Monday, December 26, 2005

A Completely different thought process !!!

I got a forwarded mail sometime back….It goes something like this

A different thought process !

Group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups."

"Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change." Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

So folks, don't let the cups drive you...enjoy the coffee instead


This got me thinking and my take on this piece of “vegetable soup for stomach” was

A Completely different thought process !!!

The cup holds the coffee.

The coffee that can be enjoyed is directly proportional to the cup that holds the coffee.
As all will agree, the coffee tastes its best when consumed hot. And then we have cold coffee’s too.

Some cups hold the temperature well, some don’t.
Some cups can hold hot coffee, some can't.

If the cup is of lead, then it poisons the coffee.

Again the quality of coffee will also make you choose a different cup.

Filter coffee tastes best with “Davara” And “Tumbler”. It gives the flexiblity (to some extent) control the temperature of your coffee at the point of consumption.

If you are going in for Espresso (The thick ones, referred to as shots, not the diluted american version), you can’t have a large imposing cup. You have to select a small cup other wise, you will have a problem drinking the coffee, the coffee will not stay hot for long, and you will not get a sense of fulfillment.

If you want to have a wonderful cup of cold coffee, with whipped cream, and couple of scoops of ice-cream, and a few nuts, you cannot have it in the broad based cups that you usually get, or the davara/tumbler or the small cup. You would be better off going for the taller ones, that are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top, plus you need a spoon (adding a new dimension) to dish-out and devour the ice-cream and nuts.

If you don’t have a cozy fireplace to sit by and enjoy your hot coffee, If you are on the move, you cant afford to miss your coffee, Go for the disposable cups that come with a cap, and fit a straw in, you are ready to enjoy your coffee on the move !!!.

The fundamental fact remains the same, i.e., Its the coffee that we enjoy, Not the cup. The other side of the coin is that, the cup facilitates us to enjoy the coffee.

The key, in my opinion is to understand the following fundas


1. There are different coffee’s available
2. We can choose our coffee and there by the cups.
3. Our coffee should decide our cups.
4. Best coffee needs best of cups to completely enjoy the coffee.
5. Once you have the coffee of your choice in the cup of your choice, forget the cup, enjoy the coffee.
6. If you don’t like the coffee of your choice in the cup of your choice, don’t hesitate to change the cup
7. If you don’t like the coffee in any of the cups, then the issue is not with the cup, its with the coffee. Change the coffee.
8. It might not be just enough to have a cup to enjoy your coffee, your coffee might just need a spoon too, to be enjoyed. Provide for the spoon too.
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