there are 2 kinds of ppl in this world..dog-lovers and cat-lovers..right??? wrong.. i tell u..there are 2 kinds of ppl in this world...tea drinkers and coffee drinkers.. those whooosies who say that they like both equally are lying. nobody can like no 2 things equally.. i tell u that..and thats the universal truth.
so what am i... i am a coffee addict. i prefer a murky bitter coffee (though thats not the way i like it) anyday to a 'however nicely made' tea. and in my office, one could always find me caressing the coffee machine - work or no work.alas..not anymore...its too much of a bother.
y?? u may ask...or even if u dont ask..i am blog-aly bound to tell u the heart wrenching story. in my office, we used to have a nice pantry section - atleast one for each floor. A coffee cum tea cum whitener cum soup machine brrrring happily in a sunny corner and lotsa nescafe mugs washed up and sparkling in a rack next to it. One, who is tired from all those coding and eyes all bleary due to staring into the black and green screens and fingers numb from all those intra msn messenger chatting, just need to drag himself over there to be rejuvenated. Get any cup from the rack, fill it up with whatever ur lil heart desires.. walk back to ur den and leave ur cup there for the office boys to pick up. That used to be our norm.Who cared for the 'please return the cups to the pantry after use' posters on the machines??? heck!! we are giving the office boys something worth while to do...
But now things have changed. There are no more cups. well, we aren't supposed to put our mouth directly under the dispenser and drink up, but we all have been given a mug each(what is this ??? some sort of a jail?? next thing we will be given a plate to be taken along to canteen).. all dull bleak white with the company logo prominently displayed in red. yuck... and worse, we have to wash it up ourselves..what crap i say!!
just 2 days after the mugs were distributed i promptly went and broke mine into a zillion pieces. that made buying a new coffee mug indispensible. always the one trying to stand out from a crowd, i scrouged the entire city for mugs with sexy/funny/philosophical quotes....all in vain. i remember a particular incident when a shopkeeper handed me a 'that-baby-bottle-mug-like-thing-with-three-holes-on-top' when asked for a mug.(maybe its my tousled hair and unkempt look which made him believe that i have a toddler at home and no time for myself). hhmmphh..ignoramus.the next one to be exhibited was a burning orange-lemon yellow one which is quite probable of causing temporary blindness if viewed under sunlight. the only thing that i found remotely worthy of being displayed in public was one with the zodiac sign printed on it..but again, it was for a capricorn.. and i am a libra. but generous me gifted it to a capri friend of mine.. he kept it in his kitchen shelf and never used it again. so much for gratitude.
finally, i got one for myself... one with beige and lilac vertical streaks with the words 'cappuccino' written on it. not much of a looker...and really big..
but some enlightening conversations at the pantry have provoked me to restart the hunt...excerpts being..
me washing my mug up after having coffee..colleague comes up from behind...
colleague(very innocently): oh! cool...u have a pen stand too???
me taking coffee. Colleague in queue behind me.
colleague (disgruntled): maybe i'll come after half an hour..u are gonna fill that up arent u?
.... that does it. i am gonna buy another one..
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5 days ago