I have written in one of my earlier posts that sometimes my small wishes are granted and I consider myself lucky to that extent. Strangely for the last two months, I had harboured a wish to be able to gorge on South Indian delicacies like Dosa, Vada, Idli, Uttapam etc at affordable rates as I am not used to having a regular lunch. I had been a regular visitor to the Indian Coffee House on the Mall, Shimla, when it was near my work place , but for many years I have been out of Shimla, and when I did return, none of my offices was near the Mall , so I could binge on my favourite stuff. These days my office is in Kasumpati, a suburb of Shimla, which has emerged as a hub of most of the offices of State Government as well as Central Govt and some corporations.
No wonder, it came as a godsend when someone in the office informed me that The Indian Coffee House society had opened an eating joint at Kasumpati. The very next day , I visited the coffee house, conspicuous by its sign board or the signature board which is the same through out the Country. There are about sixteen tables laid , sufficient to accommodate sixty plus persons at a time . The stuff offered is of the same quality as is served on the Mall and about 40 items are listed on a board mounted on the wall .However, I found that it lacks the ambience that one finds on the Mall , as there is a narrow road running through the bazaar, on vehicular traffic goes on throughout the day. May be, one would feel better when, the upper storey also becomes ready to accommodate more people. It is a welcome development for the public especially the employees who want to savour the delicacies without getting a hole burnt in the pocket.