That ‘coffee’ habit…
We don’t do it here in India.
I mean we do start our day with a cup of coffee or tea, usually the latter, and keep having it during the course of the day, depending on the need or the habit.
But carrying a cup of coffee to work is not exactly a part of our culture.
I first saw people doing it in the United Kingdom. Let me make it clear that I am not saying it is a habit in that country. I am not qualified to say that.
However, that was not just another business trip. I was in the country for a considerable period of time.
Among the many things I observed during my stay was people carrying coffee to work, and even on their way back.
Gradually I picked up the habit.
That trip was more about starting early in the mornings and working till late evenings, and a cup of coffee, one way or both, kept me alert.
The habit stayed even when I returned home. I admit it has also got to do with the fact that I usually prefer coffee, over tea.
During my subsequent trips to Europe I noticed people following that ‘coffee habit.’
Then came a long tour of the United States, rather across the United States. As I straddled from California in the West to Florida in the South East to Ohio in the North to Washington, DC, everywhere I noticed the same thing: people going to work with Starbucks in hand.
Let me reiterate that I am not qualified to say this is a habit in the United States. I am just jotting down what I observed, or was inspired by.
These observations, to a large extent, has made me retain this ‘coffee habit’.
It is imperative here to say that I am not addicted to either coffee or tea.
On weekends (even weekdays), when I don’t have to go to work, I survive without having a single cup the whole day. There’s no craving for the same whatsoever, no servitude to nicotine.
In the working days that are a problem.
Even as I drive towards the office, my mind insists on a detour, to the nearest coffee shop and pick up a cappuccino — this one happens to be a personal favorite.
Sipping through the hot beverage ahead of work gives the impetus to last the whole day.
On days I can’t get one work suffers, well somewhat :)
I don’t know if it is a habit. If it is not, I must admit it is fast becoming one.
Not that am ashamed of this habit. Else I wouldn’t be writing this…