I had been to a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, and it was my first visit to the city, though I had been to other parts of Kerala several times. After the conference, I had a day off for myself, for I had my plans not knowing yet on where to make it happen. As strange as it sounds, but truer. I had carried my printed novels for editing with a highlighter, colored pens, pencil, scale, small cards and everything else that is required. I checked out of my room (I had to by 11.00 am) not knowing where to head next. I had a bus to catch at 9.00 pm and I had all day waiting for me to throw in some excitement.
I had expected it to be a sunny day like the previous but the rain had surprised me. I had to surprise back to maintain the natural order. I checked out with small luggage that I had carried and run towards the nearest shelter. I could see that it was a coffee house ( Turf Café and Bistro ) but looked like nothing that from outside. I, however, took steps inside with no further thoughts standing there in awe for what I saw.
I really did not want a coffee. However, hoping that the rain would stop, I started looking for something very minimal from the menu, something for 30-45 mins. I ordered a vanilla cream coffee (not sure if that exactly was the name) and sat there with balminess, looking at every corner, which gave welcoming hospitality to the much-needed stranger like me. Then, after around 10 minutes while when the order is almost about to arrive, I have this lighting moment.
“Sir, can I sit here all day long, maybe till 7.00 pm and do my works?”
“Yes, sir. You can take *that* seat!”
“I hope you will order something!”
“Definitely. I am going to have my lunch, snacks, and everything else here!”
“Thanks a lot!”
That is what led to one of my best days ever! I spent my whole day, working with my novel edits. There was also Mr. Bean series being played on a large screen which for me, was incredible writing support. The food was delicious and so were the staff around. I liked the menu and the smiles they offered. That day, for me, was a bliss. I am sure that every writer or a reader like me would agree that there is nothing more beautiful than this.