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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Filter Coffee And Manna Dey

Today I made my amma proud. Learnt how to brew coffee. FILTER COFFEE!!! The sign of a true Southie. Amma flinches when i talk about Barista and Coffee Day. Coffee ain't coffee till it is M. R. Filter Coffee. Hehe, but it IS true. Filter Coffee is Filter Coffee!!!

The entire exercise was real neat i think. That old steel filter, the aroma of spilled M R Coffee powder in the kitchen, my harrowed mom, amused papa. The coffee dripping through the filter, sloshing some on the counter while pouring it in da mug, the mess...

And how does Manna Dey figure in the equation? Its sumthing bout Coffee at 2 in the nite. The part of me who had fun making coffee and found it darned cool, didn't want to share it with Bryan Adams or The Eagles, they just wouldn't understand. No offence guys, i like you at other times...but something as....as...as deep as the night and silence and the quiet and ofcourse M.R. Filter Coffee, a Laaga chunri mein daag...seems more fitting or a Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli or even a Chalat Musafir from Teesri Kasam...

Had a friend over (i called her up to make her try the coffee i'd made *wink*) , and had some more of Manna Dey playing even then and I told her, Ain't he cool??!!!?? And she was like, who is Manna Dey? Trust me...my jaw dropped to the floor and my eyebrows disappeared in my hairline!!!!! Many haven't even heard of him!!!! Now with him being awarded the Padma Bhushan, there ought to be a li'l more awareness I guess. Its kinda sad, i thought once she left after a detailed explaination from me , my sis and even my mom about da kinda songs he sung, the bengali songs, how he landed up in mumbai...blah...blah...poor Vidhu, a coffee brewd by me and lesson in Music by the ladies of N family...well good thing, bet da next time she gets my call saying come over 4 coffee, she is gonna think twice!!

So here I am, at 2 in the night listening to "Laaga Chunri Mein Daag..."with that silly grin on my face and steaming hot coffee (da 3rd mug...i can make good filter coffee huh) and feeling nice. Nice might be too inadequate a word. But then that is precisly what I am feeling-NICE. Content. And there is just music. In its purest form. Manna Dey singing alankaar...and me blogging. And there is the night, silence, quiet. And there is Coffee. Window half opened, just a ray of moonlight falling across FB and the shadow of the night lamp. And the sense of...no, just the sense, the feel...of just being. Suspended in the time. Its so magical, it is almost unrealistic.Don't even wanna think, or word. The flow, as seamless and as smooth as the voice and as rich and as delicious as the coffee. The essence swirling in my mouth, my mind, my being. There is lathargy but there is alertness. Drugged senses but supersensitivity towards sound, voice, light, taste...*smiles* I wonder if this is what they call a high...

"woh duniya more babul ka ghar...
yeh ghar duniya sasuraal...
haan jaake babul se nazreen milaoun kaise....
Ghar jaaoon kaise...
Laaga Chunri mein daag......."

28 Comments:

  • At February 01, 2005 9:05 PM, Blogger manuscrypts said…

    nope, they call it coffee dey ;)

     
  • At February 01, 2005 9:59 PM, Blogger J said…

    OMG! me being another southie, i dunno how to make a cup of filter coffee!!! :-O
    Mujhse shaadi kaun karega? :-(

     
  • At February 01, 2005 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    easy.. easy... Im sure U'll get thru.. just take it real easy ok??? and yeah, sleep early...

    J, try the coffee day guys..

    Man with no Name
    (http://thisucks.rediffblogs.com)

     
  • At February 01, 2005 10:38 PM, Blogger Phal said…

    Yesterday, I met a radio jockey who told me he knew people who did not know Lata Mangeshkar. While that's not such a bad thing, you can imagine the worthless lives of those who don't know Manna Dey. Sigh.

    PS>>> want filter coffee!!! adn hit my link in livinghigh.

     
  • At February 02, 2005 2:32 AM, Blogger Abhinay said…

    waaaaahhhhh...i want my filter coffee too..beautiful freshly ground coffee..mmmm...damn you woman...now u got me salivating with no prospect of axully havin any..pah..

    cuppa coffee ?? ;) :D

    oh, got ur msg and added ya..didnt reply coz was tryin to sleep :D

     
  • At February 02, 2005 5:05 AM, Blogger livinghigh said…

    hmmm, yea... think it just may qualify as a HIGH! ;-) (I shud know!) I loooooooooooove filter coffee - when i first landed in Chennai it was like such a major accomplishment on my part to actually drink it the madrasi way (2 hands pls!) and now, i miss teh sexy thing! All I have now is the noisy Nescafe machine in the office - hwich is not bad, either, by the way! Have fun, you, and your recovered opal ring!

     
  • At February 02, 2005 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    CoffEe..easily my oxygen..n if its filter..cant ask for sumthin btter...i hv had difficult times preparin filter wen nobodys at home..especially problems wid d deaction(i dunno if its d rite speelin)..n neways my mom hates me seein hav more than 2 glases a day..so d filters thrown out n i dunt love it "instant".so no more filters atleast at my place..

     
  • At February 02, 2005 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ek chatur naar karke filter caapi,
    Manna ke swar yeh sunat jaat,
    aur gungunaat jaat.....arre ey ey eeeeyyy!!

    khoob jamega rang jab mil baithenge teen yaar.....shippo, caapi n Manna Dey!

    -pu.la.

     
  • At February 02, 2005 6:06 AM, Blogger Born Too Soon said…

    Coffee.....hmm....being a coffee addict I wud agree with the coffee part....Manna dey was a maestro.......hey people dont know me.....I sing well......too....hehe

    I wont mind coffees.....Ships coffe pilaogi??

     
  • At February 02, 2005 7:39 AM, Blogger Pleomorphous said…

    I want to make coffee at midnight and listen to Manna Dey and Hemanth Kumar!!

    Waise, MD and HK are my two favourite singers. And the irony is I have more songs of Kishore Kumar and Mohd. Rafi!!

     
  • At February 02, 2005 7:47 AM, Blogger Prashant said…

    Well i for one like Manna Dey's singing.. But at two in the morning... my fav. listen is Jagjit.. No matter what I am drinking ;)...

     
  • At February 02, 2005 9:42 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Manu: hehe y didn’t I think o that now!!!!!! But yeah coffee DEY…terrific!!!

    J: NNNNNNNHHHHHHOOOOOOOO….SHAME SHAME…but then all’s not lost yet. Learn it..its verrryyy easy. Try da paper filter instead o da steel mesh…its hell to wash it out (gosh it looks like me givin tips…MAA look ur daughter all grown up!!!) *grin*

    MwnN: hehe…she will come in terms ONCE she learns how 2 make filter coffee
    N coffee day??

     
  • At February 02, 2005 9:44 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Phal: I did check out ur blog….super cool id say.
    People don’t know Lata Mangeshkar….its like Mr. Nene(madhuri’s hubby) da doc saying he didn’t know who is Amitabh Bachchan…I wonder if it is da truth or they r jus tryin 2 sound cool and hep….LOSERS them!!!!

    Abhi: hehe make sum o ur own :P
    Buzz me so that I can add u too.

    Rahul!!!!! Just qualify eh?? Yeah u should know bout living HIGH :P yuck im not sure bout Nescafe now that I know how 2 make my own filter coffee…yep it IS DA SEXY THING!!! ;)

     
  • At February 02, 2005 9:47 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Paggy: oyye, tu toh rehne de…coffee is bad 4 u. good thing ur mom threw away da coffee filter. And 2 cups a day is excellent. sumtime bak then u had me worried… And come home anytime u wanna have mera haat ka banaya hua coffee:P

    PURVA!!!!!????!!! EK CHATUR NAAR??? God aren’t u becoming sweeter day by day…or don’t u know wat da words mean eh? And I love manna dey’s ek chatur naar, all da songs frm da filum Padosan.

    Of course B2S…come over 2 mumbai :P and u singing…I’ll give u da benefit o da doubt:P:P

     
  • At February 02, 2005 9:51 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Pleo: Yeah well instant coffee doesn’t come close now. But if u can settle 4 something less *gloating*
    And yeah, I have more Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi too, mayb its jus coz they have sung more songs than Manna Dey. In fact Manna Dey himself has said he didn’t get good songs coz he wont compromise on quality.

    Prashant: *smiles* yeah Jagjit singh would come close But Manna Dey any day!!!!!!

     
  • At February 02, 2005 10:00 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Pleo: Yeah well instant coffee doesn’t come close now. But if u can settle 4 something less *gloating*
    And yeah, I have more Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi too, mayb its jus coz they have sung more songs than Manna Dey. In fact Manna Dey himself has said he didn’t get good songs coz he wont compromise on quality.

    Prashant: *smiles* yeah Jagjit singh would come close But Manna Dey any day!!!!!!

     
  • At February 02, 2005 9:25 PM, Blogger Primalsoup said…

    That's quite a high on Coffee! :) I guees 2 am, Mannadey and Filter Coffee can do that to you!

    Hope your mom was proud enough to discount the mess in the kitchen...

     
  • At February 03, 2005 2:10 AM, Blogger rapunzel said…

    for a minute i wondered if u were me;-)

     
  • At February 03, 2005 10:22 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Primal Soup: heya...thankz 4 visitng. :))thank Lord that MAA was not that furious...
    I like ur blog. Its cool

    Princess: i was wondering if da net connection in da ivory towere was severed for sum days...
    N speaking bout u being me...YEAH BABE...KINDRED SPIRITS!!!!!!

     
  • At February 03, 2005 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    like everyone else i love filter coffee. just had one couple a days ago , the taste still lingers cant get enough of it.
    will be seeing more of ur blog now
    aparna

     
  • At February 03, 2005 11:44 AM, Blogger Suderman said…

    Kaafee smart ho gayi ho Teddy!!
    :)

     
  • At February 04, 2005 10:18 AM, Blogger satchit said…

    Having coffee in the middle of the night has always fascinated me, because for me it is like an adventure. It is an adventure of not sleeping through the night and having it all for your self to do whatever you may want to do. :-)

    'Laaga Chunri mein daag' - a favourite of mine too. :-)

     
  • At February 04, 2005 11:25 AM, Blogger Elixir said…

    Oporna: thank u. i think u should listen 2 phal n raul n start bloggin 2...

    Sudhi: Koffee smart u mean ;)

    Satchit: yeah!!! totally!! its like the nite belongs u. And laaga is one of the best works of Manna Dey
    Drop by more often.

     
  • At February 12, 2005 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And I thot the relation between Filter Coffee and Manna Dey was the coffee stain left on ur chunari...and thus `Laga chunari mein daag`.

    -Vinod.G

     
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  • At March 03, 2007 3:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where did you find it? Interesting read »

     
  • At November 28, 2007 1:06 PM, Blogger Da Rodent said…

    Any idea where you get those paper filters in chennai? I am so fed up of cleaning the filter every day :-S

     

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