If We Were Having Coffee… 17th November


If we were having coffee, I would thank you for taking the time to meet me here over a cup of coffee.  I hope you are looking forward to a relaxed weekend.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am suffering from that dreadful blogger’s blog. I have religiously stared at the blank screen for long periods of time, every day of the week, hoping for the grey cells and fingers to work in coordination. Alas! They refused to look in the same direction. I cajoled and begged them, but they haughtily turned their back on me. Left with no alternative, I wandered around with self-pity and despair and snapped at everyone I met. I drank gallons of tea and coffee to wake up my dead grey cells and aimlessly read posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. When that didn’t help in any way, I picked up my Kindle and read.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that though I didn’t write a single word on this blog of mine, but I read a LOT of words. I have read some 95 books from January 2017 till date. I still have to read 30 books by December 31st to complete my 2017 book reading challenge target. It’s a bit challenging,  but am sure I will be able to do it.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that this week, I read a lot of my old posts. I observed that some of my posts are absolute gold (God, I cant believe that I had written them!) and most are absolutely cringe worthy (God, I cant believe that I had written them!) Do you love and hate your old blog posts?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had an amazingly unbelievable experience at the passport office last week. My passport was nearing expiry, so I went to passport office last Friday to renew it. I had got an appointment for 11 am. When I saw the queue, I had a mini heart attack. But was surprised to see that the entire queue for that time slot was sent at one go. Once we entered the office, there were half a dozen counters to cater to some 20-25 of us. In no time, I was guided from one officer to another and in flat 50 minutes I was out of the office. The officers were so professional, efficient and courteous that I was simply blown away. The icing on the cake was when I received a SMS at 4 pm stating that my passport has been printed and despatched via Speed Post. Yes, my passport got renewed in a day. And I got it in my hands on Monday. Now isnt that truly impressive!!

If we were having coffee, I’d wish you a great weekend while I’d go and pack my bags to leave for my work trip to Aligarh. It would be my first trip to this small city in Uttar Pradesh which is famous for locks. I don’t need locks but I am surely going to pick one or two.

If we were having coffee, we would have been draining the last dregs of our cups, and it would be time for us to say goodbye. I wish your coming week is better than the last and that you will stop by the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to!

Until next time… ciao!

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16 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… 17th November

  1. Oh ho not again! Blogger’s Block seems to be following you doggedly this year but I love how you trounce it each time. You’ll do it again I know.
    I read my old posts too. Some are so amateurish I go ahead and rewrite them. And then there are the good ones that make me so happy.
    You’re on a roll as far as your reading goes. I’d targeted 35 books and have just managed to come out of the red. Hope to max the Challenge.

  2. Thanks for this interesting blog post. I also read my older posts and wonder whether I wrote them. Some of the funnier ones (at least I consider them funny) I laugh out loud. I am happy you got your passport within 24 hours.

  3. Sorry to hear about the blogger’s block. Sometimes it takes so long to get out of it. But man, your reading makes me envious. I can barely finish 3 books in a good month.

    About the posts, yes I do feel that way. I would love to hear about Aligarh. Never been there but heard about the locks and the University.

    My weekend is going to be very hectic. I am having a get together today evening at home and a fair bit of cooking is involved.

    Wish you a very happy weekend.

  4. Aww Shilpa. This made my day. This post!

    I love the authenticity, the honesty that just flows through the piece. Big hugs on the blogger’s block. I understand and hope you get over it soonly. But you know what? Even with the block, you’ve written such a gorgeous post, so maybe it’s not as bad as you think.

    That bit about the passport is giving me hope. Mine has been due for renewal for a while now and I’ve been putting it off forever! Must do soon.

  5. So that explains the silence on your post. But it seems that this weekend you are going to make it up with all the work that’s in store for you.
    And yes it’s amazing how passport offices have changed from the past…. Somethings are changing for the better.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely, delightful cup of coffee.

    p.s. How did you get the Indiblogger Rank badge to display perfectly on your site? I get only half on mine.

  6. I renewed my passport last month, and my experience was similar. I love that you’ve read so many books, I am way behind in my goal for this year.
    See, you’ve already written such a wonderful blog post. You’ve won over the Writers Block, I’d say!:)

  7. If I were having some coffee:) I would tell you, what an inspiring person you are; and how you manage to read so many books and the way you create beautiful posts for people like us to read, I would say thanks for every post you make and I would also tell you that I have forgotten to renew my driving licence:) and just realized ( am continuing to ride with the same:) I would tell you how difficult it has been for me managing home and work, and how well I am managing without a helper, and continuing every thing I am committed to and taking care of myself despite deadlines.

  8. Ugh, YES on the old blog posts. And since I put so many short stories up on my website, I find those even worse. I do have it at the back of my mind to go back and re-write them at some point!

  9. If we were having coffee I would be intoxicated by learning more of your culture and country. I would ask you to paint pictures for me of the sites and sounds that you love. Thanks for sharing these cafe engagements.

  10. I can relate on so many levels . . . when I’m hot, I’m hot, and the words flow like there’s no tomorrow. But when I’m blocked, I’m amazed at how long I can stare at my screen without actually typing anything.

  11. Oh, I remember those long lines at government offices in India. There are ways to get to the top of the line, or more correctly, through the back door to get the task accomplished. 🙂 I loved playing that game.

  12. I am glad I read this post Shilpa. It is such a nice time to have coffee with you and know you better. Also, the passport offices have been doing a great job from what I have heard from a few friends who had to travel with families. I am waiting to get things done for my little one soon. Fingers crossed, I am hoping it will be a good time. I love your articles in spite of those writer blocks. I am glad you overcome it Everytime with something much better. I am so glad you read so much and that’s a huge challenge to accomplish. All the best in finishing the list of books this year.

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