The evening rush was getting built up at the Corner Coffee house.
The incessant chattering of young couples. The giggling aunties gossiping about the latest Bollywood Couple’s rumored linked up over some tea & sandwiches. The group of college kids out for their weekly evening out haggling over the menu card. And amidst all that coffees and shakes and delectable goodies flowing in and out of the kitchen.
Just like an old pair of jeans , the place fit perfectly even after a decade . Almost as if in a time wrap , she could see herself in that corner. Quite like that couple over there . Debating the ending of a movie they had just watched Or discussing thread bare the next project in the curriculum. The girl was gushing or blushing , one could hardly tell and the guy was clearly hanging on her every word .
But young & in Love that’s not who she was at 22.
She stepped into the B school to step out as an A grade manager . On the orientation day , the Dean had asked the Batch of 2005 if any one had plans to be an entrepreneur , to which she had raised her hand. The most good looking guy in the batch had come over right after the ceremony and introduced himself as her ‘business partner – to be ‘. Over countless cups of coffee, the business & pleasure got a little intertwined . He proposed with a tiny little speech on the Graduation Day – Coffee needs Company and they make the best one , so why not for the rest of their lives?
Back to present she laughed at the irony taking another sip of her warm and comforting mug of Café Mocha. Coffee needs Company – how that little speech that day changed her life.
“Long time” a familiar voice broke her reverie and her old partner in crime made himself comfortable in the chair opposite her. “It has been what , a decade? What brings you to the city . Though I must say I am glad that we are back in touch”.
“We never got to have our last cup of coffee together right?” She said handing over him an invite in rich cocoa & gold hues.
“So you are tying the knot finally ?” The tension in his voice toned down a bit.
“Read on?” She saw his facial expressions go through a mirage of changes to finally turn into confusion. It was an invite for an exclusive event of the 100th store opening. He had read about it in a Business Weekly . It was one of the most promising start ups of the year , funded by the largest VCs in the market.
“You are cordially invited to see my dream unravel ” The dots in his head finally connected but he was at a loss of words.
They both had come a long way. He was now a satisfied white collared job going father, living a life his parents chose for him. She now on in the ‘Entrepreneurs to look out for’ list the face behind country’s largest chain of Coffee – Book Shops , Coffee needs Company.
“Do pay us a visit , the Coffee as always is on me” . She said as she stood up to leave with a sense of closure.