Here comes the time of the year when Indians around the world will be celebrating to honour the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, fondly referred to as Ganpati or Vinayak. The festivities begin on 5th September this year with the murti sthapna (installation of the idol) at homes as well as in public places and celebrations will go on for 10 days. Ganpati is known as the God of Wisdom and also as the God of beginnings, hence it is customary to invoke his blessings at the start of any Hindu ceremony or ritual. Continue Reading
Friday evenings for me were the epitome of glee, with of course the weekend to always look forward to. Although I was working in an advertising company, I was not really living an “agency life”. This meant that unlike my creative colleagues I, an HR trainee, got to leave at the usual office closing time. Continue Reading
From the morning sip to the midnight sleeplessness, I have always been assisted by this unique concoction called ‘tea’. A concoction of simple delight, and far less poisonous than coffee, or any other beverages we might opt for in a day. The morning tea for me has always been a combination of aroma, light liquor with a dash of lemon. While working throughout the day, I opt for the perfect masala tea blend. Now, what exactly is a ‘masala tea’?
A quintessential Indian cup of ‘tea’ is a spicy milk tea brew called the masala chai.
According to folklore, masala chai’s history began thousands of years ago in an ancient royal court, some 9000 years ago. Some say the court was located in what is now India and was created as a cleansing, vivifying Ayurvedic beverage. Continue Reading
We love tea, whenever and whichever way it is served. Be it on roadside stalls on an early morning before rushing to the office or to take a break from work hours, a cup of tea helps us cope with things we’d normally be tearing our hair over. From dusk to dawn tea has had with great zest in homes, offices and roadside tea shops. Read more about The Journey of India’s favourite beverage. Continue Reading
Like the many preferences and confusions of India, beverages too play their glorious part. But tea, the mother of them all has been a favorite of generations and has been a faithful companion from roadside stalls to high end tea bars. It may have been brought to us by the English and like many of their better habits; we have faithfully stuck to it. So where to begin, when chronicling India’s romance with tea? Continue Reading
Assam can emerge as the only place in the world after Kenya to become a producer of health-rich purple tea, a senior scientist and tea expert in the Tocklai Tea Research Institute has said. Currently, Kenya is the only country that produces unique purple tea which fetches three to four times the price of black tea and has established itself in both the domestic and the export market. Continue Reading