What’s important while eating: the taste or the stone in the bite?

In a restaurant, one well-known chef cooked very tasty pulao using high-quality rice. As soon as the pulao was ready, its aroma spread all over. Everyone’s mouth started watering. They were all eager to taste the pulao. About a hundred people were served the pulao.

Just when everyone was about to take the first bite and put it in their mouth, the chef came and said that there is a small stone in the pulao. As it was of the same colour and size as the rice grain, he couldn’t find it. He said as it may come in anybody’s plate he would want them to be careful while eating and the stone might injure them if it comes in between the teeth.

The flavour of the pulao is good… the taste is also great but now the fun of eating has gone. Everyone was forcefully swallowing one bite after the other without paying attention to the taste while eating. The more they became aware, there was no talk, no gossip among them. All were quiet and silent. Before the start of the meal, it was fun to be together. Now even though they were together, one by one, they fell into a trance. Everyone ate until the end. Even the last bite was taken care of.

After completing the meal everyone sighed relief for not getting the stone. They washed their hands. Just then, someone noticed that no one got the stone. Then they called the chef and asked him: “you had said that one of us will get the stone while eating!”

The chef said, “I had removed most of the stones, but if there was one left by mistake, I just wanted to warn you.”

They started looking at each other. There was no discussion about the very delicious pulao. Everyone was exhausted after the meal because the ease of eating had gone. They had found it was so hard to eat!

Due to this pandemic at present, our condition has become like the stone in the pulao. It is not possible to say who will get this stone.

The ease of living is gone. Even the helping hand which comes forward, we think will get the Coronavirus? Milkman, vegetable vendor, grocer… while buying every necessity of life, we are worrying what will come with it and this is how we are living our lives!

Earlier when one sneezed, we said “God Bless” But now we think whether nature has pulled out our file or what…? No one knows how many days this will continue.

But it is a humble request not to let your happy life become useless like the delicious pulao. Don’t read negative news, posts. Read motivating posts, information, books. Cultivate hobbies and buy happiness in kilos and tons just from yourself! We just need to follow the COVID Appropriate Behaviours.

This post is based on a story received on WhatsApp.

26 thoughts on “What’s important while eating: the taste or the stone in the bite?

  1. Hmm… Interesting way of looking into it. It is a very optimistic approach to this unfortunate situation. But even if someone claiming to be easily bored will have a difficult time coping to changes. It’s like the migration concept. People don’t like to migrate because of the load of change from their habitual lives.

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  3. Could not agree more. There is complete paralysis. We are afraid of our own shadow. People who were loudly proclaiming the virtues of the vaccine and urging everyone to get it soon, continue to live in fear even after getting the first shot.

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  4. Very good analogy of the current situation… I feel to enjoy the “Pulaw” we have to unplug from all kind of media… Today, the media instead of being informative, it is simply spreading panic… Opening up the morning newspaper is very stressful.
    A thought was creeping in my mind… We all arrive on Mother Earth with a Expiry Date which is unalterable… If so, then why live in fear? Why not enjoy the life till the very end?

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