Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Coffee... Odds and Ends

The best thing about Tamil Nadu would be the filter coffee. The rich brown swirls in steel tumblers and humble saucers with elevated edges. The warm smell that shoves you gently to waefullness. The slight bitter aftertaste that is oh so transferable in a kiss.

That's how he fell in love with coffee, he tells me. The girl's long gone but the acquired caffeine taste stayed on...


And I am supposed to be the person of words!

I make him the bittebest coffee ever. His nostrils lowered half into the coffee mug sniffs and draws into the smell hungrily. Its been a while, he tells me in nostalgia scented tones.

Its been some years actually. When the last I saw of him was when he gave me a 'going away' present. He was the one leaving. I remember, an awkward slip of a girl I was. Standing by my vehicle-of-taking-away, I stood alone with unsure, unshared thoughts...

Unshared silences this time, years later.

Its the best coffee he's had, he tells me resting his head on the solitary wall of my house.

Even better than your mom's?

Best happens to be superlative, I learn that day.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Unsure, unshared thoughts...'

:-)

D

9:57 PM  
Anonymous djNair said...

Hi dear..
had a very funny ending, this one...
"better than your mom's?" could be one of the most difficult questions put up by the gfs...Ha ha you had him put his foot in his mouth... :)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

D: As always... uncertain.

DjNair: He answered well enough I must say! :)

10:56 PM  
Blogger trishna said...

'solitary wall of my house'.is it the isolation of your mind?

3:13 AM  
Anonymous djnair said...

now now dear...since you mentioned abt his answer..whats that he exactly said verbatim???
Wandering a bit i was jus trying to imagine wht his answer would have been with his mom arnd??Interesting situation.....

3:26 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Trishna: Also.

Djnair: 'Best' is superlative! :)

4:58 AM  
Blogger Alok said...

moments ... unforgettable moments ...

alok

5:32 AM  
Anonymous sherry said...

Loved the last bit :D Best is superlative indeed :D

8:17 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Alok: That's all we sometimes have. Or ever had.

Sherry: :)

11:02 PM  
Blogger Preetha Nair said...

Unshared thoughts.....
now "A memory" to use against,rather resist his reunion...???

5:46 AM  
Blogger MM said...

Fantastic thoughts finely penned...
:)

10:46 AM  
Blogger Sudarshan. A. G. said...

Hello, meet a tam who can't stand coffee and has to wash the coffee cup 'n' times to avoid any aftertaste.

:D :D

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That apart, 'best' phrase of the post:

"Nostalgia scented tones" .

10:18 PM  
Blogger the rain tree said...

lovely.
"Unsure, unshared thoughts...'
liked this

2:38 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Preetha: A figment to draw us closer.

MM: Ty!

Sudarshan: Chee.. what a Tamil you are!!!

Raintree: Ty!

4:05 AM  
Blogger clash said...

Isn't "he" dead ??

10:33 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Clash: I thought you were!

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Senor Ramirez said...

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9:25 AM  

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