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The Festival of Lights and Beliefs

It was a long walk by all means. Twenty one days of non-stop walking with maybe pit stops to pitch their tents along the way with no trouble from immigration and visa authorities. The mythological journey of Rama, Sita and Lakshman seems so much to be steeped in numbers that it’s hard to doubt that it might be mythology and not real. Read more...

The Starter Kit to brewing Magic Potions

‘When it started, it started right…’ crooned the hot singer of Hot Chip. And I thought to myself how appropriate for this very momentous beginning. Beginning of what, you ask? The magic potion called tea. I opened my brand new ‘Starter kit’ from Teamonk Global like a ten-year-old opening his birthday presents (without ripping open the packaging along with half its contents). Read more...

How I aced the Iced tea

Since I was little, my older sister would parrot the same refrains about my ineptitude around the kitchen. She implored my mother - her sole audience at the time - to never let me hold a knife lest I chop my fingers instead of the carrots. Admittedly this did happen once, but I had no idea the warnings would follow me through boyhood, into adolescence, and finally as a grown adult. Read more...

One Summer Afternoon…

‘What happened to the Bellinis and the Mimosas?’ ‘Have they stopped selling Champagne in your part of the world?’ ‘Or ice?’ These were the reactions of my friends when I suggested a tea party on a hot summer afternoon. But thanks to who I am (a stubborn git), I stuck to my plan and bulldozed my friends to come to it. Hoping that it wouldn’t be the last time they did. Read more...

Tea and Spice and All Things Nice

Summer, for me, brings back memories of a string of happy days dotted with sweltering afternoons. All things winter are packed away, the ceiling fans work overtime, the gulmohar trees (delonix regia) burst in a bloom of bright red colours, the mosquitoes are abuzz, and the sweet smell of mangoes seduce the market place. Read more...
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