Nobel, Noble, Nobly, Nobble, Noblesse oblige  

“There was no one who was alone like he was. There was no nobleman who did not belong among the noblemen, no worker that did not belong with the workers and found refuge among them, shared their life, spoke their language.” –Siddharatha by Hermann Hesse

Those who do noble things can be rewarded with a Nobel Prize!

Who in India would have expected that one day Kailash Satyarthi will be awarded with a Nobel Prize for his work for the betterment of children?  The Nobel Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi along with Pakistan-born Malala in 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.


Nobel Prize is the prestigious international prize awarded annually to six members for their outstanding achievement in the fields of science (chemistry, medicine, physics, economics), literature, and for the one striving for peace or promoting world peace.

Nobelist: Nobelist is a person who has won a Nobel Prize.

How many nobelists are there in the world?

The nobelists from India are Rabindranath Tagore, CV Raman, Har Gobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Rajednra K. Pachauri, Venkatraman Radhakrishnan, Kailash Satyarthi…

Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously (that is, after the death of a person).


Nobel Prize is named after Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833 – 1896). He was a Swedish innovator and arms manufacturer, and the inventor of infamous dynamite. But he left in his will that his fortune should be institutionalized to give prizes to people across the world – for those who invent things or discover aspects related to science and to those doing great humanitarian work. Till to this day, the annual Nobel Prize makes news as certainly as the sunrise and the sunset. Nobel’s noble idea!


Noble is an adjective meaning someone who shows excellent character, wonderful or beautiful attitude, someone without a trace of pettiness or meanness.

Noble also means impressive in size or appearance.

The comparative and superlative forms of noble are nobler and noblest.

In your opinion, what are the nobler characteristics in a person?

Have you come across a noblest person in your life?

Noble also functions as a noun. Noble is a person belonging to the aristocracy or who has the aristocratic heritage or descent. Noble is a person of noble rank or birth or both such as a nobleman or noblewoman (aristocrat).


Nobly is an adverb meaning in a splendid manner. Mahatma Gandhi acted nobly on the social political sphere of India.


Noblesse oblige is a French phrase but figures in English language. It refers to people in positions of power or authority, or having privileges, should act with responsibility and with moral consciousness (rather than squandering away their privilege).


Nobble is a slang word (verb). It means bribing someone to get a favour which is unfair and illegal, to get something by devious and dishonest means, and also refers to ‘tampering with a racehorse so that its chance of winning the race is less’.

There are instances in Indian judiciary, when judges in lower courts and special courts were caught for injudicious decisions, when they were nobbled but when they were mandated to act nobly. However, there are people who do noble tasks and may go unnoticed for a longtime but eventually they will be discovered, and possibly recognized with a Nobel Prize.