Not Just About Cof­fee

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Ajay Maken, AICC com­mu­ni­ca­tion depart­ment chief

In pol­i­tics, time is a lux­ury and han­dling the com­mu­ni­ca­tion depart­ment for the party doesn’t leave you with what qual­i­fies as free time to un­wind. Ev­ery now and then I feel the need to dis­con­nect from what is hap­pen­ing around me and do some work on my own or sim­ply strate­gise for the day. There is no place bet­ter than In­dia In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre ( IIC) An­nexe in the Cap­i­tal for this. The big­gest ad­van­tage here is that you can’t take a call while sit­ting in­side the restau­rant. I come here in the morn­ing, say three to four times a week around 10.30 a. m., oc­cupy a cor­ner, flip open my lap­top and es­cape from the world. The place is not crowded and the green­ery out­side its glass walls makes it a per­fect set­ting to work over a cup of cof­fee. I have been in awe of this place since the mid- 1990s when then se­nior Congress leader Jag Pravesh Chan­dra used to bring me here. I was al­ways fas­ci­nated by the se­nior bu­reau­crats, judges, lawyers, jour­nal­ists and diplo­mats I saw dis­cussing con­tem­po­rary is­sues here. I be­came a mem­ber of IIC in 2004 and ever since have con­tin­ued to visit this place mostly driven by my de­sire for rich in­tel­lec­tual de­bate. Noth­ing makes me feel bet­ter.

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