Rajesh Kumar

Optimizing life, one day after the next

Height is elegance

02 Aug 2005

"To be tall is to be elegant," said our Indian forefathers (albeit not in English). It is to this intellectually inspiring aphorism that I dedicate today's entry.


He was only 5 feet 3 inches tall. When people asked him for his height, he would jokingly say "5 feet 3 inches short." People who didn't know him would laugh at his height. Some called him a dwarf gone bad. Others ridiculed him as a wanabee midget. He never really did care about those comments. But I knew it hurt him on the inside. And hurt it did.

One fine morning, I was astounded to hear he was the chief executive officer for a well known marketing company. People who knew him well called him a "tall fellow". Others stated it more subtly: "a fellow of tall order." I was puzzled. Tall? He? How?

I looked up his educational qualifications. I looked up his scholastic successes. I looked up his achievements. I looked up his marketing prowess in the business domain. I looked up his presentations. I looked up how well his family lived. I looked up how he treated his employees. I looked up his charitable personality. I looked up his intellectual superiority. I looked up his honesty, his civility, his respect for people both younger and older, his dedication, his admirable attitude. I looked up every single thing about him.

It was then when I realized, that at five feet three inches tall, he truly could stand on the shoulders of giants.

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