This post is dedicated to all TEA – LOVERS.
A lovely morning is never complete without a cup of tea. A beautiful evening is all alone without a cup of tea. A movie break is a perfect time for a cup of tea. Need a break from studies? Have some tea. A rainy day cannot pass without a hot ginger tea. Sit at a place from where you can watch raindrops falling on a tree, with your favourite cuppa and you don’t need anything else. Winter is welcomed with Tulsi - Ginger tea. Sometimes, the best remedy for a headache is a Tea……
Once I read few lines about tea , I don’t remember where exactly but they were too good and I’m sharing….
“The first bowl soothes the throat, while the second banishes lonliness. At the third bowl, I search my soul and find 5,000 volumes of ancient poems. With the fourth bowl, a slight perspiration washer away all unhappy things. At fifth bowl, my bones and muscles are cleansed. With the sixth bowl, I am in communication with the immortal spirit. The seventh bowl? It is forbidden : already a cool , ethereal breeze begins to soother my whole body.”
Well, its time for tea :-) ….
Every season has its own charm. The Winter is most charming , I must say. Think of winter and what comes to my mind is foggy mornings, dew and mist, several cups of hot tea, geyser and of course woollens. Sun becomes the best friend. My grandmother used to put all woollen clothes in sunlight for 2-3 days before we started putting them on. Days become short but full of activity. You can roam in daylight without any problem. Everyone comes out for Sun. All outdoor games become pleasant.
Another reason why winter is good is that it brings Green Peas (Matar). I’m not that kind who loves to get everything round the year. I don’t like the concept of frozen peas. Get a bunch , open the pods and eat fresh or cook aaloo-matar (ghugnee) or choora-matar (matar poha) or make matar stuffed paranthas. Another typical curry of matar is Nimona which is my favourite.
The New Year arrives in winter, the dates start repeating with another year and there is much excitement about new calendars and new diary. Christmas decorations add more beauty to winter. Cakes and gifts for kids and friends and sending new year greeting cards to near and dear ones. I still send greeting cards to my loved ones. I feel internet is not able to create that magic of a card, with a message written with hand.
Then comes Makara Sankranti - A significant festival and a celestial phenomenon. The Sun ends its southward journey and start moving towards north i.e., towards tropic of cancer. Sesame seeds (til) and jaggery laddoos , gajak, khichadi with dahi – choora come into the picture. The more beauty is added by the colourful kites.
Few things like Amla, sweet potato (shakarkand) are gift of winter. Nature is so beautiful and systematic that if a change in weather occurs, it also brings the suitable kind of vegetation for the season. So, lets stay warm and enjoy winter with your favourite cuppa……………
Finally, there will be a Telangana it seems. Cheers to those who were supporting it and sorry to those who were against it. Personally, I don’t like divisions in India.
If formed, Telangana will be the 29th state of India. There will be 10 districts – Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak (near Maharastra), Khammam (near Chhattisgarh), Mahbubnagar (near Karnataka), Warangal, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Hyderabad and 5 of them qulify for backward region grant fund.
Why do we need divisions?? Why can’t we integrate?? Why can’t we merge into each other??
Anyway, I hope there will be love and peace among people of the united AP. Boundaries are not going to separate them. They all speak telugu and have common interests.
Jai Hind !!
From past few weeks I was watching Indian Idol on sony and was awestruck by the preformances of the three finalists. Out of the three, the most knowledgeable was Devendra Pal Singh. Vipul Mehta had versatility which took him far. Amit was of course my third choice because he has a powerful voice but in soft songs he is not that good. Vipul Mehta won and he was awarded with so many things..Congrats to Him. He was superb in “ tu ramta jogi tu ramta jogi hai “.
Earlier, Amit was gifted a guitar and a Suzuki Hayate. Amit’s best performance was “marjaani marjaani,”
I’m feeling too sad for Devendra. He was too deserving. His best were - “Mujhe raat din, Jaane kya chahe man” and one more classical based song which i don’t remember right now, it was some Virah song. The Indian Idol show organisers should give some reward to the other two finalists also , apart from the winner. Hope Devendra Pal gets his share soon.
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