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India Coffee Stories Vision
Steve Kantor, President, Lifebushido I am sitting here at Starbucks in Bethesda MD in July 2013. I have a medium latte and a chocolate chip cookie. Life is good. I always order a 'medium' instead of using Starbucks lingo of a 'grande' because deep in my heart I am a rebel, a non-conformist, someone who wants to zig when everyone else says zag. Yes, I know, that is a pretty small zig. I would like to reflect and share with you the story of India Coffee Stories.
Crowdsourcing & Coffee
I started Lifebushido in 2006. In summer of 2006, Jeff Howe wrote a great article in Wired and popularized the word 'crowdsourcing.' In Fall 2006, we crowdsourced and published a book called Why Are You Here Right Now? based on 1,000+ submissions from people around the world via Amazon's Mturk. It was the world's first crowdsourced book. In 2009, I was sitting at Quartermaine Coffee Roasters in Bethesda, MD and thinking about all the amazing things that happen to people in coffee shops. I decided to gather together stories and try to crowdsource a book called Coffee Stories. We published that book in 2009 and also came up with a variety of wild ideas which we have not yet implemented. Among the stories collected, we got about 10-20
stories from people in India which was fascinating. Some of them mentioned a specific store, Café Coffee Day, which was a fast growing group of hundreds of coffee stores in India. I poked around and researched Café Coffee Day and thought it would be interesting in the future to gather together stories of India Coffee Stories. Rolling forward a few years, I decided to travel to India on an adventure with my daughter Melissa who is 19 and just finished her first year of college. To make the trip more interesting and possibly find some people to meet with, I decided to start a project called India Coffee Stories to gather stories while travelling and to meet with people at Café Coffee Days or other locations. Raquel Martin, who had helped with original Why Are You Here Right Now? book from 2006, joined me working from Arizona. In the space of about one month, we worked together
with a few key Ishidos in India who work with Lifebushido to gather over 100 stories and publish this book. As an entrepreneur, I have a lot of ideas, too many ideas. Some ideas just sit in my mind or a folder for years. Some get started. Some, like India Coffee Stories, get finished and shared with other people. Some ideas are business and revenue ventures. Some are creative like India Coffee Stories. Some are social entrepreneurial and help other people.
My family, friends, and fellow Ishidos ask me or wonder why I did this project. I do not have any brilliant answer. Here are a few reasons: Creative Outlet: All work and no play does not make me happy. I need a periodic creative outlet.
Marketing Awareness: This project is a tool to spread more marketing awareness about Lifebushido on various levels. Recruiting: There have already been some people who ran into India Coffee Stories, checked out Lifebushido and applied for a job with us. A few key people involved with the project emerged as very talented people that we hired to work with our business ventures. Meet People: I wanted a reason to meet with people in India who were working on the project or contributed stories. Joint Venture with Café Coffee Day: I believe that this book concept would be excellent joint venture project for Café Coffee Day, or another major India coffee store. We approached Café Coffee Day about the idea but were not able to connect to the right people. Perhaps someone from Café Coffee Day reading this book now will
reach out to us at email@example.com to discuss the idea further! The idea is: a marketing effort to gather thousands of crowdsourced stories from customers, customers vote on the stories to publish, a series of India Coffee Stories from Café Coffee Day and Lifebushido books are released and sold at CCD stores and also in regular bookstores. This would be an excellent marketing and branding tool. If anyone reading this has connections to top management at Café Coffee Day or Starbucks India or other companies, please introduce me.
I was in India with my daughter for about two weeks.
Delhi: We enjoyed staying at Connaught Place and visiting a few Café Coffee Days and Starbucks. We met with Tamseel who shared his entrepreneurial plans and dreams. Agra: We enjoyed seeing the Taj Mahal from all directions. Jaipur: We had a great time seeing Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani at the famous Raj Mandir cinema. We road an elephant up to the Amber Fort. Ahmedabad: We met with Shehla and Gaurav. Shehla toured us around the city and we saw the famous step-well and the World Vintage Car Museum which was really amazing. Gaurav was a special person to meet since he desires to become a writer and he wrote a short story based on his coffee shop experiences. Be sure to read Gaurav's story in this book. Our meeting with Gaurav was a singular
moment of serendipity for our trip and I hope that Gaurav joins Lifebushido and is involved with a variety of interesting projects in the future. Mumbai: Mumbai was fantastic and we arrived just as the monsoon was starting. After about 10 days of hot and dry weather, we experienced the monsoon break of rain which is much appreciated. We had fantastic meetings with Tannu and Iqra including spending an afternoon with Tannu and her husband. We were hosted by Abhishek and his wife for a meal at their home. My final meeting was with Menakshi at Starbucks in the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Menakshi wrote one of the first stories which I had actually noticed and printed out and shared with a few friends and it was fascinating to meet her inperson a few weeks later in Mumbai India. She had also applied for a
job and is now working with Lifebushido. I look forward to working with her. I would like to thank everyone involved with this project. We hope to work with you again. I enjoy hearing from people who have interesting business, creative, or social entrepreneurial project ideas. If you are reading this and want to contact me directly about anything, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to apply for a job at Lifebushido, see www.lifebushido.com. -Steve
The striking but simple concept of this book is all about sharing your ideal experience in a coffee shop. The project was conceived with the intention of creating an approachable environment for anyone who wants to give a shape to their unique experience by sharing it with Lifebushido as a co-author of the book. Have you discussed business or closed a major sales deal sitting in a coffee shop? Or did you meet a new friend or go out with your loved one on a date to a coffee house? Did you fall in love over coffee? When we share our unique or heartfelt experiences, we feel a sense of satisfaction and happiness and also maybe we will return to the same coffee shops time and time again with a sense of fondness.
This book is also about the destiny and dreams of a new and dynamic India where culture and diversity thrive to meet the demands of new socioeconomic conditions that were designed by globalization. If we are to look back at the India of 60s, 70s or even 80s, the scenario was a complete and drastic contrast to that of the India of present times but the feeling of love have never changed, not since man has existed, across barriers of color and creed. Why would a Shah Jahan build a Taj Mahal? Why would a Rama cross the sea and fight a war to get back his woman? It was all for an intense love that cannot be aptly put in words. But it exists and will continue to exist till the end of times. India is a nation that is trenched deep in rich cultural diversity but a new India has emerged to meet globalization head-on and conquer the world, and how! Yes! India Coffee Stories is all about the hopes and dreams of the new India.
We dream. I know I do. True dreaming, for me, is about passion, pursuing and achieving goals, striking items off of my bucket list. And I`m sure you dream too! You want to jump up with joy when you have accomplished something, or made headway in your career. You want to share the achievement, an intriguing incident with everyone, with someone. You want to be heard. You want to cream, shout or just share your dreams, your passion, but where, in this fast paced life, do we have the time to share this passion with others? That's what India Coffee Stories by Lifebushido, strives to achieve. It gives you the opportunity to share your passion with the world. It's a book that draws inspiration from incidents. Incidents so interesting
that changed the course of our lives. It`ll compel you to think of incidents that changed your life. We are talking of an India that is refreshingly new and changing. It is changing, from a tea drinking nation to indulging in coffee. Walk into a coffee shop, the camaraderie is hard to miss. There are friends catching up, indulging in deep talks or just crazy chats while some are working quietly at their laptops. You`ll see interviews happening in Coffee Shops and families, loaded with shopping bags, fatigued perking themselves with steaming cups of coffee. There are others who just sit back, relax and dream or whisper sweet nothings in one another ears.
It`s a place where people come to unwind, to de-stress, to a take a break from their schedules, monotonous or bustling with activities. It provides the energy, social energy that keeps life kindled. And this book does just that! It's a fun book. The book has a three dimensional approach - thoroughly entertaining, fascinating, maybe even, nostalgic. So, grab yourself a coffee and head over to the first story...anything is possible.
INDIA COFFEE STORIES..........................................................................2 Copyright................................................................................................3 India Coffee Stories Vision .....................................................................4 Steve Kantor, President, Lifebushido ..................................................4 Crowdsourcing & Coffee ........................................................................5 Why? ......................................................................................................7 India Travels .........................................................................................10 Preface .................................................................................................13 Introduction .........................................................................................15 Chapter One: Friends & Family ............................................................34 The Coffee Klatch by Gaurav H. Rathod ...........................................35
Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Mumbai .........................................55 N.M. Chopra from Nagpur, India - Sadar..........................................59 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD in Indiranagar ...........................64 Jomon Thomas from Mangalore – Coffee Bean Shop......................68 Aseez from Cochin - India Coffee House ..........................................72 S.Prabavaguru from Chennai - Bandora Caffe , Besant Nagar .........75 Anonymous from Bhubaneswar - Cafe Coffee Day ..........................83 S.Prabavaguru from Chennai - Cafe Picasso, Chennai......................86 Anonymous in Bangalore - CCD........................................................93 Meera Devi from Karur - Valluar Cafe ..............................................97 Anonymous from Mumbai .............................................................102 Ezhil Arasu from Chennai, Tamilnadu - Cafe Coffee Day................106
P. Vijayakumar from Salem - unknown coffee shop ......................106 Anonymous from Ernakulam - Cafe Coffee Day.............................107 Saravana Bhavan from Bangalore - Iyankar ...................................107 Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House ............................108 Joseph Thomas from Mangalore - Healthy Coffee Shop................109 Anonymous from Ahmedabad - Cappuccino Coffee Shop .............110 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista.............................................111 Rohit Gavai from Pune, Maharashtra - Barista ..............................111 Anonymous from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - Barista ...................112 Farisha Sharifa from Thiruvana, Kerala - CCD ................................112 Soham Gosh from Darjeeling, West Bengal - Keventer's ...............113 S. Duraisamy from Erode, Tamilnadu - Savera ...............................113
M.Chirag Parmar from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day......................114 Anonymous from Erode, Tamilnadu - Sana Coffee Shop ...............115 Srinivasan M. from Trichy, Tamil Nadu - CCD.................................115 Anonymous from Kochi, Kerala - Cafe Coffee Day .........................116 Anonymous from Cochin, Cochin - CCD .........................................117 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................120 Anonymous from Bangalore - Indian Coffee House.......................122 Anonymous from Bhubaneswar - Cafe Coffee Day ........................122 Anonymous from Hyderabad - Barista...........................................123 Ragul from Salem, Tamilnadu - Siva Coffee Bar .............................123 Yunas from Cochin - Indian Coffee House.....................................124 Anonymous from Kochi - CCD ........................................................125
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................126 Anonymous from Bru - Coffee Family ............................................128 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................128 Anonymous from Cochin - CCD ......................................................129 Anonymous from Bangalore - Indian Coffee Shop.........................130 Anonymous from Chennai - CCD....................................................131 Anonymous from Mumbai - Barista ...............................................132 Chapter Two: Romance......................................................................133 Tenterhooks by Menakshi Sharma.................................................134 Prasanna Sridhar from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day......................139 Anonymous from Hyderbad, Andrapradesh - Sadar ......................149 Anonymous - Bangalore - unknown coffee shop ...........................153
Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Bhubanesvar................................157 Anonymous from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day..............................161 Coolguy from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day .................................166 C.N. Patil from Mumbai - Elephanta Coffee House ........................170 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Abides .............................................176 Sathya from Salem - Salem Cafe ....................................................180 Anonymous from Kolkata - Millenium City CCD.............................184 Shanthini from Chennai - Tulips at Vadapalani ..............................188 Azhar from Delhi - Mohan Singh Palace.........................................194 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Espresso..........................................200 Vaibhav Tiwari from Indore - Indian Coffee House ........................204 Zubair Ali Akbar from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day.....................204
Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House ............................204 Siva M. from Chennai, Tamil Nadu - unknown coffee shop ...........205 Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day.................................205 Anonymous from Bangalore - unknown coffee shop.....................205 Anonymous from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day...........................206 Anonymous from Madurai - Andavar Coffee Shop ........................206 Anonymous from Hyderbad - CCD in Madhapur ...........................207 Anonymous from Sivakasi - Bell Restaurant...................................207 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Cafe Coffee Day ..............................208 Anonymous from Coimbature, Tamil Inadu - CCD .........................208 Anonymous from Bangalore - unknown coffee shop.....................211 Anonymous from Bangalore, Jaynagar 4th block - CCD .................211
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................214 Anonymous from Cochin - Indian Coffee House ............................214 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................215 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista.............................................216 Anonymous from Cochin - CCD ......................................................218 Anonymous from Mumbai - CCD ...................................................219 Anonymous from Mumbai - Cafe Coffee Day ................................220 S. Kumar from Chennai - Surya Coffee Shop ..................................222 Sanjeev Kumar from Delhi - Nescafe..............................................223 V. Patoliya from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day ................................223 Lee Lela from Chennai - Dizzle .......................................................225 Gowri Sankar from Madurai - Vasantham......................................226
J. Balachandran from Kochi, Kerala - Barista..................................226 Noofa Karim from Ernakulam - Indian Coffee House .....................229 Prathibha Menon from Bangalore - Barista ...................................230 Anonymous from Lucknow - Cafe Coffee Day................................231 Aseef Sumaya from Bangalore - Chandrika Cafe............................231 Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Chennai .......................................232 Anonymous - Cappuccino Corner - Mumbai ..................................234 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................237 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................238 Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day.................................238 Anonymous from Hyderabad - Barista...........................................238 Anonymous from Mumbai .............................................................240
Anonymous from Nasik - Cappuccino Corner ................................242 Ramunni from Tellycherry - Indian Coffee House ..........................243 Zha from Chennai - unknown coffee shop .....................................245 Anonymous from Madurai - Andavar Coffee Shop ........................247 Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD.................................................247 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista.............................................249 Anonymous from Tiruppur - Angel Coffee Shop ............................249 Nidhi Bawa from Delhi - Barista .....................................................250 Lakshmi Reddy from Hyderbad - Barista Coffee Shop ...................252 Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day.................................254 Yunas from Thrissur - Indian Coffee House....................................256 Akilesh from Hyderbad - Bitfast .....................................................259
Chapter Three: Careers & Goals.........................................................261 Humanity by Anonymous...............................................................262 Ummer Salahudheen VP from Bangalore, Karnataka - CCD...........268 Bipin Roy B. from New Delhi - Cafe Coffee Day .............................272 Sonali Aggarwal from New Delhi - Cafe Coffee Day .......................276 Nirlipta Pathy from Mumbai - Cafe Coffee Day..............................280 Smita from Borivali, India - Cafe Coffee Day ..................................284 Tamil Selvan M. from Madurai - Cafe Coffee Day ..........................288 Anonymous from Delhi - CCD.........................................................294 Justin Raj from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu - Kudos ..........................297 Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista.............................................297 Roshini Jacob from Cochin, Kerala - Avenue Regent......................298
Udaiark Machirozu from Hyderbad - Barista, Banjara Hills............298 Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House ............................299 Anonymous from Cochin - Indian Coffee House ............................300 KK from Thiruvananthapuram - CCD ..............................................301 Anonymous from Chennai - CCD....................................................304 Preeti from Indore - Indian Coffee House ......................................306 A. Kumar from Madurai, Tamilnadu - Pandiyan Coffee .................307 Karthik P. from Salem, Tamilnadu - Raja ........................................307 Anonymous from Coimbatore - Sweet Shop..................................308 Jothis Thuneri from Changannur - Rara Avis ..................................308 Ravinder Bhanwal from Noida, Uttar Pradesh - CCD .....................310 Chapter Four: Lifebushido Meets for Coffee......................................315
Shehla Moulvi from Ahmedabad - CCD at Himalaya Mall..............316 Tannu Mohamedy from Mumbai - CCD VT Capital Cinema ...........321 Iqra Chuqtai from Mumbai - CCD VT Capital Cinema.....................325 Menakshi from Mumbai - Starbucks at Taj Hotel...........................333 Chapter Five: Creative Production .....................................................339 The Making of India Coffee Stories ................................................340 Personal Reflection ........................................................................343 New Recruit....................................................................................345 Why Are People All Over the World Singing Our Song?.................362 Biography for Steve Kantor ............................................................364 Melissa Kantor................................................................................368 Credits ............................................................................................369
Chapter One: Friends & Family
The Coffee Klatch by Gaurav H. Rathod It was the time when Bangalore witnessed three seasons almost everyday. It would be pleasantly cold in the mornings, mildly hot in the afternoons, and lightly drizzling in late evenings. But going by my friends' constant complaints about the weather changes, I think the three-season pattern has become a little irregular. It can't be that bad though, right? People would still continue to crowd the streets of Brigade and M.G. Road irrespective of the weather. I know Ruzlan would. Ruzlan first landed in the Silicon City seven years ago for a higher education in Genetics. He had come from a small town in Uttaranchal, where everything lazily went about its course. Life there was peaceful and slow, and everyone knew everyone. He had graduated from the only school in the town that offered education with Hindi as the first
language. Hence, he was confident about his skills in Biology but not so much in English. The first few months in Bangalore were overwhelming. Life there was entirely opposite of what he knew it to be. He felt as though he was in another continent altogether. The diversity of cultures, languages, and people was everywhere around him, and he struggled to fit in. He spoke a very poor English and wrote even more so, yet he found himself interested more in English than in Genetics. He would occasionally be laughed at for his English, but he discovered that it was the quickest way to learn. He was possessed with a need to read. His English professor, who had initiated his interest in English literature, guided him to a famous book store, 'Blossoms', who had the greatest collection of books in the locale. It was on Charles Street, an inlet of Brigade Road. He went to Brigade Road mostly with friends,
but he went alone that day. He began from Rex Theater and walked past Charles Street, straight to M.G. Road. Mathematically, Brigade Road was a short stretch of street that longitudinally converged with M.G. Road. These two roads were very famous, for they attracted the young shoppers and were a hang-out hub. He walked on the footpath of M.G. Road. He preferred this walkway over the one he had just trod. As he walked, there came the office of Deccan Herald, a daily newspaper of the city. He walked by it and heard somebody shout his name. He looked about but saw no one familiar. He heard his name again; he looked up this time. It was Aisha, one of his seniors from college. She stood on what seemed like a walkway cum gallery into the first floor of the building next to the Deccan Herald office. The building had two floors. The ground floor
was a simple looking restaurant. Aisha gestured Ruzlan to come up, and he obeyed. It was a ramshackle building that threatened to crumble down if the temporary halt of the Underground Metro Railway project resumed its drilling across the road. The staircase to the first floor was narrow; the stairs were broken at the edges. The plaster had come off in patches, exposing the skeleton of the aged walls. There was a strong stench of urine due to an ill-maintained urinal as he climbed up the first half of the stairway. A smiling Aisha was standing right at the top of the stairway. They greeted, and she led him inside. Ruzlan was not going to be the same again. Ruzlan often recalls, "Entering that place was stepping into the Nineteen Seventies." Aisha told him that it was called Coffee House and was the oldest cafe in Bangalore. It was one huge hall furnished
with a singular couch-like seat that covered the entire periphery of three walls in the hall and tables before the seat. The rest of the space was covered with about fifteen tables. The ceilings had typically old Indian fans that had extra large blades. But nothing proclaimed of the old age of Coffee House like its waiters did. They were clad in customary uniforms of Coffee House, a white shirt and pair of white pants with a white turban that had maroon lining at the seams.
Aisha had acquired a table at the right hand corner, far from the entrance. There was a huge window, another typical architectural phenomenon of past. The walls bore framed posters and certificates that spoke of Coffee House's unique coffee and its journey over the decades. Aisha informed him that it was famous for its coffee that was filtered in a particular way that rendered the coffee with its distinct
flavor. The palm-sized menu hardly contained twenty items ranging from Dosa to Omlete and Coffee to Faluda. One could easily memorize it if they read it more than twice. Razlan was not a fan of coffee and preferred tea instead. But southern states of India are not famous for their tea-brewing skills, so he had to make do with coffee ever since he had arrived there. A waiter placed their cups on the table producing a mild thud. Razlan's found it rude and frowned. Aisha smiled at him and said that he'd get used to it. He smiled back and lifted his cup. He took the first sip of the coffee, and every other coffee he was ever going to have in his life was ruined. The Coffee tasted so different from what he knew to be coffee. In India coffee is usually served with milk, and he didn't like it as milk dilutes the coffee. This, too, had a small measure of milk, yet the coffee conquered. Its taste was strong, and its aroma was literally a
breath of fresh air. He knew this is where he wanted to spend his weekends. It did not take long for Ruzlan to be an addict to Coffee House. He would always take a walk from the theater Rex at one end of the Brigade Road to his destination. He enjoyed these small walks, especially when he was alone. On a beautiful day, he would sing aloud as he walked, not caring about how stupid he might look. Yet, to his surprise, he would occasionally get an approving 'thumbs up' or one might even join him. The motion of life slowed to a degree or two every time he took that walk to Coffee House. He wished his place, where he had sat for the first time, was not occupied, but sometimes his wish didn't come true. He would chuck his bag on a random seat and stand outside in the gallery instead. Others, who were also robbed of their favorite seats, stood there as well. Most of them smoked.
At one of these gatherings in the gallery, he was offered his first cigarette by a hippie-looking man with a pair of thick reading glasses. He was very skinny, and it seemed like thirty percent of his body weight was the contribution of his shoulder length hair and an even longer beard. Ruzlan was a little skeptical of it being a marijuana wrap. For reasons unknown to me, he did not decline; it wasn't marijuana. The man's name was Ajay Sheker. He was the owner of a restaurant near by and spoke English with a heavy foreign accent that Ruzlan failed to comprehand. He got to interact with He also interacted with others as he gradually became one of the regular faces around. The waiters, however, refused to initially recognize him as a regular patron and treat him thus. They were middle-aged and cranky and spoke in Kannada. Sometimes they would ask Ruzlan to vacate his spot, frowning at him, sometimes perhaps cussing at him in Kannada.
But to his own surprise, and this was so unlike him, he did not mind them at all. He had gotten used to it as Aisha had told him. He would simply order some more coffee and, occasionally, tip one of them with a fifty rupees note as a token of good-will, which was more of a bribe to let him sit there. He would address them by 'Anna' that meant 'big brother' or 'boss' so as to make sure he doesn't face their wrath. The waiters were rather a funny lot. Sometimes they openly abused each other, and if it was your lucky day, you would get to be a spectator of a rare fist-fight. Some of them would have a black eye or swollen jaw the next day, which was another treat following the brawls. Ruzlan had his favorite waiter who he called Johnny because he looked like an Indian edition of Johnny Depp from the film 'Pirates of Caribbean'. He moved like him too and was the one who would receive the most number of punches if a fist-fight broke out.
Coffee House wasn't just a cafe for Ruzlan anymore. He felt at home there as his life beyond Coffee House was on a roller coaster, so he time traveled into the seventies that felt like a bliss, away from reality. He talked less and listened more. He came to know things he didn't know existed. A college senior, Ketan, who frequented Coffee House like him, befriended him. He pointed him towards a weekly magazine which was all about candid journalism. He introduced Ruzlan to Che Guevara, the famed Argentine rebel, who was synonymous to revolution. Ruzlan read all about Che and was very impressed with Communism. That changed with time, of course. Rzlan became a silent audience to heated conversations about religious or political views of those around him. He learned rapidly, and he would go home and research all that he had come to know that day. But he was also slowly deviating from his academics. He preferred
reading a novel before an exam than studying for it. One day he had missed the classes and gone to Coffee House. He was sitting in his regular spot when a man in late twenties came and sat before him. The man said, "This is my spot. And you have been occupying this for some time now." Ruzlan said he was sorry, but it was his favorite spot as well. The man was named Manish Thakur, a film critic and an aspiring script writer of Bollywood. Ruzlan briefly learned about criticism on films and the things that go into making a film from him. Their interest for the valued seat clashed; hence, they ended up having a conversation more than often. Ruzlan was once complaining about his hectic schedule throughout the week when Manish asked him if he looked forward to the weekends. Ruzlan nodded a 'yes'. Manish asked why that was so. Ruzlan was thinking for the answer, but Manish answered it for him.
"Because either you don't do what you love or you don't love what you do!" On the way back home, Ruzlan thought about this statement. Manish was right. He didn't like Genetics anymore. His passion lay in something else: literature. He had made sacrifices to realize his love for English language and literature and to continue doing what he loved. On one fine day, he put the pen to a paper and produced one of the worst pieces he had ever read. He was ashamed of it and resolved to take it to his grave. But a friend, who joined him later, read it. The friend was very diplomatic in his review. This only made him write more. He wrote about the interesting people he met and things he learned. He wrote about the little joys he felt every time he took that walk. He wrote no matter how badly it came out.
Ruzlan had spent two years and a half in Bangalore, and he was in love with the city he so much hated once. He gave its credit to literature and Coffee House that somehow seemed interconnected. He had decided to drop out of the college and pursue English Literature back home, and it was his last few weeks in the city. He had stopped going to college and went to Coffee House instead. It was the time of late November, and he was waiting for some friends there. He occupied his regular spot, sipped coffee and pensively gazed out the window down at the street when something colorful caught his eye. It was an Indian dress worn by a girl. She must have been elder to him by a year or two. There was something about her that compelled Ruzlan to observe her as she bought some street jewelry right beneath Coffee House.
She was with a group of girls and one of her friends noticed Ruzlan peeking out the window like a fat kid staring at a chocolate cake. She elbowed her and raised her eyebrow towards Ruzlan. The girl instantly looked up to see him glare right at her. It dawned on him a few seconds later that he was starring. He abruptly dodged back into his seat and did not dare to peer down. On the following day, he was sitting by the window, and she walked down the street with her friends again. Today they were already looking up. Ruzlan was delighted to see her again. He had had a few of romantic encounters, but this was entirely different. He sat there wishing to see her again, but he did not see the girl for a few days in a row. He saw her again on the fifth day after the second appearance. She had smile on her face this time; Ruzlan reciprocated. He knew she liked his attention.
He couldn't go to Coffee House for next few days as he was busy preparing for his departure. He visited coffee house one last time on December 1, 2008, one day before he was leaving for home. He was meeting some college and Coffee House friends there in the evening. Coffee House was typically jam-packed at that hour and his seat was occupied by an office group of 10-15 people. Ruzlan did not want to have his last coffee on another table. He chose to stand outside waiting for his friends. After twenty minutes, the office group began to disperse. There were still a few of them left, but they shifted to the next table. Ruzlan seized the opportunity and occupied his seat. He kept his book and pen on the table, ordered a coffee, and sat by the window waiting to see the girl for the last time. He, however, was not so hopeful.
Someone from the group beside him rose and walked up to him as he still scanned the street. He heard an 'excuse me', and he turned around to feel extremely stupid. Ruzlan had learned nothing from his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, when it came to observing the surroundings. Her lips curled into a playful smile revealing her dimples as Ruzlan sank deeper in his seat. The girl, along with her friends, was observing him while he was desperately looking for her in the street. He wanted to evaporate from the spot. He awkwardly looked at her and noticed she had worn a beautiful blue Chudidar dress. She had a slightly dark complexion which appealed to him. She asked him if she could borrow his pen and a couple of sheets. Ruzlan sprang into action, tore two pages off his book, and handed them over with the pen. Her female friends were looking at him and giggling unabashedly. That was one of the most awkward moments of his life. He pretended
to be on a call and casually went to the gallery outside with his coffee. He gasped for some air and stood there for a while. It was the first evening of December, and it got colder as the sun set. The day had an astronomical significance as well, which was all over the news papers. On that night, the crescent moon was to be accompanied by Venus and Neptune; it was a rare occurrence. He stood outside seeing the sun disappear, thinking how badly he was going to miss this place. He didn't realize that he had company as the girl had come out and stood a few paces away from him with her coffee cup, searching for the miraculous sight in the sky. Ruzlan quietly joined her in her quest. Clouds made it difficult for them to spot the moon, but they found it eventually. 'There' Ruzlan spoke with excitement. They stood in silence marveling at the moon and raising the cups to their lips while also shivering in the cold. He had never
imagined a wonderful coincidence such as this. He thought of something to speak but was interrupted by her friends, who had come out to look at the moon. He politely smiled and stepped inside. Ruzlan's friends arrived at last. They had arranged a small send-off for him. The girl was sitting at the table adjacent to Ruzlan's and might have overheard that he was leaving. After an hour or so, Ruzlan's friends bade him goodbye, leaving him and a friend at the table. 8:30 was the closing time and it was already 8:25. Ruzlan asked for the check, and went out for a smoke before they left. Everyone paid their bills and began to leave, including the group of the girls. They walked past Ruzlan and his friend. The girl was the last to leave. She came towards Ruzlan to return his pen. She also returned one sheet of the two she had borrowed. She thanked him with a gentle smile and left.
Ruzlan watched her walk out of sight when his friend asked him to turn the sheet around. There was something scribbled on the other side: her name and e-mail address. He mutely lipped her name. Maitri. He had seen this happening only in movies. He paid the bill, parted from his friend, and walked towards Rex. He had an ear to ear grin the entire way he walked while reliving the entire episode. He still did not believe what had happened. It was too much of a coincidence to be true. He wanted to see her name again, so he reached for the sheet in his bag. He fumbled. He panicked. The sheet wasn't there. He checked his pockets before realizing that he had left it on the table while he was paying for the check. He was not far from coffee house, so he took off like a monkey from the box. The waiters were cleaning up when he reached. He could not find the paper.
He tried hard to remember the e-mail address but failed as he had just glanced at it. As he took the super-slow walk back, he had a moment of epiphany. He understood the purpose of this chance encounter. It was not to develop it into something further or more meaningful, It was to cherish it in a lasting memory that only a few were lucky enough to have. It was the innocence of it that was worth keeping, for it would make him look back and smile every time he sipped coffee. Also, he had found another reason to be grateful to Coffee House: a memorable coffee klatch.
Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Mumbai The story took place in the Cafe Coffee Day in Bombay last year when I had decided to catch up with an old friend of mine on his birthday. Both of us had loved visiting Cafe Coffee Day right after our school days. Any treats for achievements would be spent on the musses and fudges along with an espresso in that Coffee Day. And when I got to know that he was in Bombay for a short visit, we decided to catch up in the same old shop we used to frequent all those years. The lighting, the ambience, the quality of food served and the hospitality we received in the Coffee Day makes the place all the more special! I have a friend who shares my interest in all fields of life, be it sports, studies, hobbies, or anything for that matter. So, the proverb, "Opposite poles attract" doesn't hold true in our case. Despite having
lots of similar interests, a quality that both of us share a lot is our honest, outright approach to all aspects of life. We aren't bothered about how people think about us if we come up with our opinion, however harsh it may be. I do not know why, but we have been that way from childhood and till date we continue to be. So, when I wanted to get him a birthday card that year, all I wanted the card to highlight was this particular character in him, which I obviously find in me. Nothing else mattered. Maybe, I could have written something for him on a card highlighting that aspect. But somehow no idea came to my mind. I didn't want to convey the idea directly, it had to be something funny or thought provoking, which when read should strike his mind as to what I was getting to. After searching for a week, I landed up with a card which simply mirrored what I had in mind.
The title read – "On your Birthday, remember lying about your age is like farting in public..." And the inside of it says – "Most people do it, but only a few will admit to it!" How simple, and yet profound, isn't it? The idea in the card could imply more than one meaning, the first being the fact that even if we lie, we must admit to it. It could also imply being honest in all walks of life requires courage. Maybe, even other interpretations could hold true, but since honesty was the idea that led me to search the card, I could draw no other conclusion. No wonder, he immediately grasped the idea and had a hearty laugh at the tone in which the idea was conveyed. I was really impressed with the card and kudos to the guy who came up with such a simple, yet profound way of materializing the idea.
We ended up with our favorite espresso in the coffee shop, thanked the guy who served, met the senior most guy in the shop whom we have known for so long. Coffee Day, thus, not only helped me meet my best friend after a long, long time, it also made the meeting all the more special.
N.M. Chopra from Nagpur, India - Sadar It was a great day for me. I was on my way to the weekly Sunday hangout. My friends had already reached the coffee house. As it was, I was already late, so I was driving faster than my usual speed, but luckily, being a Sunday, there was little traffic at the time. It was 11.00 AM only. I reached the coffee house where we all met weekly, to discuss our week's highlights. I sat down at the table after exchanging our welcomes and then a waiter appeared to ask me as what will I have. I replied "The usual". The usual meant a cup of steaming hot coffee, which all my friends were having. While sitting down, I glanced around to look at who else was in the place. I saw a girl sitting without anyone. Intrigued, I asked my friends
as to why is she alone? They told me "No, we do not know, but she came much before we came, and from that time she has been alone." Now, this made me more curious. I was just observing her sitting alone on a table meant for four persons, right in the center of the room. Well, let it be, surely somebody's coming and going to join her, I thought. Now my attention was back with my friends, and we merrily discussed our great week we all had. After that when it was time for us to leave, I just looked towards the table where she was sitting. It had been over two hours, and she was still alone. I let my friends leave me, and then I went to her table. I said "Hi. You look lonely. Mind if I give you some company?" She could not even reply to me. She just nodded her head. I asked her "Did you have anything? What has happened?"
Then she started sobbing. She told me I don't have the confidence to tell him what I feel. I met a young guy who was very thoughtful and caring and sweet to me. He made me feel that I'm mature even though he's 9 years older than me. He always made me laugh. I felt that he treated me very special. We had an argument over his friend circle. I did not like any of them. So I left him heartbroken." "But then I guess he's doing fine without me. Then one day, I heard from a friend of mine that he is leaving town. He will go back to the place which he considers as his home; a place very far away from me. I remember during that night I wrote a letter for him, brought him a gift and gave it to my friend to send to him. After I got up the next day, my friend called me to come to the airport as this would be the last time that I'm going to see him but I didn't go. I can't explain what I felt at
that moment. I said to myself that it would be the best for the both of us for me not to go." "And then just today he called me up and told me everything. He said he felt bad when I didn't show up at the airport. He wanted to see me. He felt bad when my friend gave him my present because he expected that it would be me who will give it personally. He explained why he had not said goodbye and thank you. He wanted me to be there to say it personally. He said his heart was very heavy; he didn't want to leave like that. It's not easy to say goodbye. I cried a lot on that day." Hearing this, I asked her to control her feelings. Do not cry like this in this place. Have faith in me.
Since then, I see a lot of her in the coffee house, but now she sits with me. She waits for my other friend to leave because she respects my needs also. I have made a new friend.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD in Indiranagar Well this is a story that happened on my 20th birthday at the Cafe Coffee Day on CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore. I had planned to meet with a friend there in order to treat her. We met up at around 4 o' clock in the evening and I ordered a chocolate fantasy for the both of us. There were around 20 other people in the coffee shop and the drapes were drawn giving it a cozy ambiance. We chatted a while as we waited for the food, but it never came. Well after around half an hour, I being an impatient person strolled over to the manager's desk to check whether anything was amiss and to ask him to quicken my order. I also added an espresso to the list hoping that it would come sooner than the fantasy.
As I turned around to get back to my place, I was suddenly stunned to see around half a dozen of the waiters standing in a semi-circle around my table, backs to me. I was shocked at what might have happened there in the brief moment I had left the table. I feared that my friend who was complaining about the dingy atmosphere in the cafe might have fainted. I hurried to my table as soon as possible. When I approached it the nearest waiter grabbed me by my waist and lifted me. The next moment I was standing on the table right in the centre of the cafe with a scarlet face and all of the 20 waiter heads turned towards me. The waiters started singing Happy Birthday joined by the chorus of my friends who entered the cafe then. The drapes around the cafe opened to reveal balloons and confetti and the windows toward the road revealed me in that awkward moment to the pedestrians outside. People start staring at me from the outside. After
the song was done with all possible variation to the lyrics, I started to get down but they forbid me from doing so and asked me to dance on the table "Gangnam style". After embarrassing myself doing that for the next two minutes, they asked me to make a speech. I had no clue what to say and babbled about how awesome the surprise was and also thanked everyone present there for being a part of my birthday. I got down and was extremely delighted to see the chocolate fantasy cake, yes the whole cake not just the slice I ordered, waiting to be cut by me with a candle on it. I blew out the candle and the CCD waiters sang another song of their own (in Hindi) and I must say it had a good rhythm to it and also the condescending lyrics were hilarious.
The cake was fantastic along with the vanilla mousse we got with it. Finally I was made to distribute chocolates that my friends had got
around the cafe and also ask one of the girls sitting there alone to have a cup coffee with me. Distributing the chocolates was easy but not the latter part, the shy person that I am. When I approached the girl and gave her the chocolate, she wished me a Happy Birthday. I muttered a thank you and then in a softer tone asked her whether I could join her. She was very welcoming and I am pleased to say that we are very good friends even after two years. We meet up every six months when we are in town in the very same cafe. All thanks to that birthday and my friends who made all this happen. And moreover to the CCD who helped me relive those memories and create better ones again and again.
Jomon Thomas from Mangalore – Coffee Bean Shop My daughter has worn glasses from the age of four. The first time she was diagnosed with myopia she was only four years old and I was quite worried about it and had found it hard to digest the fact for quite a long time. My worries had no boundaries and it was increasing every day beginning from the day she was diagnosed to wear glasses for the rest of her life. It was hard for me to imbibe the fact and I even doubted whether the doctor had diagnosed her correctly. The doubts lured me to seek a second opinion so when I visited Bangalore to spend a short vacation with my mother and my brother I started my research to find the best hospital in the city. While researching through the list of hospitals I even tried to find out whether there are any natural ways to correct eyesight problems. After a few days toil I
finally found the best eye hospital in Bangalore and fixed an appointment with the hospital's best doctor. I arrived well before the scheduled time and waited with my daughter crossing my hands praying to god and promising offerings if the doctor would diagnose that my daughter's eyes are perfectly alright . Since I had arrived early I thought of having a coffee from the Cafe Coffee Day coffee shop adjacent to the hospital. I ordered a coffee for myself and a sandwich for my daughter and was in deep thoughts on how to get rid of my daughter's glasses. Every sip of my coffee tasted bitter as my heart was heavy and nothing tasted good at that moment. The only thought that was lingering in my mind was what the doctor would be diagnosing after examining my daughter.
My thoughts were disturbed by a family who was happily ordering coffee and confectioneries loudly as if they have come to celebrate. They kept on ordering every item in the menu and were chatting happily with each other. Along with them was their daughter who was probably the same age as my daughter. She was completely blind and I was awestruck thinking how bravely the girl's family is coping with the situation and look at me how worried I am although my daughter has a common problem that can be corrected through treatments when she grows up. On seeing the little kid walking holding her mother's hand I forgot about my daughter and started thinking about the little one and her family. I was impressed by the way the family was dealing with the situation. They were not at all complaining about the fate of their child but instead treating her like a normal kid and their pleasant and
careless nature is what brought in positive energy to the blind kid. My heart felt light on seeing the family and my coffee started tasting better. I was not worried anymore instead I was happy that my daughter can at least see and does not have any major eye problems. The family brought a positive energy to me. I finished my coffee with a smile and walked bravely to the waiting area and waited for my daughter's turn. I was least bothered about the diagnosis. She was prescribed with glasses and I have accepted the fact.
Aseez from Cochin - India Coffee House I was in desperate need to make new friend and being a rather shy child, that wasn't an easy task for me. I meet this girl every day in the coffee house. We are studying in the same college. After college while waiting for the bus, I saw this girl holding something in her hands so I went over and asked her was it was and she told me that other people were messing with it, trying to kill it. She thought I'd just leave it at that, but the next day I came back and asked her about it again. She just wanted me to leave her alone, she hated new people and didn't like to be bothered by anyone but I just kept bugging her and in the final year we became best friends. We're both seniors in High School and are still best friends.
We become best friends in a coffee house. I go to the coffee house daily to drink a coffee because I like coffee very much. I think that I have got a lot of benefit from the coffee so I drink it everyday. In the coffee house, I sat at the table where some of the girls sat, but now no one else including my best friend sits. We chatted for sometime and befriended each other but the relationship didn't go much beyond that. The following year (this year), I decided to go back to the coffee house and ended up finding out that she also attended the same coffee house. I didn't really know anyone else, so I kind of stayed with her there and got to know her better and her friends at the coffee house as well. As soon as school started, we ended up having the same lunch times and sat again at our mutual friend's table in the coffee house. We definitely began to bond much more than we had the previous year. We found out that we had a lot in common, values
and beliefs, the same mutual friends, etc. We hit it off really well and would talk all through lunch together and we did a lot of events and youth group activities through our church as well together. We have gotten really close and I'm so thankful for her. I'm sure you will find a friend soon! Just join some after school clubs, activities or sports even church groups as well. All of those are great ways to meet new people. You never know how you might meet your future friend! It was one of the most important incident happened in the coffee house. This incident can change our life very much. Every day I met my lady friend in the coffee house and talked to her. We talk about daily events happened in our life .I like my friend very much. So I give a gift to her in once a week in the coffee house and it will keep on happening later too. We shall try to take this friendship till the end of our life.
S.Prabavaguru from Chennai - Bandora Caffe , Besant Nagar First of all our day-to-day life brings a new experience every day as we encounter wonderful opportunities. Some of the greatest things to be thankful for are the simplest things of life's relationships with friends. And this is the true story of personal life incident this happened about five months back. It was 3 p.m. on a Friday evening. Aruna came running to me with a piece of paper in her hands, her eyes were full of tears and she was visibly nervous. Here I have to tell you about Aruna. Aruna is my friendly neighbor, who has lost her husband about three years back. She has two daughters, the eldest doing 10th grade and the younger one in her 6th grade. Aruna is a typical Indian housewife. She hails from a middle class family. She has just studied till 10th grade in a village where she has lived with her family all along. After marriage she has come to live in the city with
her husband. She has depended on her husband for almost everything in life. That is what I meant by being a typical Indian wife, of course this may not apply to the city girls and to the women of modern times. Now let’s back to our story. When Aruna lost her husband she thought she would get support from her mother and father in laws but they had somehow manipulated the bank accounts, share certificates, everything, so that Aruna could not claim any financial benefits from her husband's family. Moreover, her husband died suddenly and had not written any will, Aruna, she is not educated enough to get a job. Due to her low self esteem and lack of self confidence, she doesn't dare to go outside her house to look for a job, her kids are also too young to support her financially or morally; on top of all this, her own parents did not help her saying that after marriage she was the property of her husband's family and they had nothing to do with her.
Aruna therefore, was left in a terrible financial mess, actually within this background, Aruna was finding it very difficult to run the household, Somehow she was managing with whatever little money she could withdraw from the joint account she had opened along with her husband at a local bank, Aruna always came to us for any help she needed because we have been her friends and neighbors for a long time, during these rough times, suddenly that Friday she came into our house sobbing very badly, she showed me a piece of paper and said, her younger daughter Sheela has sent this slip with the auto driver. Autos are vehicles that are hired to drive our children to school and back home. We can say it is like a mini bus where some more children are taken along with our own. The auto driver is paid on a monthly basis.
The paper read, "Momma, I am going to die. Don't look for me”. I was actually shocked that a 10 year old girl has sent a suicide note to her mother. I have never come across such a situation in my life before. So many questions flashed across my mind. What do we do now? Where to go for help? Where has the little girl gone to commit suicide? How could we find her? What is the first thing to do? While I was thinking all these within my mind, Aruna said that the auto driver told her that her daughter had given the slip to him asking him to give it to her mother and she got down near the beach saying that she was visiting a friend in the area. So that is my clue. I immediately called up the local police station. The superintendent of police asked me to go in person to give a written complaint. I explained to him that there wasn't much time; but due to the nature of the problem and considering the time factor he agreed to just send a couple of police officers to the beach to
look for the girl. I drove Aruna along with me to the beach. When we arrived there, there was a police van with no policemen inside. I assumed they were already at work looking for Sheela. Aruna and I went in opposite directions in search of her daughter. I walked towards the water. Suddenly in about 10 minutes time, I spotted a small girl standing in the water. Next to her was an old man. As I went closer I could see that she was holding his hand, as though trying to bring him ashore. He was wearing plain white clothes, with a flowing beard. I started walking towards them and to my relief it was Sheela. I saw that Sheela was walking towards the shore with the old man. Their clothes were all wet. When Sheela saw me, she said, "Thank god you are here. This old man was about to drown himself. I found him and am bringing him to the shore." I couldn't believe it. While Sheela came to me I looked up at the old man who just smiled and winked at
me. I was speechless. He looked so peaceful with pitch black eyes, which were so full of kindness and love, but he acted as though he was resisting Sheela's pull towards the shore while walking along just behind her. I understood the situation was actually the other way around. Only Sheela did not realize it and thought she had saved the old man. The old man asked for a cup of coffee.There is a coffee shop near by which is a walk-able distance for 3 minutes. I sent away Sheela to get a cup of coffee from the coffee shop. While she was gone, the old man smiled and said this to Aruna,"Don't worry Madam. Your daughter is safe. Actually I came to have a cup of coffee in the nearby coffee shop. Suddenly I noticed your daughter walking towards the water and so I rushed and pretended to drown myself. When she saw me she reached for me in order to save me. I just pretended to resist her help
while I held her hand tightly and came towards the shore. Your girl is a kind person. Take her home and take good care of her. I do not know the reason why a small girl of this age would want to die. But my simple advice is to be extra kind to her and tell her she is very valuable because she could save lives with her kindness." While we were nearing our car, Sheela came back with a cup of coffee. At this time, Aruna saw her little girl with me and rushed to her daughter. She hugged her and cried uncontrollably, only this time she wept because of happiness and relief that her daughter was safe. My eyes were moist too. What a relief and what an emotional moment for all of us. I turned to thank the old man, but he was gone. I asked Aruna "Where is he?" He was not found. I could not understand why he would leave without telling us and how he could have left so fast from there? Again, I had so many questions in my mind. Who was he? Did
he come only to rescue the little girl? How could an old man disappear just like that? I could not find him anywhere in sight. But this event definitely changed Sheela's attitude in life, I must say. She was more cheerful, more helpful at home, fared very well at school and was never a problem to her mother after this incident. To this day, I have not found the old man though I had gone to the beach several times in search of him. Would any of you tell the kind old man that I am still searching for him? Even now I go to visit that coffee shop in the place near the beach station.
Anonymous from Bhubaneswar - Cafe Coffee Day One day I had been to a Cafe Coffee Day that is present very close to my place. I preferred going there alone as most of my friends were out of town. I decided to take my favorite novel with me so that while sipping a coffee, I can browse through the pages of the novel without getting distracted by anyone. The moment I entered, I saw very few people inside it and I was very much pleased as I was assured that I can spend some peaceful time over there. I ordered a coffee for myself and I was getting ready to read my novel, when I saw a guy entering the coffee shop. I did not pay attention to him initially but then when I saw him holding the same novel as mine, I was left surprised. I thought for a while that just like me, the novel might be that guy's favorite one. After a while, I forgot whatever I saw and decided to get engrossed in the novel. That guy just sat in front of me
and started reading that novel. I did not pay attention to him. After few minutes, that guy left that place and started roaming here and there. I got distracted and saw that there was some sort of stress on his face. I was initially hesitant to ask him the reason of his tension but then I decided to ask him why he was tensed. To my surprise, he said everything about his family and his studies. He was worried that he was having his exams the very next day due to which he had come to this coffee shop to unwind but his parents did not want him to go anywhere. So he had argued with his parents and had come to this shop. I comforted him and asked him to calm down and not to worry about his parents and his forthcoming exams. I asked him to read the novel he carried with him as I was sure he would feel relaxed. But he said that he was tensed to an extent that he was not able to concentrate on that novel. I told him that I would read the novel on
his behalf and he would only listen to me carefully. I started reading that novel and slowly he was feeling more comfortable than before. I could see some sense of relief on his face as he was enjoying the content of that novel. I was very happy that I was able to make someone comfortable when he was at utter confusion and tension. When the novel ended, I could see that confidence on his face and he thanked me like anything. He told me that he was feeling much better than before. We exchanged our numbers and very soon left that place. That guy called me in the evening the very next day. I was happy to see his number on my cell phone. He told me that his exams were good and his parents were happy to see his confidence back. I could not contain my happiness and since then we are very good friends and even now we are in touch with each other. I felt that had I not been to that coffee shop, then I would not have got a good friend like him.
S.Prabavaguru from Chennai - Cafe Picasso, Chennai This incident happened exactly three months ago. My name is Prabavaguru and I live in the Southern Region of India (Tamil Nadu).I was born and brought up in New Delhi. I spent my childhood days there almost 16 years and my age is 26 right now. Many times I had a feeling of missing my past life. However, I know that the time and tide wait for no one; sometimes I feel unique and idle-minded due to this.
Three months ago in my city (Chennai), I went to a coffee shop and I met one of my close friend after ten years. Her name is Divya, She is my friend from when I was studying in 6th class.I felt that it was a great surprise for me, actually more than that, I was damn shocked to see her after such a big gap. She smiled at me and then we started to
talk about the past school days. The moment I said to her, “Do you remember on those days you would say these words ‘The one who forgets the history - his life will become a Great Mystery?" It's because always I used to avoid history class.
Actually she studied with me only for five years and left the school, she was very close to me, and in fact she was sitting next to me in class for all five years. She was the class leader and so she had lots of work from the teachers. She has to collect all our house work books, control the class to be quiet and lots more. I was sitting next to her and used to roam around the school with her for some of her work. I would like to share one of my most unforgettable incidents during my school days. This girl was the root cause for this incident.
As I have mention about all her busy works, usually she forgot to respond to the daily attendance when her name was being called. She used to be busy checking the notebooks of all students, to check if all our given works were done. I used to sit next to her and give her attendance all the time. Sometimes though I missed her name and the respective teacher looked around to find her and mark her presence.This problem was happening almost everyday twice since there came a new rule that student's attendance should me marked both in the morning and in the afternoon session. We then decided to find a solution for this issue. She said for me to answer for her when she did not respond to it. The very next day when she was sitting busy doing her notebook checking not realizing that her name is being called twice while taking attendance and as we decided I answered for
her. We then started this as a game and some of our other friends also started following this method. When two girls sitting next to each other, they answer for the other one instead of their name and vice versa. This went on for weeks. We enjoyed playing this game.And there came that day when the afternoon session attendance was taken and all our names were being called by our English Teacher Ms.Saran Bhatiya.
As usual I answered for my name and for her name and so did the other girls. The moment the teacher finished calling all the names, closed the register and turned towards the board , there came a girl near the entrance of the class asking permission to get in with a huge bulk of notebooks in her hands and that was Divya.
Immediately the teacher turned towards us and with a strange voice asked for who answered her attendance. With no fear I stood up with a justification that she was not in the class. And one of my class mates then said "Yes sir. We all do this when others are not present in the class". ( By thinking that the teacher would appreciate us for that) with a smile. He then asked the other girls to stand up. Then fourteen girls stood. He started shouting at us telling that "How dare you give a proxy attendance at this age “. Everyone of you walk along with me to the Principal's room. Even then we did not realize the seriousness of this issue. We entered our Principal's room. Our Principal was a very strict person and very particular in students' discipline. He was very much angry, repeatedly said that we have made a mistake by giving proxy attendance. The most funny part is when we were standing in a group and one of my friends asked me "What does proxy mean?", and
I had no idea and none of other girls in that group had an idea of what does that mean. Then he said for us to get a letter from our parents stating that we won't be repeating this anymore else we would be suspended from the school. The later story was that then I cried the whole night and with lots of fear told my parents about the issue and they laughed at me. They could easily understand our situation and my father gave a letter. The next day everyone came with a letter.
We were very much careful thereafter while answering the attendance. Even now if I think of this incident I cannot stop laughing. I even could not forget her last day in our school. By the end of the day we walked around all the places where we spent together all five years. Along the school corridor, the small shopping complex near the school, our eating spots, along the trees, but we could not exactly
comprehend that we are going to be separated for a very long time. And last week I got a mail from her that she's going to be married in a week. I wished her all my blessings. I felt really happy and thank god because he made such an incident happen. That day we went along memory lane with all our flashback stories, funny black and white incidents (not B & W actually) especially the above incident. we really had a nice time. Time moves at its own speed. We cannot catch up with it. It does not wait for us. But going along the time cycle for a while is a quiet adventure and a sparkling memory and I have experienced it. :)
Anonymous in Bangalore - CCD This is an amazing coffee story which took place in a Cafe Coffee Day on Coles Road, Fraser Town, and corner of Mosque Road, Bangalore, India.
We were shopping and all of a sudden we spied this Cafe Coffee Day in the corner of the road, we felt we had to go there as we had heard a whole lot of good things about them. We took a table for four and we sat down, as usual the waiter came and took our order, we chatted and ate some fries, etc, we were joking a lot and laughter filled the air and all the surrounding tables where other people were seated kept smiling in our direction.
It was quite a hot day and we were thirsty, hungry and washed out after roaming around. The food and drinks of the lovely coffee arrived and the smell of the coffee made us go even crazier. We felt we were kids once again; we took the cream of the Espresso and smeared it on each other's faces. We thought lets try out of of the others like Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Cafe Frappia, Devil's Own.
It was such fun and joy to be there and the waiters and staff were so happy to see such a joyous crowd come into the Cafe Coffee Day. They came up to us and told us that they have never seen such happy faces around, because every one was really smiling and we were happy to make them to smile, the tired ones, the lonely ones, the aged ones, the young ones , every one. But we wanted to make it a memorable day that we thought of a prank to play, so one of our friends called the
waiter, placed another order of snakes and coffee, when the waiter went off, our friend put his hand into his jerkin and when the waiter returned bringing the snacks and coffee, our friend told him to part with all his money or his life is in danger and the waiter got so frightened and he said, "Sir, please don't point that gun on me, i will part with all my day's tips, i have a family and small children back home, i will not tell the management, i will give you every thing free, only spare my life, please sir."
Tears were full in his eyes, we were all shocked to see what was happening, and finally our friend, when he saw tears come down the waiter's face, he took out his finger (the so called gun), and showed it to the waiter, and he asked him, are you now scared of my so called gun - my finger), the waiter took some time to realise that it was not a
gun but the person's finger and he burst out laughing and he was so over joyed that he stood us all a treat of another round of snacks and coffee and we all parted with the Café Coffee Day waiter, the staff and management, all rolling with laughs at the prank we played and till date when we go there we go to the same table to relive our happy moments we spent there.
Meera Devi from Karur - Valluar Cafe Last year I had a chance to go to Valluar Cafe for a coffee break with my friend Manimegala. We were waiting for our hot coffee as this cafe is very famous for filter coffee in the town.It took more than 30 minutes to reach our table.So we were chatting about all the nonsense we never have any idea to share. Then my brother came there for a sip.He joined us and started to enquire about my friend's family which is in a breaking point. Tears rolled down her cheeks, we sat quietly without knowing what to do. She slowly regained herself and changed the topic to bring back the lost happy mood.
My brother and I are very much interested in talking about spiritual world and exchanged our views. I have read Baghavatgita (holy book of Hindus) many times and every time I get a new version of it! So, that day also we started with Gita readings. Suddenly the thought came to me about my friend's family dispute with her husband.I wondered why this happened to her and wanted to find an answer from the Gita. My mind raced through the pages dealing with human behaviour and human duties toward society. Oh! What a surprise! The answer came right in front of me. Yes, her problem is that her husband is not bothering about their family; he is always in a wine shop spending all his earnings in drinking. Bhagwat Gita says that if you do your duties without any expectation you can live a peaceful life! When you expect something from
someone and if it is not satisfied your mood gets upset.The thoughts set in your mind to illy treat others for petty things. When those thoughts set in you naturally go into the drinking habits, become lazy, boring and snoring type. If you want to overcome these problems, the best method is to do meditation and cool down.All is now revealed but who is to bell the cat? Was she in any of the mood to accept our sermon? My confused look made my brother to understand the point. He just asked casually why I looked so confused. I straight away came to the point and informed Manimegala that it is in her hand to change the scenes in her family. Now it was her turn to give a confused look.
With a knowing smile my bro told her that she created all the problems simply because she expected a lot from her husband above his capacity. This threw her out into a shock. She became furious. Challenged that she alone is toiling to run the family with two children and we have no idea about how dlifficult for her to run the family. I told her to become cool and gave a long lecture about the meditation and her duties towards her family.I told her not to pay any attention to her husband instead she should spend her time in saving money and energy to raise the family entirely with her income as she is working as a teacher. She gave an insignificant look meaning that we were not on her side to compel her husband to change his attitude.We knew that it is like threading the sand.
After that our coffee time was over and we took leave from each other. My bro took me back home. On the way a great change took place in me. I gave a long lecture to my friend but how far I am practicing meditation? Who am I to tell Manimegala to do meditation to overcome her problem where as I am stuggling to control my fluctuating mood too often throwing others out of gear? I MADE A DECISION! Yes, all the attachments are the root cause to the problems. I renounced all relationships with my family and took a bus early in the morning to a hilly place.
Anonymous from Mumbai My heart is full of EXCITEMENT! My dream has come true. The dream I saw many years back has now come true. The ambiance is pleasant, beautiful, and colorful and the aroma of CCD has now turned to "Art and Cafe". This Cafe shop was the first Cafe Shop in our area and hot spot for us in our youth. My friends and I used to come to this shop every day after work to have coffee and chat. I happened to observe that it was not a common coffee shop. It had a touch of art in it. Few walls were wooden which had beautiful paintings. It was eye catching and attractive!!! I started missing my daughter from that day whenever I visited that coffee shop. She loves to paint and will definitely love to see these
paintings I thought. I took her to the coffee shop once and as I hoped she loved then- both the paintings and the hot coffee. She stared at the portraits. She started taking interest in portrait drawing. She joined special class. I also used to help her by giving new ideas about drawing. She started drawing portraits of family members. I told her to learn other types of painting like Landscapes, Abstracts, and Sceneries using different type of colors. She passed her Elementary and Intermediate drawing Exams with "A" grade. She completed her graduation in science. But she was interested in making her career in drawing portraits. I gave a green signal to her decision. Some of her best drawings were with me. After taking firm decision about her career she started drawing portraits of Leaders, her friends, persons who are her ideals.
My father always supported her in her decision. She is specializing in charcoal painting. Using charcoal she made portrait of my father which is a master piece. All her paintings were impressive but few of them were outstanding. She has made a collection of those paintings and kept it in her room. The paintings vary from Human paintings, landscapes, abstract, scenery, nature. We both had a look at them and something clicked in our hearts and we both said.. "LET’S EXHIBIT THEM!!!" No other name came to my mind to exhibit my daughters' painting other than 'Cafe Shop'. I visited the owner of the shop. He was also excited about the thought and we fixed a day for the exhibition.
Fortunately her birthday was within the month and we decided to keep the exhibition of her paintings on her birthday. She was damn excited and we started making arrangements for the day. She invited her friends, her drawing teachers, and our relatives and some resource persons. Every one appreciated her art. She gave the credit to me. I feel proud to have such daughter who made MY DREAM COME TRUE and thanks to this coffee shop which gave me the inspiration. Today is that day when again me, my friends are in the Cafe Shop, but today the Cafe Shop had turned to Art and Cafe. It is full of colors, art and aroma of coffee and my happiness.
Ezhil Arasu from Chennai, Tamilnadu - Cafe Coffee Day
I had been going to a regular coffee shop, but one day to my surprise I met my one of my school friend with his girl. I was in college doing my final year and we three had a casual talk which lasted for about 15 minutes. After that I and my friend got more closer than we were before. Actually we got separated in an issue during the school days.
It's nice to have him back in my life as a good friend.
P. Vijayakumar from Salem - unknown coffee shop I made friends over coffee at a coffee shop.
Anonymous from Ernakulam - Cafe Coffee Day Yes, I got a new friend once when I had been to a coffee shop.
I met her through online chat and thereafter we got so close. After a few days she invited me to a coffee shop to meet. Since then she is my best friend.
Saravana Bhavan from Bangalore - Iyankar I made friends.
Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House I met a person in a coffee shop and we became friends in just our first meeting. Next day my 12th standard exam was there and so I was very nervous. When I entered into the examination room, I found the same
person there whom I had met the previous day at the coffee shop. I greeted "Hello" and he also was happy to see me. I came to know then that he was my examiner and felt very happy as I got some help as well in the exams. I can't forget that moment.
It was great.
Joseph Thomas from Mangalore - Healthy Coffee Shop One day I had been to the nearest coffee shop and I was just waiting for the coffee to be served to my table after placing the order. Actually it happened one evening that I just wanted to have it for a relaxation purpose. I got my ordered coffee and had the first sip. I had been just
running my eyes around the people in the shop and suddenly my eyes got entangled with one of the three girls having coffee which was a very familiar face that was already imprinted in my mind before a long time. I could completely recognise that face within a few seconds.
She was my ex-girlfriend in 10th class in my native place.
Now she is also working for a reputed company in Bangalore. It was an amazing event for me. It changed my whole life and gave a real meaning to it.
Anonymous from Ahmedabad - Cappuccino Coffee Shop
Coffee with my friends and ex-colleagues with whom I never had good relations in office, all of them became my good friends by meeting over it. We used to meet at CCD and memorized the days when we were working together and quarrelled over work and had ego clashes. One great thing was whenever we went to CCD and ordered "Samosa", they didn't had it in stock. I love "Samosas" with coffee and my all my ex-colleagues used to tease me over it. We shared jokes and make jokes out of daily work life and grabbed the snacks and coffee. Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista Yesterday I went to a café. At that time I had a glance of my old friend and was glad to see him there because I didn't knew where he was staying so far. But now that we are reconnected our friendship is going well since then. Rohit Gavai from Pune, Maharashtra - Barista
Yes, I remember, it was while sitting at the Barista at K.park of Pune. My friends and I, we were strumming away the guitar kept at the front desk and that's when the guy sitting at the next table turned around and said would you like to play for "The Nemesis". Nemesis was one of the famous bands here in India.
Anonymous from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - Barista I had been going to a regular coffee shop, but one day to my surprise I met my one of my school friend with his girl. I was in college doing my final year and we three had a casual talk which lasted for about 15 minutes. After that I and my friend got closer than we were before. Actually we got separated in an issue during the school days. It's nice to have him back in my life as a good friend. Farisha Sharifa from Thiruvana, Kerala - CCD I fell in love and reconnected with my love and my family members. I am very much thankful in life for it.
Soham Gosh from Darjeeling, West Bengal - Keventer's My father took me to a coffee shop. It was exciting. Actually, I had never been to a coffee shop in my life.
S. Duraisamy from Erode, Tamilnadu - Savera I was doing my Engineering at a college. One day I went to a cafe namely "SAVERA" at Erode. There I ordered coffee and waited for ten minutes. At that time, a man came and sat near to me. When I was looking at him seriously, i recognised him to be my school mate. Then I chatted with him after a long time and we two had coffee and then left the place. Thus the coffee shop helped me to reconnect with a new school friend. M.Chirag Parmar from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day
Though I was in touch with a few of my school friends, meeting all of them after 8 years that evening at Cafe Coffee Day was a wonderful experience. An experience I will never forget in my life, as it was then that we had talked, laughed and had an amazing time since the school days. On meeting everyone in Café Coffee Day that evening, we all decided to go back to our school and meet our old teachers. It was nostalgic seeing the old school building, meeting our old teachers, playing in the ground and taking pictures of all us.
I'm very thankful that special places like Café Coffee Day create such special moments like these.
Anonymous from Erode, Tamilnadu - Sana Coffee Shop
Once I had coffee with my friends at a coffee shop. At that time some of the girls nearer to my house came there for having coffee too. They sat behind our table. My friends were making comments on me and the girls. I was so much scared if they would complain to my parents. After we had our coffee my and my friends had gone out, I went near to those girls table and apologised for my friends mistake. They too agreed smilingly. After that time those girls became my close friends.
Srinivasan M. from Trichy, Tamil Nadu - CCD First time I went to a coffee shop along with my friends. I had ordered a coffee (cold coffee). After completing it, I paid a bill for Rs 6 for coffee. The waiter said that it was for Rs 80. Everyone there laughed. Anonymous from Kochi, Kerala - Cafe Coffee Day
Garima and I had been roommates in college and had been the best of friends. We both had short hair then and shared tips on hairstyles. As time passed, we lost touch with each other. I often thought about her, wondered what became of her. We were in Pune together and had then lost touch. After 3 years, I moved to Delhi for further studies. I was going through a bad phase; the stress of studying too hard was getting to me. A few of my friends and I decided to go to a Café Coffee Day near Connaught Place. As we went inside, a lady with long hair approached me, smiling. My hair had grown by this time too; I had also put on a lot of weight. I didn't recognize the face smiling at me, but suddenly the lady said "Vimmo" and I knew it! It was Garima! We had not met each other for ages, had no method of contacting each other but after
years, we met accidentally at Café Coffee Day, like in the movies! Destiny decided to put us in the same place together after ages! Café Coffee Day has ever since become a place I treasure.
Anonymous from Cochin, Cochin - CCD This is a true story. Having a good friend in life is the luckiest thing because in all other relations we have some or other kind of limitations. Parents set great limitations upon us. May be they are over caring or possessive, but still we should be very careful when we are talking to them. I suggest a girl should have a boyfriend and a boy should have a girlfriend as a true friend which is not an affair or a love partner. If we
are seeing our husband as a good friend, there occurs some kind of family issues and problems so I definitely suggest a true friend apart from our husband. If our friend is a girl then somehow they will compare us with them. That's why I truly suggest a girl should have a boyfriend and vice versa. This happened in the month of November. One day after lunch around 3 PM, I really felt sleepy and stressed so I asked permission from my boss to have a coffee and come. As I am working in the Marketing and Sales section, my boss gave me the permission to go and have a coffee outside. Café Coffee Day shop was very near to our office so I went there. I felt like having a large mug of coffee so I gave order for that and was waiting for it. That time a person came and sat opposite to me. He was talking over mobile and nodded to me for permission so I nodded back. He again nodded and gave a signal for a coffee and the
waiter understood what he ordered. Both of our coffee came together. He switched off his mobile and started talking. He was also married like me and had children. We both were of same age also. After one month we became good friends. My husband was having problem in the beginning of our relationship so I told him to bring his wife and children to our home and thereafter both my husband and his wife realised that we were just true friends nothing unusual. Now we all are good friends. More than us our partners are having a good relationship. Thanks for that coffee day. Last year we both celebrated our 6th year of friendship.
Thank you very much for such kind of coffee shops and coffees.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD Yes, there's one coffee shop that I used to visit almost every day that gets its coffee bean deliveries twice a week. My friend name Andria, she is always a jolly type. One day she took my diary and noted all my girlfriends’ names and phone numbers. Then she made a call to each and every girl and said them that I had invited the girl to come to coffee shop and also asked them to wear a pink dress saying I wished them to wear it and come to the coffee shop. And she also called me by changing her voice and she told me that she was Rosy and would like to meet me in the coffee shop. I asked her how would I know she is Rosy and identify her. She said that she will wear pink colour dress, from that I can identify her. I said ok. Evening in the coffee shop, I was waiting for her to arrive eagerly. I saw a girl in a pink colour dress and I had a red coloured flower in my
hand. When I saw her, she came to me and said ‘hi’, I was scared and shocked on seeing my old girl friend. After a few minutes another girl came, then other. I was fed up and upset by seeing these girls. They were staring at me and screaming and calling me a cheater, beggar etc. They threw me from that coffee shop. It was funny, jolly for my dearest friend Andria and she was laughing at me. This was an amazing and funny event that happened in a coffee shop.
Anonymous from Bangalore - Indian Coffee House I felt great and I made new valuable friends. These friends changed my life's direction and it is now really good and it is now my favourite coffee shop.
Anonymous from Bhubaneswar - Cafe Coffee Day My childhood friend had planned to visit Bhubaneswar so that we both could catch up after so many years. I decided to meet him at a nearby coffee shop; hence I called him the day he reached Bhubaneswar to come down to Cafe Coffee Day so that we would meet each other. I was glad to see him after so many years and we both had a long chat discussing about every single thing we did at school. I had a great time with him and we had a cup of coffee and shared each others experience and memories so far. It was a lovely time with my childhood friend after a long time.
Anonymous from Hyderabad - Barista One day I went to a coffee house and there I happened to see my childhood friend in that coffee shop. After a long time I saw him at that place and I felt very happy.
Ragul from Salem, Tamilnadu - Siva Coffee Bar In the coffee shop, I made my first college friends and had a lot of fun spending more time at a coffee shop.
It is always a good place to do everything like reading, eating, sleeping, etc.
Yunas from Cochin - Indian Coffee House
In the last month when I was in a coffee house, I reconnected to my friends. When I ordered a coffee and was waiting for it , I just moved my eyes all over the shop. At that time I found that one of my friend was sitting there in a chair. I saw him after five years and went near to him and asked if he could remember me. He easily recognised me. Then we talked a lot about each other and our lives.
Anonymous from Kochi - CCD In my schooling days my best friend's name was Vibin. After schooling I did not have any information about him. At that time he had no phone and thus we could not contact each other.Actually, he was at his uncle's home for his schooling.He was staying really far away from
his house.So it was very hard to contact him.After that we did not have any contact for about 13 Years. I finished my high schooling, pre degree and degree. I saw an advertisement for an interview. I went there and there was such a big rush that I thought it would take a long time for my turn. I went to the nearest coffee shop and while having a good coffee, I saw a man who looks like Vibin. I thought, "I know him", but I was unsure. I waited for some time. I went to him and asked, "Vibin?". He replied, "Mathew?!!!!" I hugged him as tightly as I could.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD
Yes, there is one coffee shop that I go to almost every day. That coffee shop gets its coffee bean deliveries twice a week. My friends name is Andria who's always jolly. One day she took my diary and noted all my girl friends names and phone numbers. Then she made a call to each and every girl that I knew and asked all the girls to come to the coffee shop. The one I used to visit. She also asked them to wear a pink dress. Andria then called me, pretending to be some other girl and told me that she is Rosy and that she would like to meet me at the coffee shop. I asked her that how would I know that you are Rosy? How would I be able to identify you? She said that she would wear a pink color dress. I would then know it was her. I said ok.
I sat in the coffee shop eagerly waiting for her to arrive. When I saw a girl wearing a pink color dress enter. I was holding a red colour flower
in my hand. When i saw the girl and she came up to me and said "Hi, I am Naffi." I was scared and shocked seeing my old girl friend. After a few minutes another girl came, then other. I got fed up and upset seeing all my old girlfriends. They started staring at me, screaming, saying stuff like "you cheater, beggar" etc.
They threw me out from that coffee shop. My dearest friend Andria found it extremely funny and could not stop laughing. This was an amazing and funny incident that happened at the coffee shop.
Anonymous from Bru - Coffee Family
The house "Coffee Family" that serves coffee is super tasty, healthy, and strongly separates the world of processing and application. I fell in love with my friends over coffee.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD My memories came flashing back on visiting the coffee shop: My family, my old friends, my love and my lovely partner.
Anonymous from Cochin - CCD One day I went to purchase some ornaments for my friend. After shopping I felt like having a coffee or a tea. A slight headache was also coming on. So I went to the nearby coffee shop. There, I met my enemy. We had a big fight when we were in college. After that I never
spoke to him. Whenever I saw him I turned my face. he was sitting in the next table. I ordered a coffee and was waiting for it. During that time a whole family came there after their shopping. some marriage purchase because they had a lot of covers with them. They were trying to sit together. so they sat at the round shape table and started talking. They asked my enemy to shift to my chair. He asked the bearer to shift his chair to some another corner. he bought a chair and kept it in front of me. I felt like running away from there but my coffee hadn't yet come. After some time the boy brought a coffee and kept it in front of me on my table. I thought it was mine and I drank it. After which the bearer came and told me that it was his coffee.
Anonymous from Bangalore - Indian Coffee Shop
I felt calm. It was awesome. I was very happy as I had enjoyed a lot with my friends, had a great time, agreed with friends, controlled my anger and kissed my lover. I felt elated. My girlfriend was happy and all in all, it was a great time
Anonymous from Chennai - CCD When I went to the coffee shop for the first time alone, I asked for the menu card. Then I selected "cafe frappe" because it looked like a normal coffee to me. The waiter got me the coffee after 10 minutes. I drank it. It was very cold and i asked him to bring it hot. Before that I didn't know about cold coffee and I hadn't heard about it. He explained about the cold coffee.
It was a funny incident in my life which will never forget. From that day, I visited regularly with my friends. The waiter became a good friend of mine. I told this story to my friends and family. It is such an embarrassing moment; still, it makes others happy to hear. Anything you do, you should take it in a positive way.
After that, for everything and anything, I research first and then I visit the place. Be it for coffee, films or food items. It makes me want to collect more information before trying out anything.
Anonymous from Mumbai - Barista "I reconnected with friends!"
I went to Barista because I was feeling hungry. I ate a cheese with corn sandwich and my friend ate a chocolate mousse.
Chapter Two: Romance
Tenterhooks by Menakshi Sharma We had agreed to meet up in the Coffee & Chai Bar in The Stateman House in Connaught Place. The building was appropriately named; it did make a statement, towering over the other buildings surrounding that area. It was a cold morning. Winter was settling in New Delhi. I think Delhi is amazingly beautiful in the winters, even though the fog plays havoc for the traffic, road, rail and air. It`s still the best season. It was kind of a blind date; we had not met, as yet. Of course, we had spent hours talking on the phone getting to know one another but were only meeting up now. I saw him standing holding flowers in his hand as I parked my car. I was glad it was Sunday. Connaught place is quiet on Sundays.
He had teamed his pale blue jeans with a white shirt, a combination that never fails to impress. I noticed that he was not wearing anything warm and clearly seemed to be enjoying the chill in the air. We`d been talking for a couple of months and it was finally nice to put a face to the voice. We smiled at one another, he handed me the flowers and exchanged pleasantries. There was awkwardness about us and it was very evident in our conversation which gradually moved being awkward to friendly. We started walking towards the café. What makes this café one of the best in New Delhi is the bookstore adjacent to it. You can pick up a book; sink into their sofas with a hot cup of latte...a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Obviously, I couldn't do that today but that didn't stop me from roving my eye over the latest books displayed.
The ambiance was warm and the strong aroma of coffee filled up the room. I reminisced about the last time I had visited this place. I was catching up with friends who were visiting India. Still lost in my reverie, his question jolted me out of it "Coffee?" Settling ourselves into the sofas, each with a mug of warm lattes, we continued our conversation. It didn't take me long to deduce that he really was very passionate about his work. I watched him talk animatedly and passionately about his business and how it has helped him get to where he is today. Apologetic that he may have bored me, we started talking of other things and what my plans are for the future. As we moved from one topic to another, I realized that we were different in every respect. Yet we were interested in knowing everything about one another. We sat at the cafe for hours, talking
endlessly. As he drove me back home, he popped the question..."Do you...would you marry me?" I looked at him, thoughts bombarding my mind ...we are so different, in every aspect. What I like you don`t, we have starkly different interests. Do I want to? There were so many thoughts going in and out of me. I didn't know what to make of them. I took a deep breath, regained my composure, and slowly blurted something inconsequential "Yeah...I think that we`ll be ok together." He let out a sigh of relief. I laughed. I didn`t realize I had him on tenterhooks . Afterall, he did fly 1400 kms, from Mumbai to New Delhi, to ask me that question. We celebrated our third anniversary in April 2013.
Prasanna Sridhar from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day The evening was cold and breezy. It was unusually cold even for a winter in Bangalore or so did I feel. I felt numb as I was walking down the alley leading to the main road. I realized the numbness was not entirely due to the coldness of the weather. It was coming from within me. I was nervous like the nervousness of a boy who is about to recite his well rehearsed poem in front of his class. I knew I had to do it today. I should not miss this chance. I double checked my zebra coloured UMM sweatshirt and felt the greeting card in the inside pocket with my left hand. It was safe. It was my resume towards boyfriend-ship. A request letter for promotion from a friend to a boyfriend and more.
My anxiousness was slowly beginning to overcome my normal self. I prayed that I should not behave stupidly. Will she accept? Or will this be the last day I would meet her? A thousand thoughts flashed upon my mind. The prospect of rejection and its implication was hard to swallow even for a moment. I should do it now. Nothing will happen, I re-assured myself, having a sigh of relief. In another five minutes, I would reach the coffee shop, ''Cafe Coffee Day'', Jayanagar 9th Block, Bangalore. For a zillionth time I rehearsed how I should act upon seeing her.
After reaching an intersection on the road, I raced forward dodging the pedestrians and finding my way through the uneven footpath which had shops of road-side shoe repairmen, paani puri boys and petty cigarette shops every 20 feet. Of course, I didn't have the time to
take notice of these. Only one thing was pre-occupying my mind. I briefly considered I could have taken my bike and even picked her up as well to the coffee shop. She would have found out soon, idiot. Just go now, snapped a part in me. Finally I reached the shop, entered with the red Café Coffee Day board greeting me overhead. She hasn't come yet, my heart was racing. I did not order anything and decided to wait till she comes. I glanced through the menu without paying much attention: Black Coffee, Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, and Irish coffee. In a couple of minutes, an auto arrived parking in front of the entrance. She alighted down the auto. My heart almost burst in anxiety and nervousness. I once again touched the greeting card. She was wearing a pink Salwar and was looking like an angel.
She saw me and came towards me smiling. "What's up? Why did you call me here, in the cold? We just met a few hours back! Did you suddenly make any noble prize deserving scientific discovery", she quipped, showing her false annoyance at being there and also making clear that she was absolutely happy to meet me again on the same day. Suddenly I felt a lump in my throat. I mustered a few words out of thin air and said, "Nothing, can we order a coffee?" She laughed and said, "Oh, so it's for a coffee, is it?" Oh come on, what is it with girls? They tease you even when they know you are upto something and push you back to the wall. She pulled her chair near me and for a brief moment her crossed leg with
flat sandals came in contact with my jean. She plucked the menu from my side. I tried to bring up my courage and tried to act normal. "I want a hot samosa and a hot Cappuccino", she declared. "Same for me", I said sheepishly. "Ok, you order", she said. I went to the counter and placed the order. While I was there, I looked at her again and thought, “She is my everything”, “Oh god, please make her accept my proposal”; another touch to the greeting card. When I returned to the table, I got a feeling that she noticed or found something. She was looking away at the busy road. "Ordered", I said. "Hmm".. was the answer, still looking away. I said, "What?"
"Nothing", came the answer. Oh, what have I done, I thought. There was an uneasy silence for 5 minutes. But it felt like an eternity to me. "Reva, I need to tell you something", I begun. She slightly turned pushing her hair aside, and giving a posture as if showing to me that she is listening. She looked beautiful. Damn! Focus and get to the point, I said to myself. All the rehearsal I made has completely gone blank. Ok, let me do it my spontaneous way, I thought. "On that day you said you will marry the pani puri wala right?" "Ya, what of it?" "Ok, do you still stand by it?" "What is this stupid question?"
"Answer me please, yes or no?" "Go to hell", she said.
This is not going as planned, I thought. The samosas and the coffee arrived, distracting the conversation for a moment much to my relief. She stirred her coffee and added a sugar cube. Starting to stir again, she asked "What has happened to you?" With a rush of blood and gathering all the courage in the world, I pulled out my trump card, the greeting card I mean. I slowly raised my arms and gestured to her to take it. She did not react with surprise. It felt as if she was expecting it. She coughed a false cough and stared at me. "I am planning to open a Pani Puri shop, will you marry me?'' I said.
That was the worst ever proposal ever made, I thought to myself. Pani puri! What did I just say? I am a total idiot! I expected her to stand up and leave that very moment. But to my surprise, she started opening my card. She looked through it casually as if reading a newspaper. I was getting nervous even more now. The worst thing for a student in school is to have his paper evaluated by his teacher right in front of him. I felt much the same way. I didn't know what to do at that brief moment and started drinking the coffee. It was so hot but in the middle of it all, I drank a whole big sip. "Aahhh!!" I shouted in pain as the coffee burnt my lips and tongue. She was startled by my shouting, as were the few others in the nearby tables. She helped me take a glass of water and gave a re-assuring pat on my back. Well, not everything has gone wrong, I thought.
She then said, "Thanks for the card, I was expecting it all the same. From the moment you called me for coffee, I knew something fishy was going through your mind. I would like to think about it for another day and tell you my decision tomorrow. Now be a good boy and finish your coffee. Drink it slowly", she smiled and left. "Shall I drop you?" I stood up instinctively. "How? You idiot. You came by walk. Will you carry me on your back?", she laughed. "With pleasure, my princess", I said. She blushed and at that moment, I felt love in her eyes. The same feeling I felt in me towards her. As she left and was walking away, I felt as if she was disappearing into my heart.
This was the best moment in my life. I sat down and started drinking the Cappuccino. It felt like I was flying, high up in the air touching the clouds and going beyond. "Cappuccino, you are giving me a high", I said to myself. That coffee made my day and gave the best moment that I would cherish for the rest of my life.
Anonymous from Hyderbad, Andrapradesh - Sadar We met for the first time in a party. I liked her a lot and invited her for a cup of coffee. She accepted my invitation and together we went and sat down in Indian Coffee House. I was very nervous and did not say much, which made her feel a little uncomfortable. When the waiter came, I asked him to bring me some salt. I took the salt and poured some of it into my coffee. Everyone started to stare at me. My face began to turn red, but still I continued to put the salt into my cup of coffee. The young woman asked me, "Why do you put salt in your coffee?" I told her that when I was a young boy I used to live near the sea and how I loved playing in the salty water. So each time I have coffee, I put salt in it and it reminds me of my childhood days of living near the ocean and how much I missed my home town and my late parents too. On listening to my story, her eyes began to fill with tears.
She was so touched by my story that seemed to come from inside my heart. She thought a man who can talk about his feelings of being home sick and his inner feelings about his late parents has the kind of a compassion that she just admired very much.
As time went on, we began to date, as usual at Indian Coffee House, where by now even the waiters had become accustomed to my desire for salt with coffee. She discovered just how kind-hearted, warm, caring, and what a loving person I was. She loved my sweet loving words and love phrases that I always said to her. She thought how she almost missed out on getting together with me, if it was not for my salty coffee. We went on to marry and lived happily for many years to come. Every time she made me a cup of coffee, she would put salt into it as she knew I would always want it that way.
Thirty years went by and I passed away, leaving her a letter that she must read, after my death. It said, "My dearest wife, I hope you will forgive me as I once told you a lie. It was the only lie I ever told you. Do you recall the very first time we had met? I was quite nervous with you sitting with me at the coffee shop. I wanted some sugar but instead I said salt. It was a mistake and also it was hard for me to admit it, so I just went along with it and let you think I really wanted salt instead of sugar, I was too embarrassed to tell you that part. And now that I am dying I need to tell you about this sad romantic story. I really did not like salt in my coffee, but I had salt in my coffee ever since we had met and I always knew I would never have any regrets or feel sorry for what I had done. Having you as my wife gave me the greatest happiness I had ever experienced in my whole life. If I was
able to live even a little longer I would still use salt in my coffee a second time and I would continue to love you as my wife even if I had to live a life again with the lie of drinking coffee with salt added to it. Tears filled up in her eyes as she thought someday, somewhere, someone may ask her just what does coffee taste like with salt added into it. She knew just what she would say. She would simply reply, "It is so sweet."
Anonymous - Bangalore - unknown coffee shop One day I had been to the nearest coffee shop and was just waiting for the coffee to be brought to my table on giving the order. Actually it was on an evening and the idea was just to relax with a coffee. I got my coffee and had the first sip. I had been just running my eyes around the people in the shop and suddenly my eyes got entangled with one of the girls thee having coffee. A very familiar face, which was already imprinted in my mind since a long time ago! I could come to the sudden and complete realization that she was my girl friend in 10th class at my native place. Now she is also working for reputed company in Bangalore. It was an amazing event for me. It would change my whole life and give a real meaning to my life.
But after 8 years things came upside down. Here I would like to narrate an event that happened in my own life. Actually I was born and brought up in a well-to-do family with all its good traditions, spiritually and socially. I was so loved and cared by my parents, cousins and all the people around. I wished and prayed that I should get a very suitable life partner for my life.
So I got married and started my life happily than ever in my life. I loved my life partner more than anything else in my life. Days went on and as we reached on our first anniversary of our wedding I got the shock of my life. This was an eventful moment in my life. I feel sorry to say that she came to me the previous night of our wedding anniversary with her divorce request! She told me that she liked someone else more than me. I was shocked and fell sick. Yes it was beyond my limits
of endurance to digest this new revelation. This was the most cruel and unfortunate event in my life offered by my beloved first wife!
This event could impact my life to a great extent. I had loved my wife to a great extent where my life seemed absolutely impossible without her presence. But the question was, now how do I proceed with my life from here; I had thoughts on ending life, getting into crime, and the like. In other words the world had simply come upside down for me, truly. But after some time I attended a retreat center and that helped me to come out of my depression with a divine spiritual power. And thereafter I was able to live for truth and reality with a better understanding of life and was happy that my personal life could teach me a lot and made me a better person.
But my life was made truthful by the role played by that Coffee House. The Coffee House where I used to have my evening coffee could bring me many things in life. The coffee house with its homely atmosphere gave me many pleasant moments in my life and at the same time those moments were also followed by distress and grief.
Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Bhubanesvar I had been to Cafe Coffee Day, Bhubaneswar with my gang of friends. We all were getting together after a long time so we all were very much excited ahead of the meeting. As we entered the coffee shop, we were surprised to see so many people inside it who were enjoying their coffee and spending quality time with their friends.
Without much ado, we got our seats and began to catch up on a lot of things that had happened in our lives. As we were getting engrossed in our talks, I could see a guy looking at me and it seemed as if he knew me before. I tried to recollect if I knew him from somewhere before but I failed. I thought he might be seeing someone or something else so I neglected him. But then after some time, I observed that he was
still looking at me. I was confused as what to do next as he was a complete stranger and I could not confront him for this reason also. With time, I could get some positive vibes from his side, so I also started to look into his eyes and I seriously do not know when, but I started liking him. I thought that maybe we should talk to each other before it became too late for both of us.
After some time when all of my friends left the place, I decided to personally make the move and introduce myself to him. Luckily his friends had also left by then and I felt it was the perfect time for both of us to get to know more about each other. We sat there and introduced each other and slowly, we got engrossed into each other's talks and started to feel better in each other's company. Though it would have been too early to say that we were falling in love with
each other, I still liked his personality due to which I was attracted towards him. I got to know that he was from my college and that he too always wanted to know more about me but could never gather the courage to come up and speak to me. I told him that I never saw him in the college, maybe because our departments were different. But still it was so sweet of him that he had observed me throughout my college days but never confessed his fondness for me. He said that he liked my personality. I could not stop myself and told him that I too was attracted towards his personality otherwise I would have avoided him at the very first glance. We had a long chat and exchanged our numbers so that we would stay in touch after that meeting.
Though it was a brief meet, it was a memorable one as I never thought that I would meet someone at a coffee shop, who would go on to
become my boyfriend and a very close friend too! Had it not been for this coffee shop, probably I would have never met him in my life.
Anonymous from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day It all happened when I was 29 years old and we moved into our new house. Oh! I must say it was very nice. But on 20th of June, 2008 my whole life changed as I met the love of my life at Cafe Coffee Day. I will never forget that day in my life. It was very memorable event of my life. On a beautiful morning when I woke up from my deep sleep, I felt as if that day was my future's bright day. I saw that everything around me was so quiet, but the front door was slightly open. I guessed that my mother would not have gone to the market but my father would have been to the fields. I remember that this day was a Sunday, the day I would love and always wait for. Normally, I used to wake up too late and did not have shower in the morning. I used to play with all my
heart througout the day. All my friends out there would wait for me and we always fly kites in the dry fields. But this time I was bored. In addition, my kite got lost last week. It flew in the winds towards the sea and I could not save it. It may have got drowned on the seabed. Thoughtfully, sitting alone in front of the door, I looked at the sky in full shades of blue and it was very clear. Occasionally passed a bunch of birds which broke the silence. Neighbouring mango orchard was fruitful but not matured yet and mangoes were still raw. I visualised the harvest time when I loved being there while occasionally enjoying the tenderness of mangoes, it was delicious. May be the harvest season will come again in four months, I thought. While in the field, I saw the rest of the harvest yesterday, dry land and some former rice straw that are not used by the farmer. I almost felt bored and when I turned and saw backwards, she brought a cup of tea and a plate of
boiled cassava. I think there was only one word to describe it, ''delicious"! Later on, I went to Cafe Coffee Day with my friends. There was an exciting moment for me. I saw a tiny figure in the middle of the road, covered with wounds all over his body. When I drew closer, I saw a very cute cat lying in the middle of the road full of pain. I realised someone had hit it and it was very cruel letting these creatures just lying on the street. Although she was just a cat, we are the same creatures of God and should not do such a cruel deed. With compassion, I took the kitten and then I took it to a physician. Next day she thanked me to save a kitten.
After a day or two, I went to Cafe Coffee Day and found that she was waiting for me. The love grew between two of us and we soon started sharing our love. She was 30 years old and I knew she was older to me but I somehow felt that she is the one for me. I will never forget the kiss we had. Having her in my life is like a blessing from god. She gives me everything. She is my hope, my faith and everything else. I don't know what I will ever do without her. I will be lost without her. She is my everything and she means the world to me. I never thought that I will ever feel like this for a girl but she is just not any other girl but my girlfriend. I feel like I have god with me every time she is around me, I'm so much in love with her.
I'm so happy that my family accepted her. The best part of my story is that she is not just my girlfriend she is my dream girl. Now we are
enjoying our life and have a child. We have very beautiful life. She loves myself and my mother also and is now very busy with our child. Our love story started at a Cafe Coffee Day and I am thankful to them. I thank god who gave me such a beautiful life partner and I never forget the events that took place in my life.
Coolguy from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day I am working at a private firm which is near a coffee shop, so I usually go to this coffee shop once a week with friends. This one is my favourite. When I enter into the shop, the waiter comes with my favourite drink. I love that so much! As I am a regular customer, most of the staffs have become friends with me. Some of the customers are also friends of mine.
Usually I go there after my work finishes which is at nearly 6.30 in the evening. All my colleagues are married and I am yet to get married. One day I saw a girl in the coffee shop and she was waiting for a long time for her friend. By looking at her I made out that she was a college-going beautiful girl from the middle class.
At the end of one hour, I went nearer to her and asked her what she wants pretending to be a waiter. She looked at me and asked if I was from the staff and I told her yes. She ordered something, then she doubted me whether I was making fun with her or was really working there. I got her the item she ordered and then she trusted me. Actually I can easily get the orders as I am friends of the workers. I went to the kitchen and got the order for her personally. All of the workers helped me in this drama. Then her friend came there and also ordered from me. When leaving the coffee shop, she gave me a tip and smiled at me. I was very much excited and felt in love with her at that time. Then I made a big research about her background, about her likes and dislikes, interests, hobbies, family background and everything else.
From my research, I came to know she was a very soft spoken, fun loving girl. She was interested only in studies and dance. No other distractions for her. The only place I could meet her again was that coffee shop. I waited for a month and she came there again. Again I served her as if I was serving this table daily. I made friendship with her friend first and asked her to come to the coffee shop every week. She did so for me. On seeing each other continuous, it made for a good relationship. She also loved me and asked me to marry her soon. She is studying her college final year, so I planned to marry her after her college studies. Mostly her parents will not support us to marry, so I will go and ask her parents after her college. If they make any problem, we both will make register marriage and settle down near my office. As I am
working, there is no problem in getting married. She is also interested in working. At this time, I am very thankful to my coffee shop staff, my lover friend and the coffee shop too. It is my Taj Mahal where I saw my angel for the first time and it lead to our love and eventual marriage. All of this is because of my favorite coffee shop.
C.N. Patil from Mumbai - Elephanta Coffee House Love happened to me in Elephanta Coffee House!
The sky was cloudy. It gave signs of a storm. There was a rush of passerbys on the road. Everyone wanted to reach home early. I was walking speedily. Suddenly I dashed by someone. It was a girl aged about 17 years. She screamed loudly and started crying saying, “Don’t you see properly? You directly thrust me, Sir. Your things in pocket struck my head and it is paining severely." The storm was increasing. I apologised to her and said, "Sorry beautiful lady. I was just in hurry and could not judge you. Please come with me to a nearby coffee house. There we can administer some first aid."
We reached the coffee house. She was at my right arm walking close, rubbing against my shirt. She was well scented and looking toward me with her pretty face showered by raindrops. She asked if I was injured by dashing into her. I was deafened by the beauty of her face. It was a rather unexpected gift of a beautiful nature. I could not do anything without staring at her speechlessly. She broke the silence and said, "Sir! We are in a coffee shop! What you are seeing in me? I am not as good as a sweet coffee." I unknowingly answered, “After coffee I may not be able to see the beautiful raindrops on your face. They make you look so beautiful. If only I could collect them."
Suddenly I regained control of myself. I loosen my arm from her body & kept my distance. She shyly said that I must be joking, what with all I had said. "Joking? My mother may call me 'lazy lad' but perhaps you were not so attentive. Perhaps your mind was elsewhere. I think you blindly dashed into my chest." I asked that we forget all this and told her that she was really pretty, the most beautiful person I had ever seen. She hid her face with her hands but could not escape my feelings of admiration. She looked at me through the aperture of her fingers. She stared at me. She told me that I was good looking and that she had blindly dashed into me. She said that my admiration made her shine so bright that she could not bear her inner light.
"How good are you!” she exclaimed and asked me if I am alway like this. "It is unbearable!" she said and then suddenly added "Sorry". The outside storm blew my papers everywhere. I couldn't accumulate them. We took a coffee. She was drinking hers slowly taking a taste of each sip. A smile was on my face as I watched her gather her thoughts. She assured me she would see me again. She kept my mobile number with her. The next day she rang me early in the morning and asked to meet for a coffee. As soon as she came, she told me that she could not sleep all night. The similar condition was mine. I elaborated my situation and told her that after the storm and the coffee house, I felt as if I was living in heaven. I dreamed of being a poet and singing to her sweetly.
In the part of the heart where may you be there my feeling with you by my side slightly pushing your touch I bear in the bed of flower there you and me in the love of a shower; Oh my heart, you will ever be listening, Try to be beneath the lusty evening, The smell I feel near you of love, with you in the cloud.. You blow one by one that endless kiss Never the day and night are finished!"
Hearing this, she got up from her seat and ran towards me with open arms. She held me in her grip & slowly murmured, "You are so sweet. Would you allow me to walk with you?" I agreed.
In her brownish eyes the taste of coffee may not come but an endless kiss pushed me back to her.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Abides It was the happiest day of my life when I visited a coffee shop with my friend. It was the moment that I will never forget in my life. I visited my friend at a coffee shop in my city. The coffee shop was Abides which is far from my home. At the coffee shop, we firstly ordered coffee and started talking about our life, feelings, emotions, joys etc. As we were talking to each other suddenly my friend asked me if anyone was in my life. I started wondering what he was asking me. I asked him to tell me clearly what he meant by it. He became emotional and suddenly held my hands and said to me that he loved me. I was shocked as he never expressed this to me before. I asked him when he he began feeling this way about me. He answered that he liked me very much from the day we
first started talking, since we first became friends. He told me there was not a single moment when he had not thought about me. He started loving me but had never confronted me. Over coffee I learned these things. I did not know what to do and what not to do. I became quiet for some time as it seemed I was not in this world. I started thinking that I too like him a lot but had not ever felt it was love. His eyes were filled with tears and I couldn't stop myself. I could not bear his tears. He made me believe that he loved me and could not live without me. By seeing his love, I couldn't stop myself. He proposed to me and I accepted it. Our friendship turned into love. The people sitting besides me started clapping and cheering us on as he proposed to me. We enjoyed our time at that coffee shop. We started talking of our past life and were having fun. Then I called all my friends and told all
the things that had happened, they all felt very happy and congratulated me. We spent five hours at least at the coffee shop. In those five hours we drank 10 cups of coffee. We couldn't make out how fast the time went on and then we made plans for going out along with my friends for a movie as I had to give them a treat and wanted to share my happiness with all of them too. Then we were talking about our likes and dislikes, we started remembering our lifelong friendship - teasing one another, sharing our foods, the way true friends behave. I never expected that one day I would fall in love. It was unbelievable. I thanked God a lot while sitting at the coffee shop for giving me such a beautiful life and a true love; really everything is looking like a beauty. We were talking with each other with love and peace. This was the
happiest moment of my life which I will remember for my entire life. A true love is caring, joyful, it is everything...
Sathya from Salem - Salem Cafe I fell in love at a coffee shop once while I was there to drink coffee. A beautiful girl entered into the same coffee bar and she ordered one coffee for herself and sat opposite to me. My eyes automatically turned to the side to see her. My eyes suddenly got shocked and my heartbeat raised.. Then slowly she looked at me with a cute and light smile. Thereafter she finished her coffee and suddenly left the place. I also left quickly and went to my home but my mind was still in that coffee shop. The next day I went to the coffee shop again and I was very shocked as the same girl was sitting at the same place there. I was so excited for that moment. Slowly I moved towards her and sat opposite of her again. That time the girl smiled at me and I too returned back a smile to her. She asked me "Hi, how are you?". And I replied to her that I
was fine and how about her. To this she said she is good too. Then I said ok and we both finished our coffees and left the coffee shop. She said ''Bye'' smilingly and I replied back the same with smile too. Two days later my college started and my classes went on and all students were watching lessons but my mind thought about that girl only. Suddenly one girl entered into the class room and she said to the class teacher "I am a new student". My eyes suddenly stucked on that girl and I felt so very excited and unbelievable to see it was the same girl and also thanked god for that moment. My class teacher asked the girl to go and take a seat. She walked towards me and sat just before my bench. She turned to me and said, "Wow, you are in the same college so good." And I nodded. Then she turned towards the board watching lessons. But I was watching only her.
Class ended and all the students left the classroom. She asked my name then and I replied, '' I am Sathya'' and asked for her name to which she replied that she was Geetha and then she asked to go to the coffee bar together and I readily agreed. Finally we went to the coffee shop together. Then she ordered two coffees for both of us. That time my heart blossomed and then we shared a lot of information about each other. Later we left the coffee shop together. We both went to the bus stop waiting for the bus. Two months later, we were good friends. We shared all the things about each other deeply and shared a good relationship. Once she asked me again to go to the same coffee shop and ordered two coffees. She then said "You are so cute and handsome". I took it as a joke but she said she was serious about it and repeated that I was so cute. Suddenly she stood up, she hugged and kissed me that time and I
was so unconscious that no words came out of me. Finally we left the coffee shop that made us lovers and I thank god for it.
Anonymous from Kolkata - Millenium City CCD I remember the date well. It was 5th August, 2012.It was Smith's birthday. I was in Kolkata. I had been very excited as I was going to see our gang of four friends: me, Smith, Richard and Marie. We all were dispersed in our own career path after 12th. It was vacation time and it had been four years since the four of us were in Kolkata. We decided to celebrate Smith's birthday together after a long time apart. It was me, Richard and Marie who had planned a surprise for Smith in CCD at Millennium City (Salt Lake).The birthday was to be celebrated in the evening.
We had booked a table at CCD and had asked them to make several arrangements. All four of us reached CCD and took our table. We were
meeting after four years. The excitment of meeting our close mates was reflecting from each of our faces. It was a memorable evening. We had a lot to talk about and lot to share.
We began our celebration with cake cutting. Tapping to the birthday music, Smith cut the cake. The smooth music touched our heart and added pleasure to the evening. In the mid of celebration suddenly we saw four of our colleagues there. Amongst them, there was Jacob who had a crush on me in the past. It was a nice meeting. We invited them to join our celebration. We decided to play paper dance in a group of two. We made eight sheets with the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The two people with the same numbers would form a group together. Fortunately mine and Jacob's number was two. I was glad to be
Jacob's partner. Each group played the game very well and it was the most wonderful moment of that evening. Jacob and I won the game.
We were hungry by that time. We had some snacks and cokes. Jacob was sitting beside me and we talked a lot. We all were enjoying recalling our past memories. I fell in love with Jacob but couldn't express it. Excitement grew inside me. I wanted to spend more time with him.
Jacob and I decided to meet again and spend some time together at the same place. Our dreams were materialized two weeks later. We were able to talk with each other and share what was in our hearts after four dates at the same place. We opened up about what was in
our minds for each other. We decided, we were in for a relationship, and a great one. Day by day, our love for each other increased. We both told our parents who readily agreed to our engagement. We got engaged last January and we're going to get married next year. I really cherish those moments in CCD and I really thank them from the core of my heart for this opportunity for which I could start a new life. I look forward to visiting CCD many more times with Jacob.
Shanthini from Chennai - Tulips at Vadapalani Hi friends, I am glad to share this real story with you. This is my friend Rahini's love life story. I will give a short description about this story. There was extreme love and then so much fights inbetween lovers and then after extreme fights again they compromised and join together in a coffee cafe. Now the story begins. The story actress is Rahini who is working in an IT concern. In the same concern, Mr. Guru is working with Rahini. Generally each and every human has some positives and negatives. When a guys starts to speak to a girl about their negatives to positives, the love develops within a girl. Rahini would often go to Tulips coffee shop in Vadapalani with Guru.
On an evening on a weekend in rainy season, Rahini and Guru as usual went to Vadapalani coffee shop. Rahini has short and curly hair so her friends used to tease her hair and call her 'paint brush'. Unexpectedly, suddenly Guru said to Rahini, ''I like your hair very much.'' At first Rahini thought that as always like her other friends he is also playing with her and asked Guru directly that "What boss are you kidding me?" To this, Guru replied that he wasn't kidding and speaking the truth from his heart. Rahini was so happy hearing this and got a spark from Guru. Friendship, extreme friendship and at last they both touched the end points of friendship. Further to this, there was no chance to leave this relationship at friendship. In a smart way, Guru proposed to Rahini and she accepted his proposal the same day.
After many fights with their parents, both of their families accepted to get them married. Three weeks before the marriage, Rahini come to know about Guru's past love life via her friend. The important thing was that Guru did not share about this past to Rahini before. Rahini was confused and was irritated for about a week and tolerated no more, she asked about this to Guru directly and he questioned that she too might be having some past love or so but it didn't matter to him to ask about it to her. To this, Rahini got shocked and days passed without speaking to each other. End of it, Rahini decided to forget it and become casual and started talking to Guru promising him that she will not ask about that anymore. Hence Guru also became normal and they both got happily married. Marriage took place successfully. But after that the problems started. Guru got transferred to another branch as there was a rule that family
members could not work together in the same concern. Guru and Rahini generally started fighting for even small matters. One day finally after having so many endless fights, Rahini told him that she only did a mistake marrying him as before marriage itself he was not true to her and had hidden his past love and she should have taken time to think tabout marrying him. On hearing this, Guru got irritated and he almost hit Rahini and then he went away. Rahini didn't liked to live with Guru and stayed with her friend for three days. She couldn't even go to her mom's place as before marriage itself her father had strictly told her that this life was being selected by her and so if she has any problems after marriage, she should not go there. Those three days she didn't receive even a single call or a message or any other response from Guru. Then Rahini went to her husband's home making some decision.
Once Rahini reached home, she said to Guru that she thought they could not live happily together ever so they needed to get separated. When she talked about divorce, Guru left from that place. Rahini was so angru that she sent a divorce notice to him. Guru sent acceptance to her and mentioned many bad things about Rahini in the notice. Personally Rahini felt very bad. If either one of them would have quit his or her anger and not crossed the boundary then life could be good for them. Guru came and asked Rahini to come out with him as he felt the need to share some personal matters with her.
Both drove to Vadapalani coffee shop. Reaching there, Guru started crying in Rahini's lap. After crying for ten minutes, he said to Rahini, "Even now I am saying I like your hair", and he started to speak, "Think how many times you hurt me", and hearing him Rahini was unable to tolerate and started to cry and after crying for ten minutes she said to him, ''I love you''. Then both of them had a nice coffee and left much happier. Moral: Before and after marriage love is the same but at some point of time in life it hides due to our egos. If we adjust with each other, we can lead successful lives until the last second. A beautiful relationship started and continued in a coffee shop and never ended. It was a memorable coffee shop. Live and love life happily!!!
Azhar from Delhi - Mohan Singh Palace When I was small, I and my friends went on a tour. From there we went to a coffee house and there I saw her with her parents in a beautiful dress. She was my classmate at school when I was studying in 10th class. She was my love. Every day and every second I thought about her but I didn't tell her that I loved her because I was afraid whether she would love me too. Everyday I used to stand at the bus stop to see my princess. She didn't know I loved her. She never asked or talked to me about it. After a long time I met her at a coffee shop. She was so outstanding and as her parents were with her, I behaved normal so nobody paid attention to me. In the evening, I saw her without her parents and I talked to her and invited her to have coffee with me. She was surprised but being polite, she promised.
We sat in a nice coffee shop. I was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable too. She must have been thinking I should let her go back home ... when suddenly I asked the waiter for a special place.
I looked into her eyes. Her eyes were my favourite. We talked about so many things but I couldn't say to her ''I am in love with you'. Time passed and she went back to her hotel. She wished me well and walked away. I called out to her and asked for her phone number and she said "I have no mobile" but she asked me for my number. I was happy with that. Later I and my friends left from the coffee shop. After a few days she called me and we talked about many things.
I dated my girl for many years, I did higher studies and was working as a junior executive. My future wasn't that bright but we were very
happy together. One Valentine's Day I folded 1,000 paper cranes as a gift to her. On the same day she told me she was going for her further studies and she would not come back. She also told me that she could not see any future as I was just a junior executive. She asked for a breakup. Reluctantly, I agreed to her request and we both had a sad farewell Valentine meal in our regular cafe, the same cafe we first met at. After the separation, I worked hard day and night, attended night class and was slogging my body and mind just to make something out of my life. After several months of hard work and with the help of friends, I scored my results in higher studies and passed. One rainy day, while I and my friends were driving, I saw an elderly couple sharing an umbrella in the rain and walking to some destination. Even with the umbrella, they were still getting drenched.
It didn't took me long to realize the couple were my girl's parents. I drove slowly beside them and talked with them. Her parents explained me that she did not leave for further studies. I told them I would like to marry their daughter. I talked with them sincerely and they told me if I could come up with a better job they would allow me to marry her. I started working on interviews with the help of my friends and looked for a better job in my company. Later her parents told me the truth. Her parents explained that she was at the hospital. She was striken with cancer and she insisted that her parents keep this a secret from me. She was diagnosed with cancer two days after she broke up with me. In her heart, she believed I would make it someday. She did not want her illness to be an obstacle for me. She chose to leave me.
When she died her final request was that my 1,000 paper cranes lie beside her. Afterwards her parents put my paper cranes in a bottle and gave them to me. I wept and I broke down. I took home the bottle of 1,000 paper cranes that I gave her on Valentine's Day. Tears rolled out of my eyes as I saw her lying in her coffin with a note, "You did it baby! Now please do it everyday, I love you''.
I vowed to stay single for the rest of my life. I was truly lost. I put all of my heart into my career.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Espresso I joined an organization after a phase of several interviews. After being selected, I joined an enthusiastic team with full vigor and zeal to learn. My team leader was a young, handsome and a dynamic person. From the day I joined the organization he was very keen to assist me as and when needed. I was also happy with my team and the boss. I had never informed anyone regarding my birthday; however, the team lead came and wished me a happy birthday. He also handed over a gift to me which was unexpected. One day he said that we would go out on a team outing. I resisted it stating that I was not interested. He quickly cancelled the outing. On his birthday, the whole team requested a bash and he agreed. We went to a hotel and had dinner. As it was a bit late in the night, he
offered to drop me off as he stayed close to my house. After initial resistance, I accepted and sat next to him in his car. We were discussing the team and its performance, my stand from the teams' perspective and so on. As we were driving home, it started raining. My team lead suggested we have coffee and as soon as the rain stopped we would start again.
I was hesitant. However, he assured me that he would drop me home on time. And so we entered Coffee Day. He preferred a table in the corner and ordered for coffee. As we sat down and after initial discussions, he was gazing at me. I felt a bit uncomfortable. All of a sudden, he said, look at the interiors. It was extravagant and tastefully decorated. He said that it was as beautiful as me. Then he put in his
hand over mine and said, "Do you know how much I love you? Shall we settle down as a family?"
As it was completely unexpected, I did not know how to react? I was spellbound. He offered a glass of water to me and said, "Please think about it and let me know your opinion. I would be waiting for the same throughout my life if you need me to do so". After a while we returned home and the routine of office continued for few more days. One day he asked, "shall we go to the same coffee shop were we went the other day?" I understood that he wanted to know my thoughts regarding the proposal. We went to the coffee shop and once again sat at the same table and same chairs. He now looked at me and said, "Am I so bad that you need such long time to think?" I was mum and
could not answer. He said, "No problem, let us remain friends if that is fine with you". As I looked at him, I saw that his eyes were full of tears. However he did not impose his decision on me. Though, I was nervous, I answered him saying that, "Had my decision been negative, would I have ever joined you to this coffee shop once again?" He was very happy with my words. He quickly called his mom and said, "I am ready to marry!" Whenever I pass through that Coffee Shop those memories follow me and makes me nostalgic.
Vaibhav Tiwari from Indore - Indian Coffee House First time I met my wife was in Indian Coffee House. While drinking coffee I saw her. We talked to each other and then we became friends and got married.
Zubair Ali Akbar from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day <3 Good. :)
Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House I met my girlfriend first time in this coffee house only. I had seen her also first time here. Siva M. from Chennai, Tamil Nadu - unknown coffee shop
I met my girlfriend for the first time.
Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day I made a new girlfriend when I went to coffee day last week. She looks so beautiful. Thanks to Cafe Coffee Day.
Anonymous from Bangalore - unknown coffee shop I had a great first date and I enjoyed completely with my partner and experienced a great pleasure.
Anonymous from Coimbatore - Cafe Coffee Day
One great thing happened to me at a coffee house. I met my girl friend first time at coffee house and it was only at that time that we talked about our life and that the day I won't forget. From that day onwards Café Coffee Day is our likely place to meet each other.
Anonymous from Madurai - Andavar Coffee Shop I saw a girl in coffee shop, I proposed to her but she refused me. I would go regularly to that shop for 5 months, every day. Finally the girl told me that she too loved me. We married and are blessed with a child now. We are living happily together.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - CCD in Madhapur
Coffee house.... my Favorite place for match making. Mostly the girls that I liked online ended up having a good coffee with me at CCD (Cafe Coffee Day). It's a nice cozy place to be and to make important decisions in life. I have made many friends and I am still on the hunt for my life partner. I am sure if nothing works at least one day I will become a brand ambassador for CCD. Now that most of the people there know me by face & know what I order! Anonymous from Sivakasi - Bell Restaurant In earlier days, I went to coffee shop with my girl friend. It was before my marriage. My girl friend and I went to the coffee shop without the knowledge of anyone related to us. That is, we went to the shop to avoid anybody related to us seeing us. We ordered two cup of coffees
and two cakes. It was found to be good by us, because we had a touch with ourselves. That was a wonderful experience.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Cafe Coffee Day I met my first love.
Anonymous from Coimbature, Tamil Inadu - CCD One incident happened in my life at a coffee shop. After I was engaged to my wife, but before marriage, there was some related problem in our family. But I do know the matter. That issue was because my wife was a little dark. So my family says she is dark and I myself did not like dark girls, and I gave permission only for my mother's sake. When this
news reached her, she was very shocked. Because she wanted to know whether I like her really or agreed to marry her for family's sake, I went to her office to meet her. She suddenly told me we go to a coffee shop and asked if we can go to a nearby hotel. I was very shocked, because the little that I know of her, she never drinks tea or coffee.
When we went to a hotel, she ordered very strong coffee. I was shocked very much because normally nobody likes very strong coffee. But she drank very slowly and her face showed a lot of tension. After drinking coffee she directly asked me whether I liked her or not and if I agreed to marry her for my mother's sake only. But after hearing this I understood what was happening there. With a little smile on my face, I told her it was not anything like that, no and advised her not to worry
about others' talks. I said, 'I like you first, then only I gave permission to my mother'. Only then did she agree to our engagement and our marriage date was finalized.
She explained to me later that she never drinks tea or coffee. But will drink coffee only when under stress and very rarely once in a year or two.
I will never forget that incident; because that was the first time we had coffee together and led to a development of matters. Now also whenever I remember that incident, I laugh in joy within my heart.
Anonymous from Bangalore - unknown coffee shop
I had a great first date which I enjoyed completely. It was a great pleasure.
Anonymous from Bangalore, Jaynagar 4th block - CCD Well, I and my girl friend had been to Cafe Coffee Day; there we just went to have a casual talk and spend good time. There was another lady around 25+ age, she was wearing tight jeans, and a short top, and I could see her back above her waist. My girlfriend noticed it but she was quiet, even I tried controlling my eyes and tried resisting it.
Later some time passed, like 30-35 minutes, the lady sitting around waiting for someone; she called that person and was asking something. I could make out she was calling the person whom she is
waiting for. She was meddling with her keys while talking, her keys fell and she went to pick it up by bending sitting of the chair itself. This was a big mistake of hers; her pants and panties slipped and gave a view of her ass. I could view almost 40% of her ass. My eyes broadened looking at the view which lasted for 10 seconds; my girlfriend noticed my eyes and looked back at the exposed ass. She looked angry at me and later I said sorry and made the situation normal.
Later my girlfriend started talking to me naughty and made me excited and this was the first time she spoke dirty. Later, after having such dirty talks we started asking each other about adult stuff for first time. I proposed her to get physical with me and to make our relationship stronger. That night was the first time when I had SEX for first time in
my life with my beloved girlfriend. Today I and my girlfriend are in a relationship and both our parents know. We are soon going to marry in November 2013.
The coffee day incident made a big impact on us.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD I had a great first date and fell in love.
Anonymous from Cochin - Indian Coffee House I met my husband at a coffeehouse. At first, I thought he was the most egomaniacal idiot I had ever laid my eyes on, but after a few hours of
(extremely hostile) debating, we made plans to meet again- and then two years later we met again- at the altar!
My boyfriend took me to a very romantic dinner to celebrate our oneyear anniversary. Afterwards, he took me to a coffee shop and we sat outside and discussed our future together! It was then and there that I knew we would always be together.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD Yes, it occurred in a coffee house. I met her for the first time. Have you heard about love at first sight? Yes, it happened in my life. But I was totally a stranger to her. I met her in the same place many times. One day, I just smiled at her. She also returned the smile. After some days
we became friends, then days ran and we became best friends. I came to know all details about her and in my mind I was very happy that I found my life partner. After some days I explained my love to her. She said nothing. I thought that she didn't like me. Next evening she invited me for coffee in the same coffee shop. Then she expressed her love to me. So I love that coffee shop very much.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista Hi, yes I love every time I think of my first coffee day visit with my loveable friends, but I got my life partner as a gift that day. I begin my story here. I and my friends went to a coffee shop. I got a call from my friend and as I was talking to him I moved forward, suddenly slipped and fell onto
a girl unexpectedly. She touches my heart and my first words to her were I had not seen such a precious girl till then and it made me fall in love, but she was angry with and slapped me. I was shocked. She felt it was not an accident. The next day we came to the same shop and the same thing happened to her with me. I did not slap her but just gave her a hot kiss. She fell in love with me from there onwards. This story was in 2008 and now she is my wife with charming eyes, cool and pleasant face; every day she makes coffee for me... Sometimes accidents make some benefits... Keep smiling. Ha ha.
Anonymous from Cochin - CCD MY FIRST DATE Actually we belong to Kerala. As we both were working in Mumbai at that time, our parents wanted us to meet somewhere outside home and take a decision ourselves. So when he asked me "where should we meet" I suggested any coffee shop. Then he told me to meet me in CCD (Cafe Coffee Day). I didn't understand what he meant by that. So I asked him where it is. He laughed and told me that it is a coffee shop, name CCD means Cafe Coffee Day. That was my first date and also I never went to any coffee shop before that day. Because before that day I was thinking why we need to go for a coffee shop to have coffee; better we can go to our homes and have it peacefully. That day and that coffee shop changed all my
thoughts. That conversation almost confirmed him to marry me and he proposed to me there itself. Then we got married. Now we have 2 kids. Still we go to a coffee shop on our anniversary day with our kids after dinner. Thanks for such coffee shops. Thank you. Anonymous from Mumbai - CCD "Let's connect over a coffee," it's such a common phrase these days. At least for me, the connection part remains true. Three years ago, during the first year of my college, I was a part of a dance group for the end of the year festival. There, I made friends with a guy who had the most perfect jaw line.
I didn't think we'd be anything more than that, until the day he asked me for a coffee date! We went to a tiny Cafe Coffee Day nearby our college and we ordered the most delicious cold coffee. That was our first common liking. We spoke for hours and hours and ordered a few more glasses of iced coffee. A week after that we were dating. And we still are, 3 years later.
Anonymous from Mumbai - Cafe Coffee Day Yes i too had an experience of an amazing thing that happened in my life. It was my love story. I was living in Mumbai and I was working there and the other guys in the office and me used to drink coffee in the Cafe Coffee Day shop
daily. But one day I saw a girl and she was beautiful with black hair, in gorgeous Chudidhars. That's the moment I fell in love with her. But my friends insisted I go and talk to the girl, but i refused and didn't go. Then after that day, everyday we went to the coffee shop and everyday she too came with her friends. One day I took courage and went to her and spoke to her. It was the coffee shop which taught me to love a girl. Then regularly I went to that coffee shop, not with my friends, but with her and thus we started to love each other. Then we used to regularly visit the coffee shop and talk to each other. That was a very good feeling in the coffee shop.
Every Valentine's Day, we two never forget to go to the coffee shop where our love first bloomed and even on our wedding day we go there to enjoy ourselves. I want to thank India Lifebushido for making me remember this story.
S. Kumar from Chennai - Surya Coffee Shop When I was 20 years old, my friends were invited for a birthday treat. When we were celebrating, I felt as if somebody was watching me. But I didn't see anybody and I could not understand what was happening to me. But there was a girl who was watching me for a long time. That was the only time I had seen her. But now, what surprised me is that the girl I saw that day is my wife today. Life is too short and gives many surprises.
Sanjeev Kumar from Delhi - Nescafe FELL IN LOVE.
V. Patoliya from Bangalore - Cafe Coffee Day It was a first blind date in Cafe Coffee Day. I and my girl were messaging each other for many days. She was busy with her college life and me with my college life. One fine day we felt something for each other and then we decided to meet. Where to meet was a good question for us. Since we wanted to spend some time with each other, we end up in finalizing to meet at a CCD. My friends and her friends were aware of our blind date and that made for a funny incident in the meantime. :-)
We went to CCD on CMH road, Bangalore. It has very few sitting arrangements facing the road. We happened to be sitting facing the road side. Mine and her friends got a chance to mingle and trouble us. My friends were seeing me from the other side of the road and messaging me: she is cute, you are lucky, and so and so forth but the final message pissed me off. Last message was: how much did she cost you? :-) Unfortunately she grabbed my cell phone and read the message. I was hiding my face and she was a little frustrated with the message. She was not in the mood for a coffee. I got angry, paid the bill and left the place alone. After some time I noticed she was following me and I stopped. We discussed the scenario. She was cool because even her friends were also messaging her in the same way and she was just playing with me by showing different moods in CCD.
All ended up well and we are happy together. I can't forget this incident, since this was my first and last blind date and fortunately turned out well. Lee Lela from Chennai - Dizzle Yes, I have got a love story when I visited the local coffee shop last year. The man who sat before me was very cute and I fell in love at first sight. Later I proposed my wish and he told me to wait for someday. After some time I got a call from that man whom I met in the coffee house. We met and he expressed his love also and we got married now.
Gowri Sankar from Madurai - Vasantham Found love at a coffee house.
J. Balachandran from Kochi, Kerala - Barista While I was studying in my tenth class, I had a crush on a girl who studied with me in the same class. Mine was a true love but I was scared to ask her whether she loved me or not. On the day when our public exams were over, we friends all went to Barista café and had all our fun over there. I reserved a couch for us early before all my friends arrived. I was surprised to see her with other girls who were invited with us and I did not know about it. I asked for a Barista blast since it is my favorite. And she ordered for a strawberry smoothie. On that day, with all my courage I tried to propose her but an emergency call from her home called her back home. So she went away, breaking my heart.
For days I felt very disappointed. Years passed and after two years I completed my twelfth class. On a fine evening I was sitting near a shore to see the sunset. First I was not able to believe my eyes. I saw the same girl who had changed a lot when time had passed! But I recognized her instantly. I ran behind her and met her in front of the same Barista where we had our Farewell. Since we were seeing each other after a long time, she was also shocked. Then after a general talk, I asked her to accompany me to have something since I felt very lonely. She was very happy to meet me again and she was fully willing to come with me. I took her to the Barista and arranged the table myself with two chairs and this time not the couch! Then I ordered for two Strawberry smoothies and some sort of chocolate pastry (I don't exactly
remember its name), since I knew that she is very fond of strawberry and chocolate. She was happy that I knew her mind. I whispered in my mind that God has given me a second chance and I should utilize it properly or I would not get one more chance. So I didn't think of consequences and I proposed her and made her to feel my love through my words. She didn't reply for a long time and took the strawberry smoothie which I ordered for her and took a sip. I felt great only after a smile beautified her face. Then I came to know that from that day she also loves me and now we have a great time. Thanks to "STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE OF BARISTA CAFÉ" which was the link that strengthened our relationship. Now we have our good times over there. Feels great!
Noofa Karim from Ernakulam - Indian Coffee House Fell in love.
Prathibha Menon from Bangalore - Barista I have one touching coffee story which happened about an year ago, when I and my husband went to coffee day for celebrating our first wedding anniversary. On reaching the place, my husband dropped me near the coffee store and he went to park our bike opposite the store. We were chatting about our romantic wedding life experiences while having a cup of coffee.
After some moments traffic police came and took our bike. When we saw it my husband ran to them and requested them not to take our bike. But they told us to give money for releasing the bike. We agreed to give the money and released our bike from them. This touching experience we never can forget.
Anonymous from Lucknow - Cafe Coffee Day Yes...I was visiting Cafe Coffee Day in Hajratganj, Lucknow, India soon after we got married. We took two lattes. Barista made a nice heart swirls on her cup realizing that we are newly wed. I brought that cup to her table from the counter and she was very touched by the gesture. I can never forget that coffee experience.
Aseef Sumaya from Bangalore - Chandrika Cafe I fell in love.
Anonymous - Cafe Coffee Day - Chennai It was in the Cafe Coffee day that I met my life partner for the first time! The alliance came through one of my colleagues and before introducing the matter to our family, we thought of meeting and sharing our concepts about life and marriage. I was so very nervous to see him, thinking what to say and how to react when he speaks. I was even more curious to know how he looks and whether he will like me or not. When I reached the coffee shop a 4.30 pm, he was standing in front of the door expecting my arrival and we wished each other. It was he who started the conversation and both of us where able to understand that we were going through a kind of tension or nervousness. As the conversation progressed, the situation became
calm and we started speaking informally about our profession, projects and about marriage etc. The meeting was planned to get over within one hour, but we never knew that we were in that coffee shop for 4 hours! At 8.30, we went to Domino's Pizza and got a parcel for my roommate. All through the time, we kept on talking and both of us were not in a position to say "Good Bye". At last when I started back to my hostel room, he said he will accompany me till my hostel and we both walked together till the next stop where my hostel is situated. Within that brief span of time, I had decided that he will be my life partner, but was curious to know his decision because we didn't disclose to each other about this and left it open during our entire conversation. At last at 9.30 pm when I was laying in my bed, I heard my mobile vibrating and saw that he has sent me a message. I felt my hands shivering when I opened that message,
but everything turned to a wonderful smile when I saw the message "Will you marry me, please?"!!!
Anonymous - Cappuccino Corner - Mumbai Yes, I was waiting for this chance to share my story on choosing my life partner. It was an interesting and a funny one too.
One day, my marriage was arranged by my parents and I had to visit my life partner. I called her and she told me that we will meet in Cappuccino Corner and we met for the first time in my life. She was waiting for me in the coffee shop and that very minute I fell in love with her. Then we were talking about ourselves and we understood each other better and we really fell in love with each other.
Then regularly after completing the work, we used to meet at the same coffee shop and till now, every wedding day we would go to the same coffee shop and enjoy ourselves.
But, one day we completed our work and as we going towards the coffee shop, suddenly a riot broke out in that area. I thought it was a religious riot and the buses and autos and cars were burnt down and we were already in the coffee shop which was also damaged severely and the doors had to be shut down. We were stuck in the coffee shop and we struggled really hard and that's the day I cannot ever forget and finally after about 3 hours the cops came in and released us along with some others who were also stuck inside. After that incident I and my wife stopped going to that coffee shop due to the anxiety and fear
we had to face on that day. That was really a bad day for us. We could not imagine what could have happened on that day and how finally God had saved us.
And I give a final concluding touch that a coffee shop is the best place to fall in love and will always be. I really loved and enjoyed my wonderful moments with my love and sharing a single coffee with her. We used to sit for five hours over two cups of coffee and that may have really irritated the owners of the coffee shop but thanks to them they really stayed calm and maintained a great attitude. Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD On a sunny evening, I was in a coffee day for having a cup of cold coffee. I sat on a chair and started thinking of my future wife. I had
some preferences regarding my wife. I just started to drink the coffee and started thinking. Then suddenly it started raining. I love to watch rains and I did the same. Then suddenly a girl entered to the shop and sat in front of me. I just looked to her face and got surprised. The same face that I always visualised as my future wife!!!!!!. I got astonished and took some initiative to talk to her.
Now after 5 years, while I am writing this story she is next to me. We got married. All happened over a coffee shop.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD Had a great first date! I enjoyed over there with my partner.
Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day I made a new girlfriend when I went to Cafe Coffee Day last week. She looks so beautiful.
Anonymous from Hyderabad - Barista Yes, I had an amazing thing happened with me at a coffee house.
I met my lover at the coffee house. First time I saw her there sitting next to my table and I saw her at a glance that moment and lost my senses. Then after some time she left from that place and I started following her to know about her. But on the way she caught me following her. Firstly I was afraid to approach her but later when she
smiled at me , I took an advantage of that incident and approached her by asking her name. She replied to me and I felt very happy about that. Thereafter I invited her to coffee house and she accepted my request. While having coffee, we introduced ourselves. I thought that she liked me a lot and mean while I proposed her. She took sometime and accepted my proposal.
That day my dream came true. Anonymous from Mumbai I used to celebrate my success or failure at a coffee house whether with friends, family or all alone. And a day came when I got average marks in my Computer Engineering. I always celebrate my failure alone.
That day I was at a coffee house celebrating my failure and i came across a girl named 'Pinky'. On seeing her I lost myself for a minute and my hand got burnt as the hot black coffee spilled over it. When I returned to my senses, I realised she was sitting in front of me and she said a 'hi' to me. I told her she looked beautiful and she thanked me for it and asked me why I looked sad. I told her I got average marks in my engineering as I wanted to study electrical as well as computer engineering. I was confused that time and got so frustrated with the exam dates and decided to study computer engineering but now that I got an average marks into it I felt I chose it wrongly. I mentioned that I had a problem with exams as I hate exams. She heard it all and suggested me to focus on computer engineering and study electrical engineering online, it's free and there is no exam. On hearing that I asked her how she knew about online studying and she revealed even
she can't focus on exams. As she was learning how to cook over internet, she came across many educational courses this how. She also advised if I cant concentrate on exams I should spare sometime and spend more time with my friends. To this I told her I didn't had any friends and quickly she responded that I can spend time with her and this was my first day with my love who showed me the perfect direction in my life.
We are now dating and go to a coffee house once in a week.
Anonymous from Nasik - Cappuccino Corner
Yes, I was waiting for this chance to share my story on choosing my life partner. It was and interesting and a funny one too.
One day, my marriage was fixed by my parents and I had to visit my life partner. I called her and she told me that we will meet in Cappuccino Corner and we met for the first time in my life. She was waiting for me in the coffee shop and that's the minute I fell into love with her. Then we were chatting about ourselves and we understood each other and we really loved each other. Then regularly after completing the work, I used to meet her in the same coffee shop and till now every wedding day, we would go to the same coffee shop and enjoy ourselves.
Ramunni from Tellycherry - Indian Coffee House This romantic life in Tellicherry was drawing to its end after some months as Mr Krishnan was leaving to his home town on transfer with promotion which would at least ease his financial burden to some extent on the extra salary he would be entitled to.
Krishnan took her alone to the coffee house which seemed to be far away and yet not far enough where they used every evening to have a cup of coffee. That night as he served at her table the temptation to touch her was overpowering and had almost forgotten himself when he dropped her coffee cup, which made him pull up himself and realize his position.They sat for a long time-without saying a word to each other,a silence so heavy they could hardly breathe. There was
something she could not have explained and which she was trying to express. It seemed to him that he sat there for ages, as if neither of them dare break the magic spell of night and music. ''Good night'' was the only word that passed between them as the last bus to Krishnan's home town came up to pick him up,he watched her wave her hand till the bus was out of sight.
Then he realized what he lost was lost forever.
Zha from Chennai - unknown coffee shop For me, coffee is something that would serve as a turning point in my life.
When I was younger, my father gave me the habit of visiting a coffee shop. I would need to adopt a coffee addiction. Perhaps I would spend my days sipping coffee, reading classic novels in the town gazebo, or lying on the grass, staring up at the blue sky. I would also need to meet the love of my life in a coffee shop. You see, I had this idea that I would be sitting in the said coffee shop, shamelessly dancing in my seat to a song that just came on, while sipping my coffee and typing an article furiously on my laptop, because that seems like something quirky people might do. I would glance up and notice a girl shamelessly dancing across the room. She would have a nice cheek, green eyes and a dazzling smile. We would blush slightly as we noticed one another and that would be that. Cue "My Little Corner of the World" by Zha. We would talk over coffee, which we naturally took the exact same way. We would smile at each other as we realized this
and proceed to share musical interests, which once again, would be the same. Flash to images of us walking through a park, feeding bread to ducks as he takes my hand (zoom in on hands). Flash to the fall where we are sitting under a tree, reading Proust to each other. Then in the winter, after playfully throwing snowballs, we would kiss and go inside to light by the fireplace. That, to me, was love. And all of it would happen because of my addiction to coffee. Fade out as song ends.
Anonymous from Madurai - Andavar Coffee Shop Fell in love, married her and blessed with a child now.
Anonymous from Bangalore - CCD It was the first time I had a cup of coffee with my friend.
I told her that you need to come with me. She asked me "Where to?" I said that it was a surprise and she laughed. We went to the square, there we sat at the right corner and I told her that I want to talk to you. She asked me what that was. I slowly took out a ring from my pocket and said "I love you" and at that time I was on my knees. She was really surprised and to my surprise she gave me a ring too. I came to know that she wanted to tell me first.
Finally, we become one with a cup of coffee. The day at Cafe Coffee Day became my life's best day.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista One day I went to a coffee shop.I saw a girl and I fell into love; it was love at first sight. I looked at the girl for so long that I forgot what I was doing until she left the coffee shop.
Anonymous from Tiruppur - Angel Coffee Shop One day it was raining. A vehicle slowly stopped in front of a store and a girl came to the coffee shop. I decided that I would impress the beautiful girl, but when I went there the next day, she wasn't there.
Nidhi Bawa from Delhi - Barista Fell in love in the coffee house... I had a very dear friend from my hostel days who came back to Delhi for her training for a new job. They were eight odd people attending the training. Since she was just for eight days in Delhi, she asked me to be with her for all the evenings. First day she came with four friends and asked me to come downstairs as they all were going for coffee. It continued for the whole week and now it was the 8th day and she was leaving. She asked me to stay in touch. One by one everyone left for their assignments and only two guys, Ashish and my admirer, stayed in the town. Actually both of us were really different but something was happening. Slowly Ashish also disappeared from the scene and our coffee sessions continued. I met
his other friends from Delhi and Mumbai and it was real fun when we used to look forward to have our coffee discussions. Once we chose a different place in a different city for fun to go and had fun and as there was a ban on my night outs I said bye to the rest of them. Somehow my admirer convinced my mom and on the 16th of Feb 2006, he told me that he can't find anyone better than me and I am made for him! Thanks to the coffee chains for all the romantic twists and our story.
Lakshmi Reddy from Hyderbad - Barista Coffee Shop I went to a friend's marriage and in it I saw a boy who was so handsome and good looking. So it was love at first sight for me. That handsome guy knew one of my friends and so I tortured my friend to get his phone number. I didn't get it.
One fine day, my best friend was in love with a different guy. She was totally confused and got tense about how to get him to propose to her. Then I gave her a good idea to call and ask him to come to a coffee shop and she did that. And that day became my lucky day! Here is how: I too went to that coffee shop to help my friend as I thought I will explain her through messages on how to get a proposal from him. I sat on one table and
my friend sat on another one in front of me. We were ready to face the situation. Her boyfriend came and I got a shock because he was my "love at first sight" guy whom I had seen in my friend's marriage and I was helping my friend with the proposal plan. No, I said to myself. I was shocked as he came near my table and sat in front of me. Oh god! Is it a dream, I asked myself! It was really happening and he sat in front of me and he proposed to me. I got shocked and my eyes filled with tears and I replied, "I love you too". Actually he loved me a lot from the time he had seen me in my friend's marriage.
And after that we got married soon. I like that coffee shop as it changed my life and also my friend's life. My friend got an arranged marriage with another guy. At last, in a coffee shop, my love succeeded.
Anonymous from Chennai - Cafe Coffee Day I was living in Chennai and one day I visited Cafe Coffee Day along with my friend. When we were discussing my school life, I saw one girl and did not recognize her. She was my friend and her face looked like an angel. She recognised me and came to me and asked me if I remembered her. To this, I denied and she reminded me that she was my childhood friend and her name was 'Kavya'. She also remembered my name but I didn't recognize her.
After few minutes, she reminded me all our memories and I totally recalled them. We discussed our childhood moments at that time. During the childhood days, we were good friends and all our friends were thinking we were in love but we were good friends only, we didnt know if we were in love. After our schooling days, we lost touch with our families as my family changed our house because of my father's working purpose. After a long time, we met at a Bangalore coffee shop and she had turned out to be very beautiful now. I fell in love at first sight watching her now. A good cup of coffee created an interesting environment and a good relationship between both of us. Kavya was very beautiful and had very curly hair and nice lips. She attracted me and touched my heart because she was very lovely. We discussed what we were doing at present. I completed my graduation
and she had also completed it. We were doing job right now. Thereafter we exchanged our mobile numbers. A few days passed and we talked over the phone on daily basis and one fine day, we proposed to each other.
Yunas from Thrissur - Indian Coffee House I go to my nearest coffee house every evening to drink a coffee. I also meet my friends and other strangers in that coffee house.
One day I met a beautiful young lady who came to the coffee house. I wished to make friendship with her and for her to become my partner. So I just went to her and welcomed her. She replied to me. Then I sat in a chair nearest to her and we talked to each other. After an hour,
we became best friends. Then we met every evening in the coffee house. After a few months, we started loving each other. For the first time I felt in love with a lady. She also liked me very much. Her approach changed my character to a great extent. I completely avoided my bad friendships due to her appearance in my life. I learned a lot of good behaviour from her. She also helped me in many difficult situations.
Almost all things happened in the coffee house. We made a regular plan to meet up in the coffee house. She also helped me in educational activities. She was very brilliant and also had a pretty good character. She was very nice and cute. Her behaviour attracted me more than her beauty. It was one of most memorable events that happened in the coffee house. If she was missing any evening in coffee
house I used to become very sad. She also became very sad. We cannot spend a day without meeting each other. If it was not possible to meet in the coffee house we tried to meet anywhere possible in the evening. We also went to parks and cinemas. I thought those were the happiest moments of my life, all those times that I spent with her. It gave me immense pleasure. It made me feel I am the happiest person in the world. I really enjoyed spending time with her. I also used to think about her in my free time. I used to call her when I was at home. She also called me sometimes. My love became pretty good in everyday. I wanted to marry her and she also desired the same. Romance is one of best things needed for a good love. Without romance love is not successful. Akilesh from Hyderbad - Bitfast Hi, I am Akilesh. When I was sixteen, I fell in love.
It happened very dramatically. I think that day I sat in front of a coffee shop named 'Bitstop'. It is in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. My darling stopped her bike in front of me. She just opened her helmet and I was shocked on seeing her beautiful face. I thought this was love at first sight. Immediately, I proposed her with a rose but she shivered because she came from a decent family. Later I came to know this but the thing was I proposed her. The neighbours standing besides me looked at me madly. But I did not mind it. After a few days I found her address and again approached her. But she thought over it very genuinely, she had completed her PG and I was pursuing my graduation. So because of this reason, her parents would not accept our love in any case. She tried to convince me to forget her but I did not listen to her words. I love her still and for this
reason I took a rented home near to her place. And I hope that one day she will fall in love with me. I am too sure about my love.
Chapter Three: Careers & Goals
Humanity by Anonymous I was introduced to my humane side a couple of years ago in a coffee shop. I hail from Thiruvananthapuram, capital to one of the most beautiful states in India, Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram is gifted with a rich cultural heritage, backwater stretches, beaches, temples and enchanting picnic spots. The scenic beauty of the place captivates you and you wonder if heaven could be more beautiful than this. The thought had crossed my mind a thousand times - what would my life be if I had not gone to the café that day? I know I would have missed out on the meaning of life and compassion. This incident happened in June, the monsoons had just set in and we had already got the taste of the first rains. I was a frequent customer at the Café
Coffee Day, which was in the vicinity of my place of work, a Research and Development firm. It started as just another day, nothing exciting at work apart from loads of work and it was only towards the end of the day that I had a chance to relax a bit. Agasthyakoodam, the western Ghat, contributed to the beautiful weather: lightning, mild thundering and light rain shower. Imbibing the weather, the cool breeze and the drizzle, I was soaked as I reached the café.. After placing my order for coffee, I occupied a vacant seat. It was not as busy as expected. There was a family of four that had occupied a table on the other end of the café. I noticed that the children were wasting food and their parents were not rebuking them for their behavior. Just then, I heard screams and people shouting coming from the cashier`s desk. I got up to see what the commotion was all about. The scene was heart breaking.
A young boy, barely twelve years old was being kicked and slapped several times by the cashier for snatching a snack from the counter. The little boy was apologetic and was begging for forgiveness, but his apologies fell on deaf ears. The cashier wanted to punish him for what he had done. The entire scene was heart wrenching, the boy was being kicked repeatedly but no one came forward to help the little one. I don`t know what came over me and I screamed out to the cashier to stop kicking. The cashier stopped immediately, a little startled and shocked. I walked up to the boy and helped him on his feet. His clothes were full of dirt and mud, his body was crimson from all the kicking and slapping. He stood there with his head down and sobbing. Asking the cashier on what happened; I got to know that he had caught the boy taking snacks from the counter without paying for them. "You beat him up so much because he took a snack? What kind
of a human are you?" I turned at the boy and noticed that despite being kicked and slapped, he was still holding onto the snack. He really must be starving, I thought to myself. I glared at the cashier wanting to give him a taste of his own kicks and slaps. I took the boy to my table and ordered food for him. The boy looked up, shocked. He immediately bowed to touch my feet, his tears falling on my feet. It was so overwhelming, I stood there speechless. I pulled him up and just then he told him that he had not eaten for four days and the hunger was intolerable. He had begged the cashier for some food but the cashier shouted at him and that provoked him to grab the snack. Seeing him eat, I had tears in my eyes. He was gobbling down the food, very evident that he had not eaten in days. We spend so many years amassing wealth, ensuring that we have sufficient to feed
ourselves, our families and our loved ones. Have we ever stopped for a second and thought of the people who are less fortunate? Who are unable to give themselves and their families a decent meal? What happens to them? Do we leave them to their state, poverty and hunger? They are the top two reasons for the increasing crime in the world. It is our duty as being the fortunate ones to help the less fortunate because above all cast, creed, religion and varied value systems, there is bigger religion and that is of humanity. I discovered my humane side from this incident, that day, that moment. I`ll be forever grateful to that little boy for arousing the humanity in me. I also made a resolution from that day that I will keep a part of my income for the upliftment and welfare of the poor and the down trodden. In our single minded focus to achieve goals, be it,
financial, physical, family or career goals, our humane side gets buried deep inside us. It is incidents such as these that bring that out in us. The family that was sitting on the other table was astonished with what they just witnessed. The father walked towards to me and thanked me for teaching him a good lesson. Once the cashier had cooled down, he came over and apologized for his behavior. We are all here to become better individuals and should be thankful for such incidents that give us that opportunity. When I came out of the cafe, it was still drizzling but everything around me was brighter and more beautiful than before.
Ummer Salahudheen VP from Bangalore, Karnataka - CCD It was 2003. I was working with a leading document tracking company in Bangalore. It had just been a few days since I joined the company and was yet to crack my first corporate deal. The first trimester was the most crucial for me as I had to deliver results. Most of my day was spent in mapping all the leading offices in the city and me prospecting the SMEs, one at a time. After a long day at work, I decided to unwind at the Café Coffee Day. This was the first time I had set foot in this outlet of Cafe Coffee Day at Koramangala in Bangalore. I headed for a table at the corner of the room and ordered my favorite drink.
Enjoying my coffee alone at my table, when all of a sudden a young man, must be in his late twenties, came to my table and occupied the chair opposite me. I got to know that he was new to the city and wanted to know the directions to a place where one of his relatives stayed. He came to Bangalore a few weeks back and was working as an analyst with a leading document management company. This was his first job and as an analyst trainee he got the opportunity to work in all the major departments of the company. This was the first time I had heard of the company. Our conversation revolved around work and spent 30 minutes sharing more information on our activities. All the information that we exchanged was extremely valuable for me.
During our conversation, I had a Eureka moment! I had spotted a business prospect. He divulged names and contact details of personnel who were responsible for the document management team. This was very useful and helpful information for me. As we parted, we decided to stay in touch and exchanged our contact details. The next day, I gave a call to one of the team members in document management and got to know that they were desperately looking for an automated solution to manage their daily operations, professionally and faster. My joy knew no bounds as soon as I heard that. It was a hot lead. I had to act fast. Immediately, I took an appointment with his boss. One my senior colleagues accompanied me to his office. We had a discussion and thereafter were asked to submit a quote with a brief demo session. The following week was a very hectic one. We were involved in organizing demo sessions for
their team and department heads. Simultaneously, we had meetings to negotiate the price. After several meetings, we cracked the deal. Everything moved at a very fast pace. All installations and documents were completed within a month. This deal had scope for repetitive orders for consumables and other system tools. I thanked the person for sharing this information with me. This impromptu meeting was a catalyst in me closing my first corporate deal. I achieved my target for the quarter and successfully got myself a permanent position with my company.
Bipin Roy B. from New Delhi - Cafe Coffee Day One morning, I was getting ready for college. Since I got up late, I missed the 6.45 metro and hence got delayed for the first lecture. Bharat and others had already reached college. While I was travelling, I realized that I just had 30 rupees for the day, and then again started cursing my fate.
All lectures were gone through and I survived the break with 10 rupees sandwich. On my way back home, I discussed with others what could be done to earn some extra money. I really needed some extra cash since I loved to hang out for hours and wear lots of good clothes too. When I reached Central Secretariat, my school friend A. Ramesh
called me up and told that he wanted to meet me. He suggested that we meet at Nehru Place. I got down at Nehru Place Station and waited for him. A few minutes later he turned up, with another friend Ankur. This guy was my senior in school but he eventually did change his school, so I knew him. We all started talking about each other, then current affairs. After we reached the SV station where I get down, they said they wanted me to tell about a very cool society they were working for. I had plenty of time so we decided to go to Block H for coffee.
We landed up in Cafe Coffee Day and they introduced the whole concept to me. As a matter of fact, the society they were working in was a Network Marketing Company and I had come across such a
concept for the very first time. It comprised of lot of Delhi University and IP University students who have decided to start early to make it big out there and make a name for themselves. I found it very appealing and I kept listening. The basic products that the organization offered were services [Education, Healthcare & Tourism]. Even I was aware that these are some of the top grossing sectors of the Industry. The organization aims at provision of an online education portal, a four night five days 4-star resort stay, and Healthcare subscription of a year with Indian Health Organization, all of this as a package, at a very subsidized rate. The very idea of generating income out of contribution towards the society and the economy was a top drawer, besides this organization provided a vision to the youth.
I have now started working with the society, which not only helps us students to work towards the betterment of the society and the economy but also gives the youth a platform, a vision. This whole concept is about inclusive growth, and for higher development rate, inclusive growth is necessary. The youth of India has all energy and time, all they lack is money. If that hindrance is taken care of, we could be seeing a developed India very soon. Not only have I gained so much life skills and friends from over here, I am also earning a pretty decent income (Exactly what I wanted). I pray that God gives me all the strength that I need to work for myself and others always.
Sonali Aggarwal from New Delhi - Cafe Coffee Day It started out to be a beautiful sunny day. I had just graduated from college and started a new job. My job required me to sell real estate properties to client leads provided by my company to serve their investment needs which I had seen my father doing for a long time. As I started from home, I checked my appearance. Today I needed to look good as I was about to close a deal with a client with whom I was in touch for some time now. This deal was quite crucial for my new career. We had decided to meet at Cafe Coffee Day as it was located below my office. As I was waiting and tasting my favorite Cappuccino, my cell vibration diverted my attention. The client for whom I had been waiting was calling and as I picked up my phone while sipping coffee,
he informed that he was not coming as he had invested in some other property of some relative. My favorite coffee turned sour and the weather had gone unpleasant for me. All my hopes and dreams seemed to shatter before my eyes. My future seemed uncertain and I felt that I had disappointed my parents, especially my father.
As I became clueless about my life, another vibration from my cell brought me back to reality and my college mate's number bought back some fond memories of good times spent at coffee shops. He along with his father wanted to meet me urgently and I invited them over to the coffee shop where I was sitting. More coffees were ordered and the conversation began.
To my pleasant surprise my friend's father was looking for an investment option in real estate and my friend had bought him over to me. I immediately pitched my plans in a professional manner and before the 3rd round of coffee was served, our deal was closed. He had decided to invest in one of my options. This deal would be of great help to my new career. It gave me confidence and a sense of achievement in life at that moment. All were happy as each of us got what they were looking for in that coffee shop. We chatted on for some more time and I could not take smile off my face and felt proud to have a friend like him. After sometime his father took off as he had to go to some other place.
I called my parents and told my father about the whole incident. He congratulated and gave his blessings and I could sense the immense
amount of pride in his voice. I knew I had made him proud. The coffee was now tasting better than ever and the weather seemed to be the most pleasant that I had ever seen. I paid the bill with a good tip and came out happier than I was when I entered into that coffee shop. It became the most memorable day of my life and it became my favorite place near the office.
Nirlipta Pathy from Mumbai - Cafe Coffee Day I had a lot of beautiful moments at this coffee house, Cafe Coffee Day the most happening place! Conversations start here. The coffee house is just at the corner of the street where I live. So it is my usual 'Adda' (a place to hangout). Though, I am not sure if I should share this experience of mine with the readers, as it is a business idea that I have conceptualized, but since it's been a long time tI think it is fine to share it with the masses. Maybe one of you, who is more capable and enthusiastic than me, can take this venture ahead!
I worked as a freelancer. I normally went to Café Coffee day, not only to enjoy my coffee but also to get an uninterrupted time to complete my assignments which was not possible at my home. The place was
very warm and comfortable and I carried a Lap-top on which I could complete my assignments.
The place was brightly lit up and they served a number of beverages and delicacies, such as cakes, pastries, cold coffee, peach and orange drinks and sweets. There was a huge TV screen on the front, which had good numbers played on it. There was a variety of crowd, which included teenagers, couples and people who were dating each other for the first time.
Coming to the day, when this idea struck me - it was a usual day and I was busy completing my assignments. In between the time, I glanced at the audience of the coffee house; the crowd was very chirpy. The
brownies, which I ordered were amazing in taste and with it the coffee was very good. I really liked this place since you could have your own time and order coffee and sit for hours. The service provided was very good.
Than out of the blue, an idea struck me. Why can't we have a place like this, with a little more facilities? I mean, the only thing that is missing at CCD is the desktop (they even provide Wi-Fi service). How about a coffee house with a cyber cafe! Each and every table must have laptop or desktop so people can work and enjoy net surfing. It is like a mini office place with no dress code, no office ethics and a lot of fun.
The way I visualize it; this would be only place in India that would be dedicated to the freelancer and workaholic people! I would love to call this Coffee Office! I would also like to add a couple of more facilities like a separate room for closed door meetings and conference calling.
I was thrilled at the idea. But as time passed by and I did not get any further practical work on this, I began doubting it was a practical thought. Is it really possible? Well, I have not given up on it yet! As my dad always says, "Anything is Possible"!
Smita from Borivali, India - Cafe Coffee Day One day I went to Cafe Coffee Day which was very near to my house as I was feeling very bored at my home. So just went there to have a cup of coffee. I saw one of my college friends there; I became very happy seeing her after a long time as we were meeting after 3 years long gap. We had a chat on our college days and all stuff, which we did together and also about her family. Then, I asked about her job and she told me that she was working with a very good insurance company which has more than 150 branches. As I was also working and I was looking out for a job with good working environment and better prospects. She shared with me all her working experience and also told me that she was drawing a very good salary. As I had personal problem - which was my father's sudden death - I had to earn money for my marriage. My mother had passed when I was studying in 10th
standard. So there was nobody to take care of me, I had to take care of myself and money was very important for me. So I was searching a good job but thank God I met my friend and she gave me her office email ID and I forwarded my resume and I got a call from that office.
When I went there I saw a long crowd for the interview and one by one they were going into the cabin. There were 3 rounds of interviews and I never thought that I will get selected because it was a very big firm and the interviews also were very tough. But by God's grace I got selected in each round and finally after 4-5 hours they told me that I was selected and I have to join within 10 days. I was so happy and I couldn't express my happiness as I thought it was my mother's and father's blessing that I got such a good job with a high salary. I am still
working there and I earned a good amount, I got married and my husband is also very nice.
I cannot forget my friend who not only encouraged me for the job but also gave her reference and today whatever I am is only because of her. Otherwise I don't know what my life would have been. Because, after my parents death I thought my life was also finished, without my parents what would I do and where would I go? But I think God always does good to all; as he gives sad moments, he also gives happy moments and because of God and my parents blessing my life is very good. I am very happy in my life and it would not have been possible if I had not met my friend in the Cafe Coffee Day shop. I still go there to the coffee shop because it changed my whole life.
I was very sad when I went to Cafe Coffee Day on that eventful day but after my meeting with my friend I was so happy. Thanks for everything Cafe Coffee Day. You gave me everything in my life. I will never forget you.
Tamil Selvan M. from Madurai - Cafe Coffee Day One cloudy evening, I was sitting in a Cafe Coffee Day. I just finished my engineering and I was waiting for a job to start up. I was thinking over it on every sip of the coffee, but the weather outside was pleasant and it made my mood, hence I started enjoying it after some time. There was a child filling the next table with her mom. I just noticed her being crazy with the black forest. She was the centre of attraction at the whole shop being just 5 years old. The waiter came to me and inquired for any more order but she was so cute that it made me order another coffee.
As I waited for the next coffee to come, I was watching her every move without taking my eyes off her. Her mother noticed that and
made a laugh at me, I replied with a smile too. She was working in an MNC, her look showed that. After I received the second coffee, I went at the table of the cute 5 year old angel and asked for her a photo. She looked over her mom and within a head shake from her mom, she made up her hair, face and got ready as if she was to do a photo shoot. Then I clicked with my phone and continued conversation with her. Her name was Sara; she played with me as if she knew me since years. As everyone likes a child, I too used to like them. The time lasted for more than an hour and her mother said to her that it was time to go and she sadly replied, "Mom, 5 minutes" and to this her mother asked her to make it quick as she was ready for the move. Sara gave me her number and went out from the shop.
After that soon I was about to make a move too, but a man noticed the conversation and ply of me with the child and came to me and asked me my name and that what did I do. My heart said why do I need to answer this person but I knew him very well as he was a wellknown businessman in our locality. I said to him "Sir, I know you very well and I have already made a visit to your company when I was studying and excitingly I told him about me. The man was silent and when the waiter came with the bill, he was ready to pay the money for my bill. I responded to him that I was pleased on meeting him but I'll pay the money for my bill. The man thought that I was just searching for a job that time and I was in a too bad situation and he made his this thought get conveyed to me but I replied to him that I didn't want anybody paying for me and smiled with the words "Bye, sir". He asked
for my number and we both exchanged our numbers. He gave me his card too.
Later that day, after meeting my friend over streets, I went home an hour late. At once I got a call and answered ''hello''. I was offered a job and the call was from the company of the man I met in the coffee shop. My family was surprised and asked me to get started with it but my mind still moved around the conversation I had with the angel ''Sara''. She said that in her family both her parents were working and she could see them only at the weekends. I met her that weekend only, she longs for love and her mother told that their salary was not enough to run family in this world. The salary that man offered was huge enough for my family but I thought what's on next for me. My mind asked why every engineers stick to a salary of an average. I
thought I should do something different and which would be mine, may be not now but after some years.
Presently, I am working in an injection molding company since past 18 months. Surely I am planning to start my business within an year. Finance is one problem but I can manage in steps but the main part is to learn the work now and I have started tying the rope. I will fix it on the mountain one day and everyone could see me on the top soon. Hoping for the best!
One more thing is that after that day, I couldn't meet Sara. Her mother changed her number; if she happens to read the story, please make Sara meet me once as I miss her so much.
Anonymous from Delhi - CCD One fine winter morning, I was getting ready for the college. Since I got up late, I missed the 6.45 metro and hence got late for the first lecture. Bharat and others had already reached college. While I was travelling, I realized that I just had 30 rupees for the day, and then again started cursing my fate.
All lectures were done and I survived the break with 10 rupees sandwich. On my way back home, I discussed with others what could be done to earn some extra money. I really needed some extra cash since I loved to hang out for hours and wear lots of good clothes too. When I reached Central Secretariat, my school friend Adesh called me
up and told that he wanted to meet me. He said that we did meet at Nehru Place.
I got down at Nehru Place Station and waited for him. A few minutes later he turned up, with another friend Himanshu. This guy was my senior in school but he eventually did change his school, so I knew him. We all started talking about each other, then current affairs. After we reached the SV station where I get down, they said they wanted me to tell about a very cool society they were working for. I had plenty of time so we decided to go for a coffee.
We landed up in CCD and they started to introduce the whole concept to me. As a matter of fact, the society they were working in was a
Network Marketing Company and I had come across such a concept the very first time. It comprised of lot of Delhi University and IP University students who have decided to start early to make huge out there and make name for themselves. I found it very appealing and over some coffee, chocolate fantasy and Mousse, we were done.
I have now started working with the society, which not only helps us students to work towards the betterment of the society and the economy but also gives the youth a platform, a vision. The youth of India has all energy and time, all they lack is money. If that hindrance is taken care of, we did be seeing a developed India very soon. Not only have I gained so much life skills and friends from over here, I am also earning pretty decent (what I wanted). I pray that God gives me all the strength that I work for myself and others always.
Justin Raj from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu - Kudos I had a brilliant idea.
Anonymous from Hyderbad - Barista One day I was going to a coffee shop. On that visit I saw my old friend, who happens to be one of my closest friends from my school days, but unfortunately we broke apart, due to the fact that his father was transferred on job and the family moved elsewhere. I was really very glad to see my friend and hugged him on the reunion and our friendship continued again.
Roshini Jacob from Cochin, Kerala - Avenue Regent
I closed a sale.
Udaiark Machirozu from Hyderbad - Barista, Banjara Hills I met my friend, Kiran Kumar, after 9 years.
He had helped me in improving my IT skills. So it came as surprise to me that he was working with ICICI Bank in the Insurance division. What is a programmer, who specializes in C++ & JAVA, doing in the Insurance division of a bank.
We shared our career accomplishments over a cup of cappuccino and chicken sandwich at Barista.
Anonymous from Indore - Indian Coffee House I was sitting in a coffee shop. Suddenly I saw a baby was trying to sip the coffee from her separate cup but she couldn't handle the coffee cup and cup fell down and broke. She and her parents were very upset because coffee scattered all around. Then a waiter came and cleaned it but the baby was unable to drink coffee. Then i got an idea of making glasses which can convenient for babies drinking. I picked that idea and started my business. It's been 3 years. I make baby sippers and glasses. Through this business I am earning a good amount.
Whenever you go to a coffee shop, always look around and see the business prospects.
Anonymous from Cochin - Indian Coffee House The best things that have happened to me have been related to my writing. I occasionally meet with people much smarter than me, and several times, they've pointed out important problems or provided clever ideas. When I was having coffee at a coffee house, the most brilliant idea struck me. I rushed home and wrote a book. It took me exactly two weeks. I worked regularly on a novel at a local coffeehouse, listening to the music and relaxing in a great writing atmosphere.
KK from Thiruvananthapuram - CCD It all happened during the month of June - monsoon season in India. The situation sounds romantic but it's not. For me, it was like raining inside and out, like inside my heart too. I was on the course of time to heal from my recent breakup, it had been three months and I was starved for some happiness in my life, at least some sort of healing experience. As usual I was wandering about my home city all alone surrounded by the thoughts of my loss. It was raining heavily and I was cold like a corpse; I felt like having something hot and came across Cafe Coffee Day at Kowdiar.
I just stepped into the shop like a robot obeying the commands to my sense of coolness; I took my seat, ordered a Cappuccino. Mixed up in
my thoughts, I heard someone call my name. I looked back; I don't know whether I got blind or fogged, I couldn't recognize the person. He came closer and hugged me. To my surprise it was my childhood buddy Aaron. I smiled at him. He was with a guitar. I asked him what he was doing with the guitar. He said he was planning to start a music troop and he is searching for crew members. He asked whether I am still playing my keyboard. I know where it was leading, but he wanted to make the situation a coincidence. I said ' yes '. He just drew my hand and routed to his table and introduced two of his friends to me. Both of them were singers and he said this is our troop. My eyes popped out. I was like, "What the hell? I just said I'm still playing keyboard, that doesn't mean I'm in a mood for a music troop". But then I thought I needed some hobby to get over my pain. So I just nodded.
That simple nod changed my life from then. It's been one year after that incident. We are now a successful music troop of 11 members with lots of joy and lots of music. I never felt any pain after that incident.
Anonymous from Chennai - CCD One of the many important incidents occurred in my life approximately five years ago and that too in a coffee shop.
Five years ago, I spent most of my time desperately looking for employment. I went for a lot of interviews but nothing fruitful materialized and nothing that gave me any leads.
One evening, it was raining very heavily, the perfect weather to enjoy a cup of coffee. I grabbed a cappuccino at the Café Coffee Day and perched into a sofa. A man came and sat opposite me. We got talking and he started telling me about his company. I got to know that he owns a company and that he was looking to hire a few engineers. That got the ball rolling. I sent my resume to him. Within a week, I was invited for an interview.
A few weeks later, I got selected. That rainy day and Café Coffee Day changed my life.
Preeti from Indore - Indian Coffee House I am going to share a stressful story of my life.
It was Sunday. The next day I had to go for an interview. I was extremely nervous as it was my first interview that would start off my career. I was lacked confidence and was unsure of how the setup would be, how will I talk, and how will I manage everything.
Just then I thought of simulating my interview in a decent environment. I went to the Indian Coffee House, ordered coffee for myself. With every sip of the coffee I would affirm to myself that I have the attitude to ace the interview. I visualized presenting myself before the interview panel and answering their questions with
confidence. I could feel the energy seeping into me, motivating me and no longer felt nervous. Full of confidence, the next day I went for the interview, I performed well and got selected.
A. Kumar from Madurai, Tamilnadu - Pandiyan Coffee I shared my business and personal information with my friend. Karthik P. from Salem, Tamilnadu - Raja I had a brilliant idea.
Anonymous from Coimbatore - Sweet Shop
I was working in an MNC company. Last time my boss invited me in CCD. I met my boss and he handed over to me one letter. I saw the letter and felt extremely shocked. My boss had mentioned into it that as I had done good work in the company so he is giving promotion to me. Since this day my life turned out to be very colourful.
Jothis Thuneri from Changannur - Rara Avis It happened before 2 years. There is a favourite coffee house named "Rara Avis" near my place. I used to have coffee with snacks there. Situated very near to my working place, I was always fond of it. One fine evening, my friend also came with me to have a cup of tea. I was not in a good mood. Due to heavy workload from the management, there were sleepless nights for me. Whatever target my
management put in front of me, I always achieve. But still they need more and more. I was expecting a real salary hike. But management was not willing to do that. I discussed these matters with my friend when we were in ''Rara Avis''. He listened to me clearly. After a few seconds, he started speaking. He was also working in the same industry of mine. But he was running his own company. There was no staff. He was the only one. He gave a brief description about the company and suddenly he asked me, ''Why don't you join me?'' I got surprised and was pretty much happy. He was my close friend and he offered me a position as a 'Working Partner' in his company. This was the moment that changed my life. I put up my resignation in the present company and soon joined my friend and this is the 3rd
successful year that we are together and our company is growing day by day. So my life got a new direction through a coffee at a coffeehouse "Rara Avis".
Ravinder Bhanwal from Noida, Uttar Pradesh - CCD Though it's not that easy to explain or mention the feelings and experiences that I have had in my life, I became a completely changed person - from a Body Builder to a spiritualistic guy.
I never ever thought that I would see such a drastic change in my own life from a materialistic guy to someone who approaches life in a
totally spiritualistic manner. Life has a lot to give and share with all of us, according to the situations and circumstances that varies from individual to individual. It's completely the thoughts and the mindset that tend to change or react according to our own needs and requirements.
I, being a physical Fitness trainer & completely materialistic guy, got transformed into a separate face of nature that we call a Spiritual Journey of Life. Yes, I do give a major share of this change in my life to the places that I used to be at a lot of times. Amongst them are Pizza Hut, Cafe Coffee Day & many other fast food & other fun loving areas for enjoyment and sharing.
I don't know why I am writing this here, but it feels to me that sharing knowledge and experiences is the biggest asset that a human being can give to mother earth. The more we tend to customize ourselves, the harder it's gonna be to actually make the best out of anything and everything.
Places like Cafe Coffee Day & similar have been looked upon differently by different people in the society. And, when it comes to me....I see it as a place of 'Peace & Silence' where I can actually talk to myself easily many number of times.
I know it may sound like **** to many of the readers but it is completely in the mindset of the individual how he or she thinks and
acts to situations, as our own actions are the reason for all the reactions that we see and face in life.
I have much bigger friends circle then I used to have in my earlier times of College and employment. I don't know why but in short I have learnt a lot from places like Cafe Coffee Day. Being silent is the biggest key to any individual's own success of life - both professional and personal. :)
Chapter Four: Lifebushido Meets for Coffee
Shehla Moulvi from Ahmedabad - CCD at Himalaya Mall June 6th, 2013 My personal experience with India Coffee Stories on a whole has been really incredible. This project served as an amazing capstone that allowed me to discover, put into action and combine my unique talents which otherwise would have been left undetected. I loved the entire concept of the project and that is what helped me passionately execute my work in an efficient way. When you choose something you enjoy doing, it makes you give your very best and it also makes your job easier. I believe that doing this project as a team was a great learning opportunity because in the "real" world most things are done and achieved together.
I loved editing stories for the book and had a privilege of reading most of them as I worked. I liked the way that people expressed their most intense feelings in the form of a story that they experience over a cup of coffee, which for many is a life changing experience. The number of stories that people contributed for this project in such a short span of time is really worth applauding. I hope India Coffee Stories attains a great deal of popularity and favourability all over the world.
I had the pleasure of working with our Project Manager Ms. Raquel Martin who has been a great mentor. I enjoyed working with our other team members as well. I look forward to accomplishing many such future projects with them.
An overwhelming experience for me was to meet our very own President of Lifebushido, Mr. Steve Kantor, along with his daughter, Melissa. To sum up that experience in a few paragraphs, is difficult. The memories which captivated my heart cannot be accurately preserved in words.
Just one month after my initial association with Lifebushido's project India Coffee Stories, I was very lucky to meet Steve in person. I experienced so much excitement and anticipation leading up to our meeting. Steve is the most modest and down-to-earth person I have met in my life. I greatly enjoyed all the knowledge he shared with me during our meeting at Cafe Coffee Day in Ahmedabad. From this experience I take away many things that will help me reach my goals and dreams in my lifetime.
Steve shared with me his passion for work. He told me how Lifebushido emerged. He attended to the invitees at the event with great care and deliberation. He was truly genuine, warm, friendly and compassionate with everyone. Very few people at his level possess these qualities. Aside from meeting for coffee, we had a nice time touring around the city and getting to meet with the Indian Institute of Mangement, Ahmedabad was invaluable.
On a personal note, I found the entire experience with India Coffee Stories to be inspirational and tremendously motivating. This experience will be one of my greatest memories of all time. I am so blessed to have experienced this opportunity.
Thank you so much Steve and Melissa for the priceless moments!
Shehla Moulvi Assistant Best Agent Business www.bestagentbusiness.com
Tannu Mohamedy from Mumbai - CCD VT Capital Cinema June 7th, 2013 Would you find it weird to work for a company that is totally virtual where you have never spoken to or seen your boss for seven years?
My relatives and friends thought I was working for some weird company with a non-existent boss and that my job was to just copy, paste and type. I had a tough time explaining to them that I was actually working as a virtual assistant and getting paid too. When Steve asked to meet us (my co-worker Iqra & myself) while he was in Mumbai, we were super happy and excited. To us it was like a dream coming true. I had tons of questions to ask, and so much to share with Steve.
We decided to meet up at Cafe Coffee Day – in the VT Capital Cinema Building. With the unusually early monsoons taking over Mumbai, and the snail-paced traffic, I kept staring out of my taxi, wondering if Iqra would reach our meeting on time. Fortunately, she spotted me at the junction and both of us walked together into the bustling Cafe Coffee Day. It was 5.05 pm and there was no sign of Steve & Melissa and no sign of any empty seats in the cafe. After a while of patience, we spotted two foreigners (who were obviously Steve & Melissa) walking in and smiling at us. So, we finally got to see our Boss in person - someone whom I had worked for so many years and who had also been my teacher in the
initial years and a stepping stone towards my career as a database assistant. Our conversations were filled with life, family, India tour, my first clients, training and of course photographs. Steve's experiences indicated there was so much to learn about. By the time we wound up our meeting, it was already 7.00 pm, which was 2 hours of sheer conversation, lots of laughs and memories to cherish. Can't believe I could talk so much!
My Lifebushido journey started with a small ad on Craigslist. Steve was asking for some projects to be completed. It was destiny that I took up that project and became a part of Lifebushido. I count Lifebushido as one of the several blessings which the almighty has bestowed on my family and me. I can prioritize my tasks (as a mother, wife and assistant), work from home, meet lovely Ishidos and be a part of an
amazing team at the same time.
Tannu Mohamedy DB Assistant Lifebushido www.lifebushido.com
Iqra Chuqtai from Mumbai - CCD VT Capital Cinema June 7th, 2013 Wow, this is really crazy. Okay, so the strange thing is I had never been to a coffee shop until I had a meeting scheduled with my boss who was on his vacation and coming all the way from the United States. That's Steve Kantor – President of Lifebushido. It was really a challenging task but finally achievable. Monsoon had just started & most of you must be aware how Mumbai gets flooded in rains. Transportation is a major issue out here as most of the Mumbai crowd uses the trains to communicate & that's where I take a pause, as travelling in a train in Mumbai is just like experiencing a roller coaster ride. Trust me, NEVER EVER, travel during peak
hours because you will never be able to get in the train & even if you do manage, trust me you will land up at a wrong station, due to the crowd in the train which is continuously pushing you back and forth. On the other hand, people also get confused by the different train routes, the Central Line, then the Western Line, the Harbor Line. Oh, god, I used to find it difficult initially. But it is an adventure if you really want to explore this city which is known for its glamour & Bollywood. I used to be very inquisitive about exploring places when I had moved to Mumbai in 2002. So finally the day approached when I was to meet Steve. A day prior I was really worried because I had to make arrangements for my kids. They are very naughty, especially my younger son who is four. My elder son is six. I packed their toys and snacks and on June 7th, 2013 we left the house so I could drop them at
my in-laws place. I realized, when we have an important meeting or event or need to reach somewhere at the scheduled time, we are always either late due to unavoidable circumstances or we manage somehow to reach our destination exactly on time. Has anyone experienced this? I have occasionally. We were waiting on the road for a Rickshaw (auto that is similar to a cab service). I was very excited, nervous and happy, you know, having a mix of emotions about meeting the boss for the first time. In four years I had only spoken to him once on the phone. We waited for 30 minutes. I was losing my patience so I decided to walk towards the main highway road from where I could easily get an auto. Finally after walking for 15 minutes (and yelling on the street because my younger son let go of my hand and started running and jumping in the muddy rainwater - spoiling his
clothes) we got an auto. I dropped my sons at the in-laws and I towards the station, walking due to non-availability of autos due to rains. Frankly, I thought, I will never be able to make it for the meeting, seeing as the weather conditions made transport options insufficient. But God is great. After walking half way to the station I got an auto. I reached the station, taking my ticket and hurrying toward the message board which informs the passengers about the trains and their timings and at which platform the train will arrive. Suddenly I heard an announcement that the fast train towards Church Gate Station would be arriving at platform number 4 and not at platform number 2. This happens frequently. I quickly climbed the bridge and reached the platform. I took a deep
breath saying to myself, "Finally I managed, and I will take the train and God willing will reach my destination." The platform was extremely crowded and all I could see was people struggling and pushing each other so they could get in the train first. I asked a lady, "Is this the Fast train to Church Gate?" She replied, "Yes." I prepared myself so I could get in the train. I never imaged after staying in Mumbai for more than a decade that I could still make such a careless mistake. GUESS WHAT. I GOT IN THE WRONG TRAIN – OH MY GOD, how could I be so stupid and the worst thing is, I didn't realize it while I was sitting in the train until I reached Andheri Station and the train halted as it was a return train. I was sitting in the train for eight
minutes wondering why isn't she moving and why is everyone getting off the train. I checked with a lady and she said it's a return train. I was like "WHAT?!" Shocked. I immediately jumped off of the train and started hurrying toward the bridge and crossed it; I went to the other platform and I couldn't believe I had to again go through the pushing and screaming of the women just to get in the train. Finally, I took the right train, what an agony as I cannot explain how crowded these trains are. So after the tiring ride in trains I reached Church Gate at last. But my adventure doesn't end here as I had to reach the Café Coffee Day which is near VT Station. I had to take a cab toward VT but since it was raining there were no cabs available. People were waiting in queue for shared cab and I waited with them. While I was waiting I realized that when a person really desires
to achieve a goal in life, he needs to really work hard toward it. Nothing comes easy. We need to lose something in order to gain something. That's certainly true. I got my shared ride and finally reached my destination. I will never forget this day, my first visit to a CCD to meet my boss. We had a great chat over a cup of coffee. I met his daughter Melissa, a wonderful person. My boss he is such a humble and intelligent person. It was an unforgettable journey. I left home around 2pm and returned home after the meeting around 11pm. It was quite an adventure. Iqra Chuqtai Lead Management Best Agent Business www.bestagentbusiness.com
Menakshi from Mumbai - Starbucks at Taj Hotel June 9th, 2013 I am at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, sitting in Starbucks. I have a meeting at 6.30pm. I am here to meet Steve Kantor and his daughter, Melissa. He is the owner of Lifebushido. Lifebushido is a global network of people working part-time with flexible hours using their unique talents. They provide virtual assistance services and lots more. Steve was visiting India and thought of meeting Ishidos (people working for Lifebushido) on his trip. It was just a month back that I had applied for a job with them. The company is different and its approach is unique when compared to the regular, mundane, big corporations. I liked what I read and it was only logical for me to apply and try it out.
For every foreigner that walked into Starbucks, I would scrutinize him and try to recognize him from Google. I was sitting at a table where I got to see who was coming in. Just then someone similar to the picture on Google walked in but I still was not sure. That got confirmed when he ordered coffee and the waiter called out his name. I joined him at his table, introduced myself and we got talking. Melissa joined us a little later. We talked about Lifebushido, how it came into existence. I think that Lifebushido has intelligently used the world of communication to its advantage and very smartly targeted a redundant workforce, stay-athome moms, and created a niche for them by using their unique talents. We talked about one of the creative projects of LIfebushido, India Coffee Stories. How it came about, what was the purpose and how
much I enjoyed working on the project. He mentioned two very interesting things - one was crowdsourcing and the other was freezing the scenario in a coffee shop to weave stories. That's how I got to contribute my story and see it in print. Amazing! To me, Lifebushido, was intriguing almost like too good to be true. I came across Lifebushido, purely by chance. Like so many women out there, I too, was looking to do work from home - something meaningful and creative. Everything about Lifebushido is exciting and unique. For instance, I am absolutely sure that Recruit Triangle is a concept no one has heard of before. The job application form is so refreshing and unusual. I actually enjoyed answering all the questions. I got the feeling that they wanted to know me and give me work where my talents would be utilized the best, for the company and me.
Then the tasks! They got me curious and my curiosity kept me going from one task to another. The tasks were challenging - not something that I've done before. I couldn't wait to get started. They forced me to sit up and think and that too, out of the box. I still remember, I was having a very hectic week and these tasks had to be sent back within 10days. I didn't know if I could meet the deadline. I planned, changed my schedule but there is always the one thing that crops up and throws everything in a turmoil. I did complete the tasks and meet the deadline. It was a super hectic week but I loved every bit of it and the creative rush. He genuinely was interested in knowing which department I would like to work in, what kind of work am I interested in? I liked that. In my 15 years of work experience, very few employers come to my mind who
gave me work that I would like to do. Steve and Lifebushido were and that appealed to me. Another aspect of Lifebushido that appealed to me was that the work done by every department is captured in a wiki. So, new joinees can go through the wiki and get a feel of the work. Makes decision making and selection easier. So, one generally gets a preview to the kind of work they'll be doing and if it is not what you had in mind you just communicate that to them and they will try to get you the best fit.
I have thoroughly enjoyed myself working on India Coffee Stories. Call it chance or serendipity...I applied for a job, wrote a story and it got accepted, printed and published and I got to meet the owner of the company.
Chapter Five: Creative Production
The Making of India Coffee Stories I am sitting in my office at nearly midnight on a Friday night. I like to call the odd hours I sometimes work late at night “working on India time”. In India it is early afternoon. The rest of my team is in IndiaI am sipping a cup of coffee and completing final edits for this book, India Coffee Stories. This scenario has become a familiar one to me over the years. It has been over 2,500 days since I coordinated my first project for Lifebushido. Yes, that was close to seven years ago. That project resulted in the world’s first crowdsourced book – YRUHRN? Why Are You Here Right Now? I have had phone meetings with my boss Steve Kantor many times, for many hours, for many years but I have never met Steve in person. We
live on opposite coasts of the United States. Our meetings are lively and I feel a great connection and sense of camaraderie when I speak to Steve. Steve always has crazy ideas. There is nothing I enjoy doing more than turning crazy ideas into concrete realities. India Coffee Stories is my newest reality. India Coffee Stories has been an incredibly positive project. It has brought me into contact with some of the greatest team members I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As I wrote to Steve in an early status update email, my India Lifebushido team remains “ Best. Team. Ever. “ My team created a newly crowdsourced book project for Lifebushido. They also made certain that our boss and his daughter did not end up vagabonds on the streets of India. Along the way I had the pleasure of
recommending a few people for jobs with Lifebushido. I hope to work more with all of our new hires in the future. On a personal note, Lifebushido has been good to me over the years. It is a place where I have the autonomy to dream, create and innovate. It is a place where I have never been afraid to be an individual. Anything is possible.
Raquel Martin Project Manager India Lifebushido http://india-lifebushido.wikispaces.com
Personal Reflection It's been wonderful experience to be associated with India Coffee Stories which gave me the right platform to leverage my writing and editing skills. I was always fascinated with Victorian Poetry and writings and wondered how these 'artisans of words' could construct and express in a variety of ways and most importantly convey a message utilizing beautiful language with such wonderful craftsmanship! I almost always drift away into the virtual worlds created by these 'artists'! I was somehow lucky to be associated with books all along my life and never tire of books and comics, though my fascination for books began at a very early stage and will continue to be so.
Now, coming back to the digital worlds and working spaces, India Coffee Stories by Lifebushido is a wonderful virtual world which can be manipulated in different ways to leverage talents across the globe. I have had the great opportunity to work with Ms. Raquel Martin whose enthusiasm, I am sure, rubs off on everyone who works with her! I look forward to being involved in more projects that would inspire and jolt people into success from their reverie! Great going, India Coffee Stories; thumbs up!
Vincent Gomez from Bangalore, India Assistant Lifebushido
New Recruit I am going to share my experience of working with Lifebushido. Generally, in my free time I do work on Amazon’s Mturk. One day I saw a HIT in which Lifebushido wanted to India Coffee Stories with the tag line of Anything is Possible. I found this project quiet interesting better than other projects. Firstly, Lifebushido sponsored me to have a cup of coffee at Indian Coffee House in Indore. It was very interesting to get to have a cup of coffee as part of my work assignment. Secondly, there were assignments for people to make videos saying phrases like “Lifebushido. Anything is possible!: I saw that most of the people completing the assignments were just saying the phrase. I wanted to make the task more interesting. In two minutes I composed a song for Lifebushido. I recorded the song and uploaded it to Youtube for India Coffee Stories. By the next day people all over the world were singing my song! I started feeling attached to the project. I felt that it was my own project and I wanted to give it my best. Over all I had a very good experience working on the project and with the Project Manager Raquel. She appreciated my work and that appreciation provided the real fuel for me to continue to produce good work. I appreciate Raquel. She gives everyone a chance to show their talent and she respect everyone’s work.
I would like to thanks everyone at Lifebushido especially Steve for visiting India. This was my first project with Lifebushidio. It was a wonderful experience. Thanks, Vaibhav Tiwari from Indore www.vaibhavtiwari.com
Micro-stories One Sentence Micro-Stories Written by 100 people from all over the world using these simple instructions: create a complete sentence. Your sentence must include two or more of the following words: coffee, day, friends, time, shop. The words coffee, day, friends, time and shop were the most frequently occurring words in India Coffee Stories. I enjoy meeting my friends at the coffee shop. What time should we meet our friends later at the coffee shop? I drank coffee with friends at the shop The friends had coffee. I like spending the day with my friends. On this day, there would be no coffee. My friends were on time to meet me at the coffee shop one day.
I enjoy drinking coffee with my good friends. I went to the coffee shop with my friends. Coffee all day with friends. When I shop with friends, I like to stop for a cup of coffee around this time of day. Anytime of the day is a good time to drink some coffee with your friends. I met my friends today at the coffee shop. I like to spend time with my friends at the coffee shop. One day when I was out with my friends, we stopped at a coffee shop and lost track of time Every morning my friends and I meet for coffee and gossip.
One time my friends and I went to a coffee shop Yesterday I got coffee with my friends. One day at the coffee shop with friends time went by so fast that I knew i had to be over-caffeinated I love catching up with my friends at coffee shops. I went to a coffee shop to meet my friends the other day. She went to the coffee shop to meet some friends. Be free to meet up with your friends for coffee at any time of day. Today some friends and i spent some time at a coffee shop drinking lattes. My day doesn't start until I have my coffee.
My friends think the best place to do their homework is out on the patio at the local coffee shop. I love to drink coffee and time of the day. Coffee with friends is a good way to start a day. I like to drink coffee all day long. I drank coffee with some friends a few days ago. The medical shop was closed today so my friends and i decided to get some coffee instead Spend some time out of your day to enjoy coffee with your friends. A day with my friends at a coffee shop is time worth spending! Friends can drift away but coffee will always be there for you.
My friends and I thought it was time to try this new coffee they ordered overseas from this strange new shop, that was our last day on this earth. There's always time for coffee. I spent the day at the coffee shop talking about the time we went to Six Flags. Come drink some coffee with your friends! Hitting a coffee shop with friends at any time of day is always a pleasant experience. I love spending my day having coffee with my friends. I drink coffee every day in the morning. Before going shopping with my friends, I like to take my time and drink my coffee for the day.
Had coffee with friends during the day and had time left to shop. A good day at the coffee shop consist of spending time with friends and a good amount of caffeine! I got some coffee with my friends today at the shop. I love my friends and coffee. Having a cup of coffee with your friends is the best way to spend your time. Coffee is wonderful any time of day. Friends often shop at the same time they have a coffee during the day. I met my friends during the day for coffee. My friends and I went to the coffee shop the other day.
I met with my friends on coffee day shop. Steve Kantor would like to meet you one day for coffee so that he can spend some time helping you achieve your dreams. My friends and I went to the shop to get some coffee. Today, my friends, is a very good day indeed to pass some time together at the coffee shop. I enjoy having coffee with my friends. I have coffee every day with my friends. I love to take time to go to the coffee shop on my day off and see my friends. He fell through the window of the coffee shop, scattering shards of glass everywhere.
Today is the perfect day for spending quality time with friends at a coffee shop. I drink coffee every day with my friends, especially when we shop together. Any day is a good day if there's coffee! I went with my friends to the coffee shop today. Me and my friends could drink coffee all day! Today I'm going to drink coffee with my friends. I finally found the time to meet up with my friends for coffee. Come to this coffee shop with your friends for great fun! Any time of day is a good time for coffee.
I drink with friends in the coffee shop. Coffee with friends makes my day worth it. Spending time drinking coffee with friends is so fun. The best day is one spent with friends in a coffee shop. I shopped for a new flavor of coffee with my friends today. It is approaching the end of the day, I should invite friends over for coffee time. I went with my friends to the coffee shop one time. It was definitely the right time of day to visit the coffee shop with my friends. Steve went for coffee with his friends.
I took my friends one day to the coffee shop. I spent the day with friends at a coffee shop. During the day, I like to drink coffee with friends. I WENT TO COFFEE SHOP WITH MY FRIENDS ON THAT RAINY DAY AT PERFECT TIME My friends arrived at the coffee shop at the usual time. I always enjoy spending time with my friends at the coffee shop. I like to drink coffee with my friends during the daytime! Coffee makes you forget that time ever existed, it's only a tool for managing your day. It is coffee day with my friends
A coffee shop is a place where friends can spend as much time as they like conversing, relaxing, and drinking coffee. The coffee shop is a place where friends catch up, one day at a time. On this day each week, close friends take time to shop and sit together over coffee. I had a nice time on this beautiful day with my friends at the coffee shop. Friends have a day at the coffee shop. I love to have coffee with my friends to catch up and have a good time. When I entered the coffee shop, there was no one in the shop drinking coffee in this windy day. I said hi to the guys who work in the coffee shop, but I got no reply. It is great to drink coffee with friends.
I like spending time with my friends I went to the coffee shop. It is always great to spend time with friends at a coffee shop. I like having coffee with friends. Stop by our coffee shop! When you enjoy an caffeine rush with friends, time slows down and your day seems longer! I had coffee with my friends.
Why Are People All Over the World Singing Our Song? It started innocently enough one evening. We posted a HIT to Amazon Mechanical Turk asking people to submit Youtube videos of themselves saying "Lifebushido. Anything is possible." Within an hour we were receiving videos. People began singing "Lifebushido. Anything is possible." By the second hour, one man in India, Vaibhav Tiwari, took it upon himself to create a spontaneous theme song. Lifebushido – Anything is Possible (Hey Melissa!) Hey Melissa! Anything is possible! Oh Melissa. Anything is possible! (2x) Hey Melissa! Anything is possible! Lifebushido. Anything is possible! (3x) Anything is possible! (4x) [Repeat] The second hour, people all over the world began singing along to our new theme song. You can see some of our sing-along participants by
searching for Lifebushido - Anything is Possible (Hey Melissa) - SingAlong on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtmH_95_qyk&feature=share&list =PLH0VbrEj29xt75WZhN8xLYH0QXA2e9Ck_
Biography for Steve Kantor Steve Kantor is the President of Lifebushido, a global network of people from across the world working part-time from home. Steve is a businessman to the core and is originally from San Diego but now has made Maryland his home. He has three daughters.
Steve has a graduate degree from Harvard University (1981), and a Masters degree in International relations and Global Theory, from John Hopkins (1985). He formed the software company (Gnossos Software, dealing with CRM based software) in 1986 which he sold in 2004 to Vocus, Inc. (VOCS).
After the sale of Gnossos, Steve took a year sabbatical to travel the world, contemplate, meet and brainstorm with people from all walks of life. The culmination of his experiences resulted in the founding of Lifebushido in 2006. Bushido literally means "the way of the warrior" in Japanese and follows a code of moral principles of the ancient samurai warriors which can be applied to business and life situations in today's world.
Steve's illustrious background involves a career spanning associations with global organizations such as IMF, World Bank, State Department, and the CIA.
Steve is a voracious reader and has authored books including "Lessons Learned by a Young Entrepreneur" and “Billion Dollar Agent - Lessons Learned", apart from sharing hundreds of compiled book notes on http://www.bookbushido.com/
Lifebushido's Best Agent Business division provides part-time assistants for real estate agents; while Orange Passion, Lifebushido's consulting firm, assists companies in finding passionate customers and innovative ideas. Goalbushido provides a goal setting and personal growth mentoring program for both Lifebushido clients and staff. http://www.goalbushido.com/
"Why Are You Here – Right Now?" http://www.yruhrn.com/ was one of the first creative projects launched by Lifebushido. It resulted in the world's first crowdsourced book which was written by one thousand people from around the world.
Steve Kantor's Lifebushido moves ahead with a remarkable vision that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Melissa Kantor Melissa Kantor is Steve Kantor's daughter. She is a freshman student at University of Michigan majoring in Business and Entrepreneurship.
In 2005, Melissa, with her sisters, helped to start a grassroots charity effort to collect backpacks for children made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Her efforts, among thousands of people who contributed over 50,000 backpacks, were honored by President George Bush when she was invited to light the National Christmas Tree. See video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQym3Cw87NI
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Publishing Services Raquel Martin - Arizona, U.S.A.
Ishidos Abhishek Mall - Mumbai, India Aruna Das - India Brahmacharimayum Rishikesh Sharma - Imphal, Manipur Kunal Mysore - Chikmagalur, India Menakshi - Mumbai, India Shehla Moulvi - Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Shradda Chaurasia - Kolkata, India Tamseel Saquib - Connaught Place, New Delhi Vincent Gomez - Bangalore, India
Contributors A. Kumar - Madurai, Tamilnadu, India Akilesh – Hyderbad, India Amanda Sparks - U.S.A. Arun Jacob - India Aseef Sumaya - Bangalore, India Aseez - Cochin, India Azhar – Delhi, India Bhujbal Chandrashekhar - India Bhuvana Pillai - India Bipin Roy B – New Delhi, India Brian Moon - U.S.A. C.N. Patil – Mumbai, India Coolguy – Coimbatore, India Ezhil Arasu - Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
Farisha Sharifa -Thiruvana, Kerala, India Gagan Jindal - India Gowri Sankar - Madurai, India Guarav H. Rathod - Ahmedabad, India Iqra chuqtai - Mumbai, India J. Balanchandran - Kochi, Kerala, India Jade Sunshiine - U.S.A. Jasjeet Sandhu - India Jeanetta Linville - U.S.A. Joseph Thomas - Mangalore, India Jothis Thuneri - Changannur, India Justin Raj - Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu, India Karthik P. - Salem, Tamilnadu, India Khaleel Shaik - India KK – Thiruvananthapura, India Lakshmi Reddy – Hyderbad, India Lee Lela - Chennai, India Leo Tow - U.S.A. Meera Devi - Karur, India Melissa Hurley - U.S.A. Melissa Suzik - U.S.A.
Nicholas Simpson - U.S.A. Nidi Bawa - Delhi, India Nirlipta Pathy – Mumbai, India Noofa Karim - Ernakulam, India P. Vijayakumar - Salem, India Parag C. Patil – Jalgaon, India Prabha M. - Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India Prasanna Sridhar – Bangalore, India Prathiba Menon - Bangalore, India Preeti Tiwari - Indore, India Prema Chandran - India Ragul - Salem, Tamilnadu, India Ramunni - Tellycherry, India Ravinder Bhanwal - Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India Rocan - U.S.A. Rohit Gavai, Pune, Maharashtra, India Roshini Jacob - Cochin, Kerala, India S. Duraisamy - Erode, Tamilnadu, India S. Kuman - Chennai, India Sai Kumar - Hyderbad, Andrapradesh, India San San - Salem, Tamilnadu, India
Sanjeev Kumar - Delhi, India Saravana Bhavan - Bangalore, India Sathya – Salem, India Shanthini – Chennai, India Sidhu Ram - India Siva M. - Chennai, India Smita – Borilvali, India Soham Gosh - Darjeeling, West Bengal, India Sonali Aggarwal – New Delhi, India Srinivasan M. - Trichy, Tamilnadu, India Srinivasan Mohan - India Sujith Kumar - India Swati Jindal - India Tamil Selvan M. - Madurai, India Tannu Mohamedy - Mumbai, India Udaiark Machirozu - Hyderbad, India Ummer Salahudheen V.P. - Bangalore, Karnataka, India V. Patoliya - Bangalore, India Vaibhav Tiwari - Indore, India Volkaji Chaitanya - India Yunas - Cochin, India
Yunas – Thrissur, India Zha - Chennai, India Zubair Ali Akbar - Coimbatore, India
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