Lie is an act of being economical with truth

Truth which must be said above everything else being true

Lie is a trick of a person made willfully

To create impression wrongly

That one is behaving clumsily

To get things in ones favour through – an act most shameless

And in the process make the victim defenceless.

When the lie is of sufficient magnitude

It may succeed in some cases most unfortunate

Because the lie is systematically concocted

Lying is synonymous with pretending that something exists

Where nothing exists in real sense of terms

Being an act of unwelcoming deception

To overwhelm others in the black shadowy defamation

With an unethical or immoral act

Which is opposite of a fact

In Mahabharta, Shukni deceived

Pandavas in the game of dice, craftily devised

And won everything including Draupti for Kauravas

Draupti the beloved consort of Pandavas!

A stark lie which became a cause

Of death and destruction on all sides

One may feign not to have lied ever

But a lie could be nailed finally

Now or after sometimes surely

Most harmful is the premeditated lie

Since it is known to the concerned person

Who is the architect of this act – most shameless

And the one for whom it is directed with deceitful thoughtlessness

Victim suffers the consequence of deficit truth or half truth

Woefully with absolutely no fault


A tradition from the Holy Prophet (S) declares:“Beware I inform you regarding the greatest of the mortal sins: Associating anything with Allah, disobeying parents and lying.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. HOLY BIBLE.

Lie is the deliberate or intentional intent to deceive others by resorting to falsehood or echo tirades willfully or may be unintentional. Falsification or prevarication of facts may be for garnering undue gains where there is nothing due. Lie could also be hurled due to creation of impression or delude others by falsehood – to act as an imposter or phony beyond being truthful in order to get things in our favour.

We’ve seen how false or inacurate statements are made in the court of law, as a witness to present a case in order to escape the outreach of law. This lie cannot be detected since this is intentional lie which cannot be disputed till it is detected after finding a proof thereof. Ethically, telling lie or misrepresenting fact is a sin and must be shunned and condemned by all right thinking people since its repercussions are contrary to the laid down conventions and laws of the land besides by extension these are in contravention to the Natural Laws – to lie out of difficult situation.


If somebody is in the habit of flinging lie on others even on the silliest pretext then the best course of action for the recipient of this unsolicited gift of lies is to stay put in ones belief system and remain unmoved or affected. Follow truth and the results would be result oriented/favourable.


It has been observed that we accuse others with an intention to get things in our favour knowing fully well that our accusation is nothing but a pure lie. This may be to browbeat others or lower others in the eyes of others unreasonably.


There are occasions when an interviewee tells a lie or misrepresents facts or hides fact with respect to his/her qualifications and experience to gain undue advantage in selection for which that person is not competent. It shold be borne in mind that whatever is acquired by lying cannot last long. The doer will get its consequences sooner rather than later. If success is attained then this unethical behavior is termed as bluffing our way to success.


There are the people who are in the habit of lying just flagrantly without consciously even thinking about it. These people are compulsive liar and should always be handled or dealt with care as such people will not think two hoots while telling lies for getting things right in their favour. The revelation what had happened with regard to purchase of Augusta Westland helicopter deal and other scams which bedeviled India with the use of bundle of lies and deceits for personal gains is shameful and malicious.


It has been seen that sometimes we are constrained to lie simply to hide something which has got higher severe implications. Sometimes we lie in order to not to hurt others feelings. Suppose we do not like the somebody’s dress, we cannot outrightly tell tell that person.

There is a story of a shepherd who was looking after the herd of his sheep. Then a butcher came running and asked him whether he had seen the cow which had come to that direction. Although the shepherd was knowing that the cow had gone to left direction but he informed the hunter that it had gone toward right direction. He thus saved the cow by telling a lie.

When in piquant situation lie is the only option. Situations in which one is compelled to tell lies lest they give out truth and jeopardise the safety, lives and property of people:-

(a) When a soldier is caught as POW. In a warlike situation or in actual war, if a soldier is caught by enemy, he is supposed to know many things including the location of their troops, their numbers and other information. If he discloses these, then the lives of other troops will be at risk. That hapless soldier tries all tricks at his command to deflect the quizzing party to give as little information as possible or give a wrong information. Being truthful may not help here?

(b) A robber asking for location of the gold ornaments etc. When in the midst of a situation – an armed robber asking the unfortunate owner the key to the locker where all the precious things are kept. The person concerned may try to tell lie in order to buy time and divert the attention of the thief whichever is possible under the circumstances. Being truthful will not help here.

(c) To saving somebody’s life. Suppose somebody with an evil intent asks you about somebody you know about his bona-fide malicious intent. Surely, you will lie that you do not know anything. Alternatively, if you tell the truth here then is it within the purview of ethics or rationality or logics?

(d) When dealing with an evil doer. When we are dealing with a compulsive liar whose modus operandi is always a suspect.

(e) Being truthful is always paying. There is no two opinion that telling the truth and feeling the heat Is better than telling lies and remaining always under the fear of being exposed when our lie is nailed.

(f) Resorting to bundle of lies in order to conceal our initial lie. It has been observed that many a times we resort to lie initially in order to impress others. For example, if we conceal our qualification initially and brag our position of authority then when a time comes for its veracity then we are constrained to tell bunch of lies in order to conceal our earlier lies. This could ultimately be found out.

(g) Speak falsely in order to deceive. There are the ones who hurl lies after lies in with an intent to defame others so that a belief is created: where there is fire there is smoke. We can flung the lie on the accuser if we can stand steadfast in our conviction. A truthful man pure and no lies can stick him notwithstanding the lies hurled on him.

(h) Accusing others of lying without any substantial reasons. There are people who are compulsive liar and would go to any limit in telling lies on flimsy grounds. The lie could be by an individual, group of people or even by a country!