Archive for September, 2009
Humans are creatures of habit.. yet novelty is the spice of life.
Entrepreneurs who crack this mystery do really well by reinventing the wheel. It’s everywhere, technology, engineering, entertainment..in metaphors even, like old wine new bottle ?
A classic example is the Café chain concept.. Earlier you had Irani cafes (which by the way should actually have been named “Irani Teas”) and now all you get is Café coffee day.. ask the average Mumbaikar where you’d like to meet up ? hmm… CCD Juhu ? ? Of course some of us are still partial to the Dhobi Talao area.. and where else do you get that really fabulous cheese khari ? I still wonder how places like CCD and Barista even got famous.. agreed the coffee is tolerable and does have a lot of variety, but really, food service and quality
the Irani cafe wins hands down.. really no contest.
Another uniquely Indian eatery is the ubiquitous Udupi restaurant. A great place for coffee I say ! (The filtered authentic variety as we know it. ) A few years back Dosa Diner tried in vain to cash in on the concept (what went wrong I don’t really know but somehow the concept did not really catch on there).
A new (ish) place that shows a lot of promise in this area is Costa Coffee.. the coffee in question, is really nice and bordering upon wonderful. (Given the price tag, it better be.. ) however as all connoisseurs know price is no object when it comes to quality. It truly offers the whole ambiance and pseudo swank experience leading one to believe that you’ve arrived !
A girlfriend recently apprised me of “the current rage” in footspas.. fish spas.
On checking the concept out it seems its been around for a while.. Spas in Delhi have really caught on the trend lately and its been quite the rage in the South East .. and of course the Middle East is where it all started, particularly Turkey !!
Interestingly, the wisdom of putting fish to uses other than culinary, has been around in India for centuries. The self same concept of foot spas was and is still praciticed at a small town in Karnataka, Shrungneri. Its even better
because its all for free !!
Another well known use of the little suckers is The Bathini Fish Medicine, used for curing asthama. And the real medicine
is a very well guarded secret.. sorry America, no patent available here.
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The realm of realism is closer than you think
faster than you have considered
simpler than stranger things you have done
why let go of this when
all the rest is just a dream, just a hoax
as you inch forward .. gathering your wits about
the one reality evasive.. laughing mocking out of your reach
you realize.. time is the least of your worries.
Thou shall not pass……
No, its clearly and very evidently not Gandalf , but I guess the sentiment was the same. Because this is where the king resides..
The direction of the eye, so misleading The defection of the soul, nauseously quick I dont question, our existence I just question, our modern needs
—— PJ Garden
Today was a brilliant day, almost like a winter morning ,as I looked out to the garden that I see from my desk.. memories of a score years back came flooding in.. like they always do at a familar sight and its nice to know I will carry this with me wherever I go.