Sometimes I feel that coffee is the elixir of life, especially while@work. Many a time I have pondered over ponderous problems unsuccessfully, only to have realization strike me whilst on my coffee break. I usually take my coffee breaks with G and though sometimes we discuss work related stuff, I never bring my coffee to my desk. We have this tiny balcony in our office, conveniently near the vending machine and the best part is that - it overlooks Hussain Sagar lake(the Hussain Sagar lake shall henceforth be referred to on my blog as just "the lake"). It has quite the picture postcard view - with a long road, and then a train track and then the stretching lake. And when it's raining - what could be better than watching the rain on the lake while sipping a hot cuppa coffee?
South Indians, particularly the Thamizh, are famous for their filter coffee(or as people like to call it - kaapi, though I always feel it should be kaaphi or kaafi). My parents can't get through for even a day without their daily dose. In fact, when my aunt went to US, one of her biggest complaints was that there was no filter coffee available there! Dark, thick, foamy and in the traditional dabara-tumbler combi, it's the first thing you are offered when you visit someone. God save you if you don't drink coffee - Moi has had lots of experiences in this arena. I like my coffee "just so" and in the whole world only Amma know knows how it make it, not even me and so I try to refuse coffee wherever I go. Their first expression is of disbelief and after they are convinced I am not kidding, there's the usual entreaty of having "just half a cup" - as though the only thing I am concerned about is having a full cup of coffee!
I don't care much for its American counterpart espresso too! Cappuchino and the rest of the gang are alright. And I absolutely love cold coffee - cool and ivigorating at the same time. If it has ice cream too, mmmmmmm! :-)
There are a lot of these "coffee pubs" that have sprung up all over and I love this kind of pub-hopping! :-) (Not that I do the other kind of pub hopping, but anyways...) They are a great place for meeting friends - the ambience is good, no noise, cheap(how expensive could coffee get?) and most importantly they don't kick out after you finish! For the same reasons, it is a very ideal place to meet your bf if you are a gal or your girl if you are a guy or for that matter your bf if you are guy and your gf if you are a girl too! ;-) (Yeah I am watching a lot of Will & Grace! :-))
Wokay, its time for me to get high on a cuppa coffee right now and finish this kutti but irritating work so that I don't have to work during the weekend! "To me, everybody"! :-)