Rendezvous With A Cuppa:

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I’m not a big tea/coffee drinker. I never was and I don’t think I will ever like anything more than good old woter. I know, #boring.

However, I do enjoy an occasional cuppa every now and then. And by enjoy I mean I really enjoy it.

And so today, that’s what this is about. A little reminiscing.

1) Our 4’o clock Tea Rendezvous: The thing I most remember about our tea meets has to be the time I walked away from one, all the way back to college because I was fuming about something the other person refused to comply with. (I can be a total firecracker sometimes.)

However, I did walk right back to our rendezvous bakery a little while later and proceeded to have several cups of tea that day.

Sometimes, the 4’o clock tea breaks are the only things I most look forward to in a day. (Minus the intense arguments, of course.)

Cochin bakery- One of the best teas along with 70Rs chicken kebabs. I can kill for it.

2) Our end-of-the-day tea breaks: Just us girls and different memories to go back to.

Usually the tea is the dessert to our porottas and chicken chilly in a tiny diner on the road next to our college.

That heavenly cup of chai does things nothing else can. It’s food for the soul.

It’s what makes most of our Wednesday dinners whether we’re down to our last penny or loaded in the wallet.

Can I just have my porottas, chicken and chai now, please?

I apologize for the image you’re going to see now. I’m not the most elegant eater there is plus, it’d be stupid to imagine I’d have waited to take a picture.

If I don’t have a great picture with my porottas and chicken, it means I really enjoyed the moment I was living in and didn’t pick up a camera. Isn’t that how it goes?

3) The chai at Nani’s place: At home my parents refuse to let me make drinking tea a habit (This makes me look like a rebel now that I’ve gone off to college and I do exactly that!)

However, where your parents don’t agree with you, your grandparents usually come through. And so does my Nani (My maternal grandmother). Her 12’o clock chai breaks with the fattest uddin vadas from the little food van near home is what accurately defines a summer in my native.

Since both my parents come from the land of coffee, I’ve just got to shout out my native quickly because….. I’ve just got to, okay?

Although I come from a land of coffee, I don’t see myself drinking it. Such a shame, I know but it is what it is.

4) At home: On very special occasions, my family is compliant enough to include my needs by giving me my own half a cup of tea. They really take habit forming seriously, these folks.

And so on those days that I feel almost one (Half) with the adults, we pass around a plate of some oily snack while talking about issues around the world and bring the roof down disagreeing with each other, our own first world problems and some ‘what is he/she doing’ session about relatives we never talk to because we’re as Indian as we can get.

Pro tip- your snack HAS to be super oily, okay? Only then will the tea really hit.

5) My first cup at college: 2017- This was the first time I was going to a college away from home, the hostel life a thing I absolutely dreaded.

The very first day I was there, acquainted with the girl who’d be my roommate for the coming 5.5 years, I was shown the way to the mess hall at the bottom of the building at our tea time. I hated having to go down but my parents convinced me it was a nice time to make friends and if I gave it a chance, I’d like it.

So I was led down by my roommate that evening, sipping on watered down tea that upset my stomach immediately after, exchanging hi’s and hello’s with a few classmates, nervous to the bone.

Thinking back, that first cup of tea was the first time I ever had chai with one of my best friends, the devil that hogs half of our room.

This isn’t the first cup in college but it’s one of the few escapades my curly haired chica and I pulled off after church.

And this is why I keep the chai drinking to a minimum (aside from the fact that they don’t make the best tea everywhere)

Each cup brings back a little something to the present and that wouldn’t happen if I was guzzling it down like water, now would it?

What’s your rendezvous with a cuppa?

And as always, thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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46 Comments on “Rendezvous With A Cuppa:”

  1. It is interesting to know different cultures and you, the young students, always have very particular customs in your day to day. Tea, chicken and sweets, at first glance, look delicious.
    Your chronicle of the moment you spend with your family is very funny. An excellent narration that I have enjoyed reading it. Good weekend and a lot of study.
    Manuel (Chile-South America)

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    • Thank you very much, Era 😊 even though I am a medical student, I wouldn’t agree we need coffee or tea but thatd probably be because I care more about sleeping through the night than sitting up and burning the night oil like many do πŸ˜…

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      • And I will suggest you to maintain that habit always, I am from my school days have always studied at night and now it has become very difficult for me to change it. Yours thinking is good and that should be done ideally πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
        And Anya also please check your spam folder once, I think my nomination comment went into spamπŸ˜… as it has occurred with others too

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      • Thank you very much, Era πŸ™‚ I’m not trying to change that anytime soon xD I still sleep right through the night before an exam sometimes being an exception.

        And congratulations on your award πŸ˜€
        It is in my spam folder. WordPress (facepalm) Thank you so much for thinking of me and my site πŸ™‚


  2. Tea or Coffee occasions conversation and spirited repartee. Like food, drink is an essential expression of social interaction. I too am a consummate water drinker, but I shall indulge tea or coffee when assembling with friends to discuss matters high and low.

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  3. “Since both my parents come from the land of coffee…”

    I am thinking coffee is indigenous to Northern Africa. Where do your ‘rents’ come from?

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  4. “So I was led down by my roommate that evening, sipping on watered down tea that upset my stomach immediately after…”

    I hate to admit it but I never fail to have stomach ‘issues’ when I visit your country. In Dehli, I even caught food poisoning from a 5-star hotel’s restaurant. Other than that, I loved being and working in your country.

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    • Haha xD I apologize for that. Even after 22 years here, sometimes some foods don’t sit right with me. However good the restaurant is.
      Im so sorry for that experience of yours in our country. 😦

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  5. I have been experimenting at home lately with a brew of green tea with fresh chamomile. It is to die for and I haven’t even gotten the blend exactly right yet.

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  6. & what if I said I ain’t habitual to have Tea/coffee? πŸ˜…
    I know I’d some weird habits but I really missed this “Chai Moments”, when others are busy in their tea, I constantly looking for a better substitute!!
    Btw what’s that behind the hairs?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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