Set in U.K. the story is about this elderly man who is travelling by coach (the story is of those times when travelling used to happen in horse ridden coaches). He arrives at the nick of time and is visibly hassled. Once the travelling starts he shares the reason of his delay with the man sitting opposite him. The old man has a habit of drinking "Steaming hot cup of Green Tea" post lunch and because of the delay by his servants he had missed drinking the same. The young man suggested that he can have the same at the next stop. In this journey of 3 days our old man suffers a lot. Either the inns didn't serve his green tea or when they did the coach was about to leave. In few words he didn't have the tea and because of that he doesn't have any meals & he sadly goes hungry for the 3 days. At the end of the trip he offers an advice to the young man, don't let any habit rule/ cripple you.
The story had impacted me a lot and whenever anyone talks about some habit of his/ her I quote this story but that doesn't mean that I have myself learned from it.
I don't drink tea at all BUT I need a Cuppa Coffee to kick start my day. Had it been simple coffee things wouldn't have been difficult however I want my coffee to be made my way. It has to be strong (2 spoons that too heapfull) and just half a spoon of sugar both to be beaten with a drop of water and steaming hot milk poured into the cup.
I am at my peaceful best while sipping this coffee. Let me share a secret here, I am at my silent best while having coffee ;-) and besides Salman Khan Movies this is the only form of bribe that I take.
God forbid if I don't have that one cup of coffee I feel drowsy for the whole day.
When we were leaving for Manali I was sure that the place will have Cafe Coffee Day but I was proven wrong. To my disappointment there was no CCD and my attempt to get my kind of coffee was a failure. Either the coffee was less or the sugar more or the milk tasted weird. Unlike the old man, being coffee less didn't mean that I wasn't having my meals but the fact was I wasn't at my best and my brain took more hours to kick start.
After 5 kappi less days when we reached Shimla I was again at my hopeful best. My first question to my taxi driver was "Where is the nearest CCD" and luckily I was lucky. As soon as I entered CCD it felt like homecoming. I had this wonderful cuppa coffee and felt blissed!!! Though I should add the CCD there is at a lovely location, you can see the valley from their balcony. Here is a view from the balcony...
I know I shouldn't be dependent on a cuppa kappi etc etc but the fact is that it i one habit I don't want to let go of :-)Overall the trip was good, saw snow for the 1st time, did loads of horse riding, a bit of skiing, water rafting et all but it feels good to be back. But yes, I have fallen in love with Himachal Pradesh, what a picturesque state with lovely people.
Post a week without Internet & TV it is taking time to reconnect with the world. I can very easily see I have huge backlog to read. Am not sure how many I will read & if I do read I'll comment or not but with this senseless post I kick start my blogging again :-). I also have a number of awards to pick, so all u sweet people who awarded me, I'll be there to pick up those awards soon :-) but thank you in advance.