It would not be exaggerating to say that two most power-filled words are 'Sorry' and 'Thanks'. Indeed, every one of us would have used/use these two words for unaccountable times in our day to day life from our child hood till end. Be it for small, simple errors to those errors than can not be pardoned when one uses the word aptly is relived from the stress of guilt. So much power is filled in, in the word 'Sorry' indeed. Similarly another power filled word is 'Thanks'. No other word would match or on par with the word 'Thanks' when we want to express our gratitude's to the one from whom we receive any kind of favor or favorable complimentary words. Both the words sound very simple yet consist heavy meaning contained in it. What has to be concerned and pondered over is that whether the children in the present generation are aware of the importance of these two words. In other words, the expression of guilt or the gratitude is becoming less in them. Rudeness is being exhibited in them very often indeed. I may sound strange to some but then let me go little deep into the subject that supports not only my view but many as well. A lady who worked as a teacher for many years indeed opined that the children in the present generation or not so polite with elders or with their peers. She said she many times observed children pushing their cycles into the lift in the multistoried residential buildings and sometimes if it dashed the inmates (even if they or older people) does not bother to say even "Sorry" and perhaps act as ignorance is bliss, to illustrate one. When we were strolling, my friend congratulated her friends daughter for winning reward in one of the competitions and we were surprised that the girl (belongs to middle section) tossed her head in pride saying "Yah" in a most impolite way and did not thank her for wishing. My friend indeed repented for having wished her at all. Retorting with one another among the peers has become a common sight in the present days. No amicable or polite way of interaction is seen among them surprisingly. Even a decade back children were not so rude while interacting with their peers or with elders. It is indeed alarming trend in the present which needs immediate attention. Surprisingly a lady was commenting that she insists her 31/2 year old child to talk back rudely with the friends in case they trouble or tease him. When I told her that it would be better to teach the child to ignore if someone teases rather than being rude she replied that children in the present generation need to be brought up with rude mind attitude to face the rough world. Astonishingly this kind of opinion is not of only one parent but many. Perhaps, the children are being induced to be rude by the parents in the name of coping with the rough world around. The world around us is not an alien place but consisting of people like us only. It is indeed a wrong notion and it would be dangerous if continued with the same trend for the future generation as well as parents too. With single child or two being the present trend, most of the parents are affordable to provide many facilities to their children and able to explore them greatly with the help of advancement in the science. Perhaps unawares, most of the parents brag in front of their children for the facilities they have provided to their children which lead to arrogant behaviors of the child ultimately leading the child to behave impolitely with their peers or friends. Similarly various factors if analyzed reveals that parents are at their fault for the rude behaviors of many children in the present generation of course with exception of few. Its high time for us, parents to analyze our way of bring up the child. It appears most of the parents are treading on the wrong path with wrong notions which is robbing the polite behavior in the child. let us parents remind that if we bring up our children to be rude with their peers or elders tomorrow in future we should not repent if the child (our grown up adult by then) behaves in the same manner with us as well, as they are getting used to it from their child hood. Time and an issue to be ponder over indeed! G.V.K.Durga Ravi MUSCAT.