‘Ciao Sarah’, shouted Shanna while putting her laptop in the bag hurriedly. It felt like she had passed with flying colors in her most challenging examination today. It was exhausting yet exhilarating. Only thing she needed now was her coffee at her favourite place after such a great day!
Shanna had never missed a chance to enjoy her coffee in Starbucks whenever she felt elated in the past 3 years since her joining this new advertising agency in Connaught Place. She is heading the research department and has been a great analyst and critically acclaimed employee in the organisation. Secretly she thanked her virgo instincts sometimes for being completely critical, while researching for new campaigns.
She liked walking till the Café as she could pass glance at all new arrivals around in the cottage emporiums. “I need to buy some fabrics for the blouse from Nalli’s”, Shanna reminded herself and thought of dropping in at Nalli’s which was just round the corner.
The coffee tasted a little better today, she had a wonderful presentation regarding the new upcoming project which almost took her six months to give a face to. It was a project very close to her heart called “Say Yes to a new start.” The context of this project moves around the status of divorcees in the society. She and her team really wished to insinuate a fresh perspective in the lives of people, who encountered bitter experiences in the most celebrated institution called marriage. It is so evident yet neglected fact that a man or woman have to keep dragging a non-functional relation due to some rigid beliefs in this society.
Small advertisements shot by them were establishing that fresh perspectives around this topic and encouraging these people to break the social barriers to overcome mental blocks to start afresh. She herself has done that!!
Her coffee was ready and she moved towards her favourite corner with her paper glass almost brimming till the end with coffee. She recollects Sarah’s favourite statement fondly, who is an Italian photographer for their advertising company. Sarah hated Starbucks and actually cursed them as “the thieves of coffee culture” of Europe and blamed them for playing mercilessly with the quantity and quality of it, but Shanna had no complaints.
Starbucks seems to be a place where she can unwind herself with a coffee looking at the unfinished décor’ on the walls around which gave an ambience to the place that almost seems similar to her life, shaping up!
She was a young woman in her early thirty with an average height and a lean frame. Her long straight black hair with the centre parting contoured her round face giving a clear look at her forehead and features .She loved her hair to stay open and hanging down on her shoulders. They were too straight and silky to be tied.
Today, she had a final presentation for these clients, so she chose to wear a long black jersey dress that contoured her figure extremely well teamed up with the blue silk scarf, which she bought from Thailand adding to her blue grey eyes. Although she was an Indian but people would easily mistake her for being a European.
Her coffee was ready and she moved towards her favourite corner with her paper glass almost brimming till the end with coffee.
About the Author
As a kid Shalini has been fascinated by all kind of stories and her love for reading encouraged her to read all kinds of fiction whether it was a short story in a local newspaper available in the small town she lives in or Tin-Tin in library. Shalini is an Assistant Professor in a Design College and has been teaching for almost two decades. She used to write small reflections and memoirs for herself but a contest on Times of India pushed her to write a story which lies published here.