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thinkALONG! 20 September

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja


“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited, it will calm you.”


— William Ewart Gladstone



"Chai (tea) is like a greeting to life. Every time you want to feel alive, you say chai. Chai is perhaps the only beverage that can go with anything, anytime. We have a morning chai, a pre-noon chai, noon-chai, afternoon chai, chai in rains, evening chai with snacks, just-after-office-chai, midnight-chai, no-sleep chai.


You would remember immersing a stack of biscuits in the chai, talking, forgetting about it and how chai gobbled it up in its deep recesses, never to be retrieved again. I remember how religiously my day began with chai and Parle Gs as a child, so much so that now my teeth are the color of chai.


The uses are deeply entrenched in our culture. When prospective in-laws come to see the bride, the patriarchal medium of introduction is chai served on a tray. If the bride and groom like each other, it’s the tea that is used to deepen the colour mehndi that she’d put on her hands. It’s the drink for the guests to turn into family-members, for friends to unwind and feel at home. For the family, it’s a daily ritual—as frequent, if not more, than prayers."



Before I go and get a cup of chai for myself, I urge you to share your experiences, memories associated with chai. I am certain you have a lot more in store!!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
2022年9月27日

the sound of sipping

louder than their laughter

tea time

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Ritvik Kapoor
Ritvik Kapoor
2022年9月27日
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Spin-off :-

sound of sipping

in intervals of laughter

tea with old friends

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
2022年9月27日

Senior Citizens Home ...

looking at the clock

for the chai time


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Ritvik Kapoor
Ritvik Kapoor
2022年9月22日

january morning

breath catches steam

over tea

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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
2022年9月23日
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Keep improvising. Best wishes.

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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
2022年9月22日

#2 September 22nd -

Revised 1 with input from Muskaan


chai shop

an adda for gup-shup

—a stray patiently waits

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Original

corner chai shop—

an adda for gup-shup

the puppy waits

(‘adda’ is meeting place; ‘gup-shup’ is chit chat)


feedback welcome

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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
2022年9月23日
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Hi Muskaan, Ref: L1 & L 2 - Yes, you are right. editing ‘corner’ out.

Ref: L3: while everyone is gossiping-the stray puppy is waiting for scraps ….

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Bonnie J Scherer
Bonnie J Scherer
2022年9月21日

Revision:

invited to tea

notes of cardamom and cloves

sipping in silence

Original:

entering your home

notes of cardamom and musk

chai with my betrothed

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Bonnie J Scherer
Bonnie J Scherer
2022年9月23日
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Thank you for your encouragement! 🙂

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