Coffee, Tea and We

I used my Mobile Cam to click this pic, sometime in early 2013. We lived right on Juhu Beach, in Mumbai, and enjoyed our respective morning cup of Tea and tumbler of coffee gazing at the sea.

One morning my mother realized why her plants on the windowsill near the dining table were smelling funny as they died slow deaths. Without beating around the bush she asked my younger sister and me if we would like to continue ‘watering her plants with milk or switch to something else?’

‘Tea’ we piped up together, as we had seen all the elders at home enjoying their cup of it. And that is when I got my first taste of tea, which was milky and a faint beige color.

As I grew wiser I found out that milk was being served to us with just a spoonful of the tea decoction added it. Post this discovery I insisted I wanted the same tea as the grown-ups were having, and got it too. Somewhere along the way toasted bread become an accompaniment.

To this day, ‘Chai-Toast’ is what I reach out for when I need comfort. A mug of piping hot, sweet tea, with the fumes doing a graceful dance as they escape into thin air and warm toast into which the butter melts into unyieldingly. I have suffered through innumerable bad cups to tea, to realise that I like my tea strong and preferably made by me. And no dainty cups for me, please! I like big mugs, and I cannot lie!

I got married to a coffee drinker. A staunch filter coffee in a tumbler guy. The Husband taught me to make him coffee just the way he likes it.

My morning routine starts with heating up water, which I pour into the upper compartment of the filter that has been padded up with ground coffee. When it is  silent enough, I can hear the coffee decoction falling drop by drop into the container below.

As the water for my tea merrily boils away I add the tea leaves and there is a moment of calm before the water erupts into a dance of joy, differently hued this time. I wait for it to prance about a bit, before I add milk, and the tea calms down as it embraces the milk and they come together forming a gorgeous hue. As my tea gets ready, the Coffee decoction has collected in the lower compartment of the filter.

On most mornings, just when I have poured myself my mug of tea, as if on cue, the husband wakes up. And we sit together reading the morning papers and enjoying the silence and our Coffee and Tea.

‘I am writing this post towards #Blog&Celebrate contest by Novemberschild

10 to 1 of Me!

You know what I’ve just realised? I’ve turned into a chor narcissist!
Chor (thief) because I am busy chorofying blog topics from every blog I visit and narcissist because I’ve been choosing topics that require me to write about my favourite topic, ME!:)))

As long as I am blogging everyday, as all is fair in love, war and blogging!

Here goes my post for today, this tag is now doing the rounds of multiple blogs.



TEN HOW’S!

How did you get one of your scars? 
I have a scar on the left side of my lower lip, which I am told was courtesy a 2 and half year old me (sometime in the 13th BC) insisting on carrying a glass of water on a tray, tripping on a slipper while doing so and cutting her lip open on a piece of the the broken glass.
The lip needed stitches but no one in my family allowed it and the doctor left it to heal naturally. So it is now a scar. Which still throbs and hurts when I am somewhere extremely cold. Sacchi.

How did you celebrate your last birthday?
You know, I hate birthdays, they get me very self conscious and all. Just throw cake and pressies at me from a distance and leave me alone, now that would be my ideal birthday celebration!
Last one (June 6, every year) was spent answering wishes that came through phone calls and all forms of social media after which we braved pouring rain, and a horrendous traffic jam because of it, to reach a surprise location chosen for dinner by The Husband. 

How are you feeling at this moment?
Nice-ish, after cleaning the house to within an inch of it’s life and a long, hot shower later.

How did your night go last? 
I slept like the dead.

How did you do in high school? 
Average. I hated studying.

How did you get the shirt you are wearing?
Not wearing a shirt.

How often do you see your best friends?  
I last saw one my best friends 18 years ago. Met another one a year ago. Met Mom and Dad, who are my bestest friends, 4 months ago.

How much money did you spend last month? 
Not much. I’m learning to be careful with money.

How old do you want to be when you get married? 
I wanted to be 26 when I got married, but wasn’t.

How old will you be at your next birthday?
A lovely set of even numbers.

9 WHAT’S!
Your mother’s name? 
Shakti. Yes I tease her by addressing her as, ‘Shakti Kapoor’.

What did you do last weekend? 
Read, watched TV, lazed. 

What is the most important part of your life? 
I’m not sure how to answer this really, but I really enjoy my space, writing and Tarot Reading.

What would you rather be doing? 
I’d rather be writing a book, but the muse isn’t being kind.

What did you last cry over? 
I saw this Google advert recently, about a father-son and Sholay. That teared me up a bit.

What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? 
Chocolate. Venting. Killing the person, who got me upset, in my imagination. Brutually.

What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? 
Post marriage I just try to live down the shocks and surprises, both pleasant and not so pleasant!

What did you have for breakfast? 
I have Oats at least 6 days a week. Surprise, today was Oats day!:)

8 YOU’S!
Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? 
Yes, many. Salman Khan. Benicio Del Torro. Ben Affleck. Vin Diesel. 

Have you ever had your heart broken? 
Yes. Romantically and otherwise (friends, family, bloody relatives etc)

Have you ever been out of the country?
Yes.

Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? 
Last week I was busy whatsapping and lifted a plate covering water that was boiling on the gas. Really hot plate=burnt finger and thumb=too much pain=lecture from Husband and Mom about how i am ‘always on the phone’

Have you ever been back-stabbed by a friend? 
My stab wounds have hardened to form an armour that now protects me * that was good, wasn’t it? smug look on face* 

Have you ever had sex on the beach? 
Yes. Now let your imagination run wild! Lol!

Have you ever read an entire book in a day? 
I usually do.

7 WHO’S!
Who was the last person you saw? 
The garbage collector.

Who was the last person you texted? 
My Sister

Who was the last person you hung out with? 
The Husband

Who was the last person to call you? 
The Husband

Who did you last hug? 
The Husband

Who is the last person who texted you? 
An  offer that said I have won a few hundred million dollars and asking for my bank account details so those caring souls could deposit it in my account.

Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to? 
I say it to myself, everyday.

6 WHERE’S!
Where do your best friends live? 
London, Pune, Bombay.

Where did you last go? 
Ranthambore and Jaipur.

Where did you last hang out?
MTR, Lalbagh. Good coffee and Dosas were had.
Where did you go to school? 
St Teresas Convent High School, Bombay.

Where is your favorite place to be?  
Anywhere with a book.

Where did you sleep last night? 
On the left side of the bed, on MY left side too. Just being specific:)

5 DO’S!
Do you think anyone likes you? 
People either love me or fear me. There is no in-between ;-D 

Do you ever wish you were someone else?
Never. Ever.

Do you know the muffin man? 
No. I only know ‘Muffin Top’. Mine.

Does the future scare you? 
No.

Do your parents know about your blog?
My parents are tech-challenged 🙂

4 WHY’S!
Why are you best friends with your best friend? 
We compliment each others craziness

Why did you get into blogging? 
Way back in 2004, when I first started blogging, I thought it was ‘just cool’ to do so.

Why did your parents give you the name you have? 
According to my horoscope. The other choices were Meenakshi and Minal. 

Why are you doing this survey? 
I need to blog everyday. And I love talking about myself.

3 IFS!
If you could have one super power what could it be? 
I would choose to remain healthy and mobile all my life.

If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you? 
Not at all. All that I am today is a sum total of what has happened to me so far.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? 
Hopefully patience and common sense. So I could make a raft or something and get the hell outta there!


2 WOULD YOU EVER?
Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you? 
No ex or ex’s to ask me.

Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? 
In a heartbeat!

1 LAST QUESTION!
Are you happy with your life right now? 
I am grateful for it, and all that it brings, and takes away.

This post is part of the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with BlogChatter

Day 8


A to Z: All that you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask :)

Tags are awesome! They act as the perfect fillers when you want to write, but have no idea what to write. 
So when I saw this tag on follow blogger, Shalini’s page I knew I had to do it!:) 
Do take it on if you wish to, it’s so much fun!:)

The A-Z of me!

A. Age :  …is just a number!

B. Biggest fear : ...is that all of them will come true!

C. Current time : …is the right time!

D. Drink you last had : …vampire blood! Gotcha! Just a boring cup of tea.

E. Every day starts with : …checking Whatsapp/fb/Twitter 🙂

F. Favourite Song : …the title song from the film, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’

G. Ghosts – Are they real? : …I wouldn’t know, I find people scarier!

H. Hometown : Bombay!

I. In love with : Myself!

J. Jealous of : …nothing and no one!

K. Killed someone : …not yet!:) Psstttttt….wish to though!


L. Last time you cried : …why must you know EVERYTHING?

M. Middle Name : …supercalifragilistic!

N. Number of siblings : 2


O. One wish : …why this austerity? They usually come in a trio, right?:)

P. Person you last called : …The Husband.

Q. Question you’re always asked : …is, ‘Are you a Bengali/Malayalee?’ (No one believes I am a Punjabi)

R. Reason to smile : …because I have a damn good one!

S. Sounds that annoy you : …certain people breathing (wicked! wicked!;))))

T. Time you woke up : 6 am

U. Underwear colour : All you need to know is that I wear mine on the inside, unlike Superman!

W. Worst habit : …borderline OCD

V. Vacation Destination : Big list. Need 
sponsors. 

X. X-rays you last had : What’s next? Blood reports?

Y. Your Favourite Food : Pizza, anytime. Pasta, every time.


Z. Zodiac Sign : Gemini

This post is part of the Half Marathon Blogging Challenge with BlogChatter

Day 5