When you are in Rome be a Roman.

When you are in Rome be a Roman.

Do in Rome as the Romans do. = When you are in Rome be a Roman.

This famous proverb instructs us that a person should mould up his attitude, behavioral pattern and his habits so as to fit himself while indulging in different atmosphere where he has to lead his life whatever his own life style be. He is known sociable when he acts according to the social context in which he is kept.

This is a very famous proverb not only on those days but today too. Rome is a European city as well as the most glamorous city of the world. It is considered to be the symbol of the society and Romans are the symbol of people. This proverb tells us that when one happens to go to Rome, one has to make himself fit in every aspect of his manners, behavior, speech, costume, food habits and so forth leaving out those habits of his own while indulging with the people of Rome. He is known to be sociable when he behaves according to the social context of Romans while his stay… or else he will be known uncivilized. In general point of view this proverb does not refer to Rome alone, but to other foreign nations and different atmosphere of any kind. When a person goes to some foreign country of different culture to his won, he has to adopt the culture, ways and means and other habits of the society of that country. He has to indulge so to make himself easy. Otherwise he will be a fish out of Water.

Gandhiji when he went to England for his further studies was mentally prepared to adopt the manners of English and to move in the society and also learned French and dancing. Similarly when foreigners come to our country they learn how to greet people in their local language. So it is wise to act according to the fashion of the society. Otherwise his poison will look very odd.

Do not build castles in the air.

A castle is a huge building built for the purpose of human habitation mostly people of the princely class. A huge building needs a good foundation otherwise it will not stand properly and so it will get destroyed disappointing us. So if we try to achieve something we should have the proper background and the necessary' skill to do it…if we do not have these skills and the background then we should spend our lime and energy to develop them. Once we have attained these skills We can then concentrate on achieving our goal.

When we want to learn swimming we should not stand on the banks of the swimming pool and keep imagining about swimming. Instead we should get into the water and start learning the techniques of swimming properly. Similarly a student who wants to excel in an examination should not spend the time or just talk with or boast to others imagining that he comes out with flying colours. If he has the intention of excelling others, he must make his study habits proper, study and prepare with full concentration and sit for the examination confidently. Instead, if a student just flaunts with others as though he is a scholar, then the result will be otherwise. So when a person lays the base properly and sufficiently strong and carries out one’s activities hopefully and with involvement, one’s expectation is fulfilled and achievement is certain.

When you are in Rome be a Roman.


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