HANDCRAFTED WITH LOVE
As a little girl whenever I travelled, my father showed me the world, exactly how I had read and imagined. I have a very fond memory of how he strung stories about each station the train would stop at. He would epitomise the geography, culture, people, language and why each station, village, town, city and state were famous for. With such a diverse country like India, one thing which united us across state borders was Chai / Coffee. Tea / Coffee sessions in India have so much life, it is not just about having a cup of tea or coffee.
From Nukkad Chai to Café
When I talk about tea whether it is a young couple bonding over morning tea, parents in the house having masala tea with biscuits, a flock of young students riding on the highway and stopping over at a tea stall, the Nukkad ( Corner ) Chai wala where the budding political party workers gang up and discuss politics or the Panchayat ( local governing body) in a village having chai under a tree, there is an expression of love, a celebration, feeling of belongingness and so many emotions over Chai (Tea). The flavours of Tea and Coffee vary every 100 km in India. Starting from the North where it is more of a boiled masala chai with sugar and milk to the East where it is Black tea with a dash of lemon and rock salt makes this a famous Kolkata Lebu chai! Chai is a perfect beverage on a chilly winter evening, rainy day, in summers …. basically any day! And not to forget our world-famous filter Kapi!!!
Things evolved to Café’ hangouts and Coffee culture became the name in every household in most of the urban cities and even the fastest growing tier-II cities. However, the hot Chai/Tea still made a room on Coffee Menu. The conversations have changed but the love for meeting over Tea and Coffee remains the same. From homes to Coffee/Tea Joints the venue may have travelled the feelings have not.
Handcrafted in India
Having said that, something which is constant in the whole scenario is the love for hand made mugs. The kulhads ( earthen teacups), Porcelain and even the clay mugs, they all add value to the conversations even conversation starters at times. Even the Indian Railways after their many years of using plastic teacups are back with earthen Kulhads! India never fails to amuse people across the world with its art and handicrafts. The pottery, be it Geological Indication ( GI) Khurja Pottery from Khurja, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Blue Pottery from Jaipur and even Ceramics from Pondicherry they all amaze with their craftsmanship. They showcase the finest art from India to the rest of the world.
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