I have known you from the time I was a kid. How? Well, though, I was not allowed to drink you, all I was allowed was to inhale the aroma of fresh tea being brewed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
I am grateful to you as you have been the teacher who taught me hospitality as I observed my mother offer tea to each and every guest that visits home. Not only this, you also taught me that the conversations that happen over tea, lay the foundation for lifelong friendships besides being fulfilling.
As the time passed and I entered my teen age, the first freedom that I got was the permission to drink tea because ‘only older kids are offered tea’. I used to stay fresh to study late night because of you. Whenever I caught a cold, my mother used to add ginger and tulsi in the tea to help soothe my throat and recover fast.
Over the years you have been my constant and perfect companion. When I have a bad day, the only thing that I look forward to is a cup of tea. No train journey has ever been complete without a cup of tea from the vendor that is roaming on the station.
You, tea, have been an integral part of all my favorite memories. The stress that had dawned me a night before entrance exam was all washed down with a cup of tea. You were even also there at the first day of my college help me deal with the anxiety. And this is the reason why I keep on looking for a cup of the perfectly brewed tea, no matter in which corner of the globe, I am.
Arthur Pinero once said, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope” and if you were to ask me, I believe that such true words have never been spoken. When there is tea, there is always a hope, no matter what the situation or event is. Thank you for always being on my side, because without you, I cannot even imagine how my days would look.
A ‘Chai’ Lover