Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Come and share a pot of tea, My home is warm and my friendship's free."-

-----Said Emily Barnes, and it holds in my house too..

"If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated; it will cool you;
if you are depresses, it will cheer you;
if you are exhausted, it will calm you. "- William Gladstone

When I was growing up the first thing I did, after waking up was to walk into the kitchen drink the mug of milk that was kept for us. Make noises, because my mother never gave us anything else. It always used to be NUTRAMUL.

The neighbour's kids used to be given the occassional treat of coffee. Now if I look at it, it used to be a whole glass of milk, with a drop of the coffee decoction, for color, i'd say. But coffee, it was, and they were better off than us, lowly kids drinking Nutramul..sigh!!

And then the day came when I was in college. We used to spend days and nights working on our projects, working in groups, some of who were out of towners, so mostly stayed in hostels. But work we had to do, and then the best option for us was the simple tea.

It would be made in buckets I would say. I have never heard anyone of us refusing that cup of tea. Not to mention the fact that, the cup of tea would be had, and then the person would sleep promptly back on the sheets ..I for one, couldn't..

My love for tea, started then..continued on, to become a part of my system, such that I was sure at one point that if you pierced my veins, all you would find is TEA. I was addicted and how. The little brown mug in one of my friend's place, was my favourite. I'm sure all of us have one favourite mug.

I got married and during one of my visits to the crockery stores, I happened to chance upon a similar mug, and it was straight into my collection.

My love for tea, and its addiction has reached everyone's ears, and all those who meet me, they need not know me well. That i've been gifted all kinds of tea mugs, all the way from Srilanka, to Macau to Sundarbans.


But my favourite and my comforter will always be my first mug of tea that I drink every morning. It has to be in a  huge mug and hold a good quantity.
"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. "- said Catherine Douze, And she was so right.

I have one set of mugs that I brought all the way back from my parents house, A beautiful one, that I covet even now. It hold memories, it holds stories and it is beautiful.

There is something about drinking tea in your favourite mug. But there's nothing like that mug of tea made by someone , and you just sit there for it..I'm sure you have some too.The liberty to hop across to your neighbours and say 'Give me some tea'..that's special.

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Simran said...

Sigh, this reminds me of my mom's place. She has to have her morning cup of tea and so does my mil :) I like it too when we have friends or family visiting. It makes for perfect gup shup around it!!

Sumana said...

No wonder i just love that cup of morning tea. But rujuta's book says do not wake up to a morning tea or coffee. very hard for me to follow.

AJ said...

I know what to get for you when we meet. Cheers from one tea lover to another! :)

Pinksocks said...

I am one of those people who has never ventured beyond an ocassional green/black tea. As kids we were never pushed nor asked to have tea. However I am told I have started to make some kick ass adrak wali chai :D

Pushpa Moorjani said...

ok, coming over for a cup f tea :)

Cuckoo said...

I so understand your post. It resonates of my love for tea too. And to think I was a coffee drinker until a mere 7 years ago! My ONLY tea drinking husband's stubborn refusal to convert to coffee and my laziness, caused me to convert to tea instead... and oh! what a fervent devotee of tea I am!

Jandy said...

Love your collection of mugs. And there's something comforting about just holding a mug and curling up on a chair! I'm a sucker for chai too, btw!

Swathika said...

It feels weird to be the odd one out. No milk. No coffee. No tea.
Mom tells me that I quit milk at the age of 3 when I flung that glass bottle out...
I dont have memories of drinking coffee or tea with friends or family. Isnt that depressing? but its such an envious feeling that I have when I read posts or hear stories of people of chais and memories.
Boo me!

Aparna said...

Loved your collection!! I keep buying different types of cups, but my morning mug of coffee has to be my old, large and comfy one :).

The college tea reminded me of our night canteen - having large steel glasses of tea, and a double omelette or maggi, and then going right back to sleep instead of studying for that test !!

Swati Raman Garg said...

loved this post... as kids we used to get ilaichi wala doodh or complan later.. and fortunately or unfortunately i have never developed the taste of tea.. but have always been surrounded by tea lovers.. d husband is one now.. he has made me make upto 15 cups of tea a day , and all such people love mere hath ki chai .. i love it.. i know what u mean when u say tea made by somebody else.. i make goodtea dear.. and wud love to make some tea for u someday..