Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Do you like sugarcane juice? They say sugarcane juice is healthy. It strengthens your organs like your brain, heart, stomach, kidneys, eyes and sex organs, has plenty of protein and iron, prevents sore throat, cold and flu, and is a panacea for many ills, but I don’t know all that – I just love a tall cool restorative glass of sugarcane juice on a hot dry afternoon to quench my thirst and beat the heat. 

Have you seen the way they extract sugarcane juice?

The sugarcane juice stall owner squeezes stalks of sugarcane through the roller crusher. First he pushes through the entire sugarcane stalk, at least twice. Then he folds the sugarcane stalk into halves and crushes it again, and then he repeats this again and again till there is no juice left till and the crushed remains, the fibrous waste bagasse, is absolutely dry. Now the man knows that there is not a drop of juice left in the crushed sugarcane bagasse but still he will push it through the roller crusher once more just to make sure that he has extracted the juice till the very last drop.

Some organisations and bosses treat their employees the same way. These “hard taskmasters” want to extract work till the “last drop”. I have seen a person being made to slog even on the day of his retirement till the last minute literally till there was no juice left in him. I call these guys “Sugarcane Juice Managers” – they extract work from their subordinates until there in no “juice” left inside them and even then they “crush” them once more just to make sure that their subordinates have been exploited to the “last drop”.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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