Monday, October 22, 2012



Dear Reader: I am sure you liked the previous post on the topic of SPECIALIZATION

Well, here is a story on SUPER SPECIALIZATION

Here is a story, probably apocryphal, narrated by Lin Yutang in his philosophical treatise THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING

Once during the collapse of a dynasty, a rich Chinese official was able to secure as his cook a maid who had escaped from the palace kitchen.

Proud of her, he issued invitations for his friends to come and taste a dinner prepared by one he thought an Imperial cook.

As the day was approaching, he asked the maid to prepare a royal dinner.

The maid replied that she couldn’t prepare a dinner.

“What did you do, then?” asked the official.

“Oh, I helped make the patties for the dinner,” she replied.

“Well, then, go ahead and make some nice patties for my guests.”

To his consternation the maid announced: “Oh, no, I can’t make patties. I specialized in chopping up the onions for the stuffing of the patties of the Imperial dinner.”

Here is a link to my book review of THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING by LIN YUTANG

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) 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 and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve 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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