Student asks Shashi Tharoor to teach him a new word, the Congress MP’s reply goes viral

Shashi Tharoor added that reading widely and extensively will help in understanding a word and its usage.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's reply to a student who asked him to teach him a new word is going viral.

The Thiruvananthapuram MP tweeted a video Monday in which a student asks Tharoor to teach him a new word given the former diplomat's reputation as "a fount of exotic vocabulary".

Tharoor had a one word suggestion: "Read".

Take a look at the video here:

In the video, Tharoor - who is known for his way with words - said that it was extensive reading that gave him his vocabulary. He pointed out that despite what people may think, he barely refers to a dictionary.

Tharoor said that reading extensively helps understand a word, and its usage.

"All I had was books, books were my escape, books were my education," he said. The MP also said that he had asthma growing up, and reading was the only respite from spending time indoors.

Here are some reactions to the video and his reply to the student: