I was in a very bad mood last Saturday when my weekend plans went for a toss and I couldn't travel to Bangalore. Back in the room, I was feeling very irritated and grouchy when my eyes settled on the coffee maker. As a general rule, I have found coffee to be very good at dousing bad mood swings. Remember the old Nescafe punchline, "the taste that gets you started up, the taste that gets you going on". It is the perfect anti-dote in any crisis. So I made myself a cup of hot steaming coffee.
The first sip and I had the feeling that I have had this coffee before. Memories flashed by at full gallop. I was back in Mysore, my training days, when one or the other of my friends would make me a cup of coffee. The same blend, the same taste. But a different time, different place. Memories of good times spent with loving friends brought a smile onto my face.
Coffee also has a tendency to make me philosophical. Ideas began flowing through, like the frenzied activity you will find in a news room before the breaking news is telecast live. Next thing I knew, I was clicking pictures with my camera. I had seen a similar shot in someone's Flickr stream a long time back. I guess it had always stayed at the back of my head. And by the time I was done clicking, I was in a very much better mood. I am learning to trust my coffee...and my camera!!