My Coffee: A case to begin all cases………

August 24, 2007 at 6:34 am 36 comments



case to begin all cases

case to begin all cases

A case to begin all cases:

A nice cup of hot black coffee and a good speed internet connection, that’s all that counts!

A nice cup of hot black coffee and a good speed internet connection. With that of course god’s ultimate gift to mankind “MEMORY”. The world seems so beautiful.

People say memories of the past and anxiety of the future ruins our present. Well, I can’t talk too much about future and pressures as in today’s chaotic world I am one of those blessed individuals whose job so to say is one of the least stressful jobs on earth.

I am a teacher.

I got myself few diplomas, a degree, few certifications and a secure (a term which has become almost obsolete) job in a MNC about 5 years back. I was into the creative art and animation as a hobby for as long as I can remember. For it gave me a peace of mind and a lot of calmness to relax that every inch of tensed muscle in my body. Soon, I had made that hobby my work so I never had to feel the pressure of work again. So I said to myself.

I Left my “secure job” and 3 years had passed. Then one day, I met a young chap (meaning someone of my age, 5 years ago…. That is to say, I was a lot younger and more immature then….and life was good). He came to me and said, “Ananth, I am changing my job. I am shifting back to finance field where I was.” Hmmm…. Another one of my kind, I thought…with that doubt in mind… He continued, “Yes, I know there will be heavy pressure and I won’t enjoy doing it, but at least I will have some respect for what I do but could not handle the pressure of doing a job which especially in India, if more so related to the field of art hardly gets any recognition and respect even from those most close to you.” I told him to sleep over it. Give it some more thought. And not change the field just because he was unable to cope up with the pressure of being related to the field of art. He used to teach and freelance for money, the most important and easily understood term today.

Finally he did not leave the field, but left the job, saying may be some other work environment might cheer him up and provide more mental support to continue what he is doing. He left the job after a lot of convincing and fights with his seniors that he was sure he would not want to continue for personal reasons. He came back home and made few calls and got into another institute with a better pay scale to maybe, just may be help him gain more confidence in talking to his family and friends now that he had a job which was paying him literally as good as an engineer with an MBA or a CA/CS (naming them because even today, these are supposedly the more and most desirable jobs, trust me).

Few days later, while he had got well adjusted to this environment and was getting back home at 11:30pm from Andheri back home he met a kid sitting on the pavement opposite to the well known Leela hotel from where he was just coming out after his corporate presentation. He just stopped for a moment and then rushed back to the kid.

This19 year old was his student from the earlier institute. After a long discussion, this chap realized that after he had left the earlier place it had been 3 months since and still that institution had found none to replace him. Result was the fees from students were collected regularly and those deferring payments were put into defaulters and fined. But there were no sessions happening. There was no faculty.

This kid was a cobbler’s son with a bright & creative mind. So to say had been lured by the famous lines of getting the BIG moolah and glamour that the creative industry was posed to him by those selling it so much that he fought and convinced his dad to arrange for that huge sum for his diploma in animation course as he was somehow convinced that this industry holds for him all the riches and would take him to another level. He would get a pay check of at least Rs.8-10K to start with and sky would be his limit with his abilities and skills. Now he had ended up paying all that he could, his dad was down till his neck in debts and to worsen the case, there were no classes being conducted because of lack of faculties.

So much to say, the course and the infrastructure were anyway not up to the mark. Then both( the sir and his ex-student) tried for a lot of legal ways to help out for refund, but the system was so jacked up that they found themselves being mocked by society more and more and there was no justice at all. His dad, the cobbler died of a heart attack. He had no job and this course was finished by some emergency trainer who had little idea of how to go about with the course and needless to say there was no learning and no job for this kid. He now sits on the streets mending shoes just like his father.

Talk to him about Photoshop and flash, his eyes lit up and then die off with that same speed and intensity. That young chap and trainer came back home that day realizing that he was not just working and he did not just have a job. But as a teacher he had a huge social responsibility of taking good care of a noble profession which is sad to say becoming a faint identity. He now teaches and trains whenever anyone asks him if he has the time and not so just on the basis of monthly fees to the real needy. He has to face societal brunt for that. But at least he sleeps peacefully.

The above story is for any noble profession today. Be it delivering education or something as massively important as saving lives as in a doctor’s job. There are very few doctors’ who take cases without that patient fulfilling the basic formalities of “FEES”.
There have been so many a lives put in stake and so many futures given to shape by these noble professions, but in today’s social pressures, unless there is money involved there is no value for life or knowledge.

We are talking today about nuclear pacts, global warming. But what happened to those who are living at the tip of a life nothing less than a volcano mountain, ready to burst at any point of time. Their only mistake is of being born in a poorer section of the society. Their lives and pains are simply put out with simple lines by big time money makers as “Only the fittest will survive” (I guess they had the privilege of studying Darwin’s theories, “They cannot handle today’s competitive pressure” and only those with power and money will survive.

We close the above mentioned miseries with such simple lines learnt in our MBA class and big corporate chairs not even realizing that in this way we are going against war with our own people. If such noble professions today start refusing service just for the sake of money and if the society supports that, why are we even discussing a green world, a better technology and happy world? All that you do always comes back to you then and there. Life is as simple as that. So if we refuse help knowingly or with pure bliss of ignorance it is going to hit us back some day soon. Life is not just about numbers and targets. It’s about Lives and a smile.

Wouldn’t life be more fun if there were good competition and great learning all around us? Did not we feel happy in school when we were put against a large chunk of students and asked to compete? So why not help everyone raise the bars and lead a life of greater significance. Why not deal with the current misery, bureaucracy and corruption and actually kill the problems at their root cause. I get scores of mails and calls everyday from parents and people asking me where do I put my kid for further studies?
I am not a counselor or someone of that level to advice, so I don’t. I keep numb as even if I did I am sure I would be falling short of places and institutions both big and small to recommend today.

I know so many doctors and teachers today who have refused to render their honest and very much possible services to people because of lack of their ability to pay money. I am not asking you to do charity as all of us need to survive. But only that, do keep in mind that whatever you do, you are affecting someone or the other and what you can decide is HOW you affect them.
Remember, life has a way of balancing itself, what goes will come back. So the next time you decide not to cure a patient or teach a student for the sake of money alone Please think twice. As your decision is not just another corporate rule, it’s a way of life.

You have the power to be true to what you have sworn to do. To make the country a better place is not the government’s duty. It’s those who have given that power to the government to take good care of our HUGE family, our world.

So grow and let grow as it’s not everyone’s privilege to say that all I need today is “A nice cup of hot black coffee and a good speed internet connection, that’s all.” I know the great mentors like the Mahatma and Swami Vivekananda are gone. But a bit of their souls rests in all of us. So let’s try to search and find them, take all the pieces and get them back. That’s possible only if all our heart and minds would act as one. Everyone has come across some day something like this to say, to make a difference, to make impact…. A case to begin all cases. I apologize if I bored you and wasted your precious time with so many words and story but what can I say…… I am paid for it!


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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Murali.S  |  October 6, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Hi Ananth,

    I touched by the story….I like it.

  • 2. techdivine  |  October 6, 2007 at 9:55 am


  • 3. Bharati  |  October 7, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Hi Ananth

    It certainly is heart breakin to hear such a story. Needless to say society has always been mean to people wtihout muscle. But at the same time we have to realise that if we succumb to the pressure of makin big n tht today only means monetary gains, then however people like u n ur friend tries nothing can be changed. The students are also to blame who dont want to learn but just get thru the course to get good job. n I see so many of them day in n out. So what we r lukin at is a vicious cause n effect circle.
    Isn’t it difficult to give wht u havn’t received (or overluked so to say).

  • 4. techdivine  |  October 7, 2007 at 9:02 am

    hi bharati

    very true.

    I guess from an individuals point of view, we just have to keep trying. That’s all. it never gets better by one man’s intervention, but if at a certain time the crowd follows, there might be enough to cause another huge positive revolution.

    Thanks for you comments

    Be well

    Ananth V

  • 5. Lisa H  |  October 14, 2007 at 1:56 pm


    It’s inspiring!

  • 6. nilima shah  |  October 19, 2007 at 3:39 am

    hi Ananth,

    Very intense writing and incident. I know how you are towards these things and feel strongly about them, but i guess thats how the world is. But its good to see people still feeling and penning it down about them. Always keep speaking your mind like you do.

    Love and regards
    Nilima Shah

  • 7. shruti  |  October 30, 2007 at 4:33 am

    hi ananth

    loved this article. was very touching. i guess, your sense of conneting with people and your kind nature,you must have felt it more strongly.

    loved the way you have put in a story.
    shruti verma

  • 8. techdivine  |  November 9, 2007 at 3:45 am

    hi lisa

    thanks…keep commenting

    be well

    ananth v

  • 9. techdivine  |  November 9, 2007 at 3:46 am

    hi nilima

    strong words with a true spirit… like you always say…. thats all i did ….. thanks for your comments

    be well

    ananth v

  • 10. techdivine  |  November 9, 2007 at 3:47 am

    hi shruti

    thanks a lot for your comments. Keep writing and keep reading as i pen down more…… thanks and be well

    ananth v

  • 11. Rahul  |  January 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm


    Brilliant article. Very touching and amazingly written.

    I loved your work. God bless you and may you keep going ahead.


  • 12. techdivine  |  January 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    hi Rahul

    Thanks for your comments.

    keep reading and do keep commenting

    be well

    Ananth V

  • 13. mireller  |  January 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm





  • 14. Author  |  June 6, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    hey thanks Mirelle

    The visit was great i guess…. keep reading and keep commenting….

    be well

    Ananth V

  • 15. rajiv p  |  July 25, 2008 at 9:12 am

    hi Ananth

    Great website and blog this is. Very informative and you have included so many topics here. Exceptionally great and very well done.
    The new kids section is a brilliant idea to get the young minds growing and thinking.

    Keep creating many such blogs

    all the best and great job

    Rajiv P

  • 16. Brijeshk  |  July 29, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Fantastic article. Very well written.

    5 Stars

    Brijesh K

  • 17. Mridula M Mastiksh  |  August 7, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Hi Ananth

    fantastic write up. Keep inspiring all your favourite readers and keep writing more. Waiting for your second book and first novel.


    Mridula M

  • 18. Rajiv Saxena  |  August 8, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Amazing write up. Very touching and extremely well written

    Keep writing boss

    Rajiv S

  • 19. Rosy  |  August 12, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Hi Anant

    Your writings and blog sites are fantastic. Your style is superb. I bought your book and got it delivered 2 weeks back. Just loved it.

    You should be publishing a novel soon I hope with your skills and creative style.

    Keep inspiring

    your readers love you

    Rosy B

  • 20. malini  |  August 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Simply splendid article.

    Written and put forth with so much emotion.

    Ama regular visitor of your blog. Also saw your Contemporary artist listing works. COngratulations and again, breathtaking skills.

    Hope to see a lot more from you.

    Malini M

  • 21. Shruti Sharma  |  August 21, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Hi Anthu,

    Long time. Am goingthrough ur blog like after months. Loved every article that you have written as much as ur Expressions book.

    Am waiting for another book from you.

    This article tops the lot.

    That section for Kids write up is so fantastic.

    Keep writing more every day.

    Your reader fans or only growing.


    Shruti Sharma

  • 22. Marc H C  |  August 21, 2008 at 10:00 am

    great write up! fantabulous content in your blog


    5 Stars…. keep penning’ ’em


  • 23. Priya R  |  August 22, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Hi Ananth,

    Fantastic blog. You were always amazing with anything original & Creative.

    Loved the blog

    Keep posting dear

    Priya R

  • 24. Preeti  |  October 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Very well written… 🙂

  • 25. Krittika  |  October 6, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Hi Ananth,

    Lovely writeup………..I am completely touched…..keep up ur good work going…..ALL THE BEST!!!!

  • 26. Ramya  |  October 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Ananth,

    Beautiful write ups, really nice to read the different articles on this site. Keep writing..

  • 27. Author  |  October 6, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Preeti, Krittika & Ramya,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Keep reading and keep posting

    Be Well

    Ananth V

  • 28. Karishma Singhal  |  October 10, 2008 at 10:55 am

    hey ananth
    as usual .. very well writen article ..

    i just love the versatility ur blog offers, there is somehting for everyone to read 🙂 and also there is a personal touch to each of ur posts ….

    keep writing and posting 🙂

  • 29. Peter  |  November 1, 2008 at 5:34 pm


    Well said Ananth!

    Regards & Love


    ~You lift me up and warm me with your love; remain a light in darkness as we lift each other~

  • 30. Rachna  |  November 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Ananth

    Superb write up.

    Love reading your blog.

    Keep writing and ‘ll keep reading


    Rachna M

  • 31. brijesh  |  November 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Fabulous write man

    Very well written….

    Brijesh P

  • 32. hackles  |  December 6, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Hi Ananth

    fabulous write up again… loved this one… very passionately written but with great control

    keep writing more


  • 33. mrunalini M  |  January 2, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Hi Mr.Ananth,

    Wonderful article. This is one of my fav articles and a great blog TD studios has put up.

    Also checked your personal blog, excellent write ups.



    Mrunalini M

  • 34. manya D  |  January 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm


    what a write up

    Loved it

    manya D

  • 35. swati shrenik  |  June 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    My Favorite this article is

    Lovely blog and cool style of theme.

    Keep penning lots more


    Swati Shrenik

  • 36. sharma  |  July 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm


    very toucning



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