Tea, Chai, Chaa…

For lovers of the Cuppa….a refreshing historical insight.

Food Trail

Tea is more than just a beverage. It is a feeling that makes a day wholesome. It is considered as one of the most popular drink of the country. India consumes approximately 8,37,000 tons of tea every year!

From starting the day with a hot cuppa to stopping by the roadside stall or ‘Tapri’ on the way back, may be considered a ritual for many. In another survey conducted by a heath app it has been inferred that people in India tend to drink more tea as they age.

While tracing the journey of Tea back to where it came from, I came across a few interesting stories on  the same. Legend has it that Tea was accidentally brought to India by a Buddhist monk who on his way to China, observed the locals chewing wild leaves as part of their ritual. On seeing this, he decided to try the…

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The Will Of God

The furious storm
razed all that lay in its path.
Branches from a large tree had broken,
Their weight damaging on impact
The roof of a house.
The house-owner cursed,
Seeing the damage to his house.
He ordered the whole tree
to be chopped off.
In a couple of days
Only the stump remained.
Good riddance, the owner thought!
Yet, unknown to him,
A few feet away from the tree-stump,
Possibly a fallen seed,
Nourished by the rains
Had sprouted from the ground.

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REALISATION

Like dried leaves
Picked up and hurled into the air
By a storm,
Pressure builds inside the head,
Words swirl
Looking for an outlet.
Alas, Outside, death lurks;
In friendly handshake
In human breath.
The words that would
normally every day
Find ears of friends
and accomplices,
Spent on advice
and pretence,
Find their road barred
By layers of cloth.
Too much has probably been said,
Too many opinions expressed,
Boasts of invincibility,
Of pride in human knowledge,
Now lie tattered and shredded.
Imprisoned thus in layers of cloth
Words lose garrulity.
And in the ensuing silence,
The mind works
Establishing a divine connect!

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Dated- 15th May 2020

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All is Quiet-During Covid times

To roost in the city,
silence has come;
from the hills and
far-flung hamlets,
From forests and
within the ocean’s depths,
From the distant horizon
And earth’s edges,
From the vast desert stretches,
From cold polar continents
From ruins in history’s pages.
Like a maiden
bedecked in her finest,
She comes;
Dress the colour of azure of the sky
Spotted with the white of the clouds,
Luxuriant in the colours of the sun,
Fragrant with the smell of spring’s flowers,
The arrival greeted by
the cacophony of birds.
Silence has come to the city
And fills every street,
Every mall,
Every factory,
Every store.
At night, it dances with the traffic lights
At every cross-road!
It seeps into the human heart
And overwhelms human arrogance!

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Bliss of solitude-During Covid lockdown

Time stands still
and gapes at me in amazement everyday.
Frustrated perhaps
at my refusal to race with it these days.
The quarantined life has another bliss to dole.
In solitude,
I find myself talking to my soul.

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