Join Amir for tea time
Saturday, Sep 19
4 – 6pm
New York City
4 – 6pm
2 seats left!
What is Tea Time, exactly?
Tea Time is where five-ish strangers sit at a cafe with a Host to have a two hour conversation. It's not about anything in particular.
You're meant to know pretty much nothing about the people that come, aside from the fact that they all signed up for this — just like you. It's self-selecting in that sense.
However, it may bring you comfort to know a little something about your Host. If so, just keep reading
Meet your Host, Amir.
(It'll be helpful to know what they look like when you're looking for a group of confused strangers at the cafe.)
I’m a Pakistani kid born in the states who also lived in Qatar and is now back working in the states. I'm a former investment banker who is now a startup nut. It’s pretty clear I can’t figure out where I’m actually from, but what is clear is that I’m interested in you. And by you, I mean emotional, optimistic, irrational, superstitious and romantic people who are trying to make connection. So let’s grab some tea and try and appease our innate desires to get to know the other 7 billion people who inhabit our planet.
What's your story?
I was a scared kid growing up. Not scared of clowns or things like that (although loud noises scared me. Which is ironic because now I listen to music really loud. This probably makes no sense out of context but it’s a story worth discussing when we get tea.) I was scared of breaking the rules. I was that kid who was super good in school, never stepped a toe out of line, and made his parents proud by never questioning things. Now I’m not saying that I’m some insane rebel now or that I don’t make my parents proud, but things have changed a lot since childhood. You see, I started to come out of this “shell” when I started embracing the one thing I’ve always enjoyed whole-heartedly: Talking to other people and hearing their stories. I became (and still am) that guy who would talk to his friend’s parents for two hours listening to their story, the guy who looks forward to cab rides so that I can get some wisdom from some great cabbies,#aworthycabfare.com (shameless plug to my blog) and the guy whose favorite moments are the ones with friends, late at night, sitting on the floor of some random hallway in a random building talking about life. It’s because of these stories, these conversations with others that I have become less afraid of expressing who I want to be. And on top of all that, I’ve learned to fall in love with everyone and everyone’s story. It’s a bit tiresome falling in love so much, but it’s worth it. And these two things, discovering oneself and falling in love are things that everyone should experience. I owe my ability to love and my love for myself to all of you. Yes, you. Yes, you who might be reading this without having any idea who I am, and vice versa. Yes, you who might have met me once or twice, just in passing. Yes, you who might be my best friend. Yes, you who might be my one best friend one day. Yes, you who might read this, close the window, and move on with your life. I owe all of you. So let’s get some tea together so that I can return the favor.
What might we talk about?
Laughing. We can talk about laughter. Or we can laugh. I’d prefer both. Seriously, have you ever considered how… cool laughter is? V for Vendetta, soundtracks we wish were playing in the backgrounds of our lives, our favorite TED talk, inspirational speeches, why our favorite sports teams are better than each others, books that have made us cry, small villages in Lebanon, Photography, painful family vacations, lions, Shakespeare, our favorite leaders. Embarrassing family stories, great food, moments that took our breath away, moments where we felt truly happy, moments where you thought things might not going to be okay but they were, why we’re here, what we do versus what we want to do, great documentaries, Bollywood movies, and trying to diplomatically tell me without hurting my feelings that I should not pursue a career in singing once you hear me singing Hindi songs off-key/off-pitch/off-everything.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a teashop. I'll meet you there.