Omnipresent Tea Stalls, From A Memoir!

While thinking about tea, the first shot rush to my memory is the ubiquitous Tea stalls in Kerala. Not only in Kerala but also all over India we can find that Tea is the only language that remains same throughout Indian geography while it keeps differences in its culture, religion, customs, food & costumes, etc. In their busy schedule of life, people don’t have sufficient time to fill their standard clock, but there is a tea time for them to spend where it is being in the home, office or street.  We have national holidays, common electoral system, etc, then why not the tea time as a national break time or past time or avocation of Indians.

Usually, I prefer to have a cup of tea from road side “thelas” (small huts placing in the streets) than a restaurant or hotel. I remember the tea stall near to my ancestral home in Kerala, where the shop owner always keeps a sentence as his slogan “strong tea with or without sugar?” to his customers. Though I am a regular tea drinker from his stall, he used to ask this as a routine. And you can expect this question all around the “chaayakada” (tea shops) of Kerala.

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The demand of “Adicha Chaya” (in Malayalam) or “One Meter Tea” is very much in the area. You might have heard of different types of tea: Black Tea, Olong Tea, Green Tea etc. and this “One Meter tea” sounds astonishing to non mallus. It is stretching the hands with 2 cups of tea by the length of One Meter to a potent concoction of brew. This One meter Chai is the special Tea of all typical Tea shops of Kerala. The sound of the tea pouring forcefully from one container to another is quite rhythmic. And the aroma shall spread all over the air. I felt making One Meter Chai is quite calisthenic and spouting out the bubbles formed at the top of the hot tea is another mouth exercise for the consumer :).

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The featured tea glasses with marks of continuous hard stirs with the steel spoons to saturate the sugar and spreading the strong aroma of the brew are unique here. We can identify the long existence of the tea shop by these characteristic glasses, boiler and the other utensils and it is like a trade mark of local tea vendors. But these small tea vendors never compromise with the hygiene.

Local tea stalls are very legendary in earlier movies. The Tea shops were the favorite location for many filmmakers. Tea talks and tea shops witnessed the story board of many Indian cinemas in earlier periods. Whether it is an intro of a hero or the climax of a movie, director’s chair always tend to revolve in a tea set only. Filmmakers of that phase believe tea shops are the very common point where people come to discuss politics, national & international news, and gossiping, economic situation, which is exactly true.

On a journey to Kudajadri, I recall, Roshan, my enthusiastic friend and guide claimed on the featuring of typical tea stalls in Malayalam movies with dark inside, while having tea from a dilapidated tea shack from the road side. When we entered the shop, Roshan grabbed the newspaper and put on the cloth of a newsreader. This is the common scene of a tea stall: a cup of tea and the newspaper. He starts reading aloud for himself and ends it for someone. You can neither keep silence nor feel alone in a tea stall. Because people are eloquent with their choice of topics. We relaxed for sometimes and decided to climb the Kudajadri hills, by appetizing the full flavored tea in the mouth.

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Traditional tea shops with wooden benches and radio music are disappearing from our society now. Tea stalls are in progressive path and innovating its interior and infrastructures.  I found those tea huts as the best place to gather and befriend and can enjoy the aromatic brew, tea. Hence, I recommend to all tea lovers that at least once in a while enjoy your aromatic brew, tea from a traditional tea stall and feel the nostalgia!!

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Tea – The Fortune Teller!

The persons most fitted to predict accurately their own fortunes are themselves and can offer an unbiased judgment. Though there is no mediator required for a tea leaf reading than a tea cup and the reader, we can say that Tea Leave Reading is much reliable and private. Thus, it is considered to be the simplest and inexpensive ways of fortune telling one can self practice.

The art of tea leaf reading is known as Tasseography / Tasseomancy or Tassology which has been practicing since ancient period. Being a domestic form of prognostication, ‘Reading the Cup’ could be adopted by anyone who can master certain simple rules.

Here we give you some method to procure tea leaf reading.                                                         teacup2

  1. Choose a wide opened white colored cup.
  2. Sprinkle a teaspoon full of tea leaves to a cup of hot water. Tea bags can’t give a good reading because the leaves are too small and identical. This loose tea is more preferable.
  3. Keep calm, open, mind and Focus on recollecting symbols and patterns. To retain the mental creativity, avoid distracting voices.
  4. Now enjoy your cup of tea. Don’t consume too many leaves floating.                                  teacup-cts-mom
  5. Swirl the tea cup 3 times in a clockwise direction. Let the tea leaves spread widely inside the cup. Drain out the remaining liquid by turning your tea cup over in to a saucer. Wait atleast 30 seconds before turning your cup back over. And now we can start reading your tea leaves!                                                                                                          teacup-treeofthree
  6.   Read the cup clockwise. Make a notation of the first symbol you see. Divide the cup in to three sections: rim, middle and base. Note whether you see bubbles, twigs or droplets in your cup.
  7.  Symbol meanings are interpreted differently depending upon the “feeling” that reader get. Letters can represent a person, place or thing whereas numbers can symbolize years, months, week etc.
  8. Likewise jot down all shapes and figures formed inside the cup and identify the meaning first comes in your mind.
  9. The placements of symbols in the cup can often change the meaning. The first symbol in the rim that catches your eyes shows your dominant character or someone near or influential. The symbol in the middle section symbolizes that may be expected to occur quickly. The base signifies your ultimate answer or conclusion.                                            chartteacuppastprefut cropped

    Now experience the fun and amusement arouse around your tea table with the help of symbols below! And get ready to feel the aroma of tea and the panorama of your future life from a cup of tea!

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15  Tea Etiquettes A Tea Lover Must Know !

Tea is the most consumed beverages around the world after water. A cup of tea has gone beyond being just a beverage to being a tradition. In most parts of the world, you are likely to be greeted with the warmth of a cup of tea irrespective of any occasion. And don’t we love that ?  :P

Thus, we believe, as a tea lover these etiquette are something you must know.

1.Never fill your cup to the rim.

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2. Never cradle the cup with your fingers.

3. Never let your spoon striking the side of the cup while stirring. Instead of that, use the          spoon in a back and forth motion in the center of the cup.                                                                                 tea-386811_640

4. After stirring, remove the spoon gently and place it on the saucer behind the cup,                 without making any sound. The handle should be pointing in the same direction as the         handle of the cup.

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5. Use the spoon again to dilute the un-dissolved milk or creamer or sugar but do not lift          up the cup and swirl the liquid.

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6. If you are standing, hold the saucer in the palm of  your hand, but mostly on the four fingers with the thumb on the rim. Picking up only the cup and leaving the saucer on the table is poor etiquette.

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7. Hold the cup from the handle with the index finger through the handle, the thumb on top of the handle and the second finger below the handle with the top surface of the finger pressing against the handle. Do not ignore the handle and hold the sides of the cup with one or both hands.

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8. If you are seated you may lift the cup from the table without the saucer.

9. But if the edge of the table is more than twelve inches from your body hold the saucer         in another hand.                                                            afternoon-tea-coac_2519400b10. Do not squeeze out the infusion from the tea bag by placing the spoon and wrapping            tightly the string around.

11. Don’t pull the string in an up and down motion to ensure that the tea is properly                   released in to the water.

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12. Allow enough time for the tea to be released and then gently lift out the tea bag on the         spoon.

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13. Place the tea bag in another receptacle and never place it in saucer.

14. Take small, quiet sips of your tea. Do not blow on the tea if it is too hot.

15. When you are not drinking tea, place the cup on the saucer.

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Tea fills our cup with joy, warmth and friendship. Moreover it can echo ones character. Therefore enjoy your tea by keeping these rules in mind!

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PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM THE TEACUP !

Came across this beautiful story from the Buddha’s life, where he teaches us how to deal with insults. We at Jivraj Tea Ltd. take pleasure in sharing it with you. Hope this will give you wisdom next time you encounter an insult. Also, please feel free to share it with others as well !

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One day Buddha was walking through a village teaching Dharma. A very angry and rude young man belong to another group of believers came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man,

“Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered,

“It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said,

“That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.” …. …”If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”

The young man listened closely to these wise words of the Buddha.

“You are right, o Enlightened One, “he said. “Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower.” The Buddha answered kindly,

“Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me.”

So he began to walk the path of Buddhism.

Let your anger dissolve in your body like Sugar in Tea ! :)

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Wishing All the Dear Tea Lovers, Happiness, Love, Success, Wisdom & Joy for the New Year !

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Relishing Tea & Fritters while it Rains !

Dear Tea Lovers,

Sitting in my office, on one of those beautiful rainy days in India, my pipping hot cup of Tea seems like the perfect way to unwind. The smoke arising from my teacup set against the moist window glass looked truly photogenic. The pouring of the rain makes way for some celebration time with Tea & Fritters. This post is going to be about the tea celebration that we have while it rains  :)

JIVRAJ GROUP is based in the Diamond City ~ Surat in Gujarat, India. Gujarat is well known  for its billions of colors, silk sarees, diamonds, years long maintained traditions and its CHA ( Tea called in Gujarati Language ). I had mentioned about the CHAI KITLIS in my previous post. In every city of Gujarat, one can find the flock of Tea lovers on such Tea stalls in every nook and corner. Thus, one can always have the pleasure of getting mesmerized by the aroma of hot masala tea at any time of the day. But the best part is the love, value and demand of TEA, Cha which rises up exponentially in the monsoons. The first showers are celebrated like any other festival in the country.

In Gujarat, the first showers of monsoon are welcomed  with yummy vegetable fritters and hot pipping tea.

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The warmth of the tea and fritters brings together family and friends. People flock around their favorite places like the Dumas Beach in Surat City or the Swati restaurant in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. We, at JIVRAJ TEA LTD. , as the manufacturers of Packaged Tea take pride in the fact that our product is consumed and relished by millions and undoubtedly, has become the source of warmth and happiness.

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To bring the feel of this little special part of India, try making Jivraj Tea & fritters yourself. :) Click Here for some easy delicious recipes. Hope you’ll enjoy it !

Wishing you a TEAlicious time !

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Happy Mother’s Day !

Dear Tea Lovers,

This blog is going to be more on philosophical side, than the usual stuff about Tea. In our daily hustle and bustle of Life, we fail to acknowledge the most basic things or people that are around us. In India or probably around the World, people have always placed Doctors next to God. Amidst these we forget that after God, also comes a MOTHER ~ Your Actual LIFE GIVER. It is no less than a miracle of how a LIFE IS BORN OUT OF A LIFE. The pain that a woman endures during the delivery of a child is believed to be 9 times more than the maximum threshold of pain that any human body can bear. Is this less than a miracle ?

In Honor of Motherhood, every 2nd Sunday of May is celebrated as Mothers Day. A day when all the Mothers, Mother-in-laws, Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers, Great Great Grand Mothers :) are honored, appreciated & acknowledged in every small and big way.

The 20th Century is witnessing an era of SUPER MOMS :) where a woman is a perfect mother, a perfect wife, a perfect employee and a perfect boss.  JIVRAJ TEA LTD. salutes & wishes all the Lovely Beautiful Amazing Mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

It is truly said that ‘THE HANDS THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, RULES THE WORLD’. It is from a poem by William Ross Wallace that celebrates Motherhood and the concept that what a person becomes in their life starts with what they learn from their mother and that ultimately, it is mothers that have the greatest influence on what we are or become.

CELEBRATING MOTHERHOOD ON THIS BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY.

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THE BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT !

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MOTHERS ARE CHARMING,
THEIR FOOD IS ENCHANTING,
& THEIR LOVE IS EVERLASTING.

COOKIES FOR MOTHER'S DAY

LOVE MOM COOKIES

A Small gesture from your end is enough to make your mom love you more than ever. But why not take an extra step for this special day :)

>> BAKE LOVE MOM COOKIES <<

INGREDIENTS :

  • Special Equipment: 2- to 3-inch alphabet cookie cutters; several sealable plastic bags (not pleated)
PREPARATION METHOD :
  • Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld, then beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining dough chilled) into an 81/2-inch round (1/4 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with cutters and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.
  • Gather scraps and chill until dough is firm enough to reroll, 10 to 15 minutes. Make more cookies with remaining dough and scraps (reroll only once) in same manner on cooled baking sheets.
  • For each color (you can make up to 7), transfer 1/4 cup icing to a separate small bowl and tint with food coloring. Snip off 1 corner of each plastic bag to create a 1/4-inch opening, then spoon each color icing into a bag, pressing out excess air. Twist each bag firmly just above icing, then decoratively pipe (or spread) colored icing onto cookies. Let icing dry completely (about 1 hour, depending on humidity) before storing cookies.

Looking out for a simpler way to wish her ? Just BREW the first CUP OF MORNING TEA for her :)  Simple as that :)

Keep having a TEAlicious time my Tea Lovers.

Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Check out the amazing ONLINE BUYING SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PREMIUM COMBO OFFER on our website WWW.J9TEA.COM . Gift your Mother a cupful of Wellness on this mother’s day.

Tag your mother in the fabulous Mothers Day Album of Jivraj Tea Ltd. on Facebook on our official JIVRAJ TEA LTD. PAGE.

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Indian Chai – The Winning Flavor

Chai ~ More than a mere Beverage… Its a TRADITION.

For all my dear Tea Lovers,

India can be defined as a country consisting of different Religions & over more than 400 languages. The 1 Ribbon that ties these Billions of Indians, is a cup of Masala Chai.

In India, the morning starts with a cup of steaming chai, afternoon break is the time to recharge & get refreshed with a cup of Tea & Evenings are simply incomplete with an extra doze of Tea. Thus, Tea is more of a Tradition in India. Circumstances or Time are totally irrelevant for this magical Beverage. The Tea simply flows :)

You will find ‘KITLI CULTURE’ in India, where Tea is served on small hand driven Lorries, in mud pots called ‘KULLAD’ or Small Glasses called ‘CUTTING CHAI’.  The favorite snacks to go along with the steaming Chai are ‘MUSKA BUN’ (Butter Bread) and ‘NAMKEEN’ (Spicy Snacks). Yet the all time favorite are our very  own PARLE-G Glucose Biscuits which are to a must to dunk in your Masala Chai :)

I came across some beautiful pictures of typical Chai ki Kitli, through www.chaikidukaan.com.

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For now, this was all about the Magical Indian Tea. Shall see you soon with some more facts about Indian Tea. till than keep having a TEAlicious time :)

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