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Delhiwale: Sky-watcher’s paradise, for more than three decades

Public Interest: The terrace of Indian Coffee House is a great place to spend time gazing at the sky as the day wraps up

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2017 16:00 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
If the weather is pleasant, come in the afternoon, around 2pm. Try to make it on the weekend when the place is more crowded than usual and there is more scope for people-watching.
If the weather is pleasant, come in the afternoon, around 2pm. Try to make it on the weekend when the place is more crowded than usual and there is more scope for people-watching.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

To have one of the necessary Delhi experiences, we ask you to spend a few hours on the terrace of the Indian Coffee House in Connaught Place. They let you lounge over a single cup of black coffee (₹26) for as long as you like (ignore the rude notice board that says, “Sitting Idle is Wastage of Time”).

If the weather is pleasant, come in the afternoon, around 2pm. Try to make it on the weekend when the place is more crowded than usual and there is more scope for people-watching.

One table might be taken over by social activists trying to steer the course of the world in a different direction. Another table might have people gossiping on the theatre politics of Mandi House. The corner table might have an elderly man still studying the morning newspaper.

And keep a track of the sky. The drifting clouds look like lost ships. Looking at the vastness is a good way to briefly escape from the narrowness of urban life.

Inevitably, your may be distracted by a group of college friends making a noise. There will, of course, be lovers and monkeys, too. And beware of amateur photographers who will take your pictures and upload them on Facebook. As evening begins, turn your gaze to the west. You will feel as if you are watching a sunset on the beach.

Soon, the sky will turn black. The signage at the adjacent multiplex will be turned on. But the terrace will remain mostly dark. If you care to look up at the sky, you will realize that you have flown a great distance since the afternoon. It is a simple, magical Delhi experience.