The day begins with the kettle swiftly set to boil over a bright azure flame. The sense of time is urgent as the day begins and people have to get ready to be on their way. The welcome whistle of the kettle awakens our subconscious as preparations are overridden by the dire need for tea. A minute is set aside to stumble about and make the final measurements for the heavenly healthy cup of tea. Continue Reading
Ever since I was a little chubby girl, I remember that every time a guest came to our house, they were offered tea. This is a common practice in most Indian households, which no one questions. However, if we were to go back in time, and not offer that small gesture of hospitality, I wonder if the chats would have been that spicy and the times so memorable. The guest, dare I say, would feel rather unwelcome in our humble abode.
As one sits by the window, on a rather chilly afternoon watching as the rain splashes on the gravel, I could not imagine them sitting there without a cup of tea in hand. The afternoon would feel lonely, depressing and plain out cold without that lil old cup of tea to warm them up.
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’?
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
When the world is at odds,
And the mind is at sea,
Then cease the useless tedium,
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in it’s fragrance,
There is solace in it’s taste;
And the laden moments vanish,
Somehow into space.
And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you see;
All because you briefly stopped,
To brew a cup of tea.
– Author unknown –
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