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An attempt at introspection on a weekend afternoon demonstrating a diminishing understanding of oneself… temme if you had a nitemare “daymare” worse than this!!!

Often, we tend to go by the line of thought that with the greying of hairs… comes a more stronger control over the steering wheel of our life!! But, then unusual incidents thru this journey of life… often tend to throw one off-balance… and then there are yet a few other incidents that take away the essence of “you”. But, having been thru this journey for quite sometime, I realize that certain priorities are unchangeable… and the new additions in life, be it people or things, are never indispensable.

The success is in realizing this naive truth… and making this as a pre-qualifier for any major decisions in life. However, the challenge is in not getting intrigued by the various “wow”z in life… But, no denying that, there are a few of those additions that truly change ur life for the better and leave a life-long mark on you.

Looking @ ur own self…

While sifting thru the various documental archives from my IIM days, I came across this untitled narration which really touched me then and even now.

He met her on a party. She was so outstanding with many guys chasing after her, while he was so normal and nobody paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him. She was surprised but finding him polite, she accepted his invitation.

They sat in a nice coffee shop. He was too nervous to say anything and she felt uncomfortable. She thought, “please, let me go home..” Suddenly, he asked the waiter: “Would you please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.”

Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but, still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it. She asked him curiously: “why do you have this salt in your coffee?”

He replied: “when I was a little boy, I was living near the sea, I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea , just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my hometown, I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are still living there”.

While saying that tears filled his eyes. She was deeply touched. That’s his true feeling, from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has responsibility of home..

Then she also started to speak, spoke about her faraway hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk, also a beautiful beginning of their story. They continued to date. She found that actually he was a man who meets all her demands; he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm, and careful.

He was such a good person but she almost missed him! Thanks to his salty coffee! Then the story was just like every beautiful love story, the princess married to the prince, then they were living the happy life… And, every time she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee, as she knew that’s the way he liked it.

After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said: “My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie. This was the only lie I said to you—the salty coffee. Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time, actually I wanted some sugar, but I said salt It was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication! I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything.. Now I’m dying, I afraid of nothing so I tell you the truth: I don’t like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste.. But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If I can live for the second time, still want to know you and have you for my whole life, even though I have to drink the salty coffee again”.

Her tears made the letter totally wet. Someday, someone asked her: what’s the taste of salty coffee? It’s sweet. She replied.

Blessed are those who find these virtues… in the people around them!!!

  1. June 1, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    That was a very inspirational post. Really when you love someone you don’t want to hurt them ever….and are so afraid of losing them….!! This makes you undergo even something unpleasant..just to keep the loved one..happy. But in any relationship things shud be transparent…..!! That’s what I believe!! 🙂

  2. June 1, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    @ Fargz

    I agree with your point of view. Perhaps, any relationship is built on trust… the definition of trust in a frendship is different from the trust in love! And when it comes to love, commitment and trust go hand in hand.

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