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Cooooofffeeee! Part 2

Clearly my 1st Starbucks experience in India was utterly sub-par… So why bother with a Part 2?

Well… as is often the case in life… there is more to the story!

1. Bandra Reclamation Starbucks – Part 2

Embroiled in local tussles regarding bribes… ahem licensing issues, apparently the power cut issue is only one symptom. One hopes that whatever lafra (a brilliant Hindi slang word that roughly translates as ‘trouble’) is going on is resolved soon. (more…)

Cooooofffeeee! Part 1

I’m a coffee addict! I’ve also had a wretched time for a week with BOTH of my internet services doing a “Now you see me! Now you don’t!” game, making getting anything accomplished doubly difficult! (Also explains my blog absence too!)

So, I thought, why not check out the new Starbucks that opened down the street?

Bandra Reclamation Starbucks

Bandra Reclamation Starbucks

In Asia, typically there are three things you can count on from Starbucks (or its equivalents):

  1. Reasonably reliable Wi-Fi
  2. Blissful cool from powerful air-conditioning
  3. Drinkable coffee

All desirable things… right? So out I strolled in the sunny 36’c warmth (that 96’F for my American friends).

What did I find? (more…)

Coffee Conundrum – Wants vs Needs

Swapping stories over a leisurely lunch with a delightful young German writer and actress, our coffee conversation took an interesting turn. We originally met at the wrap-up party for a film (see Dabba) that our  partners worked on. Between the cocktails and canapés, found kindred spirits. We both have adopted India as our home and made deliberate choices in our lives which may be considered a bit unconventional.

Aah! Coffee! (Photo credit: Carissa Hickling)

Aah! Coffee! (Photo: Carissa Hickling)

Sipping our cappuccinos, she shared that once she stopped expecting to ‘plan’ as she would in Europe or confuse what she ‘wanted’ with what she ‘needed’, discovered that all her real ‘needs’ are fulfilled – often in unexpected and wonderful ways.

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