Last year, when I started off as a first year student of rural development, I was really ambitious. We need to discuss about ill effects of open defecation? No problem! I had a fool proof plan in my head to not only ensure that people know why open defecation is bad, but also to see to it that their mindset is changed. With starry eyes, I entered a village from the first day onwards started preaching. That was my mistake, preaching, not listening. By the end of the third day, after I was frustrated at seeing no results, I decided to slow down. A went to a group of women for a casual chat. And that casual chat taught me one of the biggest lessons in social work, ‘Never ever assume’.