Half Full Glass.

This old chestnut of half full or half empty glass has been discussed ad nauseum in so many blog posts in the blogworld that I wonder why Padmum chose this one! Perhaps on the day that she was choosing her list of topics, she was feeling a bit low!

I intend approaching this topic in an unusual way. I am usually an inquisitive fellow who wants to know what’s in the glass before I decide whether it is full, half full or half empty or whatever.

I do not have enough glasses at home to illustrate what I intend to convey and have had to do with tea mugs/cups.


Except for the very rare visitor who has to be satisfied with instant coffee, in my house tea is the favourite beverage. The problem is in understanding the quantity that each guest wants. Ranjan and some friends prefer a mug full of the left extreme size, Some other friends and I the second from the left, and others from either of the other two.

Very often I also get requests for half a cup or half a mug and I have to bring all the four sizes to ask for the precise quantity that the guest wants.

Now, the question is when I pour the tea into the container, do I think about whether it is half full or half empty; and when the guest gets the tea, is s/he getting half an empty container or a half full container of tea?

So instead of trying to solve these koan type of questions, I simply enjoy playing host and drinking lots of tea in good company. If you would like to join, I would be delighted to have you on such joyful occasions. I can also make some lip smacking snacks to accompany the tea, available at short notice.

To have a bit of fun while on the topic you can visit a couple of my earlier posts here and here.

You will, if you have read those two posts appreciate that this old codger believes that all of us have both traits in us and sometimes one is ascendant and at other times the other. Perfectly natural and nothing to worry about “improving” oneself!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Padmum. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

23 thoughts on “Half Full Glass.”

  1. My friend spent 4 days in the Glendale Tea Estate near Bagdogra in West Bengal ( Paschimbangla if you prefer – lovely view of Kanchenjunga ) recently and had the temerity to ask for a cup of coffee ! I might do the same if I meet you on Feb 13th ( 2/3 in the mug on the extreme left ) , so please do keep the snack(s) ready !

  2. I always wondered why small cup for me sooooooo BIG cup for yourself? Ok I assuming you were assuming that I wont have a lot of tea… I do drink a lot of tea, by the way. Next time Ranjan bhaiya wala cup for my tea, ok uncleji!

    You are right so many people have written on glass half full or empty – one of those is me ;). My two cents are on the link


    and by chance I have written on optimism / pessimism too not bombarding with link here though.

    Lastly you are not codger, if you are than I dont know I am codger to the power N 😉
    KRD Pravin recently posted..Chinu and the pebbles

      1. I checked that, I was specially concentrating on this part of the meaning “…one who is old-fashioned or eccentric” get me? I always ask you old fashioned and eccentric questions so am I not double codger provided you are a codger! thats what I meant
        Pravin recently posted..Chinu and the pebbles

  3. Actually, my husband will probably be making a trip to India soon. But alas, in our religion we don’t drink tea. But he would be happy with just plain old water. 🙂
    Delirious recently posted..Peeking In

    1. Delirious, I will be delighted to host him when he is here if he can come up to Pune. I will give him anything else that he will drink other than water too! And you can assure him that I will offer him the biggest sized glass if he wanted it.

  4. Jenny and I have large mugs of tea when we wake up and then move on to smaller mugs as the day progresses. Also, for us coffee afficionados, we have tiny coffee cups just big enough for a stiff shot of espresso.
    Nick recently posted..Emotional riddle

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