December 25, 2007

Intoxicated!

She was done with her work for the day but didn’t feel like going home. It was still afternoon. What could she possibly do at home – watch Travel and Living? Well, that wasn’t a bad idea either. Thankfully she thought of something else and landed at one of her favourite places – Tea Centre.

She took a corner table meant for four and ordered masala chai. Two groups of people seated on the other side were discussing Sensex and Modi; neither of which interested her. She looked the other side and peered through the clear glass wall. Surprisingly, from that height the traffic looked much more organized. Strange things that people do while waiting on a signal – a girl combing her hair, a biker trying to squeeze in his bike between two cars to move ahead faster - caught her attention. Meanwhile, her masala tea arrived - two full cups made from tea liqueur, ginger, pudina and other tea masala. As she sipped the piping hot tea, she wondered why people still referred to Gujarat as a dry state; they could always enjoy intoxicating drinks like this one!

That afternoon, time moved at a leisurely pace, letting her enjoy every moment of it - the soothing white and lime green interiors, the glass wall between her and the chaotic world outside, the aroma of the chai, doing nothing in particular…

After a long time she found some good company. After a long time she spent time with herself…

P.S.: This is my 52nd post (missed the half century!). No, it hasn’t been a long journey. Rather, the journey has just begun. Looking forward to your company ahead :) Cheers!

8 comments:

gaizabonts said...

always a beautiful conversation, with the self, the best company you could ask for; we often don't see it.

And congratulations @ 52. A milestone for me coming up soon, too! ;)

bhumika said...

"you never feel lonely if you love the company of the one you are alone with"

thanks Atul..all the best for your milestone :)

vineeta said...

more power to you baby! And all us bloggers here :)

Swapnil said...

I wonder why she ordered two cups of tea for herself. Is it force of habit because she used to frequent this place with someone special before a chasm opened between them?...or does she just love tea? :)

I'm nearing a 100 posts and i'm so glad I started blogging. Once I reach the number i'll probably go back and read all of them to relive the phases I was going through when I wrote each post...

bhumika said...

@vineeta

thank you so much :)

@swapnil

she ordered just one masala chai but the teapot that comes in serve 2 cups! if someone else ever accompanied her to this place, they always placed a different order 'cos she would never let anyone have even a sip from her tea :P

looking forward to reading your 100th post :)

Swapnil said...

Interesting reply :)

I have six more to go...

Kay said...

..you reminded me of my last visit to CCD..thankfully there weren't many people around and only couples who were lost in themselves..and it was so lovely to see the sun go down directly opposite when the traffic transformed from honking horn to speeding lights..

had thought of putting it up on my blog someday, but never really got around to doing it..

Lovely post..

bhumika said...

thanks kay..you know, people generally hang out with friends at such places. so when they see you sitting in a corner, all alone and doing nothing in particular, they find it a little weird...

yeah, a lot can happen over coffee and tea (esp those conversations with ‘me’) hey, that rhymes too :))

it would be good to read your post on the CCD experience...