By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 30-09-2017
In my childhood I studied in a school in Nainital. My father was also posted there. The road from Nainital to Mukteshwar, a small picturesque hill station, was in charge of my father. I always liked to travel along with my father, especially when he used to go for special visits while clearing the roads from high amounts of snow. He also used to go to a small ashram on a hilltop in Mukteshwar, where the grand old bearded Swami ji used to offer a hot drink to my father. Those days, the weather at Mukteshwar used to be very rough and shivering cold. Although I was too young to start tea or coffee, due to very cold weather, I developed an instinct to try that hot drink. Observing the curiosity in my eyes, Swami ji, happily gave a cup of that hot-drink to me. Somehow I liked the taste in the first go itself. I asked its name. Swami Ji, said “cof-tea”. My father asked swami ji, “Everyone offers me tea in this weather, but whenever I come here I always have an urge to get this special drink of yours. What is the magic behind this thought of yours”. Swami Ji replied with a meaningful smile, “Garg Sahib! This is the power of mixing two good things in a right ratio. In the same way art, culture and religions can be mixed. They will also form a good recipe. It is just simple, that I tried this on coffee and tea and you can try it in all spheres of life”. As the taste of that cof-tea is still imprinted on my mind, so is the message that Swami Ji gave to me and my father.
Recently, I felt the same message running through my mind again. I went for admission of my son in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata. There, students had been selected from all parts of the country. I, along with my son and his mother, went one day ahead of the reporting date to enquire if my son will adjust properly amongst students of different states and cultures, especially when we are totally vegetarians. We visited the authorities to find if my son could be accommodated with other students from our state Uttar Pradesh or at least some other Hindi speaking state. The authorities replied that they allot rooms by a lottery system only. They said that they want students from all states to actually mix together and grow together. This way they will turn out to be better scientists in future. The word cof-tea immediately came to my mind. The message from Swami Ji of Mukteshwar tingled again and I happily accepted the situation. And to my surprise my son and his mother accepted this situation even more easily.
Try this Cof-tea recipe today in your kitchen as well as in life.
About The Author
Dr. Sunil Ji Garg, presently Managing Director of Sunmitra Education, Lucknow, is a holistic healer, writer, social activist, scientist and individuality development trainer, who is noted for his commendable contributions in Data-Communication, Software Engineering and Multimedia.