Of Cabbages and Kings

April 6, 2008

Learning the ropes

Filed under: Personal — Chinmayi @ 5:52 am

Fling the laptop down, log into the office network, swivel round, rise and head for the coffee machine in one smooth motion. As the coffee fills into the cardboard cup, you dump half a spoon of sugar and find the tissues and plastic stirrers. A ninety second private ritual. Stir the coffee, inhale the life in its beautiful potent caffeine smell as you walk down the carpeted, empty-cubicle lined corridor every morning. You have already learned to come just a little early so that no goodmornings or conversation comes between you and your coffee. Your morning smile is for your coffee alone, the awakening blissful smile. Your morning ritual is to walk the straight line down the corridor, stirring and inhaling. Once you reach your place, you create a tissue throne for the coffee cup on your desk, settle into your chair and take the first sip.

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