Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review and Edit

I remember when I was in middle school my uncle bringing in documents for me to take a look at or asking me to draft a letter for him or review the business documents he had prepared. Deep down, I would wonder why does this man trust me in producing eloquent letters. How could he trust me in reviewing the letters he has drafted for correctness?

I would give in to his requests and draft and review letters with much care and sincerely putting my limited vocabulary to use. Grammar classes were always boot camps to me. Miss Vimala; with all due respect to her believed in using negativity to correct kids. Her sarcastic and insulting remarks were a nightmare. I would wish I could just vanish into thin air a.l.a the genie of Aladdin. Why not? I still remember how she made fun of me when I uttered the antonym of noble as unnoble :(

I would do my best in her class and in tests/exams so as not to invite her wrath. Thus began my role as editor and drafter. It would mean calls from folks asking me for spelling, meaning and such others. I  remember a funny incident when my uncle's secretary prepared a quotation for him and the quote was Thirty thousand and seventy tree. She was not fired. Anyway, my husband seeks my review help, few of my friends do it. At work, when my colleagues prepared their SOPs for applying to foreign universities, I doubled up as their reviewer.

It is not easy without knowing what the content is about. It isn't just correcting grammatical mistakes.  Feels a sense of responsibility and at the same time, feels funny. How do they trust me? :-P

Last week, I had to review another SOP and just finished reviewing and correcting a presentation material a friend will be presenting to Brunei Commerce Ministry. Now to think of how Miss Vimala treated me; I can forgive her :-)

Do I see a job in the pipeline?

26 comments:

  1. btw what is antonym of noble?

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  2. Being a genuine elder maybe,your uncle would have foreseen what you ARE Insi..And teachers like Vimala,where they have gone now ? Just imagine how this generation would have taken her.Blessed one,did the correct job at correct TIME..lol
    Long live the confidence !

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    1. Melange,

      I think about Ms. Vimala often; one thing is she made me strive hard to better my vocabulary and second thing, I dont like her. If her intentions were to make kids learn, her method was totally wrong.

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  3. I guess gratefulness must be reserved for your uncle. He had foresight.
    As for Ms Vimala, it was boorish and immature on her part and in the role as a teacher to ridicule a child, a ward. Negativity towards children may have the adverse outcome. You perhaps escaped .

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    1. True Anil. She had her favorite girls in class also. I hated her

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  4. Your uncle could've been doing just this - instilling a sense of responsibility in you. I have noticed children giving their best when some adult work is delegated to them.

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    1. Maybe, it did instill lot of responsibility

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  5. It just means people know you are good at it. :)

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  6. I would presume,you were very close to youe uncle.He must have seen the talent,spark and the aptitude that he depended on you.

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    1. Maybe; I only felt scared sometimes whenever it were business matters that I was working on

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  7. Most people who ask me for editing help are actually looking for contents..............

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  8. Most rewarding jobs are unpaid ones:)

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  9. Your Uncle and Ms Vimala played their roles right and here you are with so many people looking up to you! Cool :)

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    1. Shilpa,

      Uncle yeah, Vimala I dont know. I didnt like her

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    1. :) Always Gautam. I did not do much; you had a great content there :)

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