Not Just About Coffee
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.