One busy market area coffee shop is so crowded during weekends, that you cannot find a table all to yourself. People keep moving in and out and in fact, your seat is being waited upon. A chance visit to this place when my stomach started rumbling like anything made us share our table with an elderly gentleman.
“May I join if its not an issue?”, he asked with a smile.
“Oh sure Sir, please”, said Zack.
“I come here to have coffee everyday. Its been 14 years now.”
And so he continued telling his story, about the city, friends, weather, traffic, pollution, what not. The conversations lasted till 2 rounds of coffee when he said it was time for his evening walk around the park. We offered to pay for him, since I was still eating and Zack had not ordered anything yet. “Oh no no no no, I cant let you pay for me, that is not possible”, he was shaking his head like a cute old elephant, while taking out his wallet. But he relented later, when we told it would be easier for us to get the total bill for the table and that he can save the time while not waiting for the change to arrive. “Ah yes, these days getting back the single denomination change is so time consuming”. We smiled and he left saying we shall meet again.
Its not that often that we walk upon strangers and share life stories. This old guy had nothing extra ordinary to tell us, nor he had a heroic story to share. But the musings and ramblings of his mind were so good to listen, devour actually – on how laid back and peaceful his times were!