Archive | July 2017

T- talks

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In Indian subcontinent tea is a very popular beverage. It is customary for the host to ask for a cup of tea. I think it is offered next to a glass of water. It is like the beginning of conversation or the breaking of ice between strangers.

I was introduced to tea by my mother and granny who were tea addicts. I must have learned the procedure of making tea from them. Back then and even today in some parts it is a must for all young girls to know how to make the perfect cup of tea. This was considered an essential benchmark by the prospective groom and his family. Thank God! I was not part of this race. But i think and you surely will agree even the boys should know and be taught to make a good cup of tea.

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Encouraged by friends and family, i think i make the best cup of tea provided i am in the mood for it. Though seldom i have tasted it for sugar. I would surely like to share my this little secret of making the perfect cup of tea. In fact i remember making tea was considered as entry to kitchen (which back then i just loath)

To make the perfect cup of tea all you need is a little patience. With time and practise you can also be the best tea maker among your family and friends as i am which at times is very irritating.

Making that perfect cup of tea

Ingredients (for 2 cups- i seldom make one )

Tea leaves (any make will do but i have been using Red Label/ Taj)- 3tsp

Milk(optional, though i prefer including it)-  1 cup

Sugar- according to taste

Ginger- to taste

Cardamom powder- a pinch

Water- 1 cup

Method

Take a pan. Add water and milk. Let it boil. When it starts boiling, add crushed ginger and cardamom powder. Let it boil for at least 2 to 3 minutes.aid374895-v4-728px-Make-an-Indian-Tea-Step-12-preview

Add tea leaves. Let it boil again for 8- 10 minutes.

It becomes reddish- brown in colour. Some might like it a darker or a lighter shade- a personal preference. Add the required amount of sugar. Let it boil again.hqdefault

After a minute or two, with the help of a strainer, strain it in a cup. images

Wow your perfect cuppa is ready!! So invite your gang of family or friends and enjoy that late afternoon or early evening beverage with some light snacks. But do even let me know your experience.

 

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Raining Rain

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Much have been said and written about this wonderful change of season. When the heavenly clouds pour their heart to mortal beings of Earth. I till late had no-love-hate relation with this season. But my love for it started, when i realized the beauty of it, through the eyes of my little girl.

This letter is written by my daughter to her friend describing her problems to communicate to and fro from her school. She also describes how the season changes her activities and moods.

Hello, 

Manya. I hope you enjoyed your vacations with your grandparents. How are they? Now that your school has reopened you must be busy with it. Your unit exams must be on or is it over? By the way how is the weather in your city? Too many question as usual.

As about me my school has started, exams are over. The best part is the rain. Rain in Kolkata is unpredictable. My mother says it is bad to get drenched in rain for it might cause fever and a host of other ailments. You, know i too hate it. 

But the last Sunday when i was returning from Sia’s  home, it started drizzling. At first i panicked but when the rain drops touched my face i liked it. The cold droplet of water made my body shiver but there was some warmth in it. Like it wanted to be played with or to be appreciated. I wanted to run and take shelter at the nearby shop – i even wanted to feel the rain.

My house was not far, but i wanted to play with the droplets of water falling on the ground, making the splash sound as they hit the hard surface of the earth or the soft green grasses. Droplets of rain falling from sky on the earth made puddles. Suddenly the light drizzle gave way to heavy shower. I did not wanted to run in rain but i knew the rain would not stop. So happily i made my way in rain to my house.

Believe me, it was the best time. The wetness of the rain water combined with splashing of water is wonderful. I enjoyed it and wished you were even there with me. When i reached home my mother was surprised but she quickly understood about my love for rain. 

So what did you felt about my experience ? Have you ever enjoyed rain or grumbled? Do write and share with me. I would be eagerly looking forward to your letter. 

Your best friend, 

Yashvi.

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