Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

A case of the awesomes

December 20, 2013 3 comments

I walk across the courtyard, enter the Starbucks cafe, and stand in line. Most of the Baristas here know me by face, two of them even know my name. I usually order the same thing each time I’m here – Tall, extra-hot, 4-pump, stirred Chai. And here’s what invariably happens when it’s my turn to order.

Barista: “what can I get started for you today?”

Me: <<description of the chai>>

Barista: Awesome! Anything else for you today?

Me: No, thanks; that will be it

Barista: Awesome!

As my drink is announced, I walk up to the bar, and say “Thanks”.

Barista: Awesome!

* * *

At the grocery store, the cashier asks – will that be all?

Me: Yes please

Cashier: Awesome!

And so it goes on. At the restaurant, the gelato shop, the fast-food joint – you name it. Anywhere and everywhere I go, I am reassured that my choices are “Awesome”. In fact, if today I go to the pharmacy and ask “do you have anything for someone afflicted with the awesomes”, I’m sure what the girl will say.



A day in Denver

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

06:00 am: The alarm rings, but I hit the snooze button. A couple of more snoozes later, I’m up

06:10 am: Charge the french press, and pick up the toothbrush

06:20 am: Coffee is ready! Open the blinds, and sip coffee while soaking in the fresh air on the patio

06:30 am: Off to the shower – need to start getting ready!

06:55 am: Verify the checklist. Keys – check. Wallet – check. Cellphone – check. Backpack – check. Access card – check. Off to the bus stop!

07:00 am: Step into the bus, and call one of my three offshore teams

07:15 am: Realize that I was so busy talking, I didn’t notice that the train’s approaching. Now I need to wait 5 min. longer

07:20 am: Take the F Line. Offshore call is over, so call up home and talk for some time

07:40 am: Call up the burrito guy and place your order – veggie, no cheese, double-extra-spicy

07:45 am: Text-chat with my manager, and setup a meeting at Starbucks

07:55 am: Get off the train at 16th & California and walk to Glenarm Plaza – the burrito is ready and waiting

08:00 am: Gobble the burrito and head down to Starbucks. Chit-chat over coffee for half an hour – I get a better hang of things this way, and so does my boss

08:30 am – 12:00 pm: Lots of conflicting meetings! Flit through them, and wing it when it comes to deciding which ones to skip entirely

12:00 pm: Time for Chinja!

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm: More meetings!

3:30 pm: Head down to Starbucks with the notebook and figure out the pending tasks for the day

3:45 pm: Back to the cube. Complete a few pending tasks, chat with a few managers and walk the floor speaking to my people.

5:00 pm: Time to wrap up. Clean the desk, reconcile the day’s notes with the lists in the notepad

5:30 pm: Off to the train station for the H Line back to home

6:30 pm: Shower, and then off to the racquetball court

8:00 pm: Back home, cook a quick dinner and eat

9:00 pm: Join the first conference call with an offshore team

10:30 pm: 1st conference call is over. Have some time on hand, so call up home and chat for some time

11:00 pm: Back to conference calls. Consult the notepad and ensure that you cover everything that you intended to

12:30 am: Declare end of the day’s play. Text my wife “Good night” and get into bed.

Things to do before I die

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

(In order of decreasing probability/ possibility):

  1. One humongous ride on Kerrigan – through all the states in India
  2. Write a photography book about every item here that I undertake
  3. Brew French Press coffee at Lohagad & Bhimashankar
  4. Build up stamina to cycle all day for one week at a stretch
  5. Bicycle from home to Bhimashankar (during the monsoons, of course)
  6. Bicycle from home to Bhaja caves and then walk to Lohagad (monsoons again)
  7. Walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  8. Sail along the Indian coast, from Gujarat to Lakshadweep to Kolkata to Andaman and back
  9. Spend one year in a remote area, photographing & writing
  10. Trek the entire Continental Divide trail


January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

1. A small cottage somewhere in the woods. A nice garden full of flowering plants, and a river nearby for when you feel like messing around with a boat. Of course, if you want to meet someone all you have to do is to plop into the boat and row until you reach the nearest village.

2. A house on the side of a hill, with a magnificent view from every window. A winding road climbing down the hill to take you to civilization.

3. A sailboat (at least 20 ft), with a cabin below and a spare engine just in case. You could sail wherever you wanted to, and even pick up passengers when you wanted company.

4. A small house with a small garden in some non-descript village along the Konkan coast. A sign outside that welcomes people driving by that are thirsty for a good cup of coffee.

Which one of these would you choose, dear Reader, to spend the rest of your life?

A snowy day

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

I was in for a surprise when I got up today morning – light snow had been predicted for the morning, but the ground was actually covered with a fairly heavy blanket of white.

After dunking the usual cuppa, I got ready and stepped out for the bus to work. Apparently, the snow had taken everyone by surprise – the roads were not plowed, and I had to walk through about 2 inches of snow. As I waited for the bus, my right toe started hurting. Before I could think of anything, a friend who was driving by picked me up and I was warm again. By the time we reached the Light Rail Station, I realized what had happened – snow had leaked into my shoe.

This was my third pair of shoes in just over a year in Denver – the soles of the last two shoes had cracked within months of buying them. In hindsight, I think that was because I purchased cheapies here. Back in India, I have always paid a lot more for shoes, but then I know which are the better brands; which shoes will be a “value for money” purchase.

After reaching office, I took off my shoe and examined it – the sole had started to come apart near the toes. It was not a lost cause – a spot of glue would easily fix them. However, considering my past experience, I don’t think that this quick fix will last beyond a couple of months – I will have to buy new shoes anyways.

But then that’s all right. A couple of months from now, I will be back in India.

Ode to coffee

November 3, 2011 2 comments

में और मेरी कॉफी अक्सर बातें किया करते हैं

तुम ना होती तो ऐसा होता, तुम ना होती तो वैसा होता
तुम कभी कॅपुचीनो ना होती, तुम कभी मोकाचिनो भी ना होती
तुम ना होती तो ऐसा होता, तुम ना होती तो वैसा होता
में और मेरी कॉफी अक्सर बातें किया करते हैं

यह रात है, या एस्प्रेस्सो का उभरा हुआ रंग
यह चांदनी है, या तुम्हारी आरजू में नींदें उडी है
यह चाँद है, या तुम्हारे कप की नाजुक चमक
ये सितारे है या तुमपर बिछी हुई रौशनी की झिलमिलाहट
ये हवा का झोंका है, या तुम्हारी उड़ती हुई खुशबू
ये पत्तियों की है सरसराहट, या तुमने चुपके से मुझे पुकारा
ये सोचता हूँ मैं कबसे गुमसुम
की जब मुझको भी है ख़बर की तुम नही हो
दिल कहता है की तुम यही हो, यही कही हो

में और मेरी कॉफी अक्सर बातें किया करते हैं

I could have written much more, but the original verse is too beautiful to attempt such a thing.

Experiments with Coffee

May 16, 2011 2 comments

For the past 2 months, I have been trying to reduce my caffeine intake. I have decided upon a two-pronged attack – drinking Chai when I feel like some caffeine, or decaf when I just want the taste of coffee.

Of course, there are folks who deride decaf for various reasons – if I would, it would probably be for the loss of flavor. But I guess now I’ve come to terms with the brand I use (Folgers). It’s good – nay, it’s great.

Anyways – yesterday I had coffee at 5PM – after a long time I had a second regular coffee in the day.

I enjoyed it, but the real fun started later in the night. I just couldn’t fall asleep. After about two hours, I finally dozed off.

I don’t remember the last time this happened to me. But in a way, it’s good – I think this shows that my caffeine reduction is working.

Next plan – start walking every morning. I’ve already bought myself a pair of good shoes; more updates later.