Pink Umbrella to the Rescue
by Shailaja Das
We decided to hold our first Foodie Correspondents’ meeting on a fine Wednesday morning, or so we expected, at 10 o’clock at the Indian Coffee House in CP. But truly living up to its image as being the city with the most unpredictable weather, Delhi witnessed one of the rainiest mornings of the season that day. So, three of us (Vishakha, Archita and I) are sitting with Anubhav, the DFW founder, waiting for the rest of the members. But expectedly enough, they start messaging one by one that they can’t make it because of the water logged traffic jams or stranded metro trains. So the meeting is cancelled and even the few who are braving themselves against the vagaries of nature and trying to catch hold of a willing autowalla are politely requested to return to their warm (and not to mention dry!) homes.
Meanwhile, the four of us are simply sitting and chatting in the indoors area of the ICH, all the while wishing the heavy rain would subside soon. But it only becomes fiercer. After a round of healthy discussions and useful feedbacks we decide to head home but Anubhav looks rather reluctant even though he is getting late for another meeting. On inquiry we gather that he is carrying his laptop in his bag and is afraid it will get ruined in the rain if he attempted to cross the road to the other block in order to take the metro. That’s when my umbrella, the Pink Umbrella, comes to the rescue. I open it with one swift blow (after a few unsuccessful attempts), we roll up our pants and make a run towards the other side of the road. Anubhav, or his laptop bag rather, gets the primary protection of the Pink Umbrella of course. I am certain it would have have been quite a spectacle for any onlooker to see four people running like mad men in the rain, one of them holding a prominent pink coloured umbrella but protecting only what otherwise looked like an ordinary bag.
But the run was surely worth it because, to our pleasant surprise, we saw that Starbucks was giving out free hot coffee which is just what we needed for a perfect ending to an uneventful but memorable monsoon day. We each grabbed a cup and started to sip away as ideas for articles raced through our heads just as the rain grew stronger.