One of the conveniences of living in an Indian city is that one can get excellent value for money.
Let’s take the example of coffee…if one wants a quick shot of the drink, there’s always the ubiquitious neighbourhood Darshini to provide a "baitu" thimbleful. But if one wants some freshly roasted and ground coffee powder to take home, there are plenty of shops to cater to that, too. Here’s the signboard of one shop in the Jayanagar 9th Block market area:
I go in, and the shop owner asks me which kind of coffee powder I want, and whether I want a blend of coffee and chicory. I go off to do my other chores, and the beans I asked for are roasted. It’s a wonderful smell that drags me back to the shop, and the shopkeeper then grinds my beans to the exact consistency I want:
I come home with the fragrant package and almost always make myself a cup of fresh filter kapi just because of that aroma and taste! Long live our local shopkeepers, who provide such excellent services for us. ⊕