Editor's Note

Pride, promise, politics

The audacity to dream and hope killed by the fragility of heart and mind – that’s the tragic story of India’s coffee king, VG Siddhartha

RA Chandroo

The untimely demise of 59-year-old VG Siddhartha has made me angry and sad. It was back in September 2015 that I met him for the first time, right before Coffee Day Enterprises’ IPO. I had a special fondness for Café Coffee Day, for it was the Worli store that was my favourite place to hang-out with colleagues at work. Before CCD, we were unexposed to the coffee culture. For Mumbai journalists, the conversations were at the water cooler, and the coffee was cutting chai. The food indulgence was butter dosa at anna’s tapri. Coffee and conversation at CCD was a novel idea.