Sunday, February 17, 2013


A Teaching Story

Some people like to “count” everything in life - they like to  quantify things and link it with “ROI” as if there must be a “return” on “investment”. Sometimes they take this to ridiculous limits.

Here is a story for such individuals.

A magnanimous host was once entertaining a guest to drinks and dinner.

In the best traditions of hospitality, the generous host kept on plying his guest with the best of premium whisky, offering his guest a new glass of whisky the moment he finished the earlier one, forcing him to down peg after peg, saying, “Come on, cheers, down the hatch, have one more, have one more!”

Finally the guest, who was feeling quite high, said, “Please. Enough. I have already had six drinks!”

The host replied, “Not six – you have had ten drinks! But who is counting?”

The moral of the story is that you must never count your drinks – whether you are the guest, or you are the host, or you are just drinking by yourself.

Drinking is a qualitative pastime not a quantitative activity.

Likewise there are many qualitative pleasures and intangible aspects of life which cannot be “counted” or quantified

For example, can intangible things like love, happiness, sadness, enjoyment, emotions and values like honesty, loyalty, be measured, counted or quantified?

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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 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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