Apr 17, 2016

Coffee Shops: Providing Uninterrupted Personal Space & Time

As I sit in this Starbucks coffee shop here in Connaught Place, New Delhi, I can't help but observe how many people have made this place their office or adda. A couple of days ago, I was in Indiranagar outlet in Bangalore and believe me, that place was overflowing. I overlooked an outlet in the Mumbai airport and there was no place to sit. It is not a different story here in New Delhi either as there is not a free table that you can select. I have had no option but to share a table with a couple of other individuals, who, to my surprise, were welcoming.

As I sit here, I see some people who look like students, studying & making notes. Some people staring on their phones, a few animatedly catching up with their friends. A couple of backpackers replenishing themselves and people like me, typing away into their laptops.

It is amazing what coffee shops have done to providing uninterrupted personal time. One other place I can think of that does this is the library. Apart from the ones attached to the educational institutions, I don't recall any other library that one can go to as of today. Perhaps, a costlier alternative would be to get into a hotel room who charge by the day and the personal time required is in hours.

If there are really so many of us wanting uninterrupted personal space & time, why are more businesses not cashing in on this? 

It is possible that only a section of the population would like this and it is easy to wrongly assume that everyone needs this. It is also possible that more people are here in this part of the year to get away from the searing heat of the sun. 

As far as I am concerned, if I want to get something done and be productive, I head to the nearest coffee shop! If there is none, you can create a virtual coffee shop here: https://coffitivity.com/ which will provide the sounds that you hear in a coffee shop. There are a couple of youtube videos as well that provide this background noise for us to focus.

Apr 16, 2016

Working on the flight

At all costs this should be avoided. The airport seats unless:

1. You are flying for more than 6 hours
2. You have watched all movies on offer
3. You have just woken up from a good nap / sleep
4. You are done talking with everyone on the flight
5. You are done playing / catching up with everything your phone has to offer
6. You have read everything there is to read
7. The document / workbook / design / ... you have to work on will save someone from dying. 
8. The world will end as you know it in 7 hours or less

Sep 13, 2015

There is no One Reason for things to happen

We have been tricked into believing that "Everything happens for a reason". It's not "a" reason but multiple reasons, coming together and making the event possible. To start with, the reason I'm typing this post is not just because I'm sitting at the airport awaiting the boarding call, but also because (a) it has been long since I have blogged (b) I got a decent sleep last night (c) I have the energy to express and type it out from the phone (d) I'm wearing a Beatles tee (e) I just got "upgraded" to emergency exit row from the second last row in an Indigo airline. 

Yes. I know what you're thinking. You think I am writing to show off the point (e) above? Please read the post again, this time including the title.