I've heard the withdrawl symptoms of this place are awful.My friends who've shifted from this locality miss this place more than their friends and the first thing they do when they return is " anna ek cutting aur ek cigarette do" to which Narayan Seth/ Anna gives a warm grin and says " tumhara paisa baki tha, abhi toh deke jao ,garib aadmi ko luto mat".
|Narayan Seth/Anna writing his Hisaab|
As narayan comes closer to retirement.he has the perfect successor in his son Prakash ,who is another interesting character, always dressed neatly ,at times even wears sunglasses if its afternoon..in years to come don't be surprised if you see Nityanand Smoke lounge at that place and Prakash standing in a blazer to greet you.
Daily greetings hold an important place in prakash's life.There are more than hundred people who wish him good morning/afternoon/night in a day.Most of the times he shall look at the digital red clock before so that he does not mistake between good morning and afternoon.Prakash is one sincere hard working fellow.both father and son team up to do good business and have maintained relationships with people for the past so many years and both make awesome Coffee.
At times the service is super slow..and u dont even get free stuff for their delay,at times the tea is sugar water n at times its drinkable, but no one really cares they still come back to this place every single day because there is something about the ambiance of this place,its people ,the vibes and the variety they give you.
The best part of The Khadi is the Krowd that comes here..each member of the khadi may be acquainted with an average of at least twenty to twenty five people.There is no membership fees but every member does pay a price to come here..
We use terms like "khoon mang na" no its not a movie tittle but it means, to suck of someones blood till hes gets unconscious I.e talking someone to boredom or irritating to the maximum..so someday you are the vampire and sometimes u are the victim...and that's the only price we pay. There is no membership fee.
People from all age groups,intellectual levels,professions,all social statuses and colour turn up at The Khadi every single day and that according to me is the best part.Some conversations are interesting and u learn a lot and at times u have a laugh riot and one has the power to choose what he needs to listen to..there are 10 different sets of people talking about ten different things and one is free to join in/interrupt/comment in any of those..at times you take centre stage and speak to a bunch of idiots who know nothing about what youre talking about..and you get this feel good factor of knowing much more than the common man,and at times you are made to feel the idiot by somebody else.
Most commonly discussed subjects are cars n bikes, India Tv, Verbal Goof ups, Politics, Sports, Bussiness, Emotions ,Sex ,Girlfriend ,Cities Gymming and Physical fitness ..if u observe ,all the pages of a newspaper or a popular News channel have been covered.The Khadi is the one stop shop for all the news/bakwas u can get..
All important festivals like Holi,Diwali,Newyear and even personal milestones like gettin a job or celebrating a birthday is done at the Khadi! with everyone together!
At times the ambiance is disturbed by the local Police Men (fondly called as Pandu) but now we're used to them and they're used to us!!
I had once written a facebook status message based on this place which had recieved a lot of comments which i shall paste here:
" Life today is...conversations with someone intelligent and also someone dumb,
you get al sorts of people in god's kingdom,
for without a loser how wud u know u wer better
and without someone bigger how do find your trigger"
This place truly helps keep things in perspective.you get to see examples of successes and failures and how they have bounced back.
To conclude I would say that The Khadi is the place where you see Men lying to their wives that they'll be late home just to spend some more time at The Khadi , boys somehow take time off their girlfriends and make it a point to meet the Krowd!!
Now I guess ive written too much and i need a break ...over to the Khadi!!