SHOULD COFFEE HOUSES LIMIT THE TIME OF SPACE OCCUPIED BY lap top users?– is today’s Plinky prompt.
Should they or should they not is their personal decision but as a coffee fanatic and coffee shop habitant I would say no. After all we are talking of a heritage life style.
So I come to why not?
Let’s understand the concept of the coffee shop. A coffee shop is something where time and space are consumed and we are charged only for the coffee. It’s usually a small shop. Maybe along the lines of bar. But, a variety of coffee, snacks and newspapers are vended.
One thing certain about coffee… is that wherever no matter where it is grown, sold, brewed and consumed there will be lively controversy, strong opinion, and good conversation ~quoting Mark Twain here.
A little history of coffee shops ~
1475 the first coffee house documented at Istanbul during the rule of the Ottoman Turks, it was called Kiva Han.
When the Turks invaded Italy, they left behind the coffee bean bag, from where in 1642 emerged the coffee shop culture at Italy.
1652 the coffee shops invaded Britain. They were places where people met, discussed ideas and many a time they inspired political movement.
The coffee houses, had a masculine, business ring to it, as opposed to the daintier Tea-houses or shops of the Victorian Lady. They were in fact known as penny universities as coffee houses were the places frequented by the socially upper class business man. The business activity occurring in these coffee shops were so intense that the Lloyd’s coffee shop is the point of the inception of the still existing Lloyd’s insurance!
As a customer it is not like entering a McDonald’s or a Darshini where a prominent board is displayed “reading not allowed “the culture that the coffee house encourages is that people relax, they form part of the ambience too. A customer sitting for two to three hours is more likely to repeat orders than a meal.
Early coffee houses of England had a jar where one dropped a coin;”TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE” the tradition is still prevalent as TIPS.
However there are certain etiquettes if followed by the customer would make the coffee house experience good for all.
• Pay for your Wi-Fi connection.
• Do form an informal group so too many tables are not blocked.
• Order for something every 2-3hrs.
• If you are working for more than 4hrs change your coffee house.
• Don’t be noisy.
• Don’t hog the table space.
I liked this story of a coffee house habitant, who used to pay $100 when she went to a coffee house telling the owner’s to use whatever balance was left to pay for the next customers. She did this every month at various coffee houses.
So at my coffee shop, as I sip my coffee—black is there any other colour? I send a silent prayer “O magic cup” carry me above mundane existence, keep me civil as I walk down to this sanctuary of yours, and forgive the non-coffee drinkers, as you forgive me. Amen.”
Marishi the pop guru, has his moments too.
This one of the days when the discussion was on about a professor, who was Marishi’s disciple. Now this gentleman, would never be found fawning over Marishi all the time, he had fixed two weeks in a year when he would visit the ashram and otherwise he was focused on his career, family, hobby etc.
There are many other Marishi fans who would say Prof.Santosh spent time fawning and flattering his professor, who was still a force to reckon with in the professional circles. But the truth was much more simple to Prof. Santosh his Prof. was family he had given him the place of his parents.
Coming back to Marishi, ”We can excel easier in our lives when our own spiritual, physical, and intellectual needs are fulfilled.” Now how many of his adepts figured this out, allah jaane, !
yet it does not require a spiritual guru or a rocket scientist to figure Within each of there is a well of energy that must be regularly replenished. We don’t realize that it is not bottomless, and if it has to function efficiently we need to give time to repair and rejuvenate.
By carving a “Me time,”that focuses on us as individuals and not spouse, parent, employ volunteer or whatever but just being us would stop us from feeling exhausted, disconnected and weak. Though traditional spiritual junkies would label you selfish, you are not for we all need this activity to return as more effective individuals.
The challenge is not learning the importance of “My time, ” but finding the spot to practise it.
Once can practise any form of this creative work, writing, meditating something which begins with the soul wandering into realms outside the physical material world. when we can really relax and explore the inner universe are we capable of learning our needs, limitations and tolerances in a concrete way.
The 11th Standard English text had a play I forgotten its name. The play was set between the two world wars.
A scientist creates a bomb. He was boasting about it to his sister. The sister has just lost her son. When she sees her brother gloating she gets very upset that someone like him creates a bomb, some beaurocrat who would never go to the battlefield would declare war causing destruction of innumerable young kids. These kids kill and are killed without knowing the other person. Every mother who has lost a child grieves. Whether the war is won or not the mother has lost. It is worse when the bodies are unclaimed, or lost, still worse destroyed beyond recognition. The brave soldier does not even get a decent burial
India has the Amarjyothi dedicated to these warriors.
The tomb of the unknown soldiers was dedicated at the US of A this in honour of her soldiers.
Here is hoping no more of these dedications will be needed.
The Ramayana talks of three women.
Tadaka she was killed by Rama
Ahalya was supposed to have been redeemed by Rama
Sita the spouse.
Somewhere these women are not given their due. No matter what symbolization or explanation we give it is only a document of power play and oppression.
Assuming that Ramayana is a document of the agrarian cowbelt cult.
The forest dweller Tadaka would not abide by its rule. The agrarian cowbelter is not equipped to deal with aggressive Matsya Nyaya of the jungle. The jungle dwellers would not be able to accept the rituals performed by this population where flora and fauna of the jungle gets sacrificed. How does one condone the destruction of a life style, a school or thought and a different bonding with nature? With Hitler we pronounced it excess.
Ahalya in the agrarian perception becomes A-hal-ya the unploughable then what? A land that is of no use to the farmer, was that why Gautama did not tend to her? An uncared for land either goes wild, or gets tended too by anyone who feels the need for it. Land responds to it. So where is the question of Shaap vimochana unless the Agrarian prince rendered the untillable land till-able. It would be interesting to know how.
Finally Sita the spouse the daughter of Vasuda(yes, the queen of Mithala was a woman called Vasuda) we could symbolically call the earth, progenitor Janaka who found Sita when he tilled the land. An epitome of agriculture achievement.
Of course the philosophers and people who have deified Rama would talk of divinity. Probably despite Rama being called the Manava avatar of Vishnu, they find that he would not have the fallibility of human mind, nor its biologic needs. So the three women are raised from terra firma and elevated to the mind.
Now Tadaka becomes the unruly mind that has to be tamed. Ahalya the roving mind that has to be punished and Sita the sublime domesticated mind.!
But have we ever considered that .. The bow is the symbol of poise and balance, was it not an act of excessiveness when Rama broke it. The bow belonged to Shiva the supreme ascetic and personification of detachment does it mean Rama under the influence of Vishwamitra becomes less detached? Or finds earthly bonding like a wife in Sita? Again an attachment to land and want emerged from it?.
Nov.7th 1867 saw the birth of one of the greatest woman of substance Madam Curie. She studied Physics and Mathematics and went on to earn a doctorate in science. She was the first woman to become the professor of General Physics in the faculty of Science.
Radioactive was a term coined by her to describe the quality of elements more precisely atoms.
Pierre Curie, madam’s husband discovered that Radium burnt skin on contact. The couple then discovered the effect Radium had on humans. Madam Curie isolated isotopes of Radium subsequently used for the treatment of cancer.
1903 the Curies received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their study of Radium.
1911 Madam Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her study of radioactivity.
July 4th 1937 Madam Curie succumbed to Leukaemia a price she paid for being over-exposed to radioactivity. She has the honour of being the only woman to be interred at the Dome of Pantheon at Paris on her own merit, along with the likes of Victor Hugo.
Today is the day that world honours you. You are the conscience keeper of most of us. We document out happiness, sorrow, our growing ache and our secret fears. Many of us have recorded within you our observation of nature and our growth into our careers.
Dear Diary, incidentally today is also the elephant appreciation day. No, I do not ask to me appreciated despite of despite akined to the pachyderms. I am talking of the large gentle mammal found in Asia and Africa belonging to the family Elephantidea. This animal is a vegetarian and loves water. In Asian culture the wisdom, memory and intelligence. The srilankan elephants according the archaeological evidences showed 5 tusks and today they have mutated to single tusks. The Sanskrit text book Matanga Lila talks of the elephant, its myth, the biology, habit and health of the elephant. The book also deals with the medicinal implications of the elephant.
Did you know despite cute Ely the elephant and the elephant walk the Kedah hunting of the White Rajah’s lead to the depletion of elephant population.
I am sure someone in the year 1862 must have written within you the emancipation of the slaves. this was the day in history that the Proclamation of Emancipation was made. It was this day in 1862 that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the emancipation though it came to being on January 1st.1863 and slavery was totally abolished in December 1865 by the thirteenth amendment.
Dear diary today is also the day that the Band-aid was discovered. In 1920 by a Johnson and Johnson staff called Earle Dickson for his wife Josephine who cut and burnt herself often during cooking. Initially they were handmade and not popular. But by 1924 they were sterilized and packed well enough to be shipped during the 2nd world war. Today cotton embedded in nylon fibbers with thin film of plastic holed for ventilation is used. This coated with an adhesive called epoxy.
Thank for such wonderful memories.