Saturday, June 23, 2012


A Mulla Nasrudin Story

Mulla Nasrudin was a teacher, but got bored of the repetitive routine.

One day at the beginning of his first class at the start of the new academic year, he asked his new pupils, “Do you know what I am about to teach you...?”

“No,” they responded.

“Well then,” Nasrudin said, “Since you have not even bothered to find out  what I am going to teach you and so you do not have the pre-requisite background information, there is no point in me trying to teach you.”

And with that statement, Nasrudin angrily walked out of the classroom.

The next day, he came to the class and asked the students, “Okay – do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”

Thinking of the previous day and afraid to annoy him again, the students responded, “Yes, we know.”

“Well then,” Nasrudin replied, “if you already know what I am going to teach you, then there is no point in me telling you what you already know...”

And uttering those words, Nasrudin stormed out of the classroom.

The next day, he came to the class and once again he asked the students, “Do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”

The students, trying to play safe, replied, “Half of us do, and half of us don’t.”

“Wonderful. That’s fantastic,” Nasrudin exclaimed, “Now the half of you that do know can tell the other half that don’t know... !”

And suddenly, without giving the dumbfounded students a chance to recover their wits, Nasrudin exultantly left the classroom with a flourish.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

...and I am sure that students learned a lesson. :)