Saturday, July 23, 2011

Revenge

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 22; the twenty-second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

Revenge can be of different types. A teenager takes revenge on his best friend because his love is close to him. The religious political parties take revenge on each other by slaughtering people supporting the opposite parties. According to The Bhagavad Gita, revenge is the purest form of emotion. But in this post I would like to share one of the most unfortunate as well as the most common revenges of all. Allow me to explain with a scenario:

She was sitting in the class trembling. Sweat beads rolled down from her forehead. The guest lecturer entered the class. She had heard the tales of his strictness. He also was a university invigilator. This surprise class was announced that day itself. The main lecturer for that subject had left the college in the middle of the semester. So there was supposed to be no class that hour. But the management had somehow managed to have this particular lecturer for that hour. She had given her notes to someone the previous day and that person had not showed up. She had got some spare book for the day. She did not know much about the subject. It was pretty tough and difficult to follow. If he asks me questions I’m gone, she thought. Her friend who had told her the tales of that lecturer had told ‘Just stay quiet and don’t move too much. That’s it.’ She hoped the hour will go fine and waited for the lecturer to come.

A lean person with a big stomach came with an I-will-take-no-nonsense expression. He had started lecturing and as usual, she was not able to follow a word. What to do if he asks her a question was her only worry. She decided that she will blindly write some of the points he says. She quickly started scribbling some points he stressed on. She thought she will be able to answer if he asks simple questions. But she was feeling very nervous. Suddenly she was startled when someone touched her shoulder from behind. She turned back to see that it was her classmate who called her to ask something.

 ‘Do you have a spare pen? No one has got here. My pen is not working.’

‘Huh? Ok! Err... No I don’t have a pen.’

‘Hey why are you so freaked out?’

‘Nothing.’ She mouthed and turned to look forward only to see the lecturer staring at her.

‘WHATTT ARE YOU DOING?’ the lecturer roared.

She did not know what to do. She was trembling there nervous.

‘DON’T YOU HAVE THE MANNERS TO STAND?’ she stood at once at his order. ‘WHATTT WERE YOU DOING THERE TELL ME WHAT WERE YOU DOING THERE!’

‘Err.. Nothing sir. She asked me . . .’

‘Dont you know you are not supposed to talk in the class? Let me see your notes.’ Interrupting her statement, he walked to her and checked her notes. He searched for all the pages. He had seen that it was not her notebook but he kept on searching. Finally he found a sketch of scenery in the book. He was furious. ‘WHATTT IS THIS???’

‘Sir this is my rough book and a friend had borrowed my. . . ’

‘I. DO NOT. WANT. EXPLAINATIONS.’ He interrupted her again. ‘I WILL MAKE YOU PAY FOR THIS. I WILL SEE HOW YOU WILL PASS IN YOUR EXTERNAL LAB EXAMS. NOW GET LOST FROM HERE.’

She put her head down and walked away from the class with the whole class staring at her with pity. She tried hard not to cry while leaving and disappeared from the room.

This happens everywhere. Ok now this is just one scenario. Basically I want to discuss about the revenge lecturers take on students for very small reasons. Let me list out some of the revenges taken by lecturers I have come across:

1. Making the student fail in the final exam. (Like the above scenario which was a true story.He actually succeeded in making her fail in the semester lab final examination.) Another friend of mine had a little different experience. The university invigilator has completed the viva for him but the college lecturer had not had enough. He called him again and fired questions at him.

2.   If the student is found doing something wrong on the first day, the student is asked questions everyday by that lecturer for the whole day of the year. (This happened to me. My offence was writing my name on the first page of my new book!)

3. This is much a continuation of the point #2 but can’t help making it another point. Suppose a new lecturer comes in the middle of the year. The lecturer in point #2 tells the new lecturer that this particular student is a troublesome one. (Actually the student caused trouble only for one day but the lecturer is giving him/her trouble every day.) The new lecturer believes the other lecturer and does the same. So the same student has to take the torture from another lecturer as well. In some cases, the lecturers as a team discuss which student is bad and that student will be tortured in every class for the whole year.

courtesy redbubble.com

Most of the lecturers do not understand that students can ask for a pen to the fellow student or there can be academically poor students, like the girl in the above scenario, who do not understand the chapters in the first go. There are some lecturers who themselves do not know how horrible their lecture is. It is easier in the books but the lecturers make it more complicated. In some cases the lecturers make it so boring and it is so non-understandable by human brain but if they see someone feeling drowsy, they will get furious and throw difficult questions at them. Everyone understands that these lecturers prepare the whole night for the lecture and come to the class and they feel offended. But at least they can make the hour interesting by making it interactive so that the academically poor students can also understand at least half the idea of what the lecturers want to convey. If the class is really troublesome, they can just say if the students cooperate he will give extra marks or make the question paper easy. The students will readily agree. This is one of the most unfortunate revenges which not only ruins the student’s life but also changes their overall attitude towards lecturers, education system and college.

Generally, revenges can be categorised into 3 types considering the reason for the revenge. The first type is misunderstanding like the above scenario. Well, in the case of lecturers, may God give them enough common sense to understand how much a student suffers because of their tantrums. In other cases, the only way to avoid a revenge is to clear all the misunderstandings. For the avenger, he has to think practically and consider all options and should not jump into conclusions.

The second case is 'harm' that happened unknowingly like teenage love triangle. Here the one who suffers does not even know what he/she is being avenged for. This is one type of revenge that is completely out of control just like teenage love itself.

courtesy sharenator.com

The third case is where the person has actually done something bad for the avenger. Such people either have some kind of sadistic pleasure or the person was blocking their way of success so they had to side-track him. So they ruin the person’s life which compels him to take the revenge. There is only one way to tackle this for the avenger. The best and most recommended revenge of all : HAPPINESS. Nothing will drive the person crazier than seeing him having a great life even though the person has tried his best to make his life miserable. 
The fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton and links to their respective posts can be checked here. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

36 comments:

Aashish Sood said...

I nice way of putting things accross! I Liked it... BTW, I can feel it through the writing how you do seem to have suffered a lot by the hands of a one too many lecturers LOL :D

ATB for the BAT...

Read mine at Revenge is best when served cold

Regards Wandering Thoughts

Bhavna said...

you have a great blog Preethika....I read the full post , one thing I really felt was it was written from your heart and its not syndicated or fragmented in any way, in the long run you will surely have many admirers and readers for your blog.

Now about the post, its quite good more than revenge amongst teachers and students I have found favoritism more popular and yea sometimes first impression is everything

good luck and keep blogging

visit me www.ibhavna.com

Jidhu Jose said...

Nice post. Same types of revenges are happened to me also. U write in a nice way.
best wishes

SUB said...

great post...
forgiveness is probably the best revenge...
one of my teacher used to hate me because i was in love with his best student...poor me got bad grades in that subject...but it did not really matter...:-)

Cheers!
SUB

Brijender Singh said...

Your thoughts mirror the Talmud which says that to live well is the best revenge.
Though i also agree with you when you say that revenge is the purest emotion.
A very balanced and thought-provoking take on the topic-really enjoyed reading it and will have to come and see some more of what you have to offer to your readers!

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Ashish: thank a lot :) yeah I was one of the academically poor students :)

@ Bhavna: Yeah I wrote from my heart.. Thank u for your wishes :) Yeah favoritism is always there but it does not harm much even though it is annoying...

@ Jidhu: Thanks da :)

@ Subrashis: Thank u :) And I am honored to be followed by you.. Thanks for that.. Yeah forgiveness is definitely more satisfying than revenge but I guess only to some extent.. Anyways thanks again :)

@ Brijender: thanks a lot :) Please read my other posts as well :) and I will definitely try to write better :)

Animesh Ganguly said...

Nicely explained the types of revenge with ample instances. I was highly looking forward to some kind of revenge that might be there in the story itself. Nonetheless, the story appeared realistic, and by writing WHAT as WHATTTT made an awesome impact.
All the best for BAT, really liked your post.

Here is my entry for BAT 22: Revenge

Someone is Special said...

Revenge on a student for not taking notes.. That's sad.. I loved all the three cases and so this post.. All the best.. PS: "Add a Treasure".. I love the image.. Here is my post.. Oh this is.. ReVeNge

Someone is Special

Sunil Padiyar said...

hey wifey.. what else can I say.. whatever I had to, I have told you in person :) nevertheless, nice post.. hope you win ;) All the best :)

The Fool said...

Enjoyed the post. Yeah, teachers do harass students. I remember our school has a tradition of some of the big students meeting one particular teacher after the 12th standard board examswere done and thrashing him up. As soon as exams were over that teacher would go underground to avoid the yearly reprisal from the students.
By the way on an aside, I saw posts from 2 Padiyars on the Blog-a-ton list and was curious if you were related. Your husband's comment has satisfied my curiosity.
If you have time, do check out my Blog-a-ton post: Revenge

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Animesh: thanks a lot :)

@ Someone is special: yeah it has happened and it is sad... thanks for the choice of pic -add a treasure...

@ hubby: all the best to u too :)

@ The fool: thanks :) nice idea to take revenge on the lecturer.. i wish that was there in my college... :) and about your curiosity, ashish, who commented here first, had a bigger problem.. check the comments on this post of mine http://smilingpritz.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-take-on-wedding-ceremonies-then-and_09.html

Menachery said...

that took me back to my classroom scenario - all the best

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

thank u Menachery... :)

Sunil Deepak said...

I think that lecturers who take out their "revenge" on the poor students are frustrated persons and not real teachers. I wish you had also written on some revenge that students take on such lecturers! :)

Shilpa Nair said...

I'm laughing at the way TF's school had students bashing up their lecturers! Thankfully, I was one of the toppers, so the teachers would drool over me and I got away with all my pranks. Your post opened my eyes to the haalat of the bechaaras :(

Vikram Pyati said...

Its really sad when lecturers bring their ego in between and punish the students this way. I think it shows the smallness of their heart. By your post I remembered quite a few of my lecturers :)
Very nice post !!!!

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Sunil Deepak: yeah that would be a great revenge but I wanted readers to be aware of the problems faced by the students.. u are right... they are not real teachers.. and they ruin their life like anything..

@ Shilpa Nair: yeah the TF's comment was cool... u were lucky u were a topper... for the academically poor students, imagine wherever u got the praises they are getting bullied... its too difficult.. they also tend to get an inferiority complex...

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Vikram: thanks a lot :) yeah there are a lot of such lecturers. more than the ego I guess it is their frustration of teaching the same thing over and over again...

sowmya said...

very true indeed ...well penned keep writing & smiling always :)

the critics said...

thats nice ...you have categorized revenge...and these professors taking on students is sadistic revenge.............lucky me for i am most irregular and notorious student but still my professors always liked me ;)........i enjoyed reading

here is mine give it a go

the revenge of aparniyan- Revenge

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Soumya: thanks a lot :)

@ the critics: thank u so much... :) I am happy that u noticed I have categorized revenge... :) I have read your revenge... It is nice... I have commented also I guess... :)

Devidas S Maller said...

while your husband has written a ruthless blog on revenge, yours look mild in that sense.. :)

However, a very good read in its own way...:) Keep it up..

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

thanks devi... :)
I don like gory stuffs... so I did not write one...
Did u see? I have written about your experience also... :)

Sujatha Sathya said...

Hi Preethika, i've been a faculty for a mgmnt college for nearly 3 years. so i can related to this post really well. u r right. its sad but true. it does happen b/w some teachers & some students. god bless such students! it hurts & pains to know the teachers behave so immaturely but there's no denying d revenge aspect in schools/colleges.

nice post. thoughtful.

will follow u from now on. who knows what u might throw light on next?! :)

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

hey Sujatha.. I have been admiring ur blog from so long... I am truly honored that u are following.. I am so delighted... thank u so much :D

Mahesh Kalaal said...

There are lecturers who take revenge on the students who ask them intelligent doubts beyond the horizon....

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

Yeah mahesh..Like in 3 idiots, Virus gets angry on Amir cz he asked something very intelligent...

aativas said...

You have touched upon an important topic and I hope some lecturers and teachers read it and behave with more maturity. Afterall, they are elder than the students and hence they have more responsibility.

muthu said...

hmhm.....

yeah, you do have a point, lecturers can sometimes blow of their steam by going to work on students.

but - let me suggest something (this doesn't mean that what the supposed lecturer is doing is right)

I think- after college, in an industrial scenario- we are bound to see all kids of revenge, unfair competition, superior and inferior complexes and n number other such issues.

I think the college is in a way is a training ground for facing whats really happening outside.

Trust scenarios in work place are even more shitty-

For one - i knew one of my friends- a girl who was delayed her salary by her superior just because she suggested something better that his own idea.

Bigots exist every where. I think it apart of life to learn to deal with them.


What say ??



And also- great to see you at my blog. Welcome

:)

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ aativas: yeah u are right.. they have a huge responsibility which they do not understand...

@ muthu: A very beautiful point u have put forward... loved the point... :) yeah u may be right.. It might work.. but for students who try badly to study, it becomes really difficult when the lecturers degrade them.. some may even lose their self respect... inferiority complex might drop in.. who knows what is the mentality of the person, the family background, the problems... what if the guy loses hope like the one who commits suicide in 3 idiots... It is a time when u get to get a degree and make a great life... All will have lots of hopes on the student... the parents will turn off the TV and make sure no other song or sound disturbs their kid so that he can concentrate on his studies... in such case it is the lecturer who spoils everything right... as aativas said above, they have a responsibility... which they do not understand... thanks for ur comment... and ur blog is different and nice.. :)

Sadiya Merchant said...

hehe dis actually reminds me of wen i hated my history teacher at school n she was totally finicky abt good mornings n stand up wen im around etc.
so once wen i was out of school n saw her, she looked at me, i stared baq *ahh in another realm it wud sound so romantic* n i walked past widout even a hello - belv me it evened out all d torture fr 4 yrs.
nw dat i think of it, feels so stupid :D

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

@ Sadiya:
After seeing your name, my brain is continuously playing the song Sadiyaan from the movie Lakeer.. I love that song..
About your experience, it was funny... It was ur revenge on her... He he... I have almost done the same thing once... I saw a lecturer of mine when I attended a wedding... The way she had treated me, I somehow avoided her...

marieclv54 said...

Nice blog, interesting poetry and your expressions to others.

http://childdays.blogspot.com
Also I invite you to share with us at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloggers-Unite/227139297315313

Preethika Shenoy Padiyar said...

Thank u Marie :)

Binod said...

Pritz You mention .. According to Bhagwat Geeta'REVENGE IS THE PUREST EMOTION'? I regret I could NOT locate any SLOKA that says anywhere near this in the Bhagwat Geeta. Could you help me to locate the SLOKA please ? ?

Joy De said...

"Revenge is the purest form of emotion only when it is not for personal benefit after winning".. This is what Bhagwath Geeta says...
In other words, the correct word to be used is "Avenge"

You might also like...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...