Rahul: Daddy, what is verbatim?
Rajiv: Son, literally, it means, word by word Suppose you say something that somebody else has said, word by word, then you are repeating it verbatim.
Rah: I understand it, dad.
Raj: Can you give me an example, son?
Rah: ‘‘We went in with prayers on our lips and reverence in our hearts.”
Rah: Those great words, my son, were spoken by our remarkable Lt. General K. Sunderji.
Rah: Repeated by our equally remarkable Lt. General Ranjit Singh Dayal, verbatim.
Raj: It is a strange coincidence, son.
Rah: Or perhaps, one did not know that he was carrying the other general’s script.
Raj: That is not the case, son.
Rah: And daddy, whom were they praying to, the horned toad?
Article extracted from this publication >> March 8, 1985