Tuesday, January 6, 2009


1) I went to the Indian Coffee House and ordered for cutlets and coffee. When the waiter brought them, I told him to bring a fork and knife. He gave me a very funny look and brought the fork and knife. I started eating the cutlets. After a few minutes a foreign tourist came and sat opposite me and ordered an omelette and coffee. The waiter brought them along with a fork and knife. The foreigner looked at them for a moment and to my surprise and the waiter’s shock, he pushed the fork and knife away and started eating the omelette with his hands.

While I was trying to become a foreigner, the foreigner was trying to become an Indian. What an irony!

2) Dream as if you will live for ever,
Live as if you will die today.

3) You are as young as your faith,
As old as your doubt.

As young as your self confidence,
As old as your fear.

As young as your hope,
As old as your despair.


Leo said...

To thine own self be true. And, what is a "cutlet" in India?

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Leo :)

Excellent! A quote for a quote!

In Indian cuisine, a cutlet specifically refers to cooked meat (mutton, pork, fish and chicken) that is sandwiched between two layers of baked/boiled potato. The meat itself is cooked with spices - onion, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander (cilantro), green chillies, lemon and salt. The potato is boiled, mashed and mixed with finely cut green chillies and coriander and salt. This is then dipped in an egg mix and then in breadcrumbs, and fried in ghee. The vegetarian version has no meat in it. Instead the filling is a combination of the mashed potatoes, onion, green chillies, spices and salt, cooked for a bit together.

Best wishe:)

manivannan said...


Makes a beautiful comedy scene Sir!!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Mani :)

Initially I also thought it was a comedy. But I was not sure how many of my friends will laugh at the humour involved. So I added some more points and titled the heading as Points to Ponder.

I hope you had a good laugh :) :) :)

Best wishes :)

Leo said...

The vegetarian cutlet sounds spicy and delicious. We have some India restaurants nearby. I'll have to see if I can find a cutlet. Thanks for the food tip!

Femin Susan said...

are you always are on visit to places.very exiting about you.
the first photo seems very cazy and so do your post.i liked the way you look things at.

SkyJuice said...

That was funny. The story did put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing, Joseph.

Enjoy the rest of the week! :-)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Susan :)

Most of my posts are based on my experiences while moving about the city.

Best wishes :)

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
I suspect in China the same would have happened if a local had asked for a fork instead of chop sticks.
Interesting post and great pictorial tour.
God bless,

magicpolaroid said...

hello joseph, thanx for excellent comment in my blog!
how are u? nice scene in this post!!


hello sir..dats relly very very true..m wondering how u r watching each n every consequences around u very deeply..u did photography very nicely even..

wel sir dis reminds me another happening ov my bro..while he was in a plane he was offered a cake with forks n knife..n he did da same wot da foreign lady did..
wel sir dis depends how people r used 2 dese accesories..neways nice 2 find a very true n different article..
hve a gud day ...


Nice one, Joseph! We are sometimes more sahibs than the original ones ! :)
It makes hygienic sense to eat with a fork and spoon if you have not been able to rinse your hands before the meal - always assuming the cutlery is clean.