Image courtesy my sister.

Dear M, if you’re reading this – now you know why! 😛

This also reminds me of a school friend of mine, Rahul, who’s at Oxford now, doing Law. He’d introduced me to the concept of taking a quick shot of vodka (I prefer rum) before studies. The last time I was in a situation where I needed a shot to work was on December 22, 2004, two days before my rather badly planned and hurried departure for Mumbai. Thankfully, I haven’t let things get as complicated since.

Oh! While I’m discussing drinking, I realised recently that men bond best while drinking. We’ve been holding important meetings over drinks, in Pubs. Usually, it’s TSF or Flames. I prefer Flames. We spend 2 hours drinking and talking about anything but work. Then finish off what we had met to do in 15 minutes. The difference in atmosphere helps. I think that’s why the japanese do business deals over golf. They bond while whacking balls.



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  1. owch!
    poor mens i saaaay.


    no wonder men bond over beer.

    other (normal) humans lose it/get wasted after downing two mugs.

  2. Don’t talk to me about drinking. For a month (till a month ago) I was sleeping to a quarter of rum and waking up with a shot of rum in my coffee. Definitely not a place I want to visit again.

    Yes, we thought so too… men bond over drinks. Especially those who don’t know each other too well. And work seems to get done faster, what? 😀

  3. Thanks for the suggestion, boyo. Rum it is tonight. I think I need a nice long drink, and some 3eb.

    I can’t drink rum with coffee cause I don’t drink coffee. Rum doesn’t go well with tea (I tried).

    The bonding is always an initial thing, but it opens the door to discussions, later. A strange feeling of trust or something less develops, and they can talk because they’ve done something that’s considered immoral, together? I dunno, but work gets done faster, and people become more helpful, after you’ve bonded over drinks.

  4. You’ve been coming to Flames?? as in, Flames – GK2??

    Kindly give me a call whenever next you plan to come down there!


  5. Kitten, I’m at Moolchand six days a week. Sometimes even seven. May be going to Flames tomorrow. Will let ya know.

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