Equal parts funny and equal parts profound, The Nix – a debut novel by Nathan Hill – is a story about a man, abandoned by his mother as a young boy, and his quest to unearth the secrets of her life which eventually help him to reclaim his own. Continue Reading
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
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’?
It is amazing to see how the wine industry is so much more sophisticated in terms of educating and marketing their products. We have been consuming wine for just about as long as we have been consuming tea. Both beverages have a long and complex history that is deeply tied to the places where they are cultivated. While the wine world has its own issues to deal with, I think the one thing they are getting right is education. There are a few things that wine people do extraordinarily well which tea people are still just starting to catch on to. Continue Reading
These everyday beverages, so integral to British life, all originally came from far-flung regions: coffee from the Arabian peninsula, tea from China, and chocolate from Mesoamerica. By a strange coincidence, all arrived on our shores almost simultaneously during the middle of the 17th century, causing much debate about their benefits (or otherwise) to the health of the nation. Continue Reading
Water is known as the element of life. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. This makes water even more important – without it, you can’t make tea! Most of the world’s tea comes from India. It’s no surprise then that it is the beverage of choice here. Continue Reading