A lot can happen over Coffee

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The only place in India where you can see more foreigners than in a temple. It seems like they feel at home when they come to such a place. While we are busy gazing at them, they happily talk for hours together sipping a cup of cappuccino.

Toastmaster of the Day, all the coffee loving people in the house, Coffee shops are on the verge of becoming a case study. Let me tell you how.

We are going to take into account of three important things here – Place, People and Products. For anything to become famous, the above three are very important

Place

You will find a lot of modern art that has found its way into this place and that is when you start thinking that you could have sold your childhood works too.  Every street that has a dozen branded outlets will have a coffee shop so that after u do you’re bit of Shopping, you can chill out. Back in 2010, when hookahs were legal, people had a hard time finding the service counters amidst the smoke.

Talking about the furniture in the place, you will find one of everything – one bean bag, one chair, one couch and one stool. Seems like there is some rule that says they have to go with one of each.

Products

I have seen many people go for Tropical Iceberg or Chocorocks solely for the reason that the first few items on the menu card are difficult to pronounce and no one wants to risk their stature before others in a place like that. Even Toastmasters like us do not want to take the risk of being the laughing.

And recently, they named a drink as “ What the f…. un “. Yeah you heard me right. It’s what the fun.  I was not getting into taboo topics here. One thing about the coffee shops are they serve everything there. I don’t find a reason why they get into all the food when it is called just a coffee shop. Sometimes I feel that it should be called Hotel Coffee or Coffee Vilas.

People

You will find a variety of people in the Coffee Shop – especially the ones who are lazy. For example, when my mom gives me coffee and when sugar is less, I scream out to mom to make sure she takes it back and comes back after making the necessary additions. But in this case, I get up, go fetch some sugar packets and add them until it tastes like Coffee. Sometimes I feel we make our own coffee, all the adding and stirring part @ Coffee Shops.

You will find Businessmen who firmly believe that all the decisions that they take in Coffee shops are profitable. This culture is fast spreading, as you will find a lot of suited men with laptops and ipads. They will look very serious  and when I managed to get a sneak peek at the Ipad, it was Angry Birds.

Some of the most important tasks are completed at the Coffee Shops.

Every thing in life has a disclaimer. When you see an ad related to investments in TV Channels. You will hear this

“ Mutual Fund Investments are subject to market risks. Please read the offer document carefully before Investing “

Once when me and my friend had been to a Coffee Shop and after spending quite some time there discussing about the next big what (Yeah we do that too), we got started to leave and that’s when I noticed that my friend’s arm.

It was swollen here and there due to bed bugs and when we showed that to the Owner of the Coffee Shop, he pointed towards the door. It read

“ A lot can happen over the Coffee “

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Assuming my Assumptions – My Toastmaster ACB P3 – Humorous Speech

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Assumptions are easy to make

After hearing the introduction given by Sandheep, most of the audience here must have started assuming that I am going to deliver a humorous speech which will tickle your funny bone – Seriously guys, I am not sure which bone is that.  And I assumed the same when I filled in my name in the docs that Sandheep shared with us.

Once there was a argument between a Mathematician, Geologist and a Scientist on proving that the Earth is square in shape. The Scientist used all the symbols that he knew- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Rita and he finally concluded that Earth can never be a Square. The Geologist took a Globe and examined it closely – It was very similar to our Toastmasters International Logo. After thorough examination, he concluded that the Earth can be a rectangle but not a Square in Shape. Now it was the turn of the Mathematician. He concluded in a single sentence.

” Let us Assume the Earth is a Square “

I have always assumed that I was good in Assumptions. My relationship with assumptions dates back to 1995 when I was in my First Standard. Now I am going to directly get into the topic here. No describing the sky, no describing the school or my uniform or about how tall i was back then – No – We are getting into the details directly – I saw a girl.  She was pretty, her hair neatly double plaited – She was the perfect girl every First Standard Boy would dream about. She was refulgent. Her name starts with Ka and ends with Ri. And it is the name of a River. Any Guesses?

( The audience shout ‘ Kaveri ‘  in Chorus )

See I always tell my mom – The reason I go to Toastmasters is that the Hall is filled with intelligent people. Once again you have proved me right.

When i saw her for the first time, her eyes were weird. Her inner eyelids were seen a little on the outside and I cursed God for the same. After giving so much beauty to a girl, why did he have to do something bad to her eyes. Filled with sympathy, I used to carry her Lunch bag from the classroom to the ground, from the ground to the Classroom, from the classroom to the auto and from the auto to the classroom. To my shock, after three days she was giggling at me with a few girls, Her eyes were perfectly normal. At that moment I thought God had answered my prayers. Duh

But then it struck me. She had a normal set of eyes like everyone. I assumed she had this problem.

My second encounter with the Assumption was when i was in my third grade. I used to play a lot of cricket back then and every boy would have a friend who hits every ball that you bowl out of the house. In my case it was Godwin. My neighbors were very kind. They always kept the doors open and you can practically go into the house and take whatever you want. When i picked up the ball, I saw a man painting a hen. He was giving final touches to his master piece. The Hen was so cute and he had exhibited wonderful artistic skills. I always wanted to learn painting and I thought this person will be the one who will help me discover my inherent skills as an Artist.

Next day, I went with my dad with a long size drawing note – To my surprise the person who was wielding the paint brush yesterday was having a long knife cutting chickens – He was no artist – He was a Butcher. Do i even have to tell you that i came back home upset.

The best thing about assumptions is that it is very easy to make one. It does not take a lot of efforts. You can assume anywhere-anytime.

I had always assumed that i was a great speaker until one day the person sitting next to me ” This was the best thing I had ever done ” . And he said that immediately after i took my seat after a long speech.

The last time I dealt with Assumptions was in the Last Week. I had assumed that i would close a good deal,  like any person in the Business Development who normally does and I had challenged my Boss on the same. But unfortunately I was not able to seal the deal and again it is like any person in the Business Development normally experiences.

Here again I have assumed something that has not happened.

So Toastmasters, whenever you try to assume something, Try to remember about my experiences with Kaveri or the Painter Butcher or your recently screwed up assumption.

If you are still trying to assume, do gimme a call

We will assume together.