T for Tea
I had thought of T for Travel , this being one of my Top 3 passions zone …but my thoughts were all over the place trying to structure the topic . Infact, Travel is uninhibited by it’s own nature,it is a an pursuit that cannot be constrained …. It is boundless and require a much larger canvas to be explored. This cannot be restricted to a T for Travel piece of writing ………….it has to be a subject in it’s own entirety .
Today, is a very high on agenda day, where I have been out of the house since 6 am for my new business/passion venture shoot, followed by my music practice for the performance tomorrow . Evening there are two social engagements …..all of which I love doing , so no complains . Just a little hectic given that it is a weekend .
On my drive back from the jamming , while I was mentally scheduling the rest of the day …A to Z Challenge was on my mind too and I had to write something with T and my favourirte topic travel was just not taking shape . I thoughtlessly looked out of the car window while the new FM channel Radio Nasha was playing. This channel mostly plays hindi songs from the 70’s of the RD Burman , Kishore Kumar , Lata Mangeskar league . Just as they would play one of the very popular songs with the following lyrics “Shayad meri ,shaadi ka khayaal dil mein aaya hain , issi liye mummy ne teri mujhe cha ye pe bulaya hain”…meaning “Maybe the thought of wedding is playing on my mind and that’s why your mom has invited me for tea” , and as an introduction to this song , the RJ started speaking about the topic Tea. One noteworthy thought that grabbed my attention… Inviting someone for teas or drinking tea with someone means acceptance .
This thought was so accurate … atleast for me, my cup of tea is very precious and I would like to share the cherished moment only with people I like to have meaningful conversations with . My tea moments mostly have a story around it (mostly great) , if I am sharing it with someone unusual , outside of my own self and family .
My thoughts get interrupted as the driver stops the car and I get off. I reach home and I know I have exactly 1 hour to finish off all chores , which includes finishing this piece of T for …… and leave again . I try to stay calm , quickly make my cup of tea and sit down to write this.
Having spent my growing up years in and around the subject of tea, as dad has been working with the Tea Board of India and we have stayed in and around the best of the tea estates from Nilgiris to Darjeeling to Assam. Thus tea has been a very passionate topic of discussion back home … have seen most of the intellectual conversations , debates , humorous addas and lot more happen over tea . I started drinking tea during my study leave before the 10th standard board exams …. The story around it was – Tea would be my best company and also helped me stay up late nights for my last minute studies .
Back in college , when I would stay away from home as a paying guest ……I would kill my hunger pangs of limited food availability at the place I would stay , my drinking cups of tea(not a great memory at the face of it but just reminds me of my forever carefree nature where I am more focused on the solution than whine about the challenge) .That was the cheapest option to kill hunger .My parents will definitely feel terrible reading this , as they love me too much and would do anything to make me feel at ease but I really don’t know why , never really liked asking for that extra pocket money to fill up the gap of not enough food being served at the Paying Guest facility.
And there are many more tea stories with which I can actually go on and on ………..but as of now with the time constraint (of including all the stories here) , I conclude this narrating the story of tea in my present life stage ,the daily catching up of with our lives with my better half happens during our morning and late evening cup(S) of tea. Very special moment of the day for both of us.
Will definitely elaborate on my tea stories soon. Cheers to TEA..