We’ve all had exchanges where we came up with the perfect reply —- ten minutes too late. Write down one of those,but this time, make sure to sign off with your grand slam (unused) zinger.
It happened when I was a student at the university, there were over a hundred of us in that particular class, most of them were male students, only three of us were female.
The prof gave us an assignment in our tutorial class, my two classmates did not understand the question ,they requested me to show mine, I thought it doesn’t hurt they’ll know how to write the assignment.
With our papers in front of him, the prof. gave a curious look and then, he said,”Who copied whom?”
I was stunned, nothing came out of my mouth, afterwards I felt I should have said something.
I should have said, “Sir, they were having trouble with the question, they didn’t know how to answer. I gave them my papers to see how to do it, I did not know they’ll copy mine.”
Those words never came out, to this day I wonder who the prof. thought had actually written the assignment.
Place is the word that came to me.It can mean a particular portion of space, it can be a situation, or a city town,village,neighbourhood,street, room or outdoor building, or role,position or function,a point reached in a book,or duties or entitlements in office, or a place in a race e.g first ,second ,third,fourth,or a last place,place an order, put a person in his place,imagine myself in my friend’s place to understand how she feels.
My friend was having a rough time in her life.Her children were not behaving. She wasn’t getting any help from her husband. Her whole house was in disarray.She told me how difficult her life was. When she asked me if I could give her some advice how to deal with this terrible situation. I did not think much,I said this is easy, discipline the kids,tell your husband to help you.I solved the problem within minutes. She was stunned to hear my answer,as if it can be done in minutes. I could see she was annoyed to hear what I had to say. She looked at me straight in the eye and said, “Ranu, put yourself in my place and tell me how you are going to solve this.” I was speechless!