teeming with superb ideas are put together and an outburst of new
plans to crush the opponents are poured forth. Then as the victim,
completely unaware of the great peril (!) that is in store for him/her
walks in, a hushed silence quickly prevails and the plotters, sit
quietly with a contented smile on their faces waiting for the signal.
Then…as the signal flashes, the plan is put into direct action and
voila! Immediate success!
Readers must be
wondering what serious issue I am talking about, but actually I am
referring to one of the very common classroom scenes where these "plotters"
are the students and their 'victims', none other than their teachers.
And such issues are never serious. In fact they are very trivial and
are almost always taken lightly and greeted with laughter. Sometimes,
even the teachers join in this light amusement!
on teachers are usually common among school children, usually pre-teens
and teenagers, who never mean to insult or disrespect the teacher
in any way, by such actions. As a matter of fact, they take playing
pranks on the teachers as a funny and special (and also weird!) way
of showing their love and respect for their teachers. It is also seen
that children prefer playing most of their pranks on the less-strict
teachers. This is not because they take advantage of their leniency,
but it is mostly because children tend to like these teachers more.
Nevertheless, the classroom corners, their regular punishment places
hardly ever remain empty. Most probably teachers also find that this
is the ideal reply for the offense (!) they have committed.
a word rather common in the dictionary of the teachers who would define
them as little devils always up to some mischief or the other. Truly,
there are always a handful of such troublemakers in each class (to
the utter dismay of the teachers), who always find their way to one
corner of the classroom and have hardly attended any class lectures
sitting in their seats. Previously students who were publicly punished
and reprimanded in this manner were taunted and ridiculed by the others,
but nowadays it is more commonly seen that these troublemakers are
appreciated and admired (to an extent) by their fellow classmates,
because they bring some element of fun and laughter into the otherwise
tiresome lessons. They will always come up with some brilliantly silly
jokes or occasional quips about certain hilarious things that is sure
to stir up the dull and weary classroom and transform it into one
booming with laughter. Sometimes these pranksters are even willing
to act out some of these funny situations. "Miss, did you see
that completely hilarious ad on TV?" And with this commences
a series of comical performances, which is readily greeted with laughter
and applauds. In some extreme cases, these 'great' actors will mimic
some equally 'great' Bangla cinema actor and mock some ridiculous
scene out of a Bangla cinema. These pranksters very well know what
to do to distract the teacher and (thankfully!) divert the attention
of the class from the dreary lessons. Most of the time, the teachers
do not get angry, but rather laugh out loud along with the students.
Some of them even find such antics of the students rather entertaining
and they, just like the students, get a small break from the whole
day's tiring routine.
Since the usual
bunch of pranksters is always marked out by the teachers, these smart
pranksters often have a different approach to their plans. Seldom
do the teachers know that it is not always the same bunch of children
involved in these pranks. Many a times it is those angel-faced, well-behaved,
goody-goody little children who, with their innocent wide eyes and
modest look on their faces, can easily mislead any teacher into believing
them. They are usually very well versed and extremely logical and
convincing. So their confident words like, "Miss we have been
doing written works from the morning and we are soooo tired",
coupled with the pathetic faces made by the 'actors' of the class
and of course backed up with repeated pleas of "Miss please give
us a free class", are enough to convince anyone that the whole
class, burdened with so much of work, is on the verge of dying!
Most of the time
students try to goad the teachers into postponing and canceling tests.
Usually a good amount of reasoning and convincing is required here
in order for the plan to succeed. So this difficult part is always
left to the second group of pranksters i.e. the "angel-faced
devils", who will soon engage themselves in a war of logic with
the teachers and as usual their wild and incredible reasoning will
lead them out of the battlefield with triumphant smiles on their faces.
Sometimes, if they are lucky, absurd statements like "Miss, it's
so and so's birthday today and we possibly can't give a test on such
a special day" can also get them through.
If we look from
a regular prankster's point of view then it is found that it actually
is not as easy to play pranks on teachers as it may sound. Teachers,
who happen to be a lot more experienced than the students can often
read their minds and find out before hand what they are planning.
But usually they play along with the student's pranks and even laugh
along with them. Many a time they do keep the students' requests of
giving a free class and of postponing tests.
And that's not
all, there is much more to the never-ending list of pranks that students
love to play on their teachers. Some of them as I have mentioned above
and other even funnier and interesting ones, which I dare not reveal
due to the fear of being throttled and maybe even beheaded by fellow
N.B. This article
is dedicated to the "pranksters" of my class (guys you know
who you are!).