTH PAYS ITS DEBT TO EVERYBODY IT DOES NOT MATER WHO SPEAKS OR WHO LISTENS?

      TRUTH IS FACT ACTUALLY IN CONTEXT OF TIME BUT HONESTY IS VALUE IN ANY CONTEXT WHICH ALSO INCLUDE SOME LIES IN LARGER INTEREST

  • Phoenix

    Good values inculcated help us to lead a peaceful and self satisfied life. Honesty is one such value which gives us good inner feeling. Honesty can help us in various ways and in many places. People do not value the relationship of a person who is dishonest. They don’t trust such a person. Trust which is the main link in a relation gets broken which cannot be corrected that easily.
    Family is the first institution from where values such as honesty get rooted in a person. Outside environment such as friends, relations, teachers also influence in inculcating honesty. As children grow up, sustaining this habit as adult becomes easier as ‘Old habits die hard’.
    Sara was a school going kid. Her teacher had taught the students about moral values including ‘honesty’ that day. When Sara was wondering about it, the shopkeeper distracted her saying ‘ Your father is a honest person. Take this child ‘. Sara became curious as why he gifted her a chocolate and said that her father was honest. She asked her father and he said that the shopkeeper had unknowingly charged less for the products he got, but he informed him about that and gave him the correct amount of money. Sara again asked what he had gained because of his honesty. Her father said that he was proud and satisfied. Sara was puzzled. So, he narrated her a story.
    There was a boy whose family was involved in the business of transporting goods in boat across sea. Once, their ancestors were very rich and had got many properties. But, soon as the business started incurring losses, they lost all they had and became poor. This little boy who was the youngest among the children in their family started selling newspapers to help his family and to continue his studies. He studied hard and completed his higher studies as well. He wanted to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force, but missed it by some minimal difference in ranking. But, he did not give up. He went on to hold higher positions such as Project Director in Indian Space Research Organisation, Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, and later on became the President of India. He is none other than our former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.
    Dr. Kalam through his values of simplicity, honesty and selflessness has made for himself a place in the hearts of the people even after his death. ‘Sara, such is the power of honesty and simplicity that one is remembered for the good deeds. So, what about you ?’ he asked. Sara was drowned in her thoughts and she said ‘ Dad I will also be honest throughout my life and I will make a name for myself, that everyone feels proud of me.’

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      So you wrote ur first essay i guess.

      Good effort … You have explained the practical examples welll but you have to balance it with the philosophical part as well.

      Review mine too.

  • Jenish Balar

    To insight…..why always post philosophical essay….i would like to give 2 suggestion ……1. please diverse topic like economy to S&T , n factual topic.ex…education for all..myth or reality….
    2. please provide key point if possible…if not for every esaay atleast for factual (different or hard) type of essay

  • Akhil

    It was 12th year of forest exile of pandvas. Yudhishthir along with his family member was spending life in difficult and inaccessible jungle.
    One day he ordered sahdev, his youngest brother to go and get water from nearby Lake. Sahdev left, but he didn’t return for long time. Disturbed Yudhishthir sent nakul, Arjun, bhim one by one but non of them returned. Ultimately he himself went on Lake. To his surprise all his brother were lying dead. Yudhishtir was weeping badly, an yaksha appeared before him and claimed he has killed his brother.

    Yaksha told yudhishtir ” give correct answers of his five question in return I will return life of one of your brother.” yudhishtir agreed and gave correct answer of all questions and told yaksha to return life of nakul. Yaksha was surprised and asked”why are you not asking for life of bhim or arjun? ” yudhishtir replied politely that arjun and bhim are his own brother(all three son of kunti) , but nakul and Sahdev are son of madri(step mother of yudhishtir). I am alive as son of kunti and as per dharma one of the son of madri should remain alive. Pleased with his honesty and wisdom yaksha restored life of all four brother.

    The story of yudhishtir reminds the importance honesty in life of person . it gives internal strength to person to deal with adverse situation comfortably. Honesty is another name of truthfulness. Truth is foundation stone of honesty. A truth speaking person will be inevitably honest in his conduct and life.

    Truth is that fire which can mould the life of person. A truthful(honest) person easily aquires other Nobel characters like justness, Impartiality, compassion for weaks. It has potential to transform an ordinary individual into great human being. For example. Mahatma gandhi after watching drama ‘harishchandra’
    during his school days pledged to speak truth only in his rest life. He became symbol of honesty in later part of his life.

    Honesty has importance not only for great leader like mahatma gandhi but for ordinary individual also. Honesty gives person courage to speak truth and control his greed. It is greed of person which forces him to take wrong path and ultimately hurts him. Honestly acts as a light which guides him in dark path full of difficulties specially in current world when corruption, thievery, immorality and other evils are on rise.

    Similarly honesty helps person to effectively tackle ethical dilemmas which is common and every person generally encounters it in his personal and professional life. For example with rising trend of nuclear family in India people specially men are trapped in ethical dilemma to render their responsibilities towards parents or follow their duty towards their wife and children. If there will be honesty in person he will not take unilateral decision instead He will try to strike balance between the two.

    Honesty is regarded as best policy because of its widespread applicability and it’s positive impact on individual and society. It helps person to be honest in his personal conduct and understand his responsibility towards family, society and nation. It also helps to create just, responsible and peace loving society.

    As said above honesty has widespread applicability it can be understood in upcoming paras. Honesty in administrator makes administration efficient. It will become accountable and will take all possible efforts to provide best services to citizen. It will reduce corruption and red tapism from administration. Policies formulated will be made by keeping wellbeing of people of all caste, Creed and religion thus reducing discrimination.

    Similar to administration honesty can be very helpful in our political system. Honest politician and legislator will help clean the image of politicians which has become symbol of corruption, nepotism and irresponsible towards citizen. When politicians will remain stick to their honesty all these evils will phase out of system. A true welfare state which constitution owes to establish will become reality.

    Honesty makes person strong enough to confess his faults without getting involved in mudslinging. Honest person can not compromise with his policies and whenever he thinks problems has occurred due to his fault he will repent for that . Eg. When lal bahadur shastriji was railway minister in nehru government some railway mishaps have occurred in those days. He honestly took responsibility for those accidents and resigned from his post.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good attempt buddy …
      But the introduction story is too long.

      Content is good…

      Conclusion could be improved

      Review mine too.

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Akhil ,
      Intro is different bit long
      Cut it short. 🙂
      You write good 🙂
      Philosophy part inn your essay is nice!
      You could have brought in a few more examples 🙂
      Review mine as well 🙂 thnks

      • Akhil

        Thanks for giving time thinker.
        I too think story kuchh jyada hi badi ho gai.. Will certainly cut it short.

        Philosophical essays itne complex hote hai ki right dimension dena tough hota hai.. Bahut sochna padta hai..
        Examples samajh me hi nahi aa rahe the mujhe.
        I’ll review yours for sure.

        • Night thinker !!

          I know 🙂
          But Philo essays aate hi hain 🙂 kya karein 😛
          Waiting for your review 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      dost
      1.a bit long intro…mythologies create such problems so can try other short examples
      2.though truth and honesty are related but i doubt if they are same…i hope u googled it before writing
      3.invoking mythology time and again may be risky(intro and then conclusion)
      4.importance of honesty in individual’s life and applicability of honesty can be clubbed to send the right message…applicability goes on individual part too na?
      5.content wise an ok essay but u write well than this one…
      6.satyug is eutopia u know….so point of restoration is not justified in conclusion
      nice attempt overall but my expectations from u are more where i have no point to criticize

      • Akhil

        Thanks for review vivan. Intro I know long ho gaya, but making it even shorter will be difficult one. Story k message hi nahi samjhega. Anyway will try to avoid too much use of mythology.

        -philosophical essay pe likhna is bit difficult task.

        -I’ll certainly try to write as per your expectation next time.

        Once again thanks for giving such inspiring review bro. Will review urs shortly

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Butcher and Cow wala example—

      1- Not apt. the cow could be the resource of butcher.

      2- Too controversial. (you must be knowing about RSS)

      If every person make honesty as policy of their life most of the problem like corruption, black money, irresponsibility can get rid of and ‘satyug’ (age of truth) will be restored again—Not too great a line to write.

      Well Written Akhil,

      I feel it could have been philosophical and included more dimensions and not examples.

      Overall It was nice.

      Keep up the good work 

    • Isha

      Hi Akhil,
      Intro- a bit long.
      Flow and connectivity problem between para.
      Examples were missing this time. 2-3 concrete ones would be sufficient from each sphere of life.
      Overall, it was a nice read. Just work on structure and examples. ATB
      Have a look at mine as per ur convenience.

      • Akhil

        Thanks for review Isha. Intro yeah thoda long ho gaya..
        Flow I know this time was not ok. I’ll definitely try to write better than this one..

        I’ll review yours today only give me some time

    • yogi

      the story in the beginning is not clearly bringing out the context, Yudhistir honesty towards whom is being proved in the story, that is not clear,
      main body: u have covered almost every area where honesty is needed, so it is multidimensional essay, good here
      flow got disturbed in middle part of the essay
      u gave the other side as well, by cow story, that made the essay a holistic one
      conclusion : good,
      overall i liked the essay
      thanks 🙂

      • Akhil

        Thanks for review bhai..
        Yeah I think yudhishtir wala story thoda out of context ho gaya. Any way will keep in mind.

    • Hi Akhil, my views:
      1)The story is more about being ‘morally correct’ rather than about ‘honesty’
      2)3rd para- if I replace the first line with: “movie is that fire which can mould the life of person”; it won’t change the essence of your para :P. Try to relate the philo with a relevant example
      3)Ethical dilemma- this needs to be supported with examples otherwise looks more like ‘bol bachan’. I feel that it is the ‘honest persons’ that face dilemma, dishonest one are very clear about which way to go
      4)Examples were good but could have taken some real life examples too. That will show your analyzing capabilities
      5)Depicting the other side was good
      Overall, it was a good read but can be made better 🙂

      • Akhil

        Thanks for review batman. Really glad you gave time.. Though late.
        Any way, you are correct brother intro deviated from topic..
        All other points you pointed are dully noted..

        I’ll write good essay tomorrow..

  • Ambarish

    Honesty – a simple, powerful and elusive quality which seems to be in perennially short supply these days. Our newspapers are replete with incidents of dishonest acts involving people from all walks of life, in fact a majority of them would be highly successful personalities in their professions. So does this in imply that honesty isn’t the best policy anymore. Is it a utopian dream? Perhaps this is what we are trying to ascertain during the course of this essay
    What does it take to be honest?
    Any standard dictionary would throw up a buffet of noble sounding synonyms if we try to look up the definition of honesty. However, in reality it is subjective and contains a lot of variations. For some it may translate to being truthful, for some it may be being truthful to only those whom he/she values and to some it would mean not getting oneself on the wrong side of law. Yet there may a section which feels that being honest amounts to being just. Therefore, it triggers different moral signals in different people’s brains. In spite of these variations there is a wide consensus on the perception of honesty in society. People can identify an honest act from a dishonest one. Similarly, one is able to distinguish between an honest person from a dishonest one
    What does it take to be dishonest?
    Trying to understand honesty without considering the aspects related to dishonesty is an exercise in futility. One needs to have a contrast in order to appreciate the subtle yet highly impactful differences between the two. To simply put, being dishonest means to lie, to cheat, to be self-centered and to bend the rules to achieve selfish goals. A society overwhelmed by dishonesty sets itself on a path of destruction. It is easy to instill honesty into the social and moral fiber of a people, however it is very difficult to flush dishonesty out of a society and its institutions. Moreover, it is a painful and a lengthy process lasting generations
    Why honesty?
    Listing down the benefits of honesty may be good on an intellectual plane, but what about its utility in real life? Is it actually so good as it is made out to be? The first and foremost advantage of honesty is that it is a guarantee against savagery. It imposes an obligation on people to be truthful to themselves and others in society, thus acting as a moral check against animal desires. The second advantage of honesty is that it reduces social costs and makes interactions faster, reliable and transparent. Imagine a scenario wherein you go to buy items of daily use in your local market and you find that the weights of all shopkeepers are faulty, all of them are quoting the wrong prices and selling adulterated and fake goods. You will have to spend more time to cross check whether the quantity and quality of the goods purchased are correct, whether they are charging you the right prices, etc. Certainly not a situation wherein one would expect to find herself in. Honesty is the precursor to building trust which in turn is important for building sound economic institutions. Functioning economic institutions provide the necessary conditions for prosperity. Good economic institutions ensure functional, responsible and inclusive political institutions – a potent check against despotism
    If honesty is so good, then why do we see so much dishonesty around?
    Humans, eventually are slaves of their desires and greed. If dishonest means are accepted and not penalized heavily then they increasingly start becoming shortcuts to achieve success. This is turn leads to a cascading effect thereby eroding honesty. Problems get compounded if dishonesty is institutionalized as it opens the floodgates to wholesale corruption heavily impairing the functioning of institutions. That being said, if we observe carefully our society is not dishonest per se, had that been the case India would have long joined the long list of failed states. As stated before, it has a lot to do with the collective moral fabric of the country. Similarly, the strong traditions of truthfulness rooted in the various religions play an important role in firmly anchoring the values like honesty in Indian society.
    How do we ingrain and reinforce the values of honesty into the moral fabric?
    As stated before if the values of honesty are instilled right at the beginning, half the battle is already won. One way of doing it is by carefully nurturing these values during the course of a person’s education. Such qualities if primed at an early age will ensure that they dictate the person’s actions throughout his life. However, merely prescribing these values in school books isn’t enough, it has to be backed in real life by ensuring honest, transparent institutions. This means that institutions such as religion, politics, police, judiciary etc. should work in an honest, transparent manner in line with their stated goals. Lastly, these values can be reinforced by raising the standards of honesty of our public figures as well. As citizens, we should expect high standards of morality, honesty and integrity from our sportspersons, politicians, actors, civil servants etc.
    Though the adage ‘Honesty is the best policy’ sounds like one of the oft-quoted clichés, the crux of it is simple and highly impactful. As highlighted during the course of this essay, honesty is the best policy indeed

  • Ambarish

    Honesty – a simple, powerful and elusive quality which seems to be in perennially short supply these days. Our newspapers are replete with incidents of dishonest acts involving people from all walks of life, in fact a majority of them would be highly successful personalities in their professions. So does this in imply that honesty isn’t the best policy anymore. Is it a utopian dream? Perhaps this is what we are trying to ascertain during the course of this essay
    What does it take to be honest?
    Any standard dictionary would throw up a buffet of noble sounding synonyms if we try to look up the definition of honesty. However, in reality it is subjective and contains a lot of variations. For some it may translate to being truthful, for some it may be being truthful to only those whom he/she values and to some it would mean not getting oneself on the wrong side of law. Yet there may a section which feels that being honest amounts to being just. Therefore, it triggers different moral signals in different people’s brains. In spite of these variations there is a wide consensus on the perception of honesty in society. People can identify an honest act from a dishonest one. Similarly, one is able to distinguish between an honest person from a dishonest one
    What does it take to be dishonest?
    Trying to understand honesty without considering the aspects related to dishonesty is an exercise in futility. One needs to have a contrast in order to appreciate the subtle yet highly impactful differences between the two. To simply put, being dishonest means to lie, to cheat, to be self-centered and to bend the rules to achieve selfish goals. A society overwhelmed by dishonesty sets itself on a path of destruction. It is easy to instill honesty into the social and moral fiber of a people, however it is very difficult to flush dishonesty out of a society and its institutions. Moreover, it is a painful and a lengthy process lasting generations
    Why honesty?
    Listing down the benefits of honesty may be good on an intellectual plane, but what about its utility in real life? Is it actually so good as it is made out to be? The first and foremost advantage of honesty is that it is a guarantee against savagery. It imposes an obligation on people to be truthful to themselves and others in society, thus acting as a moral check against animal desires. The second advantage of honesty is that it reduces social costs and makes interactions faster, reliable and transparent. Imagine a scenario wherein you go to buy items of daily use in your local market and you find that the weights of all shopkeepers are faulty, all of them are quoting the wrong prices and selling adulterated and fake goods. You will have to spend more time to cross check whether the quantity and quality of the goods purchased are correct, whether they are charging you the right prices, etc. Certainly not a situation wherein one would expect to find herself in. Honesty is the precursor to building trust which in turn is important for building sound economic institutions. Functioning economic institutions provide the necessary conditions for prosperity. Good economic institutions ensure functional, responsible and inclusive political institutions – a potent check against despotism
    If honesty is so good, then why do we see so much dishonesty around?
    Humans, eventually are slaves of their desires and greed. If dishonest means are accepted and not penalized heavily then they increasingly start becoming shortcuts to achieve success. This is turn leads to a cascading effect thereby eroding honesty. Problems get compounded if dishonesty is institutionalized as it opens the floodgates to wholesale corruption heavily impairing the functioning of institutions. That being said, if we observe carefully our society is not dishonest per se, had that been the case India would have long joined the long list of failed states. As stated before, it has a lot to do with the collective moral fabric of the country. Similarly, the strong traditions of truthfulness rooted in the various religions play an important role in firmly anchoring the values like honesty in Indian society.
    How do we ingrain and reinforce the values of honesty into the moral fabric?
    As stated before if the values of honesty are instilled right at the beginning, half the battle is already won. One way of doing it is by carefully nurturing these values during the course of a person’s education. Such qualities if primed at an early age will ensure that they dictate the person’s actions throughout his life. However, merely prescribing these values in school books isn’t enough, it has to be backed in real life by ensuring honest, transparent institutions. This means that institutions such as religion, politics, police, judiciary etc. should work in an honest, transparent manner in line with their stated goals. Lastly, these values can be reinforced by raising the standards of honesty of our public figures as well. As citizens, we should expect high standards of morality, honesty and integrity from our sportspersons, politicians, actors, civil servants etc.
    Though the adage ‘Honesty is the best policy’ sounds like one of the oft-quoted clichés, the crux of it is simple and highly impactful. As highlighted during the course of this essay, honesty is the best policy indeed

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hey Ambarish, very good…

      Your intro is ausome , it invite reader to read further..

      First 2 paragraphs are very good

      But you emphasized more on corruption…

      Overall very good read.

      Plz review mine too.

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Ambarish,
      Start was really naaaiceee!
      You kept on asking questions, my interest was well maintained through out! 🙂
      You could have added many other dimensions 🙂

      • Ambarish

        Hi Night Thinker,
        Yes you are correct. I failed to capitalize on the good start. I could have covered more aspects around honesty (just as you have done in your essay) to make it well rounded. I guess a major reason for not doing that was my failure to include any examples or stories in the essay. That made it very abstract and dry for me to write and for the reader as well. I will try to rectify these shortcomings

    • Night thinker !!

      And review mine when time permits 🙂

    • Hi Ambarish, my views:
      1)Asking too many questions some time gives the form of a lecture. So try to ask limited question. This would also ensure a good flow
      2)The theme was ‘honesty is the best policy’. I feel one of the para connected to this theme “why honesty?”. Here too, you have tried to incorporate multiple views in single para
      3)Some real life examples can be added to give weight
      4)Suggestion and conclusion are two different thing. Conclusion should have the essence of whole of your essay
      Overall, it was fine. Try to stick to the theme of essay and please have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • Ambarish

        Batman bhai disqus mein koi filter hota hai kya 😀 Aadmi ke naam se usska comment extract karne ke liye. 418 odd comments is overwhelming 😀 Let me try to find your essay first before I can start reviewing it 😉

      • Ambarish

        1. Yeah you are correct. Tried emulating Plato 😛 Failed miserably. Besides writing an essay in the form of a dialogue is certainly a misfit
        2. I will try to ensure alignment going forward. As they say ‘Bhavnaaon mein beh gaya’ 😀
        3. I am a bit averse to include examples, stories etc. I will try experimenting with them as well. I know such abstract topics need to be made interesting by their usage
        4. Your fourth point has left me scratching my head :S Will give it a thought

        Thanks for reviewing! It was very helpful. I will try to keep these in mind going forward

  • Vivaan Khanna

    Seth Manik Ram, a man in his mid 50s while sitting and having cigar under a tree was thinking about his life till today. What a turbulent life he had! Spent childhood by getting sticks of mother, passed matrices with average marks by cheating and befooling friends, ditched his gf and later his wife. Not satisfied with all these, his most experimental feature was lying and weighing fewer things to his customers and then making excuses. All this made him sad and he started contemplating what and where he went wrong but could not figure out as the lesson of befooling and cheating others was taught to him by his dear ones. Anxious Seth when fell asleep, he did not know but when he woke up he had one message from an old woman from his dream-“honesty is the best policy”. If followed then he would never be unhappy and dissatisfied.

    This one liner made Seth more puzzled as he could not comprehend its meaning. Can we help Seth here with our little understanding?

    The message conveyed by old lady was that human beings are imperfect and mortal creatures. Yet they can and they should try to attain perfection by following the ethical ideals. But the question which may bother us like Seth is that why only honesty is the best policy when we have other goals like equality, justice, truth, humanity, love and compassion etc. Ipso facto honesty entails other ideals. This makes it top the ladder of ideals as far as following a course of action is concerned.

    Now the circle of course of action starts from the individual small work to the something big like foreign policy of a country.

    The biggest circle of action can be at the global level. Let us consider one example. Recently time’s magazine has named our incumbent prime minister as one of the most influential person of the world.

    Reason can be attributed to the commitment with which he pursued India’s foreign policy. Be it appealing to the Diaspora in Silicon Valley, or paying friendly visit to the so called enemy of India and later compelling it to take action against its terrorists or making 21 June as Yoga Day at international level, or telling the world that we are chasing the terrorists of smart phones and laptops than a man of cave, he was the talk of the time.

    Here there may be dissimilarities while enumerating his achievements but one thing is common- honesty in his efforts. Carrying forward the legacy of India’s non-alignment, equality and justice were his motto too which made him different than other global leaders. This goes on to prove that honesty not only entails commitment but also the respect and trust of the people.

    Not only at the global level, at national level also respect and trust can be earned by following the policy of honesty. For example, a nation is not run by the goons or thieves but the administrators and politicians.

    Within India if politicians like J.L Nehru, Ambedkar and Kalam were honest to formulate the policies and schemes for the most marginalised section of the society then bureaucrats like Sanjeev Chaturvedi and Khemka ensured that they reach to the real beneficiaries no matter how adverse the circumstances are. True to their efforts, these people are justifying the true meaning of fortune favors the brave. And who would not love bravery?

    Thus, the charm of bravery and boldness in decisions can be entailed one and only by honesty. It does not leave any space for dilemma or possibility of another course of action.

    Dilemma of action does not occur at national front and in professional life only but it has to do with one’s personal life too. To visualise the matter clearly, the circle of action has to be reduced in area of individual’s relations.

    No matter how much one has achieved name, fame, respect and money, he can’t be happy if he is not honest towards his family and friends. In fact the mansion of successful professional life cannot be built at distorted and dishonest edifice of personal life.

    All the respect, name and fame are in vain if they are not visible to family members and friends. What will one do with the trust and support of a boss and employees if he cannot win the trust of his mother and wife? So honesty at personal life is also important policy. Here honesty not only makes a person to give time to his family and friends, earn their love and support but also when the world is against him, his dear ones stand behind him. They have the guts to forgive a person even if he went wrong somewhere some day. Such is the power of being honest

    Therefore, honesty is the best policy no matter what the circumstances are and at what level one is. It will pay the dividends though may not immediately but in long term it is the solution to all the dilemmas arising during the course of action. It is worth to be followed.

    So come what may, if you want to really taste the success in all areas of life, be honest. If you want to be truthful, just and want to pursue egalitarianism, be honest. Lastly if you want to realise the true meaning of humanity-be honest.

    Undoubtedly, honesty is the best wager in which chances of win and satisfaction are most. So follow this policy so that if you have to look back at your past then you do not have to face the shame and anxiety as Seth in analogy had to.

    But wait, though a little late but Seth also learnt this treacherous lesson gradually and passed off to his sons. Thereafter he lived happily for another 50 years with a sense of relaxation as he learnt the very important lesson of his life which was bearing fruit for his sons also.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Intro was a bit big & not very impressive. ( I am not able to relate it too much in intro & conclusion)

      Be it appealing to the Diaspora in Silicon Valley, or paying friendly visit to the so called enemy of India and later compelling it to take action against its terrorists or making 21 June as Yoga Day at international level, or telling the world that we are chasing the terrorists of smart phones and laptops than a man of cave, he was the talk of the time. – ( i feel it was more about bold & couragious steps)

      You have explained the practice aspect of honesty in the current time very well. (Both International & national level)

      Contant is very good.

      plz review mine too.

      • Vivaan Khanna

        ok dost…yeah intro backfired today..will try to improve…please keep on reviewing my write ups

    • Jaya Swatantra

      First of all your are back with a boom Vivaan
      A very good and imaginative introduction
      You relate in a very natural and authentic way
      Great flow but conclusion needs a bit more elaboration
      But overall a great admiration for your write up today… keep writing ATB !! and thanks.. 🙂 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        thank you jaya….ur reviews are positive like ur personality..keep it up….good to know u liked it..will work on conclusion for sure…thanx a lot for all kind of positive messages which you keep on giving me….a booster for me

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi Vivaan,
      Intro didn’t appeal much. 🙁
      Examples couldn’t convey the importance of honesty.
      Better examples and explanation could have helped.
      I felt last three paragraphs were much better than the start. 🙂

      Review mine too. 🙂 thanks.

      • Vivaan Khanna

        ah night thinker ji…thank you for critical review..will work upon suggestions..keeep reviewing my essays

    • Hello Vivaan bhai, my views:
      1)The schemes and actions of JL Nehru, Ambedkar could have been explained a bit. Further, making schemes doesn’t look a brave move to me :/ Though braveness was apt for bureaucrats actions
      2)Language was good throughout the essay
      3)Need to make it engaging. It started off well but lost the steam in middle
      4)The ‘best’ has been explained by you very well 🙂
      Didn’t find much to point out except the need to make it engaging.
      BDW, life expectancy of Seth was too high 😛

      • Vivaan Khanna

        battie…mere kaan tarsate hai tumhare vo lafz sunne k liye jab tum kahoge engaging vivaan…koi trick ho to please share..i dont know how to engage u…
        thank you for the review..ha seth tha vo khate pite ghar ka…100 saal pure kiye usne

    • Ram

      seth mani ram at his 50 remembers as he ditched his gf. looks optimistic:)
      foregn policy and great personalities touched.
      over all nice effort
      plz review mine

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Hahaha , upvote for 1st line

      • Vivaan Khanna

        boys will be boys…no one can change us…:D..sahi ja rahe ho..
        thank you for the review

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Sachin Paaji , your intro seems to be inspired by Ghost of chrismas past, present and future – Ebenezer scrooge 🙂 Nice opening by the best opener 🙂 , but yes it could have been made more interesting

      • Vivaan Khanna

        ye b accepted..intro did not click ths time

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Don’t write 1-2 lines paras , they break the coherence between paras.
      Many points were nice – like support by dear ones in bad times.
      But, I think your essay need some more solid and diverse examples, other than politics and Seth ji 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        thank you viraat…yeah 1-2 lines cant be called paras….oh diversity also missing..will try to improve…keep me teaching some of ur techniques 😉

    • HappyIAS

      one of the best reads.
      ur essay is multi-faceted.
      very good command over language.
      nothing to criticize. Perfect. 🙂
      Keep writing. And please review mine if time permits. Thanks 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        kitta accha laga ye review padh kar….thank you

    • Akhil

      Story is not very impressive I think. Could have written something else. Honesty is best policy he was not able to comprehend at the age of fifty. Thoda strange lagta hai..he might have never followed this though he may knew it….

      International, national and individual level examples are good . but, i don’t know current pm k example use karna chahiye he is always on hitlist of leftist.. So koi leftist examiner hua to sayad na pasand kare.

      Philosophical touch is nicely given. Good flow. Family wala example is really nice..

      Overall it was a good read. Keep it up
      Thank you

      • Vivaan Khanna

        oh yani imaginative power ka nahi ayi chalo next time
        yeah current PM may backfire
        thank you akhil

    • Affu

      good effort vivan jee,missing ur answers on secure,these days many of our fellow insightians have become conspicous by their absence,hope u all shall resume it soon

      • Vivaan Khanna

        affu ji no critique..this is not done 🙁
        ya even i want to post my answers but time problem…but i havent relinquished writing..will post my answers now and then to get ur wonderful reviews…dont worry will review urs too whenever i come here 🙂

        • Affu

          ATHIDHI DEVOBHAVA vivan jee,roz likha karo answer criticize jam ke karenge

    • Bhai, log keh rahe intro accha nai tha, mujhe to bahut accha laga 😀

      “Ipso facto honesty “… bhai, don’t make it evident that your optional is philo. A literature faculty would be checking

      I guess explaining it through one incident would be better than point out all his(Modi’s) efforts as a whole. I mean, aise to we can also call Indira, Shastri, Manmohan(:D) as being honest during their regime. This is a personal view but when you read it urself, looking at the word “Influential” feels like “Yaar ye q bata raha hume :P”

      Trust me,(and I am being honest) I didn’t really like this essay of urs. The last time you wrote was a blast, aaj unnecessary GS, examples not good, and the one-two liners para doesn’t give the feeling of an essay. Sorry 🙁

      No hard feelings meant!

      • Vivaan Khanna

        iipso facto mai philo me nahi use karta…ye to literature hi hai na…
        tere criticisms sar ankho par…will try to improve…never ever dare to say sorry..tu to mera purana dost hai insights ka…jab mai naye dosto ke crticisms jhel jata hu to tu to galiyan b de sakta hai…keep on criticising as much as u can till i improve..dont know about others but i have been a major beneficiary of ur reviews..tu mere liye hard feelings rakh hi nahi sakta i know :)…jyada senti ho gaya thoda
        thank you pyare dost

    • Raunak Vashisht

      Hi Vivaan 🙂
      I’m not an experienced essay writer myself, yet would try to bring out some of the things which can be improved :

      1) Though the message u wanted to convey through your start is good, it didn’t click to me as it looks too stretched.
      I mean having contemplated 50 years of his life, Seth could have reached to the conclusion himself, that honesty is the best policy and dishonesty has not paid him enough.
      Further, the fact that if a 50 years of age cannot comprehend the meaning of being honest we have failed our youngsters then. (sorry for being exta-critical here)
      2) The paragragh on Modi is simply amazing. so is the flow and philosophical part.

      Rest looks fine to me. KWAR 🙂

      Thanks 🙂

      • Vivaan Khanna

        no one is veteran here..feel free to criticize and give ur valuable review
        1.very good point raised…intro backfired me today..will improve
        thank you for taking out time

    • Rashmirathi

      the opening story was very unique and interesting .and carrying it on in the conclusion was an apt thing to do. it was a good idea but tum ise better use kar sakte the , malab 50 ka aadmi can’t be puzzled hearing that honesty is the best policy. instead of you walking him through it, it could be him contemplating the same on his own.

      examples are very diverse, but dont you think modi ko tora zyaada footage de diya, i mean two paragraphs ! :O , many people do not like him, what if examiner is one.

      you have only glorified honesty, other facets could also have been touched such as hardships on the path to honesty but in the long run its worth it, situations where being honest might not be the most human thing to do , etc.

      overall good essay.

      miss reading ur answers on secure 😀
      all the best ,
      thanks 🙂

    • yogi

      A good attempt , but few things

      Beginning, fine but full of negativity, few weeks ago people suggested me to be positive at least in intro and conclusion so I m passing the same to you

      This one liner made Seth more puzzled as he could not comprehend its meaning. Can we help Seth here with our little understanding?—- bhai innovation at it its peak

      Modi’s activities too much emphasized

      Another suggestion, which people gave me: don’t write the names like Khemka and all, may be they read this — “don’t judge my personality before my chapter of life is closed”—by a great man

      3rd last para is giving the sense of end of essay, so could have been placed accordingly

      Write “children” instead of sons.

      Thanks 🙂

    • Shaktimaan

      sachin bhai hiloooooo:):)
      long time……….. koi na karo pre k prep……..happy studying:):)
      dhanyavaaaaaad apke rvw k liye>>> appretiate ur efforts:):)
      now my rvw:):)
      intro>>seth ki gf>>hahahahaha:P
      waise meko cool c lagi intro……….pr yeha title ko thoda sa include karte mtlb bit sa explain karte>>bina sirf yeh btaye ki seth ko dream aaya >>> bhavna samajh gy honge aap:):)
      example na thoda sa explain bi karna chahiye>>jaise sidha aisa likhna ki khemkha ke bare to jante ki kitni honesty se kam kiya>> balki thoda sa light dalte unke kaam pe ki >>aisa aisa kiya to unki kitni transfer b hui>> pr fir b apne honesty ka path ni chhoda typs>> again bhavna smajh gye honge:):)
      PM wala example waise toh awsm hai>> bt exact honesty sa ni>> wo jo kaam kar rahe h >> wo to PM ka “FARZ” hai na>>> pr han aisa h ki honesty se kr rahe h >>to phir thik h:):)
      baki kafi matter diya hua h>…..to i like it:):)
      ovrall v.good
      keeeeeep writing bhai…………thank u:):)
      sorry late rvw k liye!!!

  • Babita Babita

    Guys pls review 1st time I m writing

  • As I began penning down this essay, few thoughts came to my mind. I realized that it would have been quite difficult to write it, if I hadn’t prepared honestly for my examinations. Strict adherence to schedules, meeting the deadlines and ensuring good quality of learning has helped me polish my writing skills. Thus, honestly is indeed proving a best policy for me.

    But before moving any further, it is pertinent enough to understand the meaning of honesty. Honesty is quite a subjective term and implies an absence of deceit and falseness. However, the absence of these abstract qualities gives rise to presence of other qualities like truthfulness, integrity and transparency. But whether this policy proves to be the best is a matter of context and circumstances that we are going to explore ahead in this essay.

    Anything can be termed as best if it gets proved that it fared better than other. Same goes with the policy of honesty. In the past during colonial time in India, Mahatma Gandhi remained honest to his principles and strictly adhered to values of non-violence and truthfulness. His stand of honesty gets proved by the fact that he called off the Non-cooperation movement when 22 policemen were burnt in Chauri Chaura incident and hence a violation of the principles of non-violence. Continuous engagement with honesty by Mahatma Gandhi became one of the strongest factors behind India’s independence. Thus, proving the dictum that honesty is the best policy.

    In present times too, one can realize the truthfulness of this dictum by a thorough analysis of the happenings around us. Whether the policy of honesty is best can also be proved through its utility to the users. Under the recently signed Paris agreement on Climate Change, member countries submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that detailed the actions and commitments of countries in the battle against climate change. An honest declaration helps muster confidence that these commitments are achievable and subsequently efforts with full force can be made. On the contrary, a dishonest highly ambitious declaration by countries gives rise to the element of doubt in the capabilities and hence the actions against climate change remain half-hearted.

    Not only in international arena but also in the national arena, the policy of honesty proves its utility. Honesty becomes a tool to ensure justice. Apart from the infrastructural and resource constraints in the Indian judiciary, the dishonest arguments by the witnesses too prolong the proceedings. Had there been an honest communication of their thoughts, the cases wouldn’t have dragged for years together. Thus, honesty can avoid such incidents and help impart justice to the victims.

    The notion that policy of honest is best gets strengthened by its importance in welfare to citizens. Honesty shown by civil servants in their work and discharge of duties often draws praise and respect from the beneficiaries of their services. This kind of bureaucrat-citizen relationship ensures a good rapport between them and motivates the civil servants to perform even better. Thus, honesty becomes a driving force and helps civil servants to remain committed towards their duties.

    Apart from bureaucrat-citizen relationship, policy of honesty also proves its mettle in citizen-citizen relationships. The relations of marriages and friendship remain durable in the long run if they are established on the foundations of honesty. An honest communication about the thoughts and ideas helps develop a better understanding of the partner and helps other to connect easily with them. Tinkering with ideas so as to present a distorted picture of personality doesn’t ensure sustainability in relationships.

    Giving a look at all these arguments makes one believe that honesty is always the best policy but is it so? In this dynamic world, there can be minor exceptions to this otherwise golden principle. Such an exception can be seen in the case where people are running behind a person with the intention to kill him and a question is put to you about the direction where the person ran away. In such a scenario, honesty towards the principle of truth can backfire as it might result in death of a person. Here, minor deviation from being honest is permitted so as to save a life.

    After having understood the importance of honesty in different spheres of life, there exists a strong argument to apply the same in life. Government must strive to put this principle of honesty through different channels. The digital revolution in the country provides a strong plank to ensure the same in government operations by putting the relevant and true information in the public domain. The recent move by Power Ministry to launch Garv application to show the number of villages being electrified and availability and price of power is a laudable move. Similar tools to help realize the policy of honesty should be the way forward.

    Thus, it can be said that the policy of honesty stands to be portrayed as best because of its utility on different levels-international, national and personal. Application this principle results in positive externalities in form of welfare, justice and upliftment of the humankind. Even though there are some outliers to this principle but otherwise the principle is almost universally applicable. This inherent advantage of universal application makes a strong case for proliferating it in the spheres that currently remain untouched from it so as to garner associated benefits of welfare for all.

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Your content is good but needs proper structuring which is blocking the flow which your essays generally have Batman ji… for example after the exampl e of Gandhi ji and non cooperation movement.. immediately came climate change issue..
      Conclusion too needs a bit improvement…:)
      You write much better than this… so keep writing and emerge a true winner.. All the best!! review mine as well…

      • Thank You 🙂
        Past and present case tha wo, but I will try to improve further 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Very well written frd.

      Mahatama gandhi para is good ( i have also written a para on the same lines)

      INDC and climate change commitment a bit outspaced ( could have been expressed better -personal view)

      You included international & national dimensions also which i missed.

      Good conc

      Overall a very good read as always.

    • HappyIAS

      Awesome essay batman!
      Very good incorporation of current affairs.
      It is well interconnected and the language is good.
      Above all, it can be related to.. Civil services aspirant touch 😛
      but bhai INDC wala who knows honest declaration hai bhi ki nai.. just my opinion.. dont know if we can use it here. I may be wrong..

      Overall, brilliant. 🙂
      Please review mine. I wrote first time today after very long. thanks in advance. 🙂

      • Hey HappyIAS, we met on iasbaba 😀
        you may be right about INDC and that’s why I tried to write both sides of the coin 🙂
        Thanks Bhai, abi review karta tumhara 🙂

        • HappyIAS

          haan bhai yaad hai mile the hum.. 😀
          post karne se pehle lag raha tha ki yahan log jaante hi nai… upar se itne saare essays and comments already the.. laga koi review ni karega..

          thanks for reviewing. means a lot 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1.battie perhaps u will not write this intro in exam..please write the one which u would have really written if this essay would have come…this will make us assess ur writing much better…i dont have any problem with such intros except such narrations bring bragging in one or other form…
      2.honesty ko subjective kahne wale logo ethics aur padho thoda….degrees may be there but not the principle iitself :p
      3.climate change mein honesty nahi this,,,,abi b lad rahe hai sab..tum kam karo phr mai karunga
      4make ur application of honesty in life more clear…also that para was misplaced one as per me once u started criticizing the honesty as policy
      5.adage was well grabbed by u which most of us could not do
      6.is bar personal experience ko conclusion se connect nahi kiya?…this proves my point of having different intro 😉
      good piece with nice flow
      humra b review kar do please

      • Dhyanyawad Vivaan Bhaiya 😀
        Yar intro to mai likh deta as it looks original but I know that bragging comes in between.
        2,4 point agar time mile to thoda samjhana 🙂
        Abi review karta, tumhare paas he aa rha tha 😀

        • Vivaan Khanna

          vivaan bhaiya?..mai sirf invoker ka bhaiya hu yaha….hum to apke chele thahre
          2.honesty is not subjective..it is one of the yardstick in ethics on which some decisions are taken..degrees may vary means sometimes u may be at the peak of honesty or sometimes ur honesty may be equivalent to 0 but it cant be said subjective….koi normal sa value hota to mai man b leta par honesty cant be…
          4.regarding misplaced one…u started opposite view where we need to be dishonest and then govt came
          making it clear means-‘After having understood the importance of honesty in different spheres of life, there exists a strong argument to apply the same in life”…i got what u said but it is giving impression of importance of honesty..practical applicability may be the right word than “apply same in life”
          dhanywad

          • Ok bhai ji, will take care whatever you have said. Thanks for explaining 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Batman,
      I liked your innovative start;
      If such introductions are valid, then this would surely fetch you good marks 🙂
      I liked climate wala point too! Different example 🙂 so well done 🙂
      Last paragraphs didn’t appeal much.appeared boring. 🙁
      Conclusion could have been more catchy 🙂
      Keep up!

      • Thanks MSD. In last paras, can you detail what did you find boring-the flow or content or the relevance or the make up of statements? Would help me in improving 🙂
        Shukriya apke review k lie 😀

    • OK

      I found many examples in your essay to justify your stand. In the beginning you tried to define the term as well. Nice one. Liked it.
      If you have time, then just go through mine as well. Though it is not written in the form of essay, but will get an essence of it.
      https://okko10689.wordpress.com/

    • Ram

      the into is about the making of honesty as the best policy
      both national and international issues discussed.
      tried to touch diverse issues
      a nice effort.
      plz review mine

    • Namrata

      yo batman awesome 😀 USPs of the essay:
      1. wonderful examples
      2. diverse views
      3. quite balanced
      4. particularly loved the gandhiji and woh saving a life wala eg .. 😀

      few suggestions:
      1. intro = flat .. did not appeal at all ..sorry 😛
      2. i personally dont like this style of writing the essay as if u r teaching me ..”we r going to discuss this”.. “before we see this it is important for us to know the meaning” .. dont mind but it looks as if u r taking our class on “honesty” 😛 refrain from such an approach to write ..
      3. aur iss baar thoda flow missing sa laga ..like all paras were not equally connected ..maybe wrong but meko laga .. ek baar check kar lena 🙂

      overall great one 😀 but not ur best 😛

      • haha. last time I asked someone to refrain from this ‘lecture’ but did the same now 😀
        yea flow has a bit problem this time. I felt the same too 🙂
        We will improve 😀

        • Namrata

          hainn keda lecture??

          • are jo tum ‘class on honesty’ ki baat kr rhe te 😛

            • Namrata

              acha last time bhi point out kiya tha kya maine?? 😛

              • are kisi or ko mane kaha tha ki lecture ni dena hota essay me 😛

      • Rashmirathi

        can you please review mine namrata… i will reciprocate

    • Raunak Vashisht

      Loved it. Cannot comment more with my limited knowledge on essay writing for upsc.
      Pls review mine, if and when time permits
      Thanks !

      • I always thought you were a PhD student in IIT 😛
        Already reviewed 😀

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Great essay ! however , one doubt .. Wont defining something as basic as honesty hurt the examiner’s ego ? I read in a couple of essays that they have purposely ‘defined what is honesty ” ? Pls review mine as well 🙂

      • Raunak Vashisht

        u caught and bowled him 😀
        Pls review mine if time permits. Thanks 🙂

      • essay is a place to present your views. Even if you have read many essays that define honesty, I can bet there is difference in everyone’s definition 🙂
        I remember an essay titled ‘an idle mind is a devil’s workshop’. Here even though the expression idle mind looks very clear, I had detailed the same that mind is never idle and in this scenario idle mind applies to negative thoughts 🙂

    • Akhil

      Hello batman..
      -bro intro is not appealing one..
      -second para is very good
      -you nicely justified relevance of honesty in international, national and individual level.
      -importance of honesty in politics and corporate companies could have been included.
      -other dimension of honesty in third last para is awesome.
      -overall it was good read. Really nice essay.

      Thank you. Review my essay also if you have time.

    • Affu

      good one batman,the strength of ur essay is the diversity of topics u touched however,at the end by stating that digital revolution,garv u narrowed ur horizons,ofcourse they are good in their own but try to improve last two paras ..good attempt though

    • Ambarish

      Finally! Found your essay 😀 Let me start reviewing it now

    • Ambarish

      Hi Batman, Please find my comments below:
      1. Full marks for starting the essay in a novel manner! Man, that was audacious. It is subtle enough to engage the reader nor does it sound too arrogant or self seeking. A word of caution though, it is a very fine balance to keep. One may not succeed all the time
      2. You have tackled the question related to honesty in the second paragraph itself. It declares that you mean business.
      3. “whether this policy proves to be the best is a
      matter of context and circumstances” – A unique and original observation. Adds originality to your essay
      4. Paragraph related to Mahatma Gandhi can be remoulded and made more interesting. I found it to be a little loose
      5. “Whether the policy of honesty is best can also
      be proved through its utility to the users” – The same applies to dishonesty as well. Take Harvey Dent for example 😉 His deeds were shielded dishonestly for the public good 😀
      6. “Honesty becomes a tool to ensure justice” – I guess it would be better to leave justice to the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Amartya Sen. It is a very deep and thought provoking concept and I would recommend to not to engage it unless absolutely necessary. Do try to refrain from making blanket statements around it. A lay man may get impressed by it but not a bad ass humanities professor
      7. In the judiciary example you could have cited how the modern legal system uses tools like letting the accused turn approvers, plea bargaining to encourage them to honestly admit the wrongs which they are accused of and expect to be treated with leniency
      8. In the bureaucracy example, while it is true that honesty imparts a very positive image to an officer’s personality, honesty by itself cannot guarantee efficiency by itself. Look at Man Mohan Singh
      9. Instead of highlighting marriage etc, you can simply state honesty helps in strengthening social relationships, bring in transparency etc etc
      10. The example highlighting exception to ‘honesty is the best policy’ is a little difficult to digest. You can try coming up with a more simple example to drive home your point
      11. You are trying to highlight that honesty can be ushered through transparency. I think that it is a two way street. Honest intentions Desire to implement GARV
      12. You can tighten up your conclusion as well

      • haha thanks a lot bhai. Liked the way you go into details of my essay 🙂
        For ease of access in this age of digital revolution, you can simply click on my name and access my essay from my profile 😛

    • yogi

      Batman Bhai 🙂
      my view :

      Intro was déjà vu 😛

      Sorry, but personally I did not like the beginning,

      Multi dimensional essay, I think u caught the essence of the theme and what the examiner would like to read, very good, hum toh philo hi jhhadte reh gaye 😉

      Flow is too good,

      2nd last para, was well thought that add practicality in ur essay, great job

      Conclusion : Is good as it summarises the essay in very concise form , but a bit strength in needed in terms of feelings , I hope u got what I mean 🙂

      Thanks 🙂

    • Shaktimaan

      hilooo batiee!!:)
      simple sober sa tha eassy……….gooooood!!
      straight fwd………no bakwass type!!
      bt yeh topic main philo b aani chhiye na>>>> example ka dose jyada tha unko backup karne wali philo c km thi>>> or jahan h waha bs bola ki honsty bst policy h!.. mtlb thoda AUR chahiye tha:)
      baki kaafi dimension cover kia hua h
      awsm-blosm:)
      waise toh apun late pr phir b……smajhdaar batiee:P
      thank u:):):)

      • bhai kal tumhara essay review krne lga to lyt chali gyi 😀
        aj karunga, n hw r u nw?

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Batman ,

      1) Introduction is good 🙂

      2) don’t tell honesty is subjective and cannot be properly defined and relating it to truthfulness , integrity and transparency .you are expected to bring the clarity in the context but you are telling to the examiner ” my dear examiner i cannot define Honesty properly ………. Hahahaha………. 🙂 🙂

      3) His stand of honesty gets proved by the fact that he called off the Non-cooperation movement when 22 policemen were burnt in Chauri Chaura incident and hence a violation of the principles of non-violence. ???? ARE YOU SURE honesty is the only reason that promoted him to call off the Non-cooperation movement 🙂 Dear Batman you must have already read Modern Indian History and i think it will be not required for me to tell why he called off the non-corporation movement . Gandhi was sure people are still not trained enough to conduct protest through peaceful means which made him to take that drastic step .
      4) from non cooperation movement , you straightaway jumped to pairs agreement for climate ( this proves my BUDDY is a Batman …….. only Super hero like Batman can do that ) IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE PAST AND PRESENT , COMPARE BY TAKING A SIMILAR topic equivalent to non-cooperation rather than taking Climate change ) PLEASE DON’T JUMP TO WHATEVER TOPIC YOU FEEL LIKE . I know you are a Batman but the examiner Doesn’t ……… LOL!!!

      I don’t understand how you are calling the outcome of Paris conference Honest ???? you write excellent answers in General Studies and only you can tell on what made you call Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as Honest .

      This paragraph is NOT bringing the context of the essay clearly .

      5) Thus, honesty can avoid such incidents and help impart justice to the victims.????????? so you are telling the Indian Judiciary is incompetent to find out the difference between a Honest argument and a dishonest argument which is the reason behind for poor justice delivery !!!

      6) The notion that policy of honest is best gets strengthened by its importance in welfare to citizens. this paragraph is well explained 🙂

      7) policy of honesty also proves its mettle in citizen-citizen relationships. this paragraph is also good 🙂

      8) Such an exception can be seen in the case where people are running behind a person with the intention to kill him and a question is put to you about the direction where the person ran away. ?????? this example is good 🙂 but you are silent on whether the person who is chased is genuine or not . Don’t give an opportunity for the examiner to take his/her views .

      example : If i was the examiner , i would have though like this ” if the person who is being chased have actually stole a 10 lakhs worth Diamond Necklace , do you think the people chasing are not good 🙂

      actually my dear Batman is helping the Thief who stole the diamond necklace from being caught by not telling the route to the people who are chasing the thief .

      If my Batman do not show the correct route , i can understand that the thief will be caught by my SUPER HERO Batman himself but the examiner Doesn’t know the candidate is OUR HONEST BATMAN 🙂 I HOPE YOU GOT MY POINT 🙂

      9) The recent move by Power Ministry to launch Garv application to show the number of villages being electrified and availability and price of power is a laudable move. ????? THE MOVE BY GOVERNMENT TO PUT INFORMATION IN PUBLIC DOMAIN IS CALLED AS ” OPENNESS ” AND NOT HONESTY .

      The people Haven’t asked about the information about the details . you can call it as Honesty only when people demand details from the government and Government provides the most authentic information on the subject to the people .

      If the Government is placing information in public domain that haven’t been asked by the public , then you call it as OPENNESS , I HOPE YOU ARE CLEAR WITH THE DIFFERENCE 🙂

      10) CONCLUSION HAVE TO BE IMPROVED . write simple conclusion rather than dragging it in the name of showing that i have written a paragraph for conclusion .

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • Hello Aravind bhai, thanks a lot for your worthy review. I am presenting few points but not with the intention to counter view but with an intention to make my point clearer to you 🙂
        3)I think though this was a reason that people were not trained but the basic premise was his adherence to non-violence. If people would have been trained, there would have been no such violence
        4)I have discussed both the cases and in fact I haven’t made some sweeping statement that it is honest or not. I have introduced possibilities
        5)Praising someone doesn’t imply that I am demeaning someone else
        8)I have added the term ‘intention to kill’ be it anyone, I can’t it is apt to kill someone on street
        9)You need to re-read the paragraph here. I have added true information. Even though it ensures openness, the policy ensures honesty when it is being added in true format. The info that you have provided can be seen from two angle-honesty that is being ensured by government through app; and the honesty that is being demanded by the people
        10)It is not with the intention to drag it in any manner. Conclusion should have the essence of essay. Examiner should be able to know what you have written in main body of essay just by looking at conclusion itself and each of my statement is related with the content above. Hope now you will be able to relate better

        I hope I have answered few of your queries. To be honest, I wrote this essay keeping your face in my mind that you’ll come up with statements ‘please be clear’ and I am glad that you didn’t use it this time. LOL 😛

    • Sonia mehra

      Dear Batman,
      1. Intro= I appreciate your thought process. But I would suggest to remain within the essay while writing an essay. You could very well explain your experiences by giving examples etc, by being within essay.

      Imagine you are watching a movie and as soon as the movie starts the director comes and talks about the effort he has put in making the movie… etc etc etc.. It doesn’t look nice. The director should make his point, by creatively putting across his points within the storyline of the movie.

      2. However, the absence of these abstract qualities gives rise to presence of other qualities like truthfulness, integrity and transparency. = Couldn’t understand the purpose behind this line.

      3.. Body= I have always observed you touching many dimensions in the body of the essay. This essay is also no different. You have touched dimensions like climate, Justice, Administration, Society etc. Multi dimension has become your USP- KEEP IT UP.

      4. Seventh para= Every rule has an exception, I fully concur with this point. But in the example you have taken a narrow view of Honesty. That person anyway had an option not to answer.

      Let’s take the case of Yudhishtir, he has lied to Drona that his son has died. But still we don’t consider him as dishonest, because his objective was sustenance of Dharma. If your lie can save a life, then one cannot be termed as dishonest. On the contrary you are ethically and morally right in doing so.

      5. Garv application is good, but I feel RTI example would have been better. Since the govt is being honest by giving right information which people are asking for, even when these information are no so comfortable for government’s image.

      6. Conclusion is good, you have summed up the body.

      Thank you dear friend…

      • Thanks Ma’am. Your words will remain etched in my memory 🙂

  • Sahil Garg

    T20 world cup 2016 was on. Dhoni was the bastman. He edges the ball lightly to the wicketkeeper and starts walking even without looking at the umpire. He knew he was out. My nephew made fun of him saying -“What a stupid fellow he is ? Honesty cannot always be the best thing to do. the team needed him, and he wanted to act great? ” . I stood quiet, waiting for time to clear him the old adage -“honesty is the best policy”. And I did not have to wait for long. In the very next game, despite a loud appeal from the bowler, Dhoni didnt walk . It later got clear he wasn’t out. Post match the umpire remarked – “My work gets easier when cricketers like Dhoni are playing.” Their conduct mostly tells me if they are out or not. My nephew got the answer. Not even Dhoni, but many greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist have been known to exhibit consummate levels of honesty and they have ruled people’s hearts for decades.

    Honesty is one of those cardinal virtues without which a person cannot expect to climb high in life. Either he will fail in the start or his success wont be sustainable. At some point in his journey, his conscience will criticize him for speaking lies, concealing the facts and slowly and slowly it wont allow him to work with his full self. The best thing about being honest is that one doesn’t have to remember anything. Honesty eases the unnecessary burden on the brain, and reveals a more productive, and a more confident person.

    There are two aspects to honesty – one being honest with the outside world, and other being honest to oneself. Being honest with the outside world increases the trust factor associated with a person. An honest person is definitely seen as being more trustworthy. Also, it raises the reverence one gets in his life. An honest person makes a better leader, since he can communicate in a more open and frank way with his team, rather than keeping them in dark. The second aspect of being honest to oneself is even more important. A person who tries to fool himself will have a lower self-esteem and confidence. Being dishonest with oneself develops fear and poor thoughts, and poor thoughts get manifested into poor actions. Self-honesty helps one analyse mistakes and correct them, while being dishonest slowly paves the way for doom.

    History has shown us how honesty is always the better option. The Indian National Movement was mostly woven on the threads of honesty. Be it the ideals of Satyagraha of Gandhiji, Dadabhai Naoroji’s honest economic critique of colonialism, or the revolutionary attempt of Bhagat Singh , all actions were honest which actually bridged the gap between people and the leaders. It exposed the hidden robbery being done by the British. During the Chinese invasion in 1962, JN Nehru honestly admitted that the attack was very serious and India will have go with his full might to stop the invasion . He did not show ease. Had that been so, it would have been even more disastrous. Similarly, Sam Manekshaw honestly asked for delaying the 1971 war citing the monsoons, complaince to which won India the war . Had he merely toed to the orders, India would have lost.

    India’s outright honesty and clear stand was appreciated in the Non-Alignment Movement, despite being under global pressure. Similarly, India’s honest opposition to discriminatory nature of Non Proliferation Treaty actually uncovered the hidden bias. India till date maintains its stand on NPT, and most nuclear powers agree have readily agreed on India’s stand.

    Some recent developments have also established the importance of honesty. Recent honest stand of India on Global warming regarding the commitment to reducing emissions , but simultaneously focusing on common but differentiated responsibility is a welcome one. RBI governor has hit hard at the powerful defaulters and presented a more honest and true picture of Indian economy rather than concealing the facts for short term gains.

    Though we have seen increasing importance of honesty and its positive and transforming effects, the picture today is a bit dismal. The increasing globalization and westernization did result in materialism gaining the upper hand and some debacle on the value front was clearly visible. Parents today often tell their children to lie for short term gains, little realizing how gravely if effects their future. Gradually, they turn inveterate lairs, not hesitating much before taking the wrong path. Education and Health sector has commercialized and honesty has taken a back seat even there. Growing menace of corruption in politics is not a thing unknown to many.Democracy is a system which demands honesty from both the public and the government. Love for power has somewhere resulted in weakening of these ideals.

    The world needs to reflect and analyse where we have reached and where we are heading. Mere economic and political gains, without reflecting on the importance of being ethical and moral might satisfy the current needs , but will make the future hollow. People today are increasingly concentrating more on having a larger share of pie, and lesser on a larger piece of mind. Non-conformity to honesty in life will erode the trust people have in others. The society will slowly become more fragmented, catering only to self benefits at the cost of others.

    Honesty definitely needs a rekindling . The work needs to start with the children.The prime role in this regard becomes of primary education and parental guidance. This is where the children are nurtured when their brain can capture the most without being influenced much. Parents need to emphasize the importance of values and act a role model.The higher education also need to modify its curriculum to give a fair share to value based education, else we might have great professional doctors and engineers, but those who might be lacking basic human values. Political parties needs to take ethical more responsibility.

    Old is Gold and some values do remain eternal. Honesty is till today the best policy and will continue to remain so. The rekindling of honest values wont be easy, but is certainly the need today. Otherwise, the generation of tomorrow might only have bigger pockets, but certainly not bigger hearts.

    • Night thinker !!

      Mere Dhoni ka example at the start itself *_*
      How won’t I upvote? 🙂
      Lol !! Lovely piece Sahil bhai 🙂
      Best among what I read today 🙂 🙂 you write really good!!
      Find time to review my essay as well

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Dhoni behen 🙂 , jara kohli bro ka bhi essay review or upvote kar do

    • Prash

      hello ..nicely written..few points to be noted..
      1. ur examples from history are commendable..but they are breaking the flow..and that much relevant to be quoted..like nehru acceping the invasion did not change the case ..and even after accepting things got worsen..
      so this is my personal opinion..I found those examples breaking the monotony..May be u I have read india after independence in recent times and that is reflecting here( it is what I felt..don’t mind)
      2. u have covered very less dimensions of honesty

      kindly review mine

  • minaxi

    “Honesty is the best policy.”

    ”US govt sues Volkswagen over cheating on emission tests”
    VW our beloved car brand, which had made it’s goodwill in markets as environmental friendly car brand. But when news about cheating i emission test was disclosed, it was not only taken by surprises by people and government all over the world, but also hamper the good will and brand name, which is base for any world class business.Damage done by this news can be seen in form of plunging share prices and sales of VW.

    Why VW took the path of dishonesty and what would have been the consequences, if VW had been honest from the start with governments and public.Perhaps, the good will, VW had been enjoyed, would not have been developed so easily and it could not become such a world class brand name, if VE had choose to path of honesty. But than, this type of goodwill is a glass castle in air with weak columns of false proofs and claims.

    Why dishonesty is more desirable than honesty? Do it solve the problems or magnify them?

    Modern world is the world of materialism and competition, here everyone is the part of race, and having some advantages like smartness, quickness, excellence, and brilliancy etc help one to have upper hand over others. And others who do not have qualities can be out of competition race very easily. But if you have not these advantages in real sense, one must be dishonest to give the appearance of these advantages so that, the short cuts can be curved out to take full advantages of available opportunist and possibilities.

    Second reason for choosing dishonesty may be that individuals do not want to face adverse and undesirable consequences and difficulties arising out of being honest.an executive will hardly bring herself to tell the truth to her boss, that project plan developed by boss have number of deficiencies and problems, if boss can not tolerate the critics for his ideas.

    Individuals or group of individuals either do not like to face the truth or tell the truth even if it is vital for their development.

    Dishonesty may look an easy and convenient way to escape and solve the problems, which arises in our daily and professional life. But it is not the right approach to deal with any problem.One has to see the long term consequences of short term solutions.

    Dishonest actions of individuals, group, societies and counties is resulted into trust deficit and lack of confidence among respected entities, which is not good for sustainability of society and country.

    Honesty with oneself and with others-

    Honesty is the virtue to courageous and an sound corrector, honor and integrity is must for being honest. But being honest with others requires the being honest with oneself. And many times, it is more tough to accept the truth and reality of ourself than telling the truth and reality to others about oneself.

    But if a person is honest to himself, than, it bolster his confidence and this honesty motivate him to recognize and rectify his drawbacks and shortcomings.An honest to oneself person is an content person and better coordinate with others.Therefore honesty help in overall development of human being. Simultaneously an honest person know his strength and weakness. And know in better way, what are the opportunities he has, and what may become a limitation for him at present. And promised made by an honest person, has highest chances of being fulfilled since he never made the promises beyond his capability.

    On the other hand, honesty among people develop the confidence among individuals and groups. Betraying and being dishonest is not the sustainable way of development. If every person and country take the path of dishonesty to achieve their goals. natural resources will be exploited without consideration. and coordination and corporation will be missing among individuals, societies and countries, which is vital for maintaining peace and progressive development of world.

    It was the lack of trust and honesty among various nations, which had brought world on the brink of nuclear war. In modern world too, narrow interest of some nation are resulting into dishonesty and creating chaos and anarchy in some regions.

    Is honesty always the best policy?-

    Honesty is not only a policy but it is matter of principle, It is matter of human values, which shows the character, integrity and trustworthiness of and individual or entity.Being honest is not always convenient, one might face difficulties and adversities for being honest.

    There are lot of examples in India and abroad, where an public officers has to faced transfer, suspension and many times executions for being honest to their duty or nation and it’s people. In India, many public servants are being transferred for doing their duty honestly.

    In some religious scriptures too, Dishonesty has been shown the mean to win game, war and debates. And some times, to cheat other for grater good of human being is not considered wrong.

    But if every body started to be dishonest by justifying their cause, will it be acceptable? will it not prompt others to do so without considering the long term ethical and emotional consequences of short term solutions.

    While dishonesty resulted into a addiction to choose short cut for every problem and duplicacy, Honesty makes people content, innovative and help them to lead a life of simplicity.

    Is telling lie and omitting truth is breach of honesty-

    Honesty is not limited to, never speaking lies or cheating any one. It has wider application in human life.In a critical situation, when telling a lie can save one’s life, without hampering anyone’s reasonable interest and if truth is not gong to give any progressive outcome in near future or any time. will telling lie or omitting truth will be parallel to dishonesty? should it disturb one’s conscience?It may be matter of debate, and everyone may have different opinion on it. But it also depend upon the individual, how he see the honesty, as a value system necessary for progressive development or a virtue necessary for human being.

    Honesty is a virtue, which is not easily practicable. In short term, it do not bring positive outcome for oneself or others. But as an individual. policymakers and executors, a nations and organisation, honesty is one of the must value for the growth and development.Honesty not only design our day to day life but also create base for other progressive qualities.

    • Prash

      hi.nicely written..I would like to point few things
      1. I found essay to be more tilted towards dishonesty which u have covered in great detail since introduction. it would have been great if things would have been vice versa.
      2. I would like u to deal with more dimensions of honesty other than invidual honesty like honesty in coorporate, ethical behaviour,honesty in respecting international law,etc.
      3. it is advisable not to say anything new in conclusion..as u have mentioned that honesty create base for other values but in ur essay , u have not covered this dimension..so better to skip those new ideas in conclusion ..
      keep writting and kindly review mine

      • Ram

        VW our beloved car brand…. exhibits consumeristic aptitude.
        vague begining
        dishonesty is discussed more
        otherwise nice effort.
        plz review mine

        • minaxi

          Thanks Ram… Will write a better essay next time.

      • minaxi

        Thanks Prash… will improve…

    • Thor and Miolneer

      this type of goodwill is a glass castle in air with weak columns of false proofs and claims.—WOW

      Second reason for choosing dishonesty may be that individuals do not want to face adverse and undesirable consequences and difficulties arising out of being honest.an executive will hardly bring herself to tell the truth to her boss, that project plan developed by boss have number of deficiencies and problems, if boss can not tolerate the critics for his ideas.

      Individuals or group of individuals either do not like to face the truth or tell the truth even if it is vital for their development. —-LACK OF COURAGE IS IMPLICIT IN THIS. IT CAN BE MADE EXPLICIT.

      Dishonest actions of individuals, group, societies and counties is resulted into trust deficit and lack of confidence among respected entities, which is not good for sustainability of society and country. — AND CAN RUIN THEIR RELATIONSHIP OR…………………………….. CAN be added.

      With 1072 words, it is in word limit.

      Well Written minaxi,

      Other than the above, I would like to point out that the Essay appears more tilted towards Dishonesty. VW wala example is a nice one.

      Conclusion can be improved..Overall a nice attempt.

      Please visit this also — https://minaxibhardwaz.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/before-criticizing-a-man-walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-44

    • yogi

      Hello Minaxi 🙂
      my views :-
      intro:- is fine, but i think a more common events something from our daily life which a lay man can understand would be better here
      40% of your essay speaks on dishonesty,plz avoid that whenever a quote is given we are supposed to write most of the content in favour of that in an optimisitc manner,
      the part :Why dishonesty is more desirable than honesty? Do it solve the problems or magnify them?—could have been dealt in brief at the end as before hitting thr core theme u are discussing its varients, that is not a good approach
      the qn that u have posed kept me engaged that was a good style of structuring the essay, keep it up
      examples are lacking in ur essay, e.g under—- Honesty with oneself and with others—-u could have given some exmaples form daily life
      one good thing is that u have covered the theme from all angles making ur essay a near holistic essay
      conclusion:too general, make it more strong, as i said last time, conclusion is most difficult yet most imp part of the essay, so it requires special efforts
      keep writing soon u would come up an awesome essay
      thanks 🙂

      • minaxi

        Thanks Yogi..
        I though VW is a common subject… but will try to create or recall my own story.
        Yes.. It was a pessimist approach to deal with this quota. ‘ Philosophy 🙁
        Yes blunder..
        Thanks.. and will practice your suggestion in next essay
        Thanks… Improve to krna hi hoga .. Oceans paar krna he to crocodile se kya darna. 🙂
        Thanks again.

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear minaxi ,

      1) VW our beloved car brand, which had made it’s goodwill in markets as environmental friendly car brand. ……. this paragraph is good 🙂

      2) Why VW took the path of dishonesty and what would have been the consequences,?????? you could have avoided using this sentence in this paragraph because you are posting a Why Volkswagen took the path of Dishonesty but leaving it unanswered 🙂

      immediately after that sentence you are telling ” if VW had been honest from the start with governments and public….. ” the flow of the essay is LOST by posing a question and not answering the question .

      3) Why dishonesty is more desirable than honesty? PLEASE DO NOT POSE SUCH QUESTIONS IN THE ESSAY ??? I HOPE YOU ARE WRITING AN ESSAY ON ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ” AND NOT ON ” DISHONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ”

      I think you got totally diverted from the context of the essay and started describing why we should be dishonest in our life especially to be success in the modern world .

      Do it solve the problems or magnify them? YOU DID NOT ANSWER THIS QUESTION PROPERLY

      YOUR ANSWER for that question is ” Dishonest actions of individuals, group, societies and counties is resulted into trust deficit and lack of confidence among respected entities, which is not good for sustainability of society and country.” ( I did not see any statements from you side in your essay to substantiate your arguments )

      my suggestion : you could have stated examples of regimes that were dishonest to the people example : ” czars of Russia before the Russian revolution were dishonest and was overthrown due to the dissatisfaction of the people with their rule ” I HOPE YOU GOT MY POINT 🙂

      4) Honesty with oneself and with others

      I have seen you telling a lot of honesty but it would have taken some incidents or events or example to support your statement .

      it is easy to write honest is good 🙂 honesty gives strength 🙂 but the statements get clarity only your bring out the importance of your statements by citing an event or example 🙂

      example from your essay : It was the lack of trust and honesty among various nations, which had brought world on the brink of nuclear war.

      this statement that you write would have been excellent if you would have cited about the events that led to Cuban missile which brought the USA and USSR for a war which could have been Nuclear .I HOPE YOU GOT MY POINT 🙂

      5) Is honesty always the best policy?

      I REPEAT THE SAME SUGGESTION 🙂

      There are lot of examples in India and abroad, where an public officers has to faced transfer, suspension and many times executions for being honest to their duty or nation and it’s people.

      You are telling there are a lot of examples but not telling any of the examples in the essay that you have in your mind whilw writing the essay .

      The examiner will not what is in your mind until you write it clearly in the essay . I HOPE YOU GOT MY POINT 🙂

      Dishonesty has been shown the mean to win game, war and debates. ?????? minaxi , i am unable to understand why you are discussing about Dishonesty when you are discussing ” Is Honesty is always the best policy ”

      6) Is telling lie and omitting truth is breach of honesty

      In a critical situation, when telling a lie can save one’s life, without hampering anyone’s reasonable interest and if truth is not gong to give any progressive outcome in near future or any time. AGREED !!! but you should have clearly explained about the incident were we should tell a lie . But i did not see that in the essay .

      CONCLUSION HAVE TO BE IMPROVED 🙂

      MY HONEST SUGGESTION :

      Whenever you write a statement substantiate it with an example or an event or an incident from daily life to bring in clarity of the statement that you have written to the examiner .

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • minaxi

        Thank you Aravind for wonderful and helpful review.. and secondly for scrolling down to search essay.. 🙂
        Yes.. i tried to answer the question posed by me. But now i see, they remained unanswered to some extent.
        Few doubts-
        Is it okay to make a essay structure in question answer format.
        And if I gave example for every statement .. essay will cross 2500 words.. May I substitute the statement with example( statement may be implicit in example)..
        Yes. you are absolutely correct about essay, it is more based on dishonesty.
        P.S- It was designated to Europe, but landed in China.
        Thanks again..

        • Aravind Varier

          Dear minaxi ,

          Yes , I had to scroll down to reach your essay because you have kept you Disqus Profile in private mode 🙂

          Regarding the doubts you have asked 🙂

          1) You can write an essay in question format but the questions should be related to the statement of the essay and not describing some other aspect . the questions should bring out the various aspects of the statement .

          example : Is Honesty the always the best policy to follow ?

          you can tell about the other side of the statement through posing such a question .

          2) the examiner will NOT be impressed, if you give some 10 examples and start describing it in detail .

          Try to be simple , take 5 to 6 examples and use one example or an event to explain one of the dimension or an aspect of the essay .

          1 dimension – 1 example OR 1 event .

          That will help you to bring out the context of the essay clearly .

          Essay is NOT about writing or including as many dimensions as possible but to tell about the statement by clearly analyzing 4 to 5 dimensions and expressing it in simple words .

          THANK YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • minaxi

            Thanks.. Aravind..
            I must have been experimenting with Disqus setting..
            Thanks Friend.. I will keep these things in mind.

  • HappyIAS

    Please review friends 🙂

    It was a fine summer morning when Amma asked Khushi to get rice from the grocery shop. Just like any other ten year old kid, she found a chocolate very tempting and so she bought it with the money that was left with her after buying rice. She, very conveniently ate it all on her way back, already having planned to lie to Amma that the rice prices had gone up so as to hide the fact that she bought herself a chocolate from the left over money. But when she got back home, her amma did not believe her and started scolding her for being a liar. She said she was hurt because she expected her daughter to be ‘honest’ with her at least. The child started crying and asked for her apology. Then, Amma narrated to her the story of “The honest woodcutter and the three axes”.

    One day, a poor woodcutter’s axe fell into a river. He searched for it but all his efforts went in vain and he burst into tears. An angel appeared before him and assured him that he would dive deep into the river and find his axe. The angel dived into the water and came up with a golden axe but the woodcutter denied accepting it as his axe was made up of iron. The angel again dived into the river and came up with a silver axe instead. The woodcutter again denied. The angel once again plunged into the river and got the iron axe of the woodcutter, upon seeing which, he jumped with joy and thanked the angel for helping him. The angel was so impressed by his honesty that he presented him with the golden and silver axes in recognition of his truthfulness and honesty. Khushi learnt a big lesson that day and promised Amma to never lie and be dishonest with anyone in her life.

    Honesty brings its own reward. This is why Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, gave us a very famous proverb “Honesty is the best policy”. This is why Abraham Lincoln said that “No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar”. Truth is the basic virtue on whose foundation honesty is built. In the search of the ultimate truth and living an honest life, father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhiji, kept experimenting throughout his life. Sometimes he had to against the welfare of his own and his family to stick with the truth, various such instances can be read from his autobiography “My experiments with truth”. It is these golden principles of truthfulness, honesty and perseverance which gave them the courage to lead their lives with integrity. Such overwhelming was their stature in public that it has had an impact across the globe.

    But what are the rewards of being honest? Honesty is the foundation of any well-working relationship. Whether it is with parents, friends or anyone else, honesty is important. No relationship can be successful without trust, which is gained from being honest. Honesty and integrity pave the way for greater intimacy, which fosters true close friendships, not the artificial ones, which act as a support system throughout life. Nobody, not even a liar and dishonest person, wants to be called a liar. Such high is the place of honesty on the ladder of virtues. Nobody wants to be betrayed and being honest attracts trustworthy and honest people in your life. This enhances the quality of life manifolds because it’s filled with happiness, fun, compassion and peace.

    Honesty leads to wellness, less fatigue and anxiety because it saves you from being pretentious which requires constant attention to each and every detail. Honest people are better able to relax because they are less anxious and overwhelmed and are naturally, at ease with themselves. If you have poise, you can handle pressure better and you are cool under stress. These qualities are very valued and highly required in today’s trying times. The world is battling with corruption and moral degradation, which have spread like a cancer to the roots across all levels of society.

    We have discussed various virtues of being honest and the benefits arising from it. But what does it mean? Does it mean saying out loud everything we think? No, just because something is true doesn’t mean that it has to be said. You have to carefully gauge the situation and circumstances you are in. One of the tougher points of leading an honest life is knowing when to avoid a conflict, when to address the conflict and when to create a conflict. Learn the difference and carefully use honesty. For instance, if you don’t like the work that someone is doing in the due course of following his passion, you shouldn’t tell them your opinion straight away as it will demotivate them. Instead, you should carefully tell a golden lie in such a situation so that they are encouraged to up their game. This will save you from facing a conflict and hurting the other person’s feelings.

    Honesty is a powerful tool, it can do both evil and good. It can be used to build others up or tear others down. The same truth spoken in a poised manner with motivating words can have completely different results. Foremost thing that every human being must do is to be honest with themselves, with their soul. It is only then that they can participate in building an honest society. Find you passion in life and follow it with utmost sincerity. It is only believable that Virat Kohli is being claimed the next GOD of cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar. He has earned a million fans across the globe in a short span of his career by being true to his passion for cricket in life and honestly pursuing it. Such is the power of honesty and hunger for following one’s passion that it takes a poor kid from a small village of Rameshwaram, located on Pamban island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel, and makes him the first citizen of India, President, Sh. APJ Abdul Kalam. He had a dream to fly and yes, fly he did, as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

    Therefore, we can conclude that there is no greatness without truthfulness, honesty, simplicity and integrity. These are the basic moral virtues you need to have meaningful and successful relationships, meaningful friends, spouse, society and nation. These make your life peaceful and filled with happiness. For a successful, well-rounded life, honesty is the best policy.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one buddy …

      But in Intro there are two back to back stories ( Amma & woodcutter both are good but one would be suffice )

      content & flow is superb

      Good conclusion

      • HappyIAS

        thanks for ur inputs buddy. wanted to experiment with a long story intro. Good to know your honest opinion about it. 🙂
        very helpful review 🙂

    • Hello HappyIAS, my views:
      1)Intro was stretched a bit. Try to come straight to point as soon as possible
      2)At times, I felt you fell short of explanations. e.g. “Khushi learnt a big lesson”; MK Gandhi kept experimenting throughout his life; golden lie; The world is battling with corruption and moral degradation, which have spread like a cancer to the roots across all levels of society
      3)You have very good command over language
      4)Liked the way you talked about how honesty should be expressed to others for the benefit
      5)Conclusion was a bit abrupt to me, so need to work on it to make a smooth flow
      Overall, it was a nice read. You have the potential to write good essays, keep writing 🙂

      • HappyIAS

        thanks batman bhai. wanted to experiment with a long story intro. Good to know your honest opinion about it. 🙂
        very good review..

    • Vivaan Khanna

      if my mother reads ur essay the for sure she would come to know that how i steal her money…
      1.two back to back stories and two back to back quotes in same para may not be impressive
      2.how can honesty bring evil…its the way hw u show honesty matters i think whch u wanted to convey…no?
      3.make paras short…will remove the difficulty of ideas not being connected in the same para…virat and APJ dont match u know
      4.prepare some recipe(background) for conclusion before actually cooking it to avoid the haste ending
      rest very philosophically and simply explained..good one

      • HappyIAS

        haha.. then dont make her read it 😛
        thanks for ur valuable inputs. 🙂 will improve.

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Well Written IAS.

      Story in Story—Consumption of words for no apparent reason.

      Instead, you should carefully tell a golden lie in such a situation so that they are encouraged to up their game. This will save you from facing a conflict and hurting the other person’s feelings. — I don’t think it was needed. It’s going towards a little subjectivity.

      Conclusion is good..But the examples could have better be fit into the body and not towards the conclusion.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • HappyIAS

        thanks. will take care in future buddy. 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Yo Happy!

    • Sonia mehra

      Dear Happy,
      1. Story within a story= This is the first time I am witnessing this approach in this forum. Good experimentation.
      2. You have covered importance of honesty very well. You were sounding like an ethics teacher..
      3. Second last para, honesty to passion= Here you made a jump from honesty to passion. It’s not clear what made u talk about passion.
      4. It appears you were not clear with conclusion.
      Overall it’s a good essay.

      Keep writing and keep experimenting..
      Thanks dear friend…

      • HappyIAS

        1. story within a story did not gt positive reviews from friends here.. so I’ll have to drop this.. not a successful experiment. Just informing u so that u dont commit this mistake in future.
        thank u so much for ur feedback. Very helpful. 🙂

  • yogi

    “Honesty is the best policy” (1231)

    “Ram and Shyam were two of those students who were eagerly waiting for the boards results. Shyam got one percent more marks than Ram. Unlike Shyam , Ram could not make it to his desired college and he chose to go into teaching profession. After six years, Ram is a teacher and contributing to the society by satisfactorily performing his duty. He has the dream of opening a free school for poor children and has started savings part of his income for the same. Shyam on the other hand is struggling to pass his graduation but failing everytime. The reason for this lies in his past cheatings in school and boards exams. He had the result in form of numbers, but not the knowledge that goes behind getting that result. His reliance on cheating did not work in the college thanks to the strict policy of transparency followed by the college administration.”

    This simple story gives a strong message. Failing once by being honest is far better than temporary success by being dishonest. Dishonesty can give us momentary false happiness but it is the honesty that gives us the true long term happiness. This essay is an attempt to discuss some of the aspects of our life to show why honesty is the best policy ?. We would also discuss the challenges faced in being honest. Towards the end we would see some situations where honesty is compromised. We would also touch upon some suggestion that can impart honesty in us. Let’s start form our family itself.

    A husband and wife together make the beginning of a family. For sustenance of this bond of togetherness both of them must be faithful to each other. Honesty is the foundation of that faithfulness. Being honest to each other would foster the required trust, understanding and support between them. Hiding the truth (except the case if it is for their good ), cheating or simply being dishonest would only strain their relationship. This would also impact the personality development of their children who learn the fundamental moral values like honesty form their parents. After family the students come in contact of the society including their friends.

    Society provides us the situations to practice our values. The honesty of the person reflects in seemingly small situations. For example, someone invites me for his/her birthday celebration. I know that I cannot make it to reach there due to lots of pending works. But for the sake of not hurting his/her feeling I make a promise that I would be there. The birthday was celebrated but could not make it. The trap was created by me alone. Had I been honesty enough the very moment I was invited and tell the actual reason because why I cannot attend the celebration, then, the person would have understood my concerns and I would have escaped the trap of false promise and later guilt of not completing that. Like all moral values honesty is not limited to certain types of people to whom we should be honest, it includes even those people whom we don’t know .i.e., strangers.

    Honesty towards a stranger is reflected the moment a person asks us the address of a place. Despite being aware of the fact that we don’t know the address, if we misguide the person, then, we are befooling not only the person but we are befooling ourselves also. The essence of honesty is felt by us when in a job interview we project ourselves the kind of person we are not and make false claims. Another case in this regard is the story in the begging of this essay, where Shyam projected himself as an intelligent boy by fetching good marks with help of cheating and later became the victim of his dishonesty. This cause of that victimhood was in his own hand, but our dishonesty should not make others as the victim. For this reason we expect others to be honest to ourselves.

    The first person whom we want to be honest is the doctor. A doctor who does his/her duty with full dedication and honesty always earn the respect in society. More importantly s/he himself feels the contentment that his/her life could be of any use to the society. Similar to doctors is a teacher, who saves his/her student from the path of ignorance and lightens their path with the lamp of knowledge. An honest teacher becomes the role model for many students and plays an important role in inculcating values in their life. Only an honest teacher/guide/leader can create honest students, followers, and honest responsible citizens and future leaders.

    Dishonesty takes its course in any form. Be it the unearthing of scam in governance like Adarsh Society scam, 2G spectrum ; be it business like Sharda chit fund scam; be it education like recent incident of cheating in entrance exams or be it at our personal level, dishonesty can never remain untouched from ill consequences for the person practicing it.

    But being honest is not always an easy task. Many a times honesty attracts fake charges to defame the honest person, illegitimate criticisms and sometimes even threat to his/her life . The incidents of killing of honest public servants like Shanmugan Manjunath, frequent transfer and suspension of honest civil servants among others are ample proof in this regard. Sometimes even the family members of the honest person don’t favour his/her honesty and calls him/her as a fool just because s/he is trying to so what most people don’t prefer.

    Lastly, in this discussion we cannot ignore the stations where honesty is compromised for few moments so as to attain a larger good. There are situations in our life where we have to choose one option out of many options, but the selection of one option would create bad results for the some others people. This is the situation of ethical dilemma, where it is possible that we have no better option but to compromise on honesty. For example, it is not wise to choose honesty by revealing the truth about the hiding place of a person who is being chased by men with sharp edged knives and hockey sticks in their hand. Here, our conscience plays an important role. For saving the life of a person the best policy in this case would be misguiding the attacker. The reason is simple, honesty like any other values in a mean to bring happiness in our life. The spirit of honesty lies in its just use not merely following the dictionary meaning.

    With this spirit a meaning to the honesty is attached which we call as integrity. Integrity mean being truthful not only to others but to our own self as well. Be conscious about the actions we take, take a pause and think for a moment –can dishonesty make me and others as happy? and if yes ,then, why I want honesty from others?. Let’s realize the two-way link of happiness. Let’s not make any more excuses of not being honest. Let’s not be the part of thinking “ if others are not honest, why should I be?”. The change is a gradual process, be it to become an honest person or to expect honesty from others. The first thought, followed by actions to bring that change is –“be the change you want to see”.

    • Hello yogi bhai, my views:
      1)Two character story-ALWAYS! (like Snape :P)
      2)You made it clear in the beginning about what is going to flow ahead, amde it easy for me to connect with you 🙂
      3)The transition from family to student was not smooth. It looked a bit forced
      4)In paragraph ‘honesty towards stranger’, the supporting example is a bit off-track because the example dealt more with honesty with ourselves
      5)You stole my example of deviations from the principle of honesty 😛
      6)Loved your conclusion-it looked like Gandhi’s Talisman to me. Very different and innovative. Keep it up
      Overall, very good. Please have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • yogi

        thanks a lot bhai 🙂
        conclusion: i did not realise when Bapuji entered inside me 😛
        sure 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi Yogi bhai 🙂
      You kept it simple and sweet 🙂
      I liked honesty towards stranger wala point 🙂
      Conclusion was supppaa! 🙂
      Can I get a review as well? Ya nahi 😛 😛

      • yogi

        thanks Thinker,
        sabko milega.. barabar milega 😛

    • Ram

      frnd plz think …everybody starts with a story- the examiner may get irritated.
      try to evolve ur own style
      indeed it is writing to a topic without an ambit. but u have to write to get a good marks too.
      family and societal levels are well explained.
      also prevalent corrupt practices are described.
      nice effort
      keep on writing
      review mine

      • yogi

        yes esp,. if the name of examiner is Shyam 😛
        don’t worry Ram,
        i have tried other forms of intro as well, people liked the story form the most ,so continuing with that. Regarding irritation, Affu wrote the story in her essay in and she got 130+, that is sufficient proof that it works, but who can predict the mood of examiner,
        anyways thanks for review , sure 🙂

    • Iconoclast

      Hi Yogi, Pls review my essay

    • Vivaan Khanna

      1% se admission nahi mila…pakka DU ka hi mamla hai
      1.did u really wanted to open by giving message failing once by honesty is better than dishonesty… as u later said also honesty is the best policy is going to be explained in ur essay…ur opening may be a part of it but not actually the beginning i guess…by the same argument i wont endorse ur story too
      2.as pointed out by battie example of strangers was not appropriate in context of honesty towards urself
      3.ur opening may come in ur dishonesty part i feel where u say it takes course in its form
      4.in conclusion u were at ur best
      u have improved ur writing so much..good one

    • Affu

      excellent flow yogi,a well sructured one and u managed to adhere to it .In your paragraphs dealing with when being honest is difficult just state even if difficult one has to go with it ,in other case u said about compromising honesty project moral relativism where honesty takes lower position on moral ladder when the things at stake are life of a person
      conclusion was good

      • yogi

        Thanks for review 🙂
        points noted,:)

    • Very good Yogi. It had flow, dimensions and the romanticism that I look for in essays. You nailed it again. Ghayal Yogi se bachna mushkil hi nai namumkin hai. Ek kaam karna, mains me essay k din se pehle ek khaarab sa essay likhna, taaki agle essay exam me accha likh sake 😀

      You perfectly balanced your arguments with examples. I hope I did justice to this too

      https://nitishsinghi86.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy/

      Please have a look 🙂

      • yogi

        Ek kaam karna, mains me essay k din se pehle ek khaarab sa essay likhna, taaki agle essay exam me accha likh sake :D—good adivce but it is zero sum game, we have to write 2 essays, kachara toh hoke hi rahega 😛
        thanks, sure 🙂

      • Ajay Kumar

        Hey Joker, I am noticing U that yours answer are always well written but I think u didnt qualify for interview this time(sorry for hurting ….but plzz take me positively) …Can I know what were yours mistakes that must be avoided by freshers?

        • haha… bhai sabko same chiz 😀
          He had not even applied for CSE 2015 and will give his first prelims in 2016 😀

        • Hey Ajay 🙂

          First attempt 2016. Even if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t have hurt.
          Keep revising the notes u r having. Write the keywords u remember and 2 months prior to mains, practice papers. That’s all I can say 🙂

          • Ajay Kumar

            Thank u Sir … actually sir u r answer writing quality is very impressive thats why I thought…haha …btw …Best of Luck …

          • Ajay Kumar

            Sir essay related tips..

    • Akhil

      Hi yogi!here is my review brother

      -intro is good but long story..
      -family and society wala example was good.
      -didn’t understand stranger wala para.. You left it in halfway.
      -flow of essay is good..
      -thoda aur diversify karna chahiye tha like some international example..
      -Conclusion is awesome..
      -good essay. Keep it up..
      -thank you..

      Review mine also

      • yogi

        thanks bhai 🙂
        pts noted,
        sure 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      At first I felt that when he was so good in cheating, why didn’t he do it in the college but then the last sentence given me the clarity.

      This essay is an attempt to discuss some of the aspects of our life to show why honesty is the best policy ?. We would also discuss the challenges faced in being honest. Towards the end we would see some situations where honesty is compromised. We would also touch upon some suggestion that can impart honesty in us. Let’s start form our family itself. — Not writing this thing could have saved words.

      But it makes the reading good and is nice.

      Typo – form in place of from

      Grammar — because why I cannot attend the celebration

      Strangers not always ask the address.

      The first person whom we want to be honest is the doctor.—Not always.

      I really ENJOYED reading it..
      It was near perfect for me. 😀

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • yogi

        This essay is an attempt to discuss some of the aspects of our life to show why honesty is the best policy ?. We would also discuss the challenges faced in being honest. Towards the end we would see some situations where honesty is compromised. We would also touch upon some suggestion that can impart honesty in us. Let’s start form our family itself. — Not writing this thing could have saved words.——i agree it is redundant but a topper suggested to write the major aspects of the essay to write in the intro to make it clear to the reader, what is going to be in the essay, it will ease his/her job.
        dr. yes that was bad ex.
        will take care of grammar
        thanks and kutgw 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          I was thinking yesterday.
          Wouldn’t it be good if we write major aspects of the essay in the intro- only if we see that the essay will be falling short of the word limit.

          But I now think it would be good to write it the way you wrote it.

          Dr. no that was not a bad ex. I was saying he is not always the first person to whom we want to be ethical.

          Thanks.
          Keep up the good work 🙂

    • minaxi

      Hello Yogi…
      I am not just learning to review essays.. so perhaps it will not be that helpful..
      But here it is-
      Introduction part is not that impressive.even honest students can face problems in college, it is not for sure, that the guy is facing problem because of dishonesty.
      . This essay is an attempt to discuss some of the aspects of ? do not think it was needed..
      Honesty with doctors? I visit public hospitals.. neither doctors are honest with patient nor patients with doctors..Apart this.. everything in good flow but as an general reader.. It was in good and easy to read.. as an elevuator .. well it will take few days to reach on that level.
      Thanks…

      • yogi

        I am not just learning to review essays.. so perhaps it will not be that helpful..—whether essay is good or bad can be checked based on the review of layman, i place you far far above that status, so reviews are always helpful, be it anybody .:-P
        This essay is an attempt to discuss some of the aspects of ? — agree it is redundant but a topper suggested to write the major aspects of the essay to write in the intro to make it clear to the reader, what is going to be in the essay, it will ease his/her job.
        rest i agree
        starting ke senityappe ke liye maafi 😛
        thanks 🙂

        • minaxi

          you far far above that status??? Thanks for compelling me to climb coriander tree..
          so reviews are always helpful, be it anybody ??? Thanks for dis-balancing me while i was enjoying the scenery,,
          Jokes apart Thanks in serious sense.. 😛

    • Rashmirathi

      hey yogi, brilliant essay, one of the best 🙂 the intro is very simple yet attractive, very good flow, you have covered so many aspects, benefits of honesty , difficulties in way, situations where honesty needs to take the back seat etc.

      just little bit problems here and there with grammar and typos.

      also , “The first person whom we want to be honest is the doctor.” i don’t think this is always valid. you could shown the importance of honesty in medical profession in a more generalistic manner.

      nothing else from my side.

      great job !

      thanks:)

      please review mine

      • yogi

        thanks for review 🙂
        sure 🙂

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Yogi 🙂

      ESSAY IS GOOD 🙂

      I would appreciate you ONLY if you have written this essay in 90 minutes ( thinking + typing it on the laptop ). If you have taken more than 2 hours to write this essay , then i won’t appreciate you 🙂

      REVIEW 🙂

      1) Introduction is good 🙂 you kept it simple which is expected from the candidate .

      2) A husband and wife together make the beginning of a family….. in this paragraph ….” Hiding the truth (except the case if it is for their good ),PLEASE BE CLEAR .!!! don’t give the examiner a chance to take different views .

      If Aravind is the examiner then he would appreciate the candidate ( YOGI 🙂 ) because i myself who is having extra marital affair with my girl friend so it is good to be dishonest for the sustenance of marital relation with my wife .

      3) Society provides us the situations to practice our values. …… this paragraph is good 🙂

      4) if we misguide the person, then, we are befooling not only the person but we are befooling ourselves also. PLEASE TELL ME HOW WE ARE FOOLING OUR SELF by misguiding a person by giving wrong address .

      Another case in this regard is the story in the begging of this essay, ?????? BEGGING or BEGINNING 🙂

      5) The first person whom we want to be honest is the doctor. ?????? ARE YOU SURE ??? TO ME THE FIRST PERSON WHO HAVE TO HONEST IS MY WIFE though i am dishonest to her ……… LOL!!!!

      PLEASE DO NOT WRITE “WE” ……… whom ‘we’ want

      teacher, who saves his/her student from the path of ignorance and lightens ????? SAVES HIS STUDENT ??? I NEVER SAVED ANY STUDENT though i am into teaching profession 🙂

      please write some other term instead of SAVE . Doctor saves a patients life but a teacher SAVES ??? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      Only an honest teacher/guide/leader??????? Is it necessary to include guide and leader along with the teacher .
      GUIDE ??? TOUR GUIDE ( I am assuming ) LEADER ( Political leader ) . PLEASE BE CLEAR MY DEAR BUDDY !!!

      6) Dishonesty takes its course in any form…….. this paragraph is POORLY written .you are listing put examples but not explaining it clearly . YOU HAVE WRITTEN 2G spectrum but not explaining the dishonesty part clearly in it . the essay is asking the candidate to bring out the context and NOT list examples .

      7) But being honest is not always an easy task. …….. this paragraph is well explained but could have avoided mentioning Shanmugan Manjunath .

      if you name any person try to give a some details regarding that . don’t write examples or name and leave it . it will create confusion in the minds of the examiner .

      8) For example, it is not wise to choose honesty by revealing the….. ” NEVER write for example in an essay like the way do it General Studies paper .

      if you want to write an example . try to bring out the idea in your mind through the example itself rather than writing ” for example ”

      9) who is being chased by men with sharp edged knives and hockey sticks in their hand.:) HOCKEY STICKS ……. Hahahaha…. nice point 🙂

      10 ) again i see you posing questions in conclusion . I don’t know why you repeat the same mistake again and again despite telling you many times . CONCLUSION have to be improved .PLEASE DO NOT POSE QUESTIONS IN THE CONCLUSION ?

      You are asking questions but not answering it in the conclusion .

      Its better to write a simple 3 to 4 sentences in the conclusion rather than posing questions .

      my suggestion to you with respect to the conclusion : practice writing 1 or 2 sentences in the conclusion and later try to increase it to 3 to 4 sentences .

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • yogi

        I took around 3 hours, typing sucks 🙁

        I agree to all the pts u have raised in the review , except the one regrding conclusion

        I don’t know what is the problem in writing a qn in the qn. In fact it is suggested to write or pose qn in the conclusion to let the reader think while reading it. I have seen toppers essay’s posing qn in the conclusion, that’s why I don’t find any problem in writing one or two qns that enage the reader.I agree that writing too many qn is not appealing at all, like I did few weeks back. If I consder the conlusion of this essay, I request you to read the qns that I have posed. They are not question to the reader, their purpose is just to show the thoughts that the person(whom we want to be honest ) should pose to himself/herself. So, I perosnally don’t find any falw this time,.On the other hand , if suppose I write a qn in conclusion – how should honesty be inclulcated ? and then I leave it unanswered then it would be a bad conclusion for sjure. I guess your disagrrement is to such kind of questions.

        Thanks for review 🙂

        ATB 🙂

        • Aravind Varier

          Dear Yogi 🙂

          Even i have seen people posing questions at the conclusion but the way you pose questions in the your conclusion is not properly structured .

          if you want to pose question , write it separately rather than writing in sentences in continuous form

          this is advisable ?

          question 1 ?

          question 2 ?

          question 3 ?

          this is NOT advisable 🙂

          question 1 ? question 2 ? question 3 ?

          I hope you got my point 🙂

          BUDDY !!! .

          They are not question to the reader, their purpose is just to show the thoughts that the person(whom we want to be honest ) should pose to himself/herself ???? I personally found those are questions to the reader to think upon after reading the essay .

          See , the problem here is you have something in your mind but not able to properly express through words especially in the conclusion .

          I clearly tell you the drawback were you have to work upon .

          1) Since you are interested to pose questions continue with that not a problem but make sure you don’t mess it up .

          2) you can try writing questions individually to make it clear 🙂

          3) If you want to end the conclusion with questions the preceding part of the conclusion should have good content leading to the questions ? ( read the conclusion for yourself , and you could clearly observe the mistake )

          You went to discuss Integrity in the conclusion a new term and did not define it properly .

          Integrity mean being truthful not only to others but to our own self as well.????? my question here is , what is the purpose of writing a new term and not explaining it properly . THIS IS THE FLAW BUDDY which reduces the strength of the questions that you posed later .

          pose a question that makes the examiner think how future the likely to be ? ( this is a small suggestion from my side )

          because i haven’t personally experimented questioning at the conclusion in my essays .will slowly start experimenting once , i feel i can write good conclusions for the time being .

          YOU HAVE TO WORK ON THIS AREA . ESPECIALLY WRITING QUESTIONS IN THE CONCLUSION .

          THANK YOU 🙂

          • yogi

            will read it later, tell me first do you always wake up at 5am in morning ?:-P

            • Aravind Varier

              Dear Yogi 🙂

              I go to bed by 11:30 – 12 AM and generally wake up by 5:30 – 6 AM 🙂

              Hahahaha…….Why such a question BUDDY ???
              THANK YOU 🙂

              • yogi

                ur wake up time is mine sleeping time 😛
                wanted to get the motivation to change this nocturnal behavior , hence the qn 😀
                bye dedicated aspirant 😀

    • Jaya Swatantra

      What a perfect piece of writing Yogi ji.. very good flow ,content and connection.. i thoroughly enjoyed reading it…. butt you may add the incidences where honesty will not pay( my personal view)
      No flaws this time… hats off to you for the commendable effort
      Keep writing and enlightening!!

      • yogi

        thanks jaya 🙂
        some typo in the review’s first like, looks a bit odd 😛
        sure 🙂

    • Isha

      Hi yogi,
      essay is really good. Just a bit of flow problem but that can be solved by rearranging examples.
      Intro and conclusion- (y)
      A multidimensional piece 🙂
      ATB & KEAE 🙂

      • sankar

        hi madam if find time……..have a look at mine plzzzzzzzzz

        • Isha

          I ll review yours, today only. By evening.

      • yogi

        thanks Isha for review 🙂
        will work on flow
        is this another occasion for me to be khush like last time 😛
        i mean have you written the essay?
        KEAE 🙂

        • Isha

          Yeah, I have written. Ab har baar khush hona chahte ho tum 😛
          Not done 😀
          Reveiw as per ur convenience. Waise is baar accha likha nahi hai mera 😐
          So u can skip as well.

  • Newgeneration

    Two close friends Jack and Sam lives in Delhi in the same place and even in the same room using the same resourses.Both working for the IAS exam very hardly and sincerely. During preparation both discuss the topics and evaluate each other and found that both are equal in talent and calibre.Due to this both worked very hard so that nobody left behind other.When the exam time came both were well prepared and they cleared prelims,mains and now it’s time for interview.Jack think that if I will show exaggerated view of myself to the interviewer then they will give me more marks and accordingly planned.Sam was simple and straight and think since they want to check my skills so I will remain honest to them during the interview.Both went for interview one by one while Sam was honest to interviewer but Jack was not.Finally Sam got more marks in interview than Jack and cleared IAS exam but Jack couldn’t clear due to very less mark difference.That’s why said that “honesty is the best policy”.
                     When any child came to this world and able to understand the things that happens in their surrounding then he heard lot of new things but one thing or one proverb that he/she  must listen from his elder brother/sister,father,mother,teachers,friends,relatives and others that ” honesty is the best policy”.what is honesty? Why emphasizes on this as best?
                        Honesty means one should be loyal to his/her work and surrounding I.e.do work in a proper way,don’t lie about your real work or show little work to overburden work.If any person is simple,truthfollower and showing real then he must be honest and so many examples of this around the world is present like Mahatma Gandhi,Nelson Mandela,Mother Teressa,Abraham Lincoln and many others even in present like Saina Nehwal,Sania Mirza,SachinTendular,pankaj advani,Mahendra Singh dhoni,NITISH Kumar and many many others who either did great things or doing great think by just following one policy i.e. honesty
    Following honesty is not always easy task but in many cases it is very difficult to follow but which remain honest in adverse situations thenafter shines like sun.These days due to lot of new inventions,science and technologies development people fascinates about new things and due to this fascination some people forget the most important policy of the life i.e. honesty policy and involve in misdeed,wrongdoing for getting these tempting facilities at any cost and in very short time.This affect society very badly and motivates others to involve in the misdeeds which looks very attractive initially but later affect that person and his/her family very drastically.So people have to follow this simple policy i.e. “honesty is the best policy” to abstains from wrongdoing and misdeeds and for better future.
    Generally people know that honesty is the best policy but due to self-interest then forget to follow this policy or intensely doesn’t follow this policy which affect them later very drastically.Present most interesting example of this is climate change issue,every country knows that due to environmental pollution global temperature of the world increasing every year which showing their adverse effect in many countries particularly poor and small countries but   does not act properly to stop this just blaming others but in near future most of countries,poor or rich and small or big may come in range of Adversity if they do not act on the prevention of climate change very soon.Recently most of countries took participate in COP21 in Paris and took resolution to work actively but it will totally depend on their honesty and differentiated responsibility.Other famous example is nuclear security,every countries knows that nuclear weapons or nuclear materials affects others as well as herself and due to that they talk and even meet to reduce the bad effect of nuclear resourses and the most famous meeting of this is Nuclear Security Summit which started many years earlier but couldn’t get any decisive solution even the last meeting of this Summit which took place few days before couldn’t find any concrete solution like all previous meeting just telling each other to focus on their national nuclear Security,here complete absent of honesty between the countries can be seen.
                  Just like great leaders,politicians,players,social reformers,motivators, and others like this and even a simple man living in village following honesty policy and live with peace and happiness,we all can be very happy in life and can live with peace and prosperity.Therefore every person,community,country and others should follow this simple policy i.e. “honesty is the best policy” and even children should be taught this policy in well manner so that our society will remain always happy and prosperous.

    • Ram

      frnd dont write an essay close to ur life
      it requires both subjective understanding and objective interpretation
      ias preparation and all… try to avoid
      names like Saina Nehwal,Sania Mirza,SachinTendular,pankaj advani,Mahendra Singh dhoni,NITISH Kumar may be avoided as they are professionals and can’t be compared with the doyens of honesty.
      nitish kumar appears to be a blunder. dont quote a politician when u hardly know everything about their personal life.
      try writing
      review mine

      • Newgeneration

        Okay…NITISH Kumar must be avoided n other players also but whose name should be write here…..anyways
        thanks for nicely reviewing
        Surely I ll review urs..

  • ajay

    “Honesty is the best policy”

    honesty is and has been a cherished value from past to present.it is a great attribute to have as has been exemplified since time immemorial by great leaders,thinkers and philosophists.whether it has been vedas or the principles of buddhism ,or principles of honesty espoused in jainism and hinduism all religions have preached to follow honesty in various spheres of life.in this context it becomes imperative to know why being honest is so imp

    one day when vivek was travelling in a bus one of his co companions forgot his wallet in the bus while getting down.vivek immediately raised an alarm and and alerted the driver to stop the bus.therafter he returned the wallet to his companion.the passenger thanked him for his wisdom and honesty and everybody clapped for him in appreciation.the feeling of being nice and honest and then being respected filled vivek’s heart with warmth and satisfaction.thus we can see that in this incident vivek followed the best policy and that was of honesty.not only this.but in many other situations it is only being honest and truthful that guides us through the right path and course of action.

    for eg Principles of truth and satyagrah practiced by gandhiji guided him all through the freedom struggle.he practiced and preached what was the right thing to do by being honest to himself and others.like after the chauri chaura incident of violence he called off the non cooperation movt,he abided to laws and ethical principles while at the same time practiced peaceful and nonviolent protests aganist unjust policies.similarly nelson mandela strongly opposed apartheid and discrimination of blacks in soth africa following similar principles.such honest policy eventually led to end of racial segregation and discrimination there.

    in addition to actions in public sphere we need to be honest in our professional and personal life as well.this is required more so in the current era of materialism,professionalism and individualism where life has become a race for everyone and everyone is trying to outsmart the other in any way possible.in this context being honest to fellow workers,superiors and juniors helps build a good repute of oneself at work.it helps us being respected and admired and helps us achive our goals.

    similarly in private lifesphere,being honest helps us a lot.whether it is our spouse or our parents or our children having honesty as a trait helps build good relationship with all. honest parents act as role models for their children while on the other side having dishonest and unworthy parents adversly affects the value development of the child.lying and cheating cause mistrust and conflicts leading to broken families and social tensions.dishonest behaviour promotes tendency of thefts,drug addiction,alcoholism,poor peer group formation and anti social activities among the youth.hence it is imp to develop and promote good values in our youth.

    as regards to our country,administrative setup and civil servants there has been a steep decline in the value system.bribes,kickbacks and commisions have become of the order of the day.for even a small thing like issuance of driving licence or passport huge bribes are being taken.in this regard we need to reiterate again and agan that honesty is the best policy to adopt because it helps us regain public trust and confidence.honest,hard-working and diligent public officials ensure timely service delivery with transparency and accountability.it helps us to stem the rot of corruption and buid social capital among general citizenry.therefore we need to work in this regard

    however though we have seen the arguments for being honest,many people argue that being dishonest helps.they say that many people have achieved higher success in life only by lies,dishonesty and unethical means.though this seems to be correct in first instance it is not the case. a dishonest taxpayer always lives in the fear of being arrested and jailed.
    a dishonest player who has taken drugs to enhance performance lives in fear of being caught and stripped of his medals and glory .similarly corrupt politicians and bussinessmen though seem to be at the annals of power and money are one day brought to book by judiciary and put behind bars. there are various other egs in this regard which reiterate the fallacies of dishonesty again and again.

    as we skim through the egs of dishonesty we feel that along with familial and cultural values we need to build a strong environment for promoting honesty.in this regard we need to value good,honest and ethical work in all walks of life.people showing these traits shoud be honoured,promoted and rewarded.while at the same time quick action should be taken against dishonest,greedy and immoral individuals.

    in conclusion it needs to be said that honesty in actions should be nurtured from the very begining in a child.he should be exposed to role models of gandhi,nehru,vallabhai patel,martin luther king among others to build good and honest behaviour.simlarly parents,teachers and elder siblings should also play there role in inculcating sincerity,discipline,obedience and honesty in the child.only in this way can we build a strong, ethical and moral society benefitting us all

    • ajay

      pls review friends

    • Jaya Swatantra

      A good read indeed nice content,flow ,connectivity
      But please use capital letters in case its proper noun and you are beginning the sentence
      Do not write in conclusion.. write directly and empathy may be too added
      Overall a nice attempt.. keep writing Ajay!! All the best!!

      • ajay

        Thanx for review jaya will incorporate ur suggestions

  • Raunak Vashisht

    Honesty is the best policy!

    This folklore wisdom, on the virtues of being honest, is often cited by parents and teachers alike, to motivate children to denounce dishonest means and make honest efforts to achieve success in whatever they endeavour to accomplish. When there are no doubts on honesty being the greatest of all virtues, the question that stare us on our face is :

    Have we been able to encourage /incentivize honesty enough or have we been able to in anyway discourage dishonest means to ends?

    This write-up is an ‘honest’ attempt to answer the question raised as also to highlight the virtues of being honest at both an Individual and at the level of the ‘State’.

    At school a child is taught not to cheat or to lie. However, a failure, who did not cheat, is dreaded and a ranker who cheated, and was not caught, is facilitated at the year end. Similarly a liar goes scot free and a student, who accepts his mistakes, is sometimes beaten even to death. At a psychological level it has been proved that Behaviours that are re-enforced have greater probabilities of being repeated. Thus, a negative re-enforcement of punishments and humiliation, dis-incentivises honesty and in a way encourage dishonesty. The discourse over dropping ‘zero-tolerance’ in school and at home and the ‘no retention’ policy in schools thus gain relevance.

    At a national level, an honest acceptance of failure of a policy and thus an honest effort to re-strategise and mend accordingly, will go a long way in boosting national goodwill and growth.

    In India, the need for such an honest assessment is felt more in the present times of debate over- Inflated GDP numbers, of failures to mitigate the poor conditions of our famers, decreasing levels of tolerance of faith and religion, etc. The European states too need an honest assessment of the Migration-crisis and of the growing clout of terrorism, as they themselves in a way are responsible for it in the first place. Countries like Pakistan, who are a safe haven for terrorists need to accept the fact and make honest efforts to root out terrorism from their soil.

    At a global level, success of international bodies and treaties depend upon an honest realization of the rising status of the emerging states and giving them their say in bodies like IMF and UN . The need is also to give them enough flexibilities in International treaties and agreements, to enable them to meet their domestic needs; it is in this respect that the developed countries need to respect the Indian IPR regime which discourages dishonest efforts to patent drugs by ‘ever-greening’ as also the clause on compulsory licensing of life saving drugs, which is a part of India’s honest efforts to provide cheaper- life saving generic drugs world around.

    The debate world over –of severe punishments for criminals including juveniles, also is fairly important here. The question that- can they be given a second chance, if they accept their crime and vouch to give-up to reformation?

    Important also are similar debates In India over ‘judicial murder’ of Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru, hanged for serial blasts in Mumbai and the Rashtrapati Bhavan resp, even after surrendering before police and making an honest acceptance of the wrongs they did, the question that stand is could we afford to give them a second chance ?

    An honest effort is also required globally for arresting global warming and thus climate change. While many International efforst are being made at the national and international levels, none of the countries around are being honest in their efforts. The start to limit global warming should have been from an honest acceptance by the developed countries of its ‘historical responsibility’ which it failed due to self-development interests.

    Thus it is important to note that there is a fine line between honesty and Integrity. While one may be honest enough to give away facts and information when his own interest is not at stake, the same person may fail to take the stand when his own goodwill and reputation is at stake. Thus, as Gandhiji said, Culture of heart is more important than culture of mind. Integrity takes enough courage of heart to stick to honesty even at times when ones’ own interest is at stake.

    The need of the hour thus is understand to provide enough incentives for being honest as honesty as a virtue cannot be enforced. People shall learn to be honest themselves when they see ‘honest’ efforts made all around them.

  • Mrinal Mukherjee

    HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

    This incident happened on the eve of Holi. Me and my mom had gone to a nearby dairy called Pakeeza to get some mawa to make guiyas.Now this shop isn’t a very high profile one and is located in one of the by-lanes of my locality ,but what surprised me every-time was the fleet of Mercedes and BMWs that were parked right in front of the shop making their owners one of the shop’s regular customers.I always wondered what exactly made this shop so popular which was the choice of even the elitist of Mumbai till this happened .

    As i was waiting patiently for my turn , suddenly i heard the owner of the shop asking one of his men to stop a customer who had just left the shop.The man ran behind the customer who had managing to cross the road.I initially thought him to be a shoplifter but as i heard the conversation of the duo I was totally moved.

    Customer : Is everything alright bhaijan , did i give you less money ?
    Owner : The fault is not your Sir , I have charged you Rs 13 more for the paneer you have just taken.Please take the change and my apologies.
    Customer : Haha , No problem at all.This is the reason why this dairy is so famous.All thanks to the honest hands behind it.My best wishes to Pakeeza ! And Thank you for the change !
    Owner : Thank you Sir .

    I finally got my answer after this incident.It was not only the nature but also the honesty of the owner which made the shop a people’s choice.

    The quote ‘Honesty is the best Policy’ has been given by Benjamin Franklin. Honesty is one of the soft skills that reflects a person’s innate nature.An honest person is not only truthful to himself but also to others.As he is always on the path of truth , he is not afraid of the consequences.His honest advise to the needy is always free of any manipulations or ill will.Someone with an honest character never lives in the guilt of misguiding people that ultimately assures him mental peace.In this cunning world ,you would come across people who ,just to make some quick money tend to play with people’s emotions by lying ,and there the vicious circle starts.In order to cover up the previous lie , he commits the sin of lying the second time which goes on and on.His guilt ridden mind starts manipulating constantly and plots new strategies just to save his image in the short run which is bound to get tainted.On the other hand , an honest person is free from such complications.His thought and way of doing things speaks volumes of his nature.

    However , one must keep in mind that following an honest path is not very simple and requires courage.It takes years to built a bond of trust among people.An honest person is subjected to various hurdles that lure him to join the deceitful path.Following an dishonest path can surely be a shortcut to success but not the shortcut to peace of mind as I have earlier said.Civil Services is a profession i feel which provides the best platform that tests a person’s honesty and truthfulness in letter and spirit .India has witnessed numerous examples in the recent past where there have been cases of bureaucrats being partners in crime to various scams , but then on the contrary , there have also been instances where they have turned out to be whistleblowers in unearthing scams like Vyapam.It is the honesty of these whistleblowers that admires thousands of aspirants like us that further emboldens our streak to serve our country even better.

    Talking about honesty ,no essay can be complete without mentioning the name of Mahatma Gandhi.Despite of getting humiliations from all spheres ,the mahatma worked day in and day out and stayed rock solid on the principles of honesty and truthfulness by making them the bedrock of Satyagraha.It was his simple and honest approach of dealing with crisis both in India and South Africa that garnered a humungous number of supporters which finally paved the way of freedom from the Britons.Talking about the contemporary business world , the first name that comes in our mind when someone asks us to name an honest businessman is none other than JRD and Ratan Tata.On one hand we have such exponents who have maintained their image by following the policy of honesty in business and on the other there are people like Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy who have marred their image just to make some quick bucks by following a dishonest and deceitful path.

    The above example clearly enunciates that honest people are always successful but successful people may or may not be honest .Honesty helps us to grow spiritually rather materialistically.An honest imprint may not be instant but surely is long-lasting unlike dishonesty.It helps to expand the number of our well wishers and friends whose blessings matter far more than any monetary benefit as they are straight from the heart.And thus this is the very reason why our small little dairy called Pakeeza has turned out to a roaring dairy shop in the by-lanes of Mumbai.

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Pls review 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good intro …. Interesting plot (Mawa n gujiya ..muh me pani aa gya 🙂 )

      But it is a bit long .

      Content is very good

      Civil services n vyapam very relevant.

      No essay can be completed with Gandhiji ( ye jyada ho gya) , you could have written this without exagration.

      But this paragraph is written well

      Good conclusion.

      Overall a very good read.

    • Vivaan Khanna

      mrinal
      1.quote was given by Benjamin Franklin…we used to start like this in our childhood na…a 20+ mrinal would be different na from 10+ mrinal…add some spice to it give it a mature look like relating the quote with ur example above
      2. justify the title than writing about the honesty vs dishonesty
      3.separate Gandhi wala para and industrialists one
      4.i doubt if successful persons may be dishonest….the fate met by the two businessmen mentioned by u are not successful anymore
      5.in whole essay family did not come but in conclusion it established its presence…bad move….nothing new should be introduced in conclusion
      6.Pakeeza example was good both in inttro and conclusion
      good one just try to explain the topic well…ur essay was tilted towards honesty vs dishonesty
      please review mine as well

      • Mrinal Mukherjee

        Honesty vs Dishonesty … hmm i thought as much someone would point this out but you know what After reading the topic , i felt that the only way honesty can be the best policy is to compare it with dishonesty in a subtle way 🙂
        Thanks for reviewing man !

    • Isha

      Hi Mrinal, my views-
      Intro- quite good, but a bit long.
      long paras- keep them short considering the fact that we have to write on sheets.
      “one must keep in mind that following an honest path is not very simple and requires courage”- introduced it too early
      “Talking about honesty ,no essay can be complete without mentioning the name of”- reframe this sentence a bit. Seems as if u are looking for these names in everyone else’s essay.
      Refrain from taking particular names, IMO its not right to point outrightly.
      Conclusion was good.
      Overall u could have included dimension and analysis. Examples u used but analysis was missing. Same is the problem with my piece. But still pointing out in yours 😛
      Pardon. Have a look at mine as per ur convenience.
      Thanks.

      • Mrinal Mukherjee

        Hello Isha ,

        -Yes , i could have shortened the intro,But you know , i wanted to make it a bit exciting by including dialogues.I earlier thought of witting the story in a third person form.
        -Yes you are right , long paras can make the examiner more lazy in going through them unlike short ones :p
        -one must keep in mind that following an honest path is not very simple and requires courage”- introduced it too early” –I thought as much , but usko chod ke mere dimaag mean kuch aur aa hi ni raha tha :p
        –“Talking about honesty ….” i could have reframed it as : “One name that pops in my mind when talking about honesty is that of the Mahatma ”
        –I will keep the analysis part in mind in my next essay ..Thank you 🙂

        There’s nothing to be pardoned off.We all are leaning and i am glad you pointed the flaws in my piece ..I really respect all those who take the pain to write something for other and not like – ” Awesome essay sir … Pease review mine :p”

        • Isha

          ” Awesome essay sir … Pease review mine :p”- ditto 😀
          Any ways, just keep writing and learning. Your 2nd para was too good, uske baad se flow me dikkat aa gai. So make it diverse with examples. MEre me bhi yahi problem thi + overdose of philosophy 😛
          Koi nahi, we ll improve with time 🙂

          • Mrinal Mukherjee

            yes !! Cheers

        • Isha

          Intro me dilogue ko mt dalo, usse hi long ho raha hai.
          3. Ise around 2nd last ya almost last para me dalna. toh conclusion bhi usi me chala jayega.
          4. Yeah, this one is better 😛

          • Mrinal Mukherjee

            Did you write today’s essay ? Cleanliness wala ? .. If yes , pls share the link , if no pls review mine :p

    • Hello Mrinal, my views:
      1)Intro became too long though it was interesting
      2)The philo that you gave in a single para was too good but it would have been better if you could give examples side by side. Benefits of this strategy are that your content doesn’t look like ‘bol bachan’
      3)Structure got a bit messy because you included challenges to honesty and then again went to give examples of benefits of honesty (through dichotomy of honest vs dishonest)
      4Conclusion is good
      Overall, a good read but would have been better if you could give some solid examples with your philo 🙂

  • Raunak Vashisht

    Honesty is the best policy!

    This folklore wisdom, on the virtues of being honest, is often cited by parents and teachers alike, to motivate children to denounce dishonest means and make honest efforts to achieve success in whatever they endeavour to accomplish. When there are no doubts on honesty being the greatest of all virtues, the question that stare us on our face is :

    Have we been able to encourage /incentivize honesty enough or have we been able to in anyway discourage dishonest means to ends?

    This write-up is an ‘honest’ attempt to answer the question raised as also to highlight the virtues of being honest at both an Individual and at the level of the ‘State’.

    At school a child is taught not to cheat or to lie. However, a failure, who did not cheat, is dreaded and a ranker who cheated, and was not caught, is facilitated at the year end. Similarly a liar goes scot free and a student, who accepts his mistakes, is sometimes beaten even to death. At a psychological level it has been proved that Behaviours that are re-enforced have greater probabilities of being repeated. Thus, a negative re-enforcement of punishments and humiliation, dis-incentivises honesty and in a way encourage dishonesty. The discourse over dropping ‘zero-tolerance’ in school and at home and the ‘no retention’ policy in schools thus gain relevance.

    At a national level, an honest acceptance of failure of a policy and thus an honest effort to re-strategise and mend accordingly, will go a long way in boosting national goodwill and growth.

    In India, the need for such an honest assessment is felt more in the present times of debate over- Inflated GDP numbers, of failures to mitigate the poor conditions of our famers, decreasing levels of tolerance of faith and religion, etc. The European states too need an honest assessment of the Migration-crisis and of the growing clout of terrorism, as they themselves in a way are responsible for it in the first place. Countries like Pakistan, who are a safe haven for terrorists need to accept the fact and make honest efforts to root out terrorism from their soil.

    At a global level, success of international bodies and treaties depend upon an honest realization of the rising status of the emerging states and giving them their say in bodies like IMF and UN . The need is also to give them enough flexibilities in International treaties and agreements, to enable them to meet their domestic needs; it is in this respect that the developed countries need to respect the Indian IPR regime which discourages dishonest efforts to patent drugs by ‘ever-greening’ as also the clause on compulsory licensing of life saving drugs, which is a part of India’s honest efforts to provide cheaper- life saving generic drugs world around.

    The debate world over –of severe punishments for criminals including juveniles, also is fairly important here. The question that- can they be given a second chance, if they accept their crime and vouch to give-up to reformation?

    Important also are similar debates In India over ‘judicial murder’ of Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru, hanged for serial blasts in Mumbai and the Rashtrapati Bhavan resp, even after surrendering before police and making an honest acceptance of the wrongs they did, the question that stand is couldn’t we afford to give them a second chance ?

    An honest effort is also required globally for arresting global warming and thus climate change. While many International efforst are being made at the national and international levels, none of the countries around are being honest in their efforts. The start to limit global warming should have been from an honest acceptance by the developed countries of their ‘historical responsibility’ which it failed due to self-development interests.

    Thus it is important to note that there is a fine line between honesty and Integrity. While one may be honest enough to give away facts and information when his own interest is not at stake, the same person may fail to take the stand when his own goodwill and reputation is at stake. Thus, as Gandhiji said, Culture of heart is more important than culture of mind. Integrity takes enough courage of heart to stick to honesty even at times when ones’ own interest is at stake.

    The need of the hour thus is to provide enough incentives for being honest as honesty as a virtue cannot be enforced. People shall learn to be honest themselves when they see ‘honest’ efforts being made all around them.

    • Raunak Vashisht

      This is my first essay after a time-lag of many years.
      Pls review frnds. Thanks !

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi Raunak,
      Lovely start
      I liked the dimensions you’ve give to your essay!
      It gives the essay a holistic touch! 🙂
      Link between paragraphs could have been better..
      Need is to improve conclusion 🙂
      Rest is fine 🙂
      Find dome time to check my essay as well 🙂 thank you! 🙂

    • Hello Ma’am, my views:
      1)It was a good start
      2)I feel you have delved more into the application part of ‘honesty’. Some examples from the happenings to strengthen the argument that ‘honest is the best policy’ should have come before the application
      3)Some errors-felicitated (instead of facilitated); reinforcement (instead of re-enforcement)
      4)Touched many dimensions
      5)The flow of essay after para on ‘global level’ was not so good
      6)Conclusion needs more detail
      Overall, it was good for a beginning. Keep writing and please have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • Raunak Vashisht

        please stop-addressing me as Ma’am. M still an under-graduate 😀
        Thanks for reviewing 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      hello raunak ji:
      lovely start
      ur ideas were thought provoking and going critical added spice to it but i have some observations:
      1.ideas were presented in bits and pieces after global level part …lacked coherence.
      2.completely missed the positive aspect of the adage.
      3.though essay gives creative liberty but controversial yakub and afzal should have been avoided…use of judicial murder’-a viewpoint but may not be a fact completely
      4. comprehensive coverage and used many examples..good on that part
      thank you for giving a nice read

      • Raunak Vashisht

        Agree, thanks for reviewing Sir 🙂

        • Vivaan Khanna

          raunak ji please review mine too if tme permits…will be helpful

          • Raunak Vashisht

            Sure Sir, please do not address me as Raunak Ji….Raunak would do 🙂

            • Vivaan Khanna

              ok raunak..

    • Namrata

      hey raunak .. good attempt .. my ‘honest’ views 😛
      1. intro felt good.
      2. U mentioned a very fresh unique dimension of incentivising honesty ..very good indeed
      3. however after the beginning paragraphs the moment u try to delve too much into the gs portions ..flow immediately vanishes ..kindly work on that ..although they are good egs but limit them .. they seemed too many
      4. conclusion needs to be worked upon
      overall very good attempt truly 🙂 keep writing and reviewing 🙂

      • Raunak Vashisht

        Thank u so much for reviewing Namrata 🙂
        I know its a sub-par essay, ill try and write a better one next time. M not expecting anything more than crticisms 😀 🙂
        Thanks again for ur encouraging words 🙂

  • CSE2016 aspirant

    News of a budding west indies cricketer involved in discussing team information with a bookie rocked the cricketing world in 2008. Two years later when his ban period was over, he started playing for Jamaica, his domestic side. He was one of the star performers of the domestic league and was subsequently selected for 2011 Cricket world cup. It could not be a happier news for a guy who was living with a blot on his image to perform well in world cup and bring laurels to his team. Surprisingly, he declined the offer by stating he was mentally not ready for 50 over game and wanted to concentrate more on four day domestic event. This man came back in 2012 to be the man of the match in final of T20 world cup.He is Marlon Samuels. He was honest to himself and honest to the selectors and his country, even after committing the grave mistake earlier, when not being honest snatched away all his achievements till then.

    Honesty is the most important personality trait of a person. It makes him stand out in the society. He is admired and loved by all irrespective of his nationality, community or caste. Greatest example of the above anecdote is none other than India’s father of the nation ‘Mahatma Gandhi’. He was a staunch follower of honesty and truth. Never ever did he deceive the opponents (the cruel imperialistic forces) to achieve his targets. Such was the respect for Gandhiji, that even the cruel imperialistic forces had to bow in front of him. On his death, there was shock all around the world.

    Along with being honest to outer world, a person should be honest to himself. Honest assessment of one’s ability and weakness is essential for happiness and succeeding in life. This lesson is of high importance for the youngsters, who are increasingly taking the path of suicide rather than facing the reality. In the process they get devoid of the beautiful gifts that have be wrapped for them in future. For example, most of the students fail to access their standing honestly and aim to score 100% in exams or clear competitive exams with good ranks. Failure results in spell of depression, which may exacerbate into suicidal tendency.

    Let us leap from personal perspective to the benefits to society due to honest citizenry. Corruption is ailing the development of country. Recent Kolkata flyover collapse is an example of what dishonesty can do to a society. In addition to taking human lives and damaging valuable human property, dishonesty breaks the faith of people in the authorities and governance. This may be harmful for harmonious co-existence of people. Lack of trust among each other brings the feeling of competition in place of collaboration, which creates divides in the society. Poor coordination among different agencies is one of the biggest reason of mis-governance in country. On the another hand, a single act of honesty can potentially win back the lost trust as seen in the example of Marlon Samuels.

    Many people complain about the negative progress in country. They cry corruption in almost all departments and how they are being robed of their rights. What is the solution to this problem ? It is simple. If the citizens are honest to themselves and their country, nothing can stop the country to become a superpower. Are those protesters who took violent steps for reservation in government jobs honest ? Are those industrialists who eat up the public money and cry for unease in doing business and lack of security honest ? Are those students complaining of freedom of speech and wasting precious govt money on their education, taking part in politics and election campaigns honest ? Are we who complain about these things, and take blind eye on the happenings just to secure ourselves and our family honest ? Answer to all these problems can be obtained if all of us if we calmly introspect and take a honest review of the situation.

    Is it required to be always honest ? Sometimes, situation may demand a person to keep aside his principles of honesty aside. If we look at Mahabharata and try to find a person whose name is synonymous to honesty, Yudhisther comes to the mind. Even the rival Kauravas did not question his honesty. For Pandavas to secure advantage in battle of Mahabharatha, it was necessary to eliminate Dronacharya. Krishna ji came up with a plan. He advised Yudhisther to tell Dronacharya that Asvathama is dead. Yudhisther did not agree initially, but Krishna ji convinced him by stating that it is no wrong to be dishonest with the cruel, corrupt and dishonest rivals who have crossed all limits of morality. Moreover, Asvathama was the name of a battle elephant. Yudhisher told Drona that Asvathama (softly said : elephant ) is dead. This caused huge sorrow to Drona and he disarmed himself. Taking advantage, Yudhister was quick to kill Dronacharya, his own guru. Though, there was nothing wrong in the act if morality is questioned, but it was enough to disgrace Yudhister for rest of his life.

    It is extremely difficult to resolve the dilemma of whether to protect one’s interests by being dishonest to the adversary or being fair and honest irrespective of whether the adversary is fair or corrupt. But, one thing is sure. Honesty can defeat the spirits of the opposite camp. Somewhere inside even the most brutal person is a human heart, which will force him to introspect his acts. There have been many cases where a person has been transformed into a kind man by greatness of a person. Valmiki, author of Hindu epic Ramayana, is an example. He was a dacoit, but got transformed into a sadhu by presence of a truth and divine character of Lord Ram.

    In a nutshell, honesty is a virtue which makes the life of a person successful. It is because of this fact only it is said – ‘Honesty is the best policy.’ Whether it is in field of sports or war, culture or diplomacy, academics or entertainment, honest person rules the world. There is indeed no substitute to the virtue of honesty.

    (1023 words)

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Please review friends !!!
      It is my first essay .
      I could not win you the world cup, but please review if you think Virat Kohli is the champion !!!

      • Vivaan Khanna

        hahaha..good way to appeal….i m ur guru here :p

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          VK bhai – ab appeal to karna hi padta hao 🙂 nhi to umpire bhi out nhi deta

          • Vivaan Khanna

            ha ye to hai…chalo lets fix the match u give me ur decision on my essay…in return i will give mine on urs ;p…

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              Ohkk sure

    • yvr

      Hi buddy,please review mine too. I ll review urs inturn.

    • Ram

      frnd.. cricket again
      take it seriously as if u are writing it for mains
      story of mahabharata can be a shorter one
      conclusion was gud.
      nice effort
      plz review mine

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Giving examples from cricket does not take away seriousness from candidate. In UPSC interviews, there have been questions on cricket and other sports. Sports is a soft power which is being viewed by many. Almost most of the people know about this game, so it is easier to connect with the examiner. These are my thoughts.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Thank you for your review 🙂
        I will take care of the mistakes which I committed

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      I thought I was the only one to start intro with a cricket topic and hence different from others 🙁 – my bad
      HONEST REVIEWS needed 🙂
      I will review as many essays of my friends as possible , like previous sunday 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      hi VK(virat kohli)
      1.what a way to start honestly….well explained what u have in store for the reader…most liked example of the day by me
      2.fine till u start questioning…protest for reservation and student freedom may create problem for u when industrialists are also taken with same tone..what if person evaluating ur essay is a JNU professor?…choose less controversial things of the life paji like anushka sharma
      3.very good example from mythology…asvathama…
      4.dont try to show that ur conclusion is forced one by using words like conclusively,nutshell etc….here ur conclusion ended in haste….give it its proper space…
      a well written essay with brilliant flow..overall i liked it….

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Thanks Sachin paa 🙂
        I agree that I should have used less controversial examples 🙂 – JNU waala prof hoga to -250 de dega seedhe 🙂
        And I agree to the fact that I missed the whole flow in conclusion – It was an abrupt ending. Should have gone for better.
        Thanks again

        • Vivaan Khanna

          ha virat tumhari training jari rahegi :p

    • Pallavi

      Hey nice 1,,,
      If it’s 1st essay then it really deserves “very nice 1” 🙂
      Okk,,now few suggetions,,,
      Ur start is really a high,,,it involves the reader completely,,, (I was very curious to knw the player),,,
      Such start raises expectations from rest of the part,,,and here I found something missing,,,
      Language is good but essay lacks in structure and interlinkages inbetween ,,,
      Marlon repeated ,,2 ex from hindu epics,,,it’s not bad but must be avoided,,
      Writing other side I.e. honesty z nt best policy always is an edge over other essay which may miss this angle,,,u could have made it really appealing by giving real life ex,,,
      Philosophical part dealt nicely,,,
      Conclusion in essay must have sufficient space its where w leave a mark on examiners mind,,,and he may give much higher marks,,,
      Hope it will help 🙂

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Thanks Pallavi for such an insightful review 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Hello Viraaaaat 🙂
      I intact liked the start very much!
      Different and honest 🙂
      Conveyed the theme aptly! 🙂
      Philo touch bhi achha tha 🙂
      Mytho touch bhi 🙂
      Conclusion could have been better 🙂
      Bada diplomatic Sa sound kiya to be honest, It should have been crisp and to the point! 🙂
      An upvote for your efforts Vurat not only in the essay but in the world cup too 🙂 🙂
      Mera review bhi kar dena 🙂

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        yup I am going to review ur essay , sirmran
        Thanks for pointing out the flaws and appreciating my effort
        Keep reviewing

    • Affu

      hi viratjee,anecdote bhi cricket ka hi doge kya? ha ha good one though
      however,a basic framework was missing
      u asked too many questions,itan pareshan karoge kya bache (examiner) ko aur uper se answer bhi nahi kar rahe ho questions,woh toh anxiety se hi marjayaega:-)
      see i feel contemporarty examples are good but tell some eshtablished facts,like bridge collapse was a recent incident,let the probe begin and conclude,u jumping into conclusion may not seem good for examiner
      also the questions like politics ,youth,suicide may deviate the attention of examiner
      good attempt ,ha ha if u think there was to much criticism ignore it as this is the facourite timpeass of a girl who feels she had done lot of ahrdwork on weekdays and on sunday she just criticises those who write and workhard
      ,keep writing:-)

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Affu ji , lag kar burai karo – koi baat nhi 🙂
        I will take care in future 🙂
        Thanks for review

        • Affu

          haan ,,apko bura bhi nahi lagna chahiye coz i was just honest,,ha ha…keep up the good efforts

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Hmm, honest and deep reviews are required by me 🙂 Constructive criticism 🙂

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Kya pata, aaj marlon samuels is answer se impress hokar fir match jeeta de :).

        • Affu

          jitne do! apna match(aug) is fast approaching,hume bhi toh jeetna hai

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Yup – we have to win our exam 🙂 and we will win it 🙂
            And yes Marlon got impressed by my answer and is man of the match again in final of T20 world cup 🙂

    • Hey Kohli !
      It’s okay we didn’t win but you played awesome as always 😀 cheers to our team !!
      Introduction from cricket was kind of expected from you 😀 the way you kept the curiosity up till the end of para was commendable (Y)
      First, I won’t agree this is your first essay.. it’s really good !
      Philosophical + engaging
      Issues:
      Structuring and linking of paragraphs
      Like the paragraph following the question marks para has no connection with the previous one
      each succeeding para should flow from the previous one
      and organize them
      example of kolkata bridge well connected !
      use examples from diverse fields
      like one from mythology you gave , and later again from mythology (I think shouldn’t be done this way) {kya pata examiner kaisa ho 😛 }
      diversity will enrich your content
      overall it was a very nice to read.. you write well !!

      and Yes I haven’t written today, felt lazy to be honest :/
      if I write you will be notified (or you can subscribe to my blog 😛 )

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Thanks Namita for your review – it means a lot to me. Will improve on the lines you told. And I have already subscribed to your blog 🙂

        • okay thank you 🙂
          btw, mechanical karke naam hai wahi ho aap ?
          and haan CONGRATS FOR PLAYER OF THE SERIES 😀

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            No I am not that mechanical naam karke one, And marlon samuels being man of the match ( My article introduction) again in 2016 is even more encouraging. SURELY, HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY 🙂 . We should strive to follow the virtue of honesty in everyday life. Not just while writing an essay

            I have written on your blog by Virat aka CSE2016 aspirant naam karke

            • lol 😛
              yeah they played commendable (Y)
              we would strive for the best policy i.e honesty for sure 🙂

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Which test series have you taken ?

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear CSE2016 aspirant ,

      1) I liked your introduction but i did see a small error . If the examiner is aware of the game of cricket then a question would pop up in this mind after reading this sentence ” Surprisingly, he declined the offer by stating he was mentally not ready for 50 over game and wanted to concentrate more on four day domestic event.” FOUR DAY DOMESTIC EVENT ???? Generally TEST CRICKET is played for 5 days and can you please tell me what is the 4 day domestic event you are referring too 🙂

      2) In the second paragraph : you are talking about Mahatma Gandhi and his virtue of honesty but after reading this sentence ” Such was the respect for Gandhiji, that even the cruel imperialistic forces had to bow in front of him. On his death, there was shock all around the world.???? PLEASE AVOID WRITING On his death, there was shock all around the world????? i find that sentence not in synchronous with the paragraph . the last sentence is cutting the flow of the essay .

      3) In the third paragraph : instead of writing for example , it would have been better to correlate the students depression of his/her inability to succeed in examination that affects his/her honesty

      In the process they get devoid of the beautiful gifts that have be wrapped for them in future.????? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      NEVER WRITE FOR EXAMPLE in essays. you can straightaway tell about an example or an event to bring out the context of the essay clearly .

      4) PLEASE DO NOT MENTION KOLKATA FLYOVER INCIDENT ” How did you come to know that the collapse was due to dishonesty ?

      MY SUGGESTION : in December 2016 when you are appearing for the civil service exam ESSAY paper , if any incident similar to Kolkata flyover tragedy takes place 3 or 4 days before the exams . MY APPEAL to you will be NOT to include such incidents in the essay paper because , the examiner will feel the candidate is straightaway criticizing the officials related to the event based on the media reports . this will actually negatively impact your score .

      5) In this paragraph……Are those protesters who took violent steps for reservation in government jobs honest ? ARE YOU SURE THOSE WHO PROTESTED WERE NOT HONEST ???? PLEASE AVOID SUCH STATEMENTS ?

      it is like you are questioning the honesty of protesters who are protesting for government job .

      Are those industrialists who eat up the public money and cry for unease in doing business and lack of security honest ? PLEASE AVOID WORDS LIKE ” EAT UP ” what do you mean by eat up ??????

      I feel this paragraph you are posing questions and questioning someones actions without understanding whether their actions are genuine .

      Please avoid asking too many questions in a single paragraph .

      asking one or two questions in the essay is good but i find you are dedicating an entire paragraph asking questions ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      6) DO NOT INCLUDE MYTHOLOGICAL CHARACTERS ?????????? I AM AN ATHEIST AND HAVE NEVER READ MAHABHARATA OR RAMAYANA .I PERSONALLY HATE THE WORD ” GOD ” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      If the examiner is like me , there is no doubt of reducing the marks to the maximum extent possible 🙂

      IT IS ADVISABLE TO WRITE AN ESSAY OR ANSWER WITHOUT INCLUDING MYTHOLOGICAL CHARACTERS UNTIL THE QUESTION ASKS US TO CITE ABOUT IT .

      The recent protest by scientists at the Indian science congress was due to the inclusion of Mythological characters in the papers presented at the event .

      7) CONCLUSION HAVE TO BE IMPROVED .

      ALL THE BEST MY DEAR FRIEND !!!

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Domestic first class matches are 4 – day matches unlike 5-day test matches.
        Such a dedicated review – thank you sir – you are the first one to give such a incisive review 🙂 , will surely follow your advice in upcoming essays.
        Just one query. What do you mean by NEVER WRITE FOR EXAMPLE. I could not get this thing.
        THANKS A LOT SIR for such a good review 🙂

        • Aravind Varier

          Dear CSE2016 aspirant ,

          NEVER WRITE in an essay ……. For example, most of the students fail to access their standing honestly and aim to score 100% …….. ”

          It is NOT advisable to write ” For example ” in an essay ,instead you can elaborate an example or an event and try to bring in the context of the essay through it 🙂

          I hope you are clear now 🙂

          THANK YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Sorry sir to ask you such silly thing :). Hmm, I got your point. It is indeed not required. Thanks for dedicating your time towards improving my essay. 🙂

            • Aravind Varier

              Dear CSE2016 aspirant ,

              Please do NOT tell sorry . NEVER consider asking a doubt as a mistake .

              We are all learning and it is natural for a student to get doubt and ask for clarification .

              THANK YOU 🙂

  • Man Of Steel

    It was in late 90’s.India were up against Australia in a very crucial match of Coca Cola cup in Sharjah .Sachin was out there fighting alone.He was batting on 172.He had displayed the utmost elegance and the masterclass he possessed.Damien Fleming was steaming in with his bouncers and short balls.Suddenly there was an appeal from Fleming of caught behind.Every Australian player went up.But the umpire didn’t budge.The Australians were distraught.Suddenly everyone saw Tendulkar walking off the field.The master thought that he had knicked the ball and so he decided to leave the crease.Australia won the match but Sachin won the hearts of millions because of his Honesty.By staying on the crease Sachin might have won the match for India but he was so honest and truthful to his game , to his inner conscience that he decided otherwise.

    What this incident teaches us is that Honesty is a virtue that only the brave possess.Honesty means that we dont lie to ourselves nor to others.It stops us from cheating others and our own conscience.However it dosent means that honesty only implies speaking the truth.To work hard is also honesty.To accept criticism openly is also being honest to oneself.Providing constructive criticism to others and not buttressing people is also honesty.

    Honesty is something that has to be inculcated as a part of basic human values.Parents ,teachers,peers,society plays an important role with this regard.However, we ourself have to recognise what is good and bad for us and which moral values should form the core of our life.As children we may get tempted to do something otherwise which may be unethical and dishonest.But as we grow up we have to learn from our mistakes .

    Today, with cut throat competition where a good job,high salary,posh residence, luxury cars define success ,Honesty may seem to be a distant writing on the wall.People often take the path of deceit,corruption to earn money and respect.But what they forget in this whole journey is that they are only fulfilling their material desires and losing the basic human values of which they once talked about.Getting lured on the path of corruption is very tempting and easy.However in reality this is the litmus test of how strongly Honesty is imbibed within us.

    Being honest may not help us earn a lot of money but will definitely earn lot of respect,trust and self satisfaction.Today everyone is loosing the sight of the means they are adopting to acheive their goals.In this scenario by being honest we can definitely act as a torchbearer for those who have strayed away from the path

    Plz Review….

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      i think sachin was on 132 .
      You wrote nice points. But give more examples to substantiate your facts

      • Man Of Steel

        thanks bhai for reviewing…

  • Arun

    Honesty is the best policy

    Honesty is the virtue which directs individuals to act and perform duty with integrity and sincerity.The virtue of honesty is inherently built in Indian philosophy that talks about ‘DHARM’ that reflects the principle of being honest.The rise of Buddhism and Jainism strongly advocated for honesty with the personality like Buddha and Mahavira exemplifying the examples.This has been richly propagated by the individual in modern times in which Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Vivekananda stands as an strong case point.Later Indian constitution has been built with the emphasis on honesty and integrity which even finds explicit mention in the form of Fundamental Duties.

    In this context,it would be appropriate to decipher what actually amounts to honesty? and what are its attributes and implications?

    Honesty is quality of an individual which invokes the individual to speak and act what his/her conscience directs.It is not just about performing one’s duty sincerely but also about having deep understanding and right motivation with ability to maintain integrity and sincerity even in the case of most trying circumstances.Thus it has been rightly pointed out that honesty is not a virtue of a weak but quality of a strong man.

    Therefore honesty demands the strong conviction and love for truth.This is exemplified from the life of the father of nation,Mahatma Gandhi who is the definition of being honest and strong conviction.He stood for what is right and stood firmly with honesty even in most trying situation like arrest/or charge with sedition.This has given him strength and set an example for coming generations and set the parameter of honesty,integrity,truth and non violence.

    Thus honesty is the tool of strong and firmed man and has potentials to stand for the right.This has huge implications on the life of the individual,social and economics context,administration and political culture.

    The quality of man in the modern complex society depends on ability of a person to display integrity in his work and duty as a parent,worker,teacher or for that matter administrator and politician.In this context,social order is highly impacted by the principle of honesty.This is true from the perspective social and economic factors also.Therefore it has been recognized by different fields to impart the sense of honesty and principle of honesty is the best policy.This gives sense of trust worthiness and transparency in the functioning of society thereby integration and unity among various communities.

    This is particularly necessary for the nation like India which is multi-lingual,multi-religious and multi-culture.In this context,the trust of all the communities on the system becomes essential.This brings the role of civil servant and administration in governance of the society.The honesty of an civil servant can bring a drastic and major reform in which civil servant has to serve from the from.

    This case inherently points to the some of the administrators who has made honesty as the best policy.This would include the administrators like Ashok Khemka,Durga Shakti Nagpal and Armstrong Pame who has exemplified the principle of honesty and inspired the people.

    Thus the administration can facilitate the smooth functioning and transparent governance with set form of honesty.This has huge social and economic implication and further attracts the investment due to control of corruption and red tapism.Further law and order is necessarily maintained with the principle.

    The principle of honesty is the best policy doesn’t just confined to society or administrator but inherently and greatly impacted by the leaders and political parties at the top.The recent history of scam and corruption such as commonwealth,2G or coal block scam coming form the top of the administration has severely impacted the public trust and sincerity of leaders being questioned.

    However,new confidence has been generated with the commitment from the Prime Minister about the transparent and honest administration.This is reflected in new vigor,interestedness and confidence among investors.Thus it clearly manifested in the significance of honest and strong leader on the administration of the nation.

    Further international relation and bilateral relations are highly determined by the nations honesty to engage and commit with the serious matters.Thus the sustainable and long term sustenance of organisation needs the individual commitment and integrity.This is manifested in the current global relation in which nations with long term commitment has shown impeccable honesty or vice versa.This further manifest the applicability of the principle of honesty is the best policy.

    In this context,the principle of honesty runs across the spectrum right from micro level to macro level as international relation.Therefore it is inherent on any individual or organisation to impart the concept in order to built stability in the society and in the world.

    However,dishonesty can be brutal with potential to create disability in the individual,society and the world. Dishonesty is inherently bad in itself and thus should be despised off.

    So what are the challenges that confronts the principle and What are the attributes that needs to be emphasized becomes essential.

    Therefore in this fragmented world with numerous fissures,it is of utmost significance to impart the sense of honesty,accountability and responsibility which becomes the great challenge.

    In this context,the role of family,society,religion and educational institution becomes essential.The sense of moral responsibility needs the moral understanding to built ethical society.

    The land of Buddha,Mahavira and Gandhi would surely succeed in building the honest society with the principle of honesty as the best policy.This is aided by advantages of strong family system,cultural value and social system.

  • He-MAN

    WORDS-870
    please review

    A quite banal still trenchant and puissant adage of ‘Honesty is the best policy’, which quite sure all of our co-generation are aware of and intra-generation would also acclimatize with. But its human practical experience that there remains abyss between practice and preaching, there remains gap between encomium and acceptance. This archaic yet clamoring virtue is though dwelling in hearts of people yet its scope is limited to territorial extent of our minds with not as principle but as policy and as time accedes it is diminishing to just an adage from a policy. Honesty could be regarded as a trunk of tree from which all other virtues emanate. While all the virtues like courage, truthfulness, ethics, morality etc give energy and vivacity keeping honesty adamantly incised in tellurian life. Similarly, honesty provides other virtues with stout base. Higher the virtues go more puissant it’s foundation becomes and greater the canopy it has. In other words, a man beatified with the benison of honesty has already engrassed within himself other values and virtues. All he needs is to augment them and only elixir this proliferation is to stoke his honesty.

    Truth could not be obscured if honesty prevails. There is brawny relation between truth and honesty. This was affirmatively both practiced and preached by our father of nation-Mahatma Gandhi. Honesty sojourns in means rather than on end results. Despite being on triumphant platform vis-a-vis Non Cooperation movment of 1921, a single incident, which derailed from the track of truth(incident of Chauri Chaura) and honesty spoke out that victory regaled and retained without succour of truth would not be enduring. Truth is revealed through the execution of honesty. A recent news pointed out that approximately an year old scam of scholarship pin pointed out by newly deputed officer in Bihar government which was since yaer and half obfuscated by same rank officials. Therefore, rank genuflects over rankling honestly is better seen. So it is folly to assert a claim that honesty is departmental.

    Now to demystify the reason of abyss between practice and preaching & lassitude among people despite of being aware of this policy could be elaborated. Well this avoidance is because of attrition in path of truth where they perambulate. People could only experience the materialistic gains and finesse of being quiescent. They only see the present(means-the only place where honesty plays its commending role). What they fail to observe is the end of condor. The attrition on one hand tightens our hold such that we are not swayed by ease materialistic gains and on other hand prepares us well for the futuristic travail through the process of practice and pragmatic practicability. The end of which is sang-froid. There is a famous saying ‘life is full of vicissitudes’, but the slumps in these vicissitudes are brought about by treading the scoundrel boulevard. Thereby, honesty could be aeromancy of end result by prediction from predicament of current path of truthfulness.

    Why is honesty the best policy? For a novice or a tyro its just an adjective. It’s usage with nouns give them scintillating en-devour. For instance-an honest patriot or an honest loyalist. To ask an erudite honesty is an umbrella virtue under which other virtue throbs. Being honest doesn’t gives one lots of friends but it certainly gives one the right ones. Respect is earned, trust is gained, loyalty is returned but it is only honesty which is appreciated.

    There is an anecdote vis-a-vis honesty. This excerpt is of Mahmud Gawan of Bahmani kingdom in 15th century. He served 3 debile kings as a minister of Bahmani sultanate. His honesty and loyalty was in principle towards the bahmani state whose resplendent with the accrual of time cosmopolitised in other neighboring kingdoms. He took his kingdom from rubble to peaks of empyrean in that coeval. People admired his for his indelible votary towards his state. But he had tragic end as was killed by his own king who in paramnesia due to instigation by his nobles killed him.

    A neophyte would befuddle at the tragic end and will relate it to repercussions of his honesty and loyalty. His aplomb would slump. But a sagacious person knows the truism behind it. It was due to his honesty towards his nation that a novice could be able to tell his name(because of Gawan much appreciated) but could never recall the names of the 3 kings whom he served save he is precocious with cognizance of history. Mahmud Gawan made his name incised in annals of honesty. It was due to his extreme honesty abetted with loyalty that once he was off the scene, the once mighty empyrean kingdom of Bahmani was crucified with gruesome cataclysm and was demassified into 5 smaller kingdoms. Thereby, it is honesty to nation state which abets in retaining the integrity of nation state.

    In the peroration, it could be asserted that Honesty could be practiced when as a means one treads the path of truth; as a loyalty one walks the path of integrity of some cause; as a practicing purge one avoids urge and disdains from being corrupt. In a nutshell “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” as evidently said by Thomas Jefforson.

  • Rashmirathi

    Honesty is the best policy

    “….the villagers came running hearing the shepherd’s cries – “wolf! Help ! Help! “. But like the past three times, they had been deceived again. They returned back home feeling irritated.

    One day, a wolf actually came. But no matter how much the shepherd cried, no one showed up for help. His reputation for lying got the better of him. “ — with this , grandma once again explained to Sonu the importance of honesty and he finally succumbed to sleep.

    Most of us grew up hearing fables of honesty, truthfulness , integrity. Even our National Emblem has ‘Satyameva Jayate’ , victory of the truth written on it.

    But what is honesty ? , Why the fuss ?

    Honesty is the act of being truthful and righteous in all situations. It is the refusal to lie , steal, or deceit in anyway. Being honest is the most honourable and fulfilling way of leading ones life.

    Such is the importance of honesty that many great leaders like Gandhi, Vivekananda , Buddha and all religions have propagated it from time to time. Gandhiji even went on to say that, ”there is no God higher than the truth”.

    Being honest is not just about standing high on a moral pedestal, but it helps you grow and find happiness in all facets of life. Buddha has called honesty the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

    Honesty makes life simple and brings one mental peace. The greatest adavantage about speaking the truth is that you do not need to remember what you said. For example, Sheela had the habit of lying and giving fake excuses all the time. This led to her ending up piling lies on top of lies to save the first one. She lived in constant anxiety and fear of getting caught.

    All healthy relationships are built on the founding stone of honesty. Truthfulness and faithfulness are the key requirement of all relations be it friendship, marriage , dating, siblings, etc. Dishonesty in relationship is like constructing a house of cards – no matter how beautiful and tall it is, one day it will definitely crumble. And one ends up living in constant fear of such a day.

    Honesty in ones job not only helps them deliver their best, it also builds up a good reputation. It makes you trustworthy. Honest people are the ones everyone turns to in times of distress. They are the pillars of any organization.

    The importance of honesty manifests more strongly in politics and public services. The fate of the entire nation depends upon its legislators’ and administrators’ honesty and integrity. In the absence of honesty , a policy, no matter how good and well intentioned, will not be able to benefit the society.

    The day by day growing number of scams, corruption and crimes point towards the grave need of instilling honesty , integrity and sincerity in our society and government.

    But honesty isn’t just something one owes to the world, it is something one owes to himself. It isn’t just about just being truthful and righteous, it also means that one should live by ones values. As Gandhiji put it, “ to believe in something and not live it, that’s dishonest”.

    For example, your are strongly against child labour, but when you take your car for servicing and see a little boy working there washing cars, you just park your car and leave. You never hesitate in buying those glass bangles for your wife or fireworks for your kids even when you know that they are manufactured by factories that illegally employ children .

    You write really well and have always wanted to write a book , but never pick up the pen out of laziness.

    Such actions are also forms of dishonesty. Dishonesty to the self.

    But though honesty is the utmost necessity of all aspects of life, it needs to be accompanied by compassion , care and a little bit of diplomacy.

    For example, your daughter works really hard preparing a cake for your birthday. You take a bite, even though it tastes bad, with a big smile you say to her ,” Best cake ever ! “ . Respecting people’s feelings is more important than being honest sometimes.

    Two countries with tensed relationship such as China and India are holding talks to improve their equation . Here , the foreign secretaries of the two nations will have to carefully walk on a tightrope and diplomatically resolve issues. Being harshly honest about their thoughts will lead to further degradation of the relationship. Diplomacy is a must along with honesty.

    Therefore as gandhiji said, one must always keep in mind that, “ whenever you have truth, it must be given with love or the message will be rejected.”

    To conclude , honesty is indeed the best policy for leading a peaceful life. Even though the path of honesty might be difficult, you will atleast not end up getting caught in the cobwebs of lies and keep tossing and turning in sleepless nights. For three things can’t be long hidden—the sun , the moon and the truth .

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Very Well Written…

      Very good intro …
      Good example specially Buddha ( well elaborated)

      For example, your are strongly against child labour, but when you take your car for servicing and see a little boy working there washing cars, you just park your car and leave. You never hesitate in buying those glass bangles for your wife or fireworks for your kids even when you know that they are manufactured by factories that illegally employ children . ( Good one-You have touched this part , No one else has though of this)

      Respecting people’s feelings is more important than being honest sometimes. (Very good – Sometimes its good to be dishonest- thumbs up)

      Good conclusion…

      I must say one of the best essay of Today … Keep it up dear.

      • Rashmirathi

        thank you harsh 🙂

    • Vivaan Khanna

      rashmi i m done with my review on ur blog ;p..please review mine tooo

      • Rashmirathi

        thanks a lot vivaan . you have been a great help these three months. your reviews have helped me a lot. thanks dost 🙂

        yup reviewed yours

    • Namrata

      hey rashmi .. my views:
      1. intro good
      2. “Why the fuss ?” ..no no refrain from using such statements
      3. highlighting gandhi, buddha = very nicely done
      4. gandhiji k saare quotes – great
      5. very nicely written conclusion
      6. flow was missing in the middle paragraphs
      overall a great piece ..keep writing and kindly review mine too 🙂

      • Rashmirathi

        Thanks for the review 🙂 all pointers taken.

        reviewed yours !

    • yogi

      Beginning, –unique , I liked that

      Till the mid u have tried to cover many dimensions but the depth is missing, it was like a passing reference of dimensions, u could have elaborated a bit on them with examples

      Flow is good

      Towards the end you essay took a spectacular turn

      For example, your daughter works really hard preparing a cake for your birthday. You take a bite, even though it tastes bad, with a big smile you say to her ,” Best cake ever ! “ . Respecting people’s feelings is more important than being honest sometimes.—(Y)

      Conclusion is good, bit more elaboration would add ice to the cake

      Overall a nice read 🙂

      • Rashmirathi

        thanks 🙂

  • Isha

    “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away. “

    Probably this is the very strong and credible reason to speak the truth and be honest in our every act and provides a thrust to the given quote for the essay, assertively.

    To speak the truth and to remain honest is what we’ve been told since our very own childhood. Be at home or school, at college, in business, politics, at societal level, everywhere- we are expected to be honest to our core. Others expects us the same and so do we from them. This is because there are practical and moral reasons behind the same.

    From Ramayana, Gita, Quran to the New testament- there are quotes and thoughts, stories and personal experiences which unambiguously prove that honesty is a virtue which each one of us should possess. On a personal level- in relations, in business ethics, in public administration, in society as well, we need to have honesty in our acts to bond with people we come across at an intimate level. It helps us to have that inner peace of soul which can’t be obtained otherwise.

    Nevertheless, the very same old religious texts sometimes provide us the reason for being practical. Like, honesty must be accompanied by other equally valuable and necessary human quality of kindness, sympathy, and compassion with others. Things are not always as black and white as they appear in old adages. They have grey shades when applied on practical grounds.

    But lets come to the this side of the coin later. First of all we need to see why we should try to speak the truth and be honest. The foremost reason among the plenty of them is that it’s easier than lying. Lies tend to spiral outwards and have to be maintained with an even larger web of lies. These are incredibly tiring to maintain. If you stick with the truth, it doesn’t matter how often you’re asked about the subject—you’ll always respond the same way, because you’re being honest about what really happened.

    Another reason is regardless of how smartly you have put forth your lie, someone will find out about it eventually. It causes embarrassment. Moreover, the worst truth is better than the best lie. No matter how badly someone will react when the truth comes out, but they will be a thousand times more upset if they find out that you’d lied to them. They will never be able to fully trust you again.

    Besides that, being honest in every situation helps you build credibility. When you tell the truth, you never have to retrace your steps. There is real freedom in being able to live without having to keep track of various storylines. Being honest is about living with
    simplicity. You need not think about what to say or how to frame your argument and it’s that simple.

    Your honesty helps to build confidence; you gradually end up realizing that people like you and are in your life because of who you are. Those that authentically care about others, help them by being real with them, and allowing them to uplift their own lives through honesty as well.

    In addition to everything, honesty and integrity pave the way for greater intimacy. People who are trustworthy and honest attract friends like they themselves are. Pretending to be something you are not requires constant attention to detail. Honest people are better able to relax.

    This holds true very well at personal level as well as in business relations or public administration life. The more transparency is there in our work and its procedure, the more credible the authority or relation seems. Like, the act of RTI when applied in full spirit and respected diligently by the authority by providing the information asked for, increases the credibility of the government. Similarly in business relations, presenting false information about your product won’t save you for long. It’s going to drown you sooner or later.

    In spite of everything, all of us are very well aware of the fact that honesty in itself is an ideal thing. And Idealness always comes with a price. This price in itself can be too huge for few people that lying seems an easy way to them. There is fear of rejection by society. Of course that’s not the rejection we fear. It’s being pain of not being understood by those you consider yourself close to. In professional field, it’s the fear of losing your customers or clients.

    There might be the case that people will take advantage. We leave ourselves vulnerable to be taken advantage. There are fears that we might end up showing the world that we’re weak. We think that if we’re honest, we’ll expose the worst parts of ourselves. But letting yourself vulnerable in front of those you trust has equal chances of connecting you with the people at a higher and stronger level.

    Also, at this point of time we need to understand that honesty does not means telling everything to everybody. There are times when you can be honest without saying everything. It’s true that honesty hurts sometimes. This is why you need to exercise your ability to assess the situation you are in and make the best decision based on compassion.

    For instance, it’s fine to use white lies in few situations. The classic dilemma comes in personal cases when you need to take care of emotions and not just preach honesty there. If someone asks you about the taste of food they made for you and you very well know it’s not that good, even then you need to respect their emotions and take care not to sound as a cold heart by expressing the truth. Similarly, if a friend asks you to keep personal details secret, it’s important to do so.

    The truth is we all lie several times a day for very basic questions; even as simple ones asking about our health, some product, some basic information or innocent queries of children. We try to avoid uncomfortable situations and answer these normal queries in socially acceptable form so as to avoid being intrigued continuously. The point here is we need to balance honesty with kindness and compassion as well. Mere blunt attitude in the name of being honest may cost us heavily.

    So, what we can conclude from the above discussion is that honesty indeed is a best policy most of the times as it provides you a good health, good relations & mental peace but like any other thing in this practical world, we need to be practical in our approach. A one size first for all approach has never worked for anything. Though being honest requires a little bit of courage but it is always the best thing provided, we mold the truth in better words, as the situation demands.

    • Tanu Singhal

      Hey isha.. Great improvement !!

      Well structured.
      So far best essay on this topoc.
      Extend this one only to bring a more refined conclusion.

      Great work girl :p

      Review mine as well

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Have gone through your essay .. have a couple of corrections in mind.. Kindly remind me if i forget to comment by tomorrow evening 🙂
      In the mean time , Kindly have a look at mine ! You might just get a point or two to add from there 🙂

      • Isha

        Sure 🙂
        Going to read yours.

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      So here i go ,

      –4th paragraph – If you keep in mind the topic, I think in this particular paragraph , you have deviated a bit.You have linked practicality with honesty.Take it in the way , how can honesty , when applied on ‘only on ‘practical grounds be the best policy .Isn’t honesty always applied on practical grounds ? What does ‘practical grounds’ mean to you ?
      –4th para again : Ola adages having nothing in black and white but areas of grey.This can be a bit confusing for the examiner (I had to read this para twice to link this with the topic indirectly though)
      –5th and 7th paragraph : the idea of ‘maintaining the lies’ or ‘tracking of various storylines ‘ convey the same thing and thus they have been reiterated.
      –Para 8 : Did you mean that because of your honesty , you develop a friend circle who think on the the same honest lines like you OR is it like The friends you have around you are there because of your honesty ?
      –“There are times when you can be honest without saying everything. ” You are saying two contradictory things.If you aren’t saying everything that means you are hiding something which isn’t honesty.In the example also , you have blatantly used a white lie whereas the topic is about honesty.Honesty and white lies don’t gel together
      –Second last paragraph : “The truth is we all lie several times a day for very basic questions” Avoid using such statements.It can be a total turn off for the examiner .You have started your paragraph with this statement.Avoid this
      –Conclusion : last line ” We mould the truth in better words as the situation demands => you are manipulating politely => honesty bye bye :p

      Thank You 🙂

      • Isha

        Thanks a lot for the detailed review Mrinal. I know the essay has many loopholes. Actually I didn’t planned for the structure and that lead to deviation.
        I agree with most of ur points. If reading mine in one go isn’t making you understand my point, then there is something wrong in expressions.
        Will try to take care of the same next time.

        Thanks 🙂

    • Akhil

      Hello isha sorry for being late. Here is my review..
      Positives..

      -philosophical touch in essay is awesome
      -language is very simple and comprehensive that’s what an examiner expects.
      -flow this time very good.
      -you touched various dimensions in essay good one.

      Negatives
      -some examples should have been used to make your messages more clear. For example “we need to understand that honesty does not mean telling everything to every one.” here you should give example like diplomats, ministers, intelligence agent or soldiers are expected not to reveal truth to enemies. They can become dishonest in these situations.
      -in your initial paras you talked much about truth and honesty. Are truthfulness and honesty same?? I don’t know if you know do let me know.
      -in some last para you used some harsh language like it’s fine to use white lie some time or first line of second last para. Please avoid such language.
      -don’t use words like ‘what we can conclude’ this is to conclude ‘ etc etc.. I was advised by insights official review in one of my secure answer.

      Overall it was really nice essay. Really enjoyed reading it
      Keep it up. Thank you..

      • Isha

        Thanks for the detailed review Akhil. I agree with most of ur points and will try to takecare of the things u pointed. Thanks for the value addition as well.
        I think I was myself a bit confused so could not justify the topic.

  • Iconoclast

    Pls review @disqus_uytZW8JLw2:[email protected]@disqus_wieVEt2uBV:[email protected]@HappyIAS:[email protected]@disqus_Yypd088sb0:[email protected]@disqus_8eE9aDChXQ:[email protected]@disqus_CyTx06WFLG:[email protected]@jayaswatantra:[email protected]@night_fury1:[email protected]@night_thinker:[email protected]

    • Namrata

      wow iconoclast ..one of the best essays for sure .. it has a perfect blend of philosophy and ethics and administration related aspects ..i particularly liked the gandhiji anecdote in the beginning and then about the organisation and marketing ..then best was mention of satyamev jayate ..really very unique points .. kept me engrossed throughout ..flow was excellent according to me .. a treat to read .. only suggestion that u could have added more dimensions ..highlighting eg of say personal relations .. and i guess it is short of word limit (maybe wrong) .. rest perfect according to me !! 🙂

      Keep writing and please review mine too 🙂

    • Isha

      I am not able to find yours. Visited ur profile but is was not there. Post me the link and I ll review by night today itself.

    • Isha

      Hey iconoclast, my views-
      From intro to conclusion, very well written piece of writing it is. Well done. U have touched most of the aspect which even i missed. I would say yours is much better than mine, i missed many things.
      Only thing i would point out is work on flow and connectivity between para.
      Have a look at mine as well.
      Thanks 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      please rotate the first image and upload, i will check it tomorrow

    • yogi

      good essay:)
      just few suggestions:
      1. avoid cuttings
      2. most of the time u write the word truth and even ended with the quote “truth alone triumphs”. That made ur essay to incline towards “truth is the best policy”. Being truthful is one aspect, if u could have used the word honesty instead of truth that would make the reader to think that u have not deviated from the theme, and respect the words of the theme,
      3. challenges in being honest, not always the best policy etc could have mentioned to make it holistic
      if u find some time plz review mine as well 🙂
      thanks , keep writing and reviewing 🙂

    • Hi Iconoclast, my views:
      1)The first two paras were too good
      2)second para talked about a holistic view. I think you should have taken up the themes in later part of essay. There has been little coverage of aspects in essay ahead
      3)Structure from 2nd para-good of honesty, 3rd para-challenges to honesty, 4th para-again good of honesty, so the structure took a hit. Work on it !
      4)Conclusion was good but can be improved
      5)Mentioning about Nolan committee was not required. I didn’t found any relevance to the essay concerned
      Overall, I can essay there are less fundamental mistakes in your essay. Some elaboration on aspects is needed to make it better 🙂

      • Iconoclast

        Thanks Batman for the review

  • Aravind Varier

    I was having coffee at a road side cafeteria and saw a man running towards a medical shop and did notice his wallet falling from his side pocket . When , i was about to get up and take the wallet to handover it to the man who lost it , i did see another man along with his Little son picking up the wallet and handing over to the man who lost it .

    The man after receiving the wallet thanked them and fled away quickly from the scene after purchasing the medicines . The man and the son came to the cafeteria and ordered some confectioneries . I was keenly observing the father and son and i heard the son asking his father ” Why did you handover that wallet when the man is careless ” ? about his belongings .

    Immediately i heard the Father Replying his Son . Dear ! Every person should be Honest to oneself and to others to lead a happy and peaceful life . It would be Dishonest on our part to see a man loosing his wallet and not giving it to him despite finding it.The father concluded the talk by a quote ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ” my dear Son and went on to have the confectioneries they ordered .

    I was overall happy to see this incident and remembered about my father telling the same when i was a child ” Honesty is the best Policy ” . I will give illustrations of the importance of Honesty from various facets of life in this essay .

    My father was a doctor in a primary health care center in a rural area and a Honest man i have ever seen till date . when i my father and mother used stay in the rural area , whenever my father gets his salary at the beginning of the month , he would give details about the expenditure of the past month to me as well as my mother .

    My mother asked father , why do you want to tell the expenditure to our little son Father replied , I should be HONEST to my son regarding the financial matters because that will also help him understand the amount that we could spend for a month .If i am not honest about this ,he may ask for items that cannot be fulfilled within our monthly budget and ultimately i would be lying to my son which will be like giving wrong message to my son as well as feeling bad for myself.

    While at duty in the primary health center , my father would say to me that , whenever a medical case comes which requires better treatment, he would refer to a better facility rather than experimenting with the patient because , I should be HONEST about my capabilities and should not put the life of a patient at risk .

    He also tells that, if he is not honest in this case , he cannot suggest his juniors doctors not take up a case which cannot be successfully dealt by them . The point he emphasizes here is that a person must be honest about his capabilities which is better than boasting about ones abilities which is actually not present .

    My fathers honesty do not end at home or at office , once upon a time , my father was traveling in his car in the night to attend an emergency case at the primary health center and it was raining heavily . Unfortunately , my fathers car hit a bike coming in the opposite direction due to lack of visibility . my father immediately found the man hit by his car profusely bleeding . he immediately took the man in his car to the health center .After attending the emergency case my father went to the nearest Police station and informed abut the incident of the car hitting the bike .

    After reporting to the police station my father on returning home narrated this incident to me and my mother . Out of my ignorance, i asked my father , Dear father ,why did you stop the car and took the man to the health center and then reported this to the Police station ?

    Father replied me , we should not only be honest to our self but to the entire Humanity . I knew a mistake was committed by me by hitting the bike and and it is my duty as a law abiding citizen to report to the police station to report the incident . Police might have registered a case against me and a FIR ( First Information Report ) might be filed in the court based on my reporting .
    But , it would be better to accept a mistake than pointing it by others if you have done one .I am a satisfied man because there is nothing to hide and the HONESTY in me gives the peace of mind which i feel is the BEST POLICY to be followed .

    On seeing my father as an epitome of Honesty during my entire childhood days , i also learned his qualities a bit and do observe the society and the amount of Honesty people possess .

    It was election time in my state and i happened to see a campaign of a politician . After listening his speech and promises i just looked at the promises that he fulfilled by him that he made during the last elections . To my surprise , he did not even fulfill even half of the promises that he made in previous campaign and kept on making more promises in the latest campaigns which is surely going to be unfulfilled by looking at his track record . after the elections was over and the results were out, i just read in the newspaper that the politician who make false promises have been defeated by a huge margin and he even lost the amount that he paid to the Election commission for contesting the election .

    Now , I again remembered the words of my father who used to say ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ” . If the politician who lost the election , campaigned by telling the truth about his previous promises would have not faced a defeat that is embarrassing which now puts a big question mark on his political career .

    But for a moment i though Is ” HONESTY THE BEST POLICY ” to be successful and peaceful ?

    After doing a deep introspection , a story of my Fathers friend staying in New Delhi popped up in my mind . My fathers friend was a Hindu believer and had his neighbor, a believer of Sikh Religion was a close friend of my father’s friend residing in new Delhi.
    It was on October 31st , 1984 when our beloved Prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh Body guards .After the death of Indira Gandhi broke out , there was a rage of anger against the Sikh community which led to anti-Sikh riots across Delhi .

    My father’s friend immediately called his Neighbor and asked him to hide in his house to save him from the fury of the rioters who were targeting the innocent Sikhs. The next day rioters knocked the door of my Fathers friend and asked him the whereabouts about the Sikh Neighbor. My Fathers friend politely told them he had no idea about the Sikh neighbor and haven’t seen him for a week .

    These words of my fathers friend saved the life of his neighbor who was hiding in his house . Though he might have lied to the rioters but it was for a noble cause .

    From all the events that i recollected of my father to the action of the politician ,my fathers friend and of course of the father returning the wallet at the cafeteria , i am of the option that ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY ” but it should be for the betterment of the Humanity and for the goodwill of the society .

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Aravind 🙂
      Such a lovely read! A beautiful piece 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Are the incidences you mentioned real or imaginary?
      The examples were relatable 🙂 🙂
      Your father sharing the financial details with you, same happens with me too 🙂 🙂
      Everytime I read your answers or essays I learn so much! 🙂 it feels nice. 🙂
      Thank you 🙂 🙂

      Ps- review my essay as well 🙂 🙂 thank you 🙂

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear Night Thinker ,

        I have decided to review ONLY 6 essays today and will review your essay too . The list goes like this . Yogi, Batman , minaxi , Mrinal Mukherjee , Sonia and Night Thinker 🙂 .

        All the incidents mentioned in my essay are imaginary and it took around 90 minutes for me to draft this imaginary story and make it look realistic .

        THANK YOU 🙂

        • Night thinker !!

          Waah! I’m in the top 6! 🙂 🙂
          Great 😀
          Trust me on this, people will relate to the examples 🙂

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Congrats 🙂 , Simran – you write beautifully , you deserve to in top 6 🙂 .

            • Night thinker !!

              LOL !! 😛 😛

          • Aravind Varier

            Dear Night Thinker ,

            If i review any candidates essay , i make sure that candidate get the best review for the essay .

            I really put a lot of energy and time in giving detailed reviews. So , reviewing many essays would mentally exhaust me . So , i limit reviewing to 5 to 6 essays .

            Hahahaha…… I am HONEST while giving Reviews 🙂

            THANK YOU 🙂

            • Night thinker !!

              Yes you are 🙂
              That is why most of us look up to your reviews 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      He also tells that, if he is not honest in this case , he cannot suggest his juniors doctors not take up a case which cannot be successfully dealt by them . The point he emphasizes here is that a person must be honest about his capabilities which is better than boasting about ones abilities which is actually not present .

      Excellent lines these

      # amount given to EC has some specific name – say security deposit – use this word
      # there is a typo – in place of loose use lose

      Beautiful life events ( though all of them made up ) – it engages examiner to read you essay.
      In addition to it, you could include some political, historical or mythological examples too to substantiate your facts.

      Overall , a refreshing piece to read 🙂

      • Iconoclast

        Hi VK, please review my essay

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          karta hoon

      • Aravind Varier

        THANK YOU CSE2016 aspirant 🙂

    • minaxi

      Hello Aravind..
      I liked your points very well.. But i can not comment on it. It s well serving the purpose of an essay.. but lacking structure of an essay… So plz will you clarify, we can write in this way in exam?
      Thanks..

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear minaxi ,

        The purpose of any essay as per UPSC is to check whether the candidate is able to bring the context of the essay clearly .

        certain simple aspects that i keep in mind while writing an essay is :

        1) give a basic introduction . you can define the term of the essay ( I did not feel like defining word Honesty because that one of the common definition any layman is aware about )

        2) present ideas about the importance of the ” statement of the essay ” by citing incidents/examples /events from various fields / dimensions .

        3) tell about any flaw or criticize the statement of the essay OR any defects according to you in the statement .here too you can bring out the ideas by citing events/examples .

        4) write about the conclusion , give a FAIR JUDGEMENT ( Don’t give one sentence conclusion but try to get a rhythm from the main content of the essay and end in a positive note even you indicated certain flaws . you can also suggest certain improvements for the flaws that you have cited in the main content of the essay .

        I am writing essays regularly from the last 2 months and this is what i could learn from the last 7 weeks of my essay writing .

        This should be the standard structure we have to follow and the style of making the context clearly depends upon the candidates . certain candidates write stories , some write realistic incidents .

        I personally like to write from historical events , current events which can be put into good use to make the context clearly .

        In Today’s essay , i though of completely experimenting with a story and bringing in events of politics , historical events , real incidents from a person to give my essay a REALISTIC TOUCH .

        But the TRUTH is the entire essay that i wrote is imaginary 🙂

        I AM EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW IDEAS AND METHODS TO BRING OUT A STYLE FOR MYSELF ( The credit for this should be give to YOGI 🙂 for motivating me to explore the ART OF ESSAY WRITING )

        THANK YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • minaxi

          Thanks Aravind.. the best part of your reply is .. you are always clear about your views and left no scope for ambiguity… However. I still feel, you need to experiment little more..
          Thanks ,,, 🙂

    • yogi

      very good essay Aravind 🙂

      my views :-

      intro: is good

      main body :-story kept me engaged and you covered 4 major, dimensions:- family, health, polity and society, that is sufficient within this world limit

      there are some tying mistakes like when i my father and mother used stay in the rural area—when me, my father and my mother used to stay in the rural area (not a big deal)

      ” HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY “—I know that u are repeating it so many times to make the examiner clear that u have not deviated from the theme as a reader of ur essay, I personally did not like the repetition of the theme again and again in the same word. At some places it is appearing as forced .It is not suggested to mention the theme of the essay in exact words again and again (you may disagree I just gave my view)

      Is ” HONESTY THE BEST POLICY ” to be successful and peaceful ?—that gave a new dimension to ur essay, good here 🙂

      Conclusion: came abruptly, in a single line u mentioned all the major pts of the story, that was good, but to make it stronger, you could have added some philosophy, or future perspective being practical of course.

      In am happy to see that u have improved upon the intro and would soon come up with an impressive conclusion

      Keep it up 🙂

      Thanks and ATB 🙂

      • Aravind Varier

        THANK YOU FOR THE REVIEW YOGI 🙂

        Typing mistake is due to the speed at which i type . ( i really type very fast ) . So , some errors might have got into the essay .

        Yes , i have this habit of repeating the theme of the essay to tell the examiner that , i am still adhering to the context of the essay . Will have to work on that area to make it appealing 🙂

        conclusion is NOT abrupt but did not prolong it . As i told you conclusion is one area which needs more focus from my side . Even i am NOT that great in writing philosophical statements . will work on that area .

        THANK YOU 🙂

    • Sonia mehra

      Dear Aravind,
      1. Good curiosity arousing intro.
      2. I will give illustrations of the importance of Honesty from various facets of life in this essay .= Here you are coming out of the essay. I would suggest to remain within the essay while writing an essay. You could very well explain your experiences by giving examples etc, by being within essay.

      Imagine you are watching a movie and as soon as the movie starts the director comes and talks about the effort he has put in making the movie… etc etc etc.. It doesn’t look nice. The director should make his point, by creatively putting across his points within the storyline of the movie.
      3. If you are not telling ur son about ur salary and expenses, does that make one dishonest? See, here there is no question of honesty or dishonesty, you are only making him aware so that he may spend within his limits.
      4. There are many instances where ur election example gets defeated. Generally people elect the lesser evil or those who belong to their caste etc. An honest person would always win an election in an ideal world only.
      5. After doing a deep introspection= There is no compelling reason for you to instrospect as per the story. I do understand that you wanted to give delhi example.

      Overall the essay was good. There were lot of interesting examples. The question which arises to my mind is what is the purpose of using so many examples? Different examples are justified if you are showing different facets or dimensions in each story. But in each of ur stories u were proving the same thing. One or two or marx three story should suffice.

      Thank you dear friend…

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear Sonia ,

        Firstly thank you for giving a detailed review 🙂

        I think you would have put a lot of energy and time in reading my essay 🙂

        second point is duly noted 🙂

        in point 3 , i am clearly writing about the mental agony the father would face if he is not telling about the monthly expenditure .i also substantiating it by saying that the son might come and ask for more items and the father cannot meet his demands .

        in point 4 . Hahaha….. i know you are curiously searching like a detective to find a loophole in my essay 🙂 the examiner will not be a detective like my dear friend sonia to figure out the flaw in this paragraph ……. LOL!!!

        MY VIEW : Generally , whenever i write anything , i make sure that no person should be able to find a flaw in the first reading .

        As i have already told you sometime back that , as a candidate we should write any statement followed by a convincing reason to support it .

        we should try to see that, the examiner do not get an alternative view after reading our answer on completion of first reading .

        In majority of the case , examiner will read only once and award the marks based on his/her analysis .

        I am bringing out the context of the essay in different circumstances by citing an example . This is what is expected from the candidate by UPSC ” BRING OUT THE CONTEXT OF THE STATEMENT CLEARLY ”

        We have to tell about the importance of the statement of the essay in different versions .

        We can also give an alternative view of the statement . What can we do apart from that . we cannot add new theories which will actually deviate from the demand of the essay .

        THANK YOU 🙂

      • Aravind Varier

        Dear Sonia ,

        I just checked for your answer in the ETHICS answer section and found that you haven’t written Yesterday’s ETHICS answer 🙁 🙁 🙁

        Please write Ethics Answers daily . I will review your answer 🙂

        I am reviewing the Ethics answer written by YOGI from the last 2 months without a break and it won’t be a problem for me to spend 2 to 3 minutes in reviewing your Ethics answer .

        I know you spend a lot of energy and time reviewing my essay Yesterday . See , Sonia, i don’t believe in any formality like , if i review your essay or answer , then you have to review my essay or answer in return .

        If i really need a feedback , i ask my close buddies to give a honest feedback .

        It is NOT compulsory for me to get a review for ethics answers from anyone , even i review others answers .

        I hope you write ethics answers regularly from today onward, REVIEW FROM SIDE IS GUARANTEED , IT IS UP TO YOU TO SPEND 15 MINUTES TO WRITE THE ETHICS ANSWER 🙂

        THANK YOU 🙂

        • Sonia mehra

          Dear teacher,
          I will write ethics of yesterday and today, today itself.

          Yours obediently,
          Sonia..

  • Tanu Singhal

    Honesty is the best policy, well this is probably the first lesson we learn in kindergarten, and this is one lesson which we all find toughest to comply with.
    Every time, we commit a mistake, we are asked to be honest about it, every time we write any exam we are expected to be honest, every time, we are dealing with any human relationship we are expected to be honest and loyal. Why, why is it so that we define our success or we measure the morality of any outcome based on this one paradigm I.e. honesty.

    For that we will have to get into the real fundamentals of honesty I.e. a character, which includes the features of truthfulness, dignity, moral correctness, nobility, righteousness upstandingness, and what not. It refers to absolute MORALITY. When a person is honest, he is no less than the other best of judge of his own position, he is that person who is truthful, balanced, fair and strong enough to take responsibility and commitment, he is that one person on whom the surrounding society can relies.

    When we say it is the best policy, we use that qoute, in reference to the fact that, it is one habit which if inculcated never lands you to delimma or this is one policy which always gives you the best way out, I guess that’s why it is a policy.
    In the real world scenario, we all undergo various situation, where we have to calculate and carry out a trade off between truth and righteousness v. Unethical benefits, in those cases the one who is able to be on the stronger side, I.e. the side which is strong but very difficult the road least taken by many, the road of honesty, may or may not earn such benefits, but he certainly gains the power of truth, the power of being right, the benefits of being trusted one,the courage of being truthful,the escape from life long guilt.

    Honesty, gives a man a courage to accept things which are true, facts which are real,itgivs him the internal satisfaction because it helps him to get away from the pile of falsified facts, from the guilt of being dishonest.

    History tells us the same, even the greatest man faced the same, till the time gandhiji didn’t confess to his father that he had stolen his brother’s property be was not able to sleep. Dishonesty has brought real disasters, only if kunti was true to karan since beginning, he might have lived longer.time and again we have seen that the failures in board or academics bring the students to brim of suicides, only if the parents and kids become honest, and share everything out the sincere lives can be saved.

    The fact that today, we are moving away from honesty is very well reflected in our economic and bussniess capacities, the world rankings, shows India is going dwon, when it comes to corruption we are going up, the time is such that the very basic fundamentals of being sincere and honest to our work and nation is hitting India hard.The civil servants are being taught the same, the companies are being compelled for the same, even the RTI is nothing but a slap on our society, as to why we ever needed it on the first place.
    We are now realising the needs of ethical and moral behaviour, when it has taken a toll on us, with many scams, with lined up unemployment, with excess of black money, we can see how dishonesy is hitting us hard with every minute passing.
    Honesty is reqd in every scenario one every smallest moment of our daily lives.
    Since the day we go to school, till the time we die, we spend our life struggling between the truths and lies.
    But if we just inculcate this small habit of being true to my soul, of asking questions every night before going to sleep, I can bring change in my self, I can bring change in my society , I can bring change for my nation, as they say charity beings at home so does honesty, every time I skip a signal, if I don’t I might save the accidents, every time, a bussinesman saves on bill,he might just pay and secure a poor’s life, every time, a politician lies, I can counter him, and by not voting him I can compel him to be honest.
    We all realise that cost is high but the benefits are such that there will not be any cost, further, provided we all try.

    • minaxi

      Hello Tanu..
      A nice approach to start an essay,,, I am also looking to adopt this approach.I liked.. your essay till you gave example of Kunti.. It is debatable issue..However for most of us,, it is hypothetical issue, yet social conditions of that time.. gave the freedom to be honest? For me, if we Indian, would have been honest to others and our self.. we would have been lucky to have less problems in our country.
      Conclusion is though meaningful.. yet it can be presented in a better way.. If got time.. Plz review my essay..

      • Tanu Singhal

        Indeed that issue is a very debatable one..

        Yes what u mentioned is just right.
        Will definitely review.
        Thanks a tonne for the review. 🙂

    • Isha

      Hey Tanu, my views-
      much better than previous one. Multidimensional, which i lacked. But u need to work upon structure and flow thing. Sab sahi hai lekin idhar udhar hai- use rearrange karna hai. Conclusion aur intro ko unique approach se represent kar, like we are recommended. Though even I like to start directly but there are things we need to do so as to gain marks.
      Keep working on it. All the best 🙂

      • Tanu Singhal

        Very well said, will follow ur suggestions thoroughly 😉

        Thanks 🙂

    • ViKarma

      Hi Tanu.
      Good points but isn’t it short. Intro can be improved and concl looks like a dialogue from a commercial movie. Who is the greatest man?

  • mth_im

    plz kindly Review!! :):)

    Last summers my sister and her daughter visited India for holidays. She lives in USA.I went to receive them. My niece is 6 yrs old,but i must say she is my grandmother. I was late by half hour. Though my sister was angry,but she didn’t say anything. They both inquired why i was late. I casually said due to heavy traffic.

    We reached home mother was waiting for us. She also inquired why we all were so late.I said their flight was delayed and then their customs clearance took time and i had to wait for them for half an hour. My sister though frowned at me,but didn’t say anything, but right then my niece immediately said “ Uncle honesty is the best policy”. That moment i was awestruck, couldn’t figure out what to say. I was embarrassed and said sorry and accepted the fact. My sister starting laughing.

    I asked my niece who taught you about this policy. She pointed at my sister. I was amazed, and once again apologized. She was right. My mother taught us both the golden rule of truth. If i have the privilege of saying though this idea of honesty was propounded by american political scientist Benjamin Franklin.

    The idea spread like wild fire across the world. The idea of honesty truth, selflessness, courageous is being taught to young mind at early stages of childhood. These principles form the core of the human values and helps in making the strong, independent character. I am not at all surprised why my niece has inculcated and followed the idea in her day to day life.

    Indian civilization,culture, mythology is full of such principled, disciplined, characters who are known for their sacrifices,empathy, truth, sympathy, and ethical values which made them outstanding in the eyes of the commons.They inspire generations. Raja Harishchandra is considered of highest epitome of truth. Lord Rama is known for his ethical and valued principles and his strict adherence on the path of truth and duty needs no mention.

    Lord Buddha, his philosophies and ideas which break the barriers of caste system,and its rigidity gave “eight fold path”. These eight paths were universal, fundamental, integrated with the environment, sustainable and ushers inclusive growth of the society,ecosystem, and breeds prosperity and social harmony.His ideas even finds relevance in contemporary 21st century. His philosophy tries to create balance between mother nature and humans.

    Honesty has different forms, structures,parameters, and depends on different variables. Idea and philosophy behind this statement keeps on changing from century to century. The person who speaks truth, is fearless, speaks for vices, appreciates the virtues, highlight the discrimination and tirelessly works for the betterment of the society and always upholds integrity in times of difficulty.

    Mother Teresa whose name immediately comes to our mind when we talk the poor and destitute. Mother Teresa worked tirelessly, irrespective, of caste, creed, religion, ethnicity in serving the poor and needy.Though born and brought up in different country,She served in India.Her Honesty, Perseverance, hard work, and selflessness in serving the poorest of the poor was praiseworthy outstanding and extraordinary. Recently Pope Francis recognized her as a saint. Her life was truly a life of a saint.

    History has given us many people who are known for their grit and path they preached and followed was not easy and neither bed of roses. Nelson Mandela “Anti Apartheid Hero” led an extraordinary but difficult life,sacrificing his life, family and fighting against apartheid ordeal. Mahatma Gandhi our father of nation is also regarded a man of high morals and principles.His ideology of non violence, truth and justice, Satyamev Jayate clearly projected that he was an indomitable spirit,who worked along with the masses for the freedom of our country.

    The statement was not just a proverb by Franklin. It’s an idea, revolution, philosophy, and generations after him has taken his idea to all new different levels and in different forms and ways. The idea is like old wine. Though speaking truth is sometimes or probably most times not an easy and fruitful path.It requires lot of sacrifices, determination,blood to stand on rightful path.

    Our Century is marred with myriad problems enmeshed in quagmire of Terrorism, Environment degradation, Deteriorating air Quality, Rising population, Food Insecurity, Declining Healthcare services, Rise in Income Inequality, and Interdepence on various geopolitical, geostrategic entities. The rising trust deficit, and declining cooperation capabilities often aggravates the problem to unprecedented levels. The solution is not simple, easy, hand fetching but surely in this complex world of 200 odd countries “Honesty, Integrity” are some of the determinants which will play a crucial role in finding remedial measures to prevent any confrontation.

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Give more dimensions. Talk about contemporary scenario, honesty vs. objectivity, how to ensure honesty in day to day life, honest vs. corrupt, situations where honesty may not be the best policy etc. Also, essay is bit smaller in length. Introduction story was okay but could have been better.

      Marks – 55/125

      • Mrinal Mukherjee

        Dear Insights , as the specifically asks us to elaborate on ‘Honesty is the best policy , wouldn’t it be a bit risky on stating situations where honesty may not be the best policy ?

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          No, it won’t be risky. Rather it will be risky if you don’t convey the truth and try to prove the given statement without critical thinking and reasoning.

          • Mrinal Mukherjee

            Thanks … I have got one more flaw from my essay

      • mth_im

        thanks Insights for the review. I will improve on your mentioned points..

  • sandeep goyal

    Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom – Thomas Jefferson
    Every religion regards self – actualization as the ultimate aim of the human being. Self- actualization occurs with complete knowledge of oneself, its own society and the universe. Self – actualization leads to realization of truth. The means of self – actualization lie in being honest in intend, honest in action and honest in consequences. Today world is grappling with problems of terrorism, increasing materialist culture, lack of trust among different communities, erosion of ethical values among individuals. People are killing each other for the sheer satisfaction, fake means are employed to promote oneself in life and success is celebrated by the amount in bank account. Honesty has become a single casualty of all such actions. People are going in opposite direction of truth.

    Root cause of terrorism lies in dishonest interpretation of ideology and propagating them. Their ideologues don’t seek to preach true ideology, they intend to build their own power. They employ all dishonest means like brainwashing people( In case of religious fundamentalism), forcing people ( In case of naxalism ) or publishing fake material to make their own clout. They themselves do what they forbid others. Their whole network of power lies in a greater network of lies and distorted version of truth. An Honest ideologue will always prefer to guide his followers on the path of truth, justice and courage. As shown by Mahatma Gandhi ji, Honest person will never have to use violence to achieve his own means if he is true in his own conscience. He will always act to act the sin rather than the sinner.

    Western culture has imbibed individualistic society and materialistic tradition throughout the whole world. This culture has increased greed among the masses. Greed has led to over-consumption of many of the essential commodities of life like water. Due to this materialistic nature, corruption has increased many-fold in the society. crony-capitalism has become the new name for the market. People are not being honest for their own necessities. They tend to store more, consume more but enjoy less. Their is an increase in diseases like depression, insomnia despite having world -class facilities. Happiness of people is actually going down and they are less satisfied with their life. Individuals are dishonest with the purpose of life and their seems to be a culture of sheep herding. Honest person will prefer to content with what he has rather be sad about what he doesnt have. He will achieve happiness by usage of minimal resources. His action will be guided in the higher interest of society and for the self-satisfaction. His life will not be guided by the opinions of others rather will remain passionate in his own heart.

    Dishonest means and actions have created a rift between different communities, families and even sacred relationship like marriage. Because of increase in hypocracy, trust among individuals are on decline. Companies do not make stakeholders aware about their real financial position. Children does all illegal activities behind the back of parents but don’t inform them. Parents keep secrets from the children. A muslim person doesn’t trust a Hindu friend during riots and Hindu doesn’t involve muslims in their celebration. Social capital is on decline. In such scenario, Honesty acts biggest trust block. An honest person will not speak what he doesn’t belive into and will not do what he doesn’t preach. His actions will be most predictable to others and they will always count him as trustworthee. An honest person will remain above the human made classifications of class, caste, religion but will worth people based upon their honesty. His action will be logical and fair to all human. He will always seek to make a just society rather than merely fulfilling his own wishes.

    In this world, ethics are considered as something which needs to be worshiped but not to be followed. Ethical values like forgiveness, patience, integrity, selfless are at bottom. People are so impatient that they don’t stop honking at traffic lights, star breaking queues at hospitals and bus stands. All of their actions are derived for the sole benefit of themselves. This is witnessed highly during election time. Politicians are motivated by the selfish need of power. Their action and words are never synchronous. Election manifesto of political parties are full of great promises but the governance lack even the basic necessity for people. Most of the politician are framed in criminal charges though they talk about making society crime free. Ethical values are at so low that crime has become a pre-requisite to become a politican or create a nexus with businessman. Honesty will be key for all ethical values. An honest person will do properly planning while executing a task thus will not always be in hurry. He will empathize with others and learn from others. He will act within the bound of law and ethics to achieve his own goal. Honest politician will remain transparent about his past, about his finances of election and in policy making. He will seek to achieve justice and happiness in society through his action.

  • bhaskar goel

    A maxim through the ages “honesty is the best policy” has been taught to their children by every responsible parents. To lie is to be devious whereas to tell the truth is a virtue. But why ? why is it that being honest is considered a good thing by almost every culture in the world? why is it that we never hear of a society where children are taught the tricks of deceit and half truths ? Why are the tales proscribed in the textbooks of small children dedicated to Raja Harischandra but not to Natwarwal ? Is it because all human beings at their core are honest and trustworthy? But how can that be when we see the world around us with all its corruption , thievery and barefaced lies ?

    An explanation may present itself in the evolutionary history of human beings. From being monkeys in trees to being monkeys in outer space we have come a long way indeed. Since the very beginning we have evolved not in isolation but as a part of a group and in order to cooperate in a group the most essential thing required is trust. If I bring water for the group from the river this week then someone else fulfill this duty the week after that i.e everyone must do their share fairly. But this often does not happen in reality, there are individuals in every group who will seek to benefit from other people’s efforts but will shirk from their own when the time comes to do their part. This poses a problem for the group in that not only does this reward people who have made no effort but that it may also inspire copycat tendencies in other members of the group. This would in the long run would destroy the entire group dynamic. As a way out of this we developed enhanced capabilities of detecting lies and deceit in others and then the liars would be ostracised from the group. This mechanism of detecting lies in others expends a significant amount of energy, energy which we would have been utilizing in other constructive endeavors such as sowing ,ploughing the fields and rearing the animals. What could we do to minimize our efforts in this regard ?

    The answer presented itself in promoting honesty as a virtue (which it is). If everyone right from their childhood are brought up on the belief that it is a good thing to tell the the truth and a bad thing to lie then more likely than not they will turn out to be honest and trustworthy people. These people would be a boon to there groups and as a result of their honest cooperation the group would prosper and flourish. This is a policy designed from preventing people from lying.But no matter how good the pervasiveness of such a policy there will always be people lie and cheat. They do so because they see their individual benefits in it and do not care what happens to the group. A good example of such behavior are the industrialists who borrow huge sums of public money for their enterprise and then default and run away to other countries when the time comes to pay the money back. What should the group do about these kind of peoples ? How should they deal with such anomalies ?

    Well earlier such people would be cast away from the group with the implicit belief that without the further support of the group they will perish in the wild. This was based on the assumption that there were no other groups in existence , this is of course not the case. The exiled individual can join another group and carry out his malpractices there. So then it was thought to lock these people up and the authority of the police was brought into the picture with judges to decide whether the person was indeed lying or not. Of course this could only work when the person had been apprehended. To ensure that the person could be caught wherever they fled intergovernmental treaties were signed and cooperation at a global level was called upon.

    So much effort spent on a task which is essentially reparative in nature. It has got nothing to do with civilization making progress , rather it is about civilization not regressing. Hence if leave aside the moral aspect of honesty and look at it from a pure efficiency point of view we will realize its importance. In fact it can be said that Honesty was made a virtue because we knew how efficient it is for the group. If we are all honest with each other then we can all benefit but that requires us to see the bigger picture and if we do manage that it says “Honesty is the best policy” in capital letters.

  • VKS

    My FIRST ESSAY pls review…

    Honesty is a “way of life”. It is a key by which a person can unlock many of his problems – personal or professional in a very smoother way. An honest person leaves his life – “completely in true sense”. Indeed, it’s not easy to get such a precious tool. Rather, it’s a long drawn process of practicing, adopting and assimilating it in every aspect of one’s life.

    Honesty in professional life- by accepting the challenges of work assigned, honesty in following time table, procedure laid out, deadlines, work ethics etc. helps a person to be more realistic, practical and more pragmatic in approach.

    Similarly, in one’s personal life like marriage which itself is based on trust and honest feelings for each other, thus honesty remains a central position. In other relation like friends, if persons are not honest to each other then life span of such relation will be very short.

    Honesty is not only helpful for a person but also – organisations like NGOs, VOs, Government, Corporates etc. If a company is not honest to his stakeholders – i.e. employers, employee, investors and other labourers then it can also not expect honesty from them. Thus the whole environment spoils. Similarly, if a government which is not honest to the opposition, citizens about their policies, plan or vision then how can they get reciprocal same attitude from others.

    But, all the talks over honesty, needs to know what it really is? Is honesty same as truthfulness or is it absolute in nature? The answer lies in understanding the essence of honesty like – Government needs to be honest to its citizen but it doesn’t mean it needs to be absolutely truthful and tell about its clandestine or covert operations. Similarly, a person can’t just say bully others in the name of being honest.

    Therfore, Honesty is more broader than Truthfulness. Honesty accepts the underlying facts and truths and adopts accordingly to handle the situation in a more mature manner. Similarly Honesty is perspective dependent too like Intelligence agency is honest by performing in its duty though not being transparent to citizens.

    Understanding what is honesty is lot more easier than following it. For ex: A person whistleblows a corrupt practice in his company. He faces life threat, his personal liberty gone, even his family suffers. Other example could be frequently RTI activist are killed. All this shows their hardships. So it put questions is honesty a really best policy?

    It is true that being honest many a times gives the ugly face of reality exiting in society. But, on the bigger picture, good caused by such bravery act are priceless. For ex: In previous example of whistle blower exposing corrupt practice in his company would have saved number of poorer’s from loosing life saving investment, saved nation from monetary and social capital loss due to bad corporate governance. Apart from the others getting benefits, the person have felt happy—as he did the right thing. Had he not done the good thing then his soul would have been in anxiety and sad.

    Therfore, it is the more positive and benefits that really makes Honesty—a best policy. But, still we find rise in corruption, falling morality , ethics, corporate governance issues, terrorism, naxalism etc. In India also, in past two decades, there has been many scams—coalgate, spectrum allocation scam, commonwealth games scam etc.

    Reasons for such unethical practices lies in numerous problem for example a student cheating in exam could be because of high competition and expectation; a rising terrorism because terrorist outafits have smartly mixed Radical ideologies with religion colour, which have blinded many youths. On the other hand corruption have also linkage with rising materialism, wishlist etc.

    All these crisis, indeed, have increased the relevance of—Honesty. The student needs to be taught that cheating can make him pass “paper and pen” exam, but he will definitely fail his “real life” exam. The youths needs to be taught the honest meaning of religion—A way to achieve Soul-Solace. Killing innocent cannot be that way. Similarly on corruption issue, the honesty can be boosted by rising nationalism, and other preventive measures like e-governance, cctv etc and punishment measures like strengthening anti corruption act etc.

    Therfore, there are numerous challenges in personal, social, professional and at national level. We need to be honest in accepting those challenges, taking steps in right direction by honestly evaluating all options, then only the goal (here solution of those challenges) will be honest to Us too.

  • VKS

    My FIRST ESSAY pls review…

    Honesty is a “way of life”. It is a key by which a person can unlock many of his problems – personal or professional in a very smoother way. An honest person leaves his life – “completely in true sense”. Indeed, it’s not easy to get such a precious tool. Rather, it’s a long drawn process of practicing, adopting and assimilating it in every aspect of one’s life.

    Honesty in professional life- by accepting the challenges of work assigned, honesty in following time table, procedure laid out, deadlines, work ethics etc. helps a person to be more realistic, practical and more pragmatic in approach.

    Similarly, in one’s personal life like marriage which itself is based on trust and honest feelings for each other, thus honesty remains a central position. In other relation like friends, if persons are not honest to each other then life span of such relation will be very short.

    Honesty is not only helpful for a person but also – organisations like NGOs, VOs, Government, Corporates etc. If a company is not honest to his stakeholders – i.e. employers, employee, investors and other labourers then it can also not expect honesty from them. Thus the whole environment spoils. Similarly, if a government which is not honest to the opposition, citizens about their policies, plan or vision then how can they get reciprocal same attitude from others.

    But, all the talks over honesty, needs to know what it really is? Is honesty same as truthfulness or is it absolute in nature? The answer lies in understanding the essence of honesty like – Government needs to be honest to its citizen but it doesn’t mean it needs to be absolutely truthful and tell about its clandestine or covert operations. Similarly, a person can’t just say bully others in the name of being honest.

    Therfore, Honesty is more broader than Truthfulness. Honesty accepts the underlying facts and truths and adopts accordingly to handle the situation in a more mature manner. Similarly Honesty is perspective dependent too like Intelligence agency is honest by performing in its duty though not being transparent to citizens.

    Understanding what is honesty is lot more easier than following it. For ex: A person whistleblows a corrupt practice in his company. He faces life threat, his personal liberty gone, even his family suffers. Other example could be frequently RTI activist are killed. All this shows their hardships. So it put questions is honesty a really best policy?

    It is true that being honest many a times gives the ugly face of reality exiting in society. But, on the bigger picture, good caused by such bravery act are priceless. For ex: In previous example of whistle blower exposing corrupt practice in his company would have saved number of poorer’s from loosing life saving investment, saved nation from monetary and social capital loss due to bad corporate governance. Apart from the others getting benefits, the person have felt happy—as he did the right thing. Had he not done the good thing then his soul would have been in anxiety and sad.

    Therfore, it is the more positive and benefits that really makes Honesty—a best policy. But, still we find rise in corruption, falling morality , ethics, corporate governance issues, terrorism, naxalism etc. In India also, in past two decades, there has been many scams—coalgate, spectrum allocation scam, commonwealth games scam etc.

    Reasons for such unethical practices lies in numerous problem for example a student cheating in exam could be because of high competition and expectation; a rising terrorism because terrorist outafits have smartly mixed Radical ideologies with religion colour, which have blinded many youths. On the other hand corruption have also linkage with rising materialism, wishlist etc.

    All these crisis, indeed, have increased the relevance of—Honesty. The student needs to be taught that cheating can make him pass “paper and pen” exam, but he will definitely fail his “real life” exam. The youths needs to be taught the honest meaning of religion—A way to achieve Soul-Solace. Killing innocent cannot be that way. Similarly on corruption issue, the honesty can be boosted by rising nationalism, and other preventive measures like e-governance, cctv etc and punishment measures like strengthening anti corruption act etc.

    Therfore, there are numerous challenges in personal, social, professional and at national level. We need to be honest in accepting those challenges, taking steps in right direction by honestly evaluating all options, then only the goal (here solution of those challenges) will be honest to Us too.

    • Vijay Ratnam

      good and encouraging, i suggest you
      1)introduce with well cited example
      2)maintain logical connection between paragraphs
      3)introduce more present day problems
      4)use proverbs,phrasal expressions it will value addition to your essay
      you wrote nice but some what feel boring while reading you will correct it by using proverbs, famous quotes, recent interesting issues ,ex:global corruption index etc…

      if you want some more input please refer my essay….
      please review me dont forget plz plzz

      • VKS

        Thnx buddy for reviewing… will try to work on..
        doubt—
        for proverbs and phrases … should i jot down some of famous ones and try to use it when feel needed in essay… what are other methods which u guys maybe following regarding essay.. if u can shade light on that… will try to review ur essay at evening .. thnx again

        • Vijay Ratnam

          yes! it is better to use proverbs where it will need and
          make sure your essay in qualitative approach but not on quantitative simply saying you must laconic.
          don’t go completely on philosophical way it may bored to the examiner. your essay molding to more interesting and attractive way i.e more real time approach , practical approach than philosophical arguments.
          in exam it is better to choose social issue than philosophy or psychology related .

          i’am not an expert just i put my thoughts, if it is good to you take it but don’t forget my essay.
          if you want more discussion i will give my email id. your wish. take care buddy

  • Vijay Ratnam
    • VKS

      Hello brother..
      good thing;
      i liked that u posted pics. as typing is so annoying and takes time energy and is not the right way to practice..
      Intro is v good…. I couldn’t come up with such story in my writing though i knew ur story beforehand…( my mistake)
      ur floww between paragraph was nice
      ur quotations are good…

      bad thing which i felt:
      while reading some other essays and reviews made by others I came to know that its not good to write “for example” .. i.e. we should introduce example in a way that it dont appear like “for example” ( i have done the same mistake too) …

      u wrote there is no negative of being honest I personally don’t feel so.. like RTI Activist murder as i mentioned in my essay..
      u wrote in points .. ehich i again thing is not correct thing as it gave feeling of GS answer..

      regarding content overall good .. as my first review therfore unable to make much comment over the content.. ..

      i would love to have further discussion with u over essay and other preparation thing .. indeed if u feel d same..
      my id [email protected] … rest keep practising and reviewing…

      • Vijay Ratnam

        thank you bro…thank you for your valuble suggestions. i will try to overcome. your English is very good.I like it. how could you gain??i am so poor in complex sentence construction. any suggestion: [email protected]

  • Merida

    Please do review my write-up!! 🙂

    Honesty is the best policy, is an age old preaching. But how often do we stick to it , is of concern these days. With dual standards being a common sign, it becomes utmost important to preach such values right from early childhood. Like they say, appreciate a man that is Honest and he will be it all his life. So probably, we will have to inculcate such healthy habits and equally reward such actions, to make sure that everyone follows similar good steps.

    Back in school, am sure, all of us must have been applauded for our good marks or good conduct. And every single applause would make us not just feel proud about it but would also raise a sense of responsibility. It sets a standard of conduct/ marks. Everyone looks upto you as their role model. This is exactly what we need to learn from the lessons of our childhood and put to practice now.

    Be honest, do good and fear no one. When you are honest to your self and your duty, you fear none. And, that duly stands as your first step towards excellence. Let’s say, the Whistle blowers’, they were honest , not just to themselves but towards the society, as whole. They stood for what was correct, and even if that meant standing alone, for that is what it takes to be honest. But they stood strong, fearing none, not even death. And that is what is called Honesty. Being honest and being righteous in all the actions and deeds. When you are honest, Bravery follows you from behind.

    Also, when you are honest, it acts to your sense of morale. As you are more confident, as you haven’t done anything wrong. It keeps you at ease of mind as you are being true to self. When you are anyways honest, you would get to know things or actions that are dishonest and it becomes all the more easier for you to trace the root cause of the issue. Once the cause is known, cure isn’t any far.

    It will not be easy, there could be absolute blame game. You could be called “out of league” for not being on par with the corrupt. “You will be ignored, you will be laughed at and will also be fought with”, But, never allow them to win you over. When anyone of us is in similar situation, it is obvious to feel scared and intimidated. But that is exactly, the time to remember, what our forefather’s have preached us about being good and doing good. And the fears hold no place where there is honesty.

    Honesty if inculcated from early childhood and if is well appreciated will stay like a best friend with us all throughout our lives. It’s never going to let you down and will always help you boost your morale. It is because of this reason, we have Laws coming up that safeguards the people who chose to speak up, when things were wrong. Right to Information, for the example, is about transparency and accountability. But, in a way, it’s generating Honesty. As any wrong records or wrong doings, will be questioned. So, to avoid such happenings, the Honesty is maintained.

    Honesty is not just about doing right always. It is about mutual trust too. We have recently seen a change in the Diplomatic relationship between us and our neighbors-near and Far. Isn’t that the best way to say, that Honesty is the Best policy. We have confided in our Neighbours and have let them have faith in us. It was about being honest, we did not have a plan. We were being honest, with our action plans.

    Another example being, the recent Cricket Match. We did feel bad for India, when we couldn’t win the ICC T20. However, When we got to hear about the honest revelations from the West Indies Team about the hardships they had faced to reach India. We felt sorry and we empathized with them. And why did we empathize? Because they were honest. Similarly, No Dad would punish a kid, who gets bad marks but confesses. Because he is being Honest. We’ve been honest all through out in some way or the other

    Doesn’t all this sum upto, why being Honest is important? Honesty is the best policy, they said. And they wisely said so.

  • LEVRA

    Honesty
    is the best policy

    It is very common to hear people complaining about
    how the world is being overrun by rascals. At the mention of peace, compassion,
    love and most importantly honesty — qualities of the people of earlier times
    — a sigh of pain perhaps runs through everyone’s hearts. Everyday hassles in
    people’s lives, especially in the city, is proof enough about the present state
    of humanity as compared with ancient times. Indeed, since times have changed
    and situations along with them, does that mean that humans have lost touch with
    the humanity which used to exist in ancient times? Does that mean ones’s inner
    feelings about others in general and to individuals in particular have changed?
    Let’s look at one of the aspects of goodness:
    honesty.

    If we look minutely, what matters most is how much
    we make ourselves and others happy and content. There is one and only one means
    through which we will be happy, and that is by being honest.

    Our proverb “honesty is the best policy” has
    differing connotations from person to person. There are those who try to be
    very honest with others, but fail to practice the same with themselves. On the
    other hand, there are people who believe that unless you are very honest with
    yourself, of what good can you be to others?

    We see around us so many people who are discontented,
    dejected and depressed for one reason or another. And there are very few whom
    we meet that are always cheerful, happy and lively about their life. Let’s take
    a closer look at why the former are so sad with life and why the later are
    always happy.

    It would not be very difficult to discern the reason,
    because the moment we start talking to each of them we can easily figure out
    how different they both are. The person with a sad state of mind always
    deceives himself, while the happy person always stays honest with oneself. The
    sad person has unrealistic plans and dreams only to see them fail; while the
    other always follows a realistic plan which he thinks is achievable if he
    strives hard and, owing to his honesty, fulfils the promises he has made to
    himself. The former always curses the world and puts the blame on someone else
    for his performance, while the latter takes full responsibility for himself,
    all because of his honesty. QUITE COMMONLY SUCH HONEST PERSONS OFTEN SAIL
    THROUGH FAILURE VERY QUICKLY.

    Another important characteristic that sets the two
    apart is that the former often tries to run away from reality, while the later
    confronts it with courage. These differences are enough to demonstrate that the
    honest approach is the best; and as far as being honest to our own selves, it
    is indispensable.

    Looking at honesty in general, it is the
    truthfulness itself of being honest that helps us in every walk of life. Being
    honest is not simply a characteristic, but also a virtue which never goes away.
    It is like a crown which will remain with you where ever you go. No matter how
    much money you have amassed in your life (ethically or unethically), the
    reality is that it is this virtue of honesty which one can carry to their
    deathbed. No matter which field you are working in, in which class of train you
    are travelling, or with whom you are living, this particular quality will
    always be admired by all.

    Thus, even in this kalpa, honesty in general among
    people has not been completely lost. Yet still we find people cursing about the
    changing nature of humanity relative to earlier times. Certainly it is true
    that things have changed and it will continue to change – that’s the law of
    nature. However, this does not mean that the world we live in is very bad.
    Rather, it is the loss of honesty within oneself. Cheating oneself is the
    culprit of the era. Once we find ourselves realizing and comprehending this,
    the days of happiness will again be ushered in.

  • Narendra

    “Honesty is the best Policy” is an old proverb by Benjamin Franklin. It defines the moral character of the person, a person who has straightforward conduct, who is loyal, sincere. But why we need to be honest ?. Does honest people always end up happier ?. What is the difference b/w honest and truthful ? Can we be honest without being truthful ?.

    Gandhi ji got addicted to smoking cigarette during early childhood days. When found that he no longer have money to buy cigaratte he began to steal money from servant’s pocket. But he felt guilty of stealing but why would someone feel gulity of being dishonest. May be because the honesty is the emotional trait. So he wrote a letter to his father explaining about his act fearing it will bring reprimand and punishment. However, tears fell from his father eyes observing his son’s honesty and this was the first lesson of Gandhi ji’s life in ‘Ahimsa’ which forms the basis of India’s freedom.

    This shows that honesty forms emotional bond between people and can bring hapiness. However, contemporary world brings a lot of challenges and misery to the honest people. A person who is honest and tries to bring the wrong doing in front of people faces challenges, life-threats. But why being honest brings misery ?. The widespread povety, unemployment, weaking of social fabrics of society where human values are discarded over materialistic benefits are some reasons for dishonesty and which pushes people to act in unethical and illegal manner.

    Some people argue that honesty and truthfulness are same while some says you need to be truthful or being honest. Consider a case where your friend asked you about his dress and you told him that is good even though you didn’t like it. Does that make you dishonest or untruthful ?. The honesty and truthfulness both are complemantry to each other ad can’t be seen separate. Your act may be regarded as honest because you want to protect your relationship. A diplomats duty is to protect and project his countries interest. If a diplomat becomes honest, then that may endanger the lives of people who has faith on him to be faithful and honest on their part. Hence his duty any such act shouldn’t be seen as dishonesty in the interest of his country and honesty may not be the best policy in this situation.

    Sometime a time comes in our life where due to lots of failure we shift to dis-honesty for various short term means. A student may try to cheat in order to pass the exam, however it will erode it’s character and he may continue such an act which will be harmful for the society and for himself. Thus such action should be avoided and stick to the path of honesty.

    Honesty brings courage, determination because you know you are honest and thus hence even if someone will make allegation, misery against you, all such acts will finally fail because truth alone triumph. Truth is like a river, which you may try to dam but you will be successful only for short time and finally it will follow it’s path.

    The first lesson of honesty is introduced to you by your parents. You are advised by your parents to be honest throughout your life. The teacher imparts moral values which strengthen the foundation of honesty. Society is the field where you test the power of honesty. You would be appreciated by the people around you being honest. They can believe in you and can have faith in you. You then relized that honesty is the very powerful trait of a person and impart strong moral character of the person.

    How can honesty be enhanced ?. Yes honesty can be enhaced through increasing transparency, accountability. The dishonesty on the part of various government officials in Rajasthan where case of false job centification was exposed through the Act which made it necessary for the government officials to show the documents on the demand. This act guide the part of transparency on national level ad become RTI act. The increasing citizen participation, usage of technology will force people to become honest.

    The honest person will always looks the world like him and always try to change it for better living place.

    -716

  • Thor and Miolneer

    heeeeeeeeeey thor where is ur hathora?