Title: The Kaapi Innovator
Location: Manamadurai Junction, Tamil Nadu, India
The compartment was abuzz with a distinct sound. Our train had stopped at Manamadurai Junction, a small station that falls on the route from Madurai to Rameshwaram.
Throngs of coffee sellers bombarded our peaceful journey with an incessant sound of business.
“Kaapi, Kaapi, Kaapi” they cried in unison, trying to sell the world’s favourite drink in a local accent (Kaapi is a phonetically corrupt term for ‘coffee’). One of the sellers parked his minimalist coffee store by my window. He had managed to customize a rod of iron to be used as a makeshift coffee stand (See Picture).
Need is indeed, the mother of all inventions.
SR Travel Tip: If you ever visit Tamil Nadu, we recommend you to visit Dhanushkodi, a ruined city that was destroyed by a cyclone in 1964. The eerie walls of the ruins, accompanied by the incessant sound of ocean waves lashing against the nearby shore – Can’t be missed .
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