Rum

The Green Fire that Consumes Poets

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Dramatis personae Paul Marie Verlaine: He was associated with the Symbolist movement. One of the greatest French poets. Arthur Rimbaud: One of the most popular French poets. He wrote poems for only 5 years. Stopped writing at the age of 20. Died, when he was only 37. Absinthe: A green-coloured alcohol which was a rage in Europe during the last part of 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. Location: Paris and a little bit of Brussels. The … Continue reading

Shaken, Not Stirred

JAMES BOND Wity Martini

Most of us were initiated into the world of alcohol with a cocktail – Rum and Cola. The sweet beverage diluted the fire a bit and made it drinkable. Then some day as we became mature we grew out of our sweet tooth, saying goodbye to Cola. But that was not so in the west. Cocktails have become a way of life in America since the days of prohibition. With no legal drink available in the market, life was not … Continue reading

My Name is Rum

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Call me Mr. Rum. I come to relieve the man off. He is a teacher, a traveler, a writer.  Let him bask in the sunlight. Here I will be, dark in tone, deep by the roots, down under. Rum, I am. You may want to cut me down by calling me the dirty underbelly, the libido, or the Mr. Hyde side of the goody goody Dr. Jekyll. Listen. I don’t care a damn. Because I am Rum. Born in the … Continue reading

Apocalypse now: Breaking Spirits

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1997. It was 10pm. All beverage outlets in the city were closed. The party was only reaching its climax. Everybody present desperately needed a couple of pegs more for the road, but they were looking down an empty cache without a single bottle left. As the host I smiled, and asked my confidante to pull out my last number from the cupboard – a bottle of Bacardi. “Wow!” everyone interjected in unison. I smiled proudly. It was magic indeed to … Continue reading