Facts and Fiction, Humor, Issues in India, Ooty, P U Krishnan, Short Stories, Tellicherry

The cup that cheers!

It is always over a cup of coffee, right from the word ‘go’…. That is, when you get up in the morning. When you are racking your brain for an apt word or an idea, the Coffee does the trick. When you have an unexpected guest at an odd hour, and you are stuck up with the usual, “What a pleasant surprise!” or “After a long time” or “How are you… I am fine”, You would say, “Wait a minute”, and go to the Kitchen and will be back with Coffee and cookies for all and your conversation gets a ‘Kick-start’ over a cup of coffee.

          But coffee is not in the good books of the health-conscious people mainly because, according to them, it kills one’s appetite, though therein lies its magic. For the very same reason, it could be recommended for the retired People!

          Here is an interesting event when a clever cook saved a person from an embarrassing situation on a wedding day… (His daughter was getting married). This gentleman was very calculative. He expected nearly 200 people to participate in the wedding feast and there was enough for another twenty invitees. All went off very well till 1pm and he heaved a sigh of relief; but to his chagrin, a ‘bus full’ of people arrived at that time (the invitees who were not taken into account by this gentlemen). On seeing that he was upset because the food available at that moment would be just sufficient for ten persons, the clever cook consoled him: “I can manage sir, we have enough milk and coffee powder. First, we will serve strong and tasty coffee to all of them before taking them to the dinner hall.” The gentleman was not all that sure about this suggestion but he received the ‘battalion’ with folded hands while they apologized for the delay. The formalities over, they were given coffee. “Delicious, Delicious” they said while sipping the coffee. The moment they finished the coffee, the cook took them to the dinner hall. The appetite-killer had done the trick and the available food was more than sufficient.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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