Andre’s Bit: You must read this – very good repartee


Hugh Paxton’s Blog has just returned to Bangkok from Kathmandu. A magical trip and I’ll tell you about it, but first I found this waiting for me on my return from Andre. I’m sure he’s right and that it isn’t true but it’s fun all the same. The format’s a bit odd but I don’t have skills or patience to sort that out. Bear with it!

Best from Bangkok!


From: Andre Gast []
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015 8:07 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: FW: You must read this – very good repartee

Nice little story of "One- upmanship" but I don’t think that it is true.

Gandhi …

A lovely little anecdote, about one of life’s more interesting characters …

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always "arguments" and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said,"Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat."

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, "You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away," and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the (his) next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all the questions.

Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question:

"Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?"

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded,

"The one with the money, of course."

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,

"I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom."

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded,

"Each one takes what he doesn’t have."

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tried. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word "idiot" and gave it to Gandhi.

Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, "Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."


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