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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.
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.