WHEN CHAI SAID HI!

What is your favorite hot beverage? I’m sure it is me, Tea. If not, my blog might make you crave me!
Imagine coming home after a long day, exhausted and frustrated, and someone serves you a hot cup of tea. The first sip you take with that sounding ‘surrrrrrrrp’, you can feel your exhaustion melt away.
Be it herbal tea for headaches, honey-ginger tea for fever, green tea for weight loss, black tea for blood pressure, chamomile tea for insomniac nights, or masala tea for just a gloomy day, and I’m one beverage you can count on.
I come in a wide range of hibiscus, nettle, rosemary, and matcha from various parts of India, like Darjeeling, Assam, and Munnar.

I’ve heard people say:
Ek garam chai ki pyali ho
High ho toh chai ho
I might not be your cup of tea, but I wish my cup is always filled with tea.
Chai par chugli
Chai par charcha
Chai par chatkare
Chai aur pakaude
Chai sang geet gaaye
Chai sutta ho ya tea with croissant
We don’t gossip anymore. We just spill the tea.

Serve me black, white, green, or yellow, I can guarantee you the best moments of your life.
I bring a smile to rikshawala’s face after the hardest day of work.
I provide a good break to the teachers in between classes.
I’m the relief of the busiest doctors and an anecdote to the classiest lawyers.
The food from the plants sometimes brings income to the merchants.
I’m the link that connects people.
The best compliment to date for lovers, Gupshup of friends, discussions of elderly, and whatnot.

According to the legend, the story of my origin goes a long time back. A Chinese emperor Shennong liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, while the servant began boiling water for him, a dead leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the water. The servant didn’t notice it and presented the water to the emperor who tasted it and found it very refreshing.
I came then into being.

Want a recipe for a good time?
-Fill up the kettle with water.
-Boil the water in a kettle.
-Place a tea bag in your favorite mug.
-Pour boiling water into your favorite mug.
-Brew the tea for a few moments.
-Remove and dispose of the teabag.
-Add milk.
-Add sugar.
Serve me hot with love.
From tapri’s kulhad masala chai to posh rose-chai served in crystal cups, I’m served everywhere and to everyone.
No matter where you come from or what you do, I can take away your pain with my vivid hue.

By Roopali Mukherji

6 thoughts on “WHEN CHAI SAID HI!

  1. I absolutely enjoyed reading this blog because the author treated the beverage like an emotion. Also, I can tell that chai plays a significant role in Indian culture. One of this blog’s most lovely part is the song “ek garm chai ki pyali ho,” which the author uses to explain pretty much everything. For me, chai is a great stress reliever. When we arrive home stressed out and our mother serves us a cup of tea, as the author described in the blog, our stress is released. I truly get a chai craving after reading this site. In India, there are many different types of chai, including masala and ginger tea . The author describes each one in perfect detail. The chai recipe that is mentioned in this blog is also its best feature. And because chai is such a strong emotion for me and many others, this blog really spoke to my heart and soul. I want to thank the writer for creating such a lovely blog that so closely mirrors my own experience.

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  2. Really enjoyed reading the entire blog with a smile on my face, and my favourite line is “I might not be your cup of tea, but I want my cup is always filled with tea.” Very well explained the significance of chai in our lives. The writing style is quite upbeat. Because she also included a chai recipe, after reading her blog I felt the want to sip some tea.

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  3. I really enjoyed this blog, and as a “chai lover,” I found it to be somewhat relatable. I was reading the blog while I waited for a “cup of chai.” In our culture, most of us are fond of a hot cup of tea and it is served in all of our homes. It is said that “chai is chai only when served hot,” which is so genuine. The author has illustrated perfection in the blog by mentioning several chai abbreviations but also delivering a quick recipe, “masala,” to be precise.

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  4. I really enjoyed this blog, and as a “chai lover,” I found it to be somewhat relatable. I was reading the blog while I waited for a “cup of chai.” In our culture, most of us are fond of a hot cup of tea and it is served in all of our homes. It is said that “chai is chai only when served hot,” which is so genuine. The author has illustrated perfection in the blog by mentioning several chai abbreviations but also delivering a quick recipe, “masala,” to be precise.

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