HAPPY INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

Remembering the National Leaders while celebrating 69th Indian Independence Day!!!

Here we are sharing some pictures  of Tea Moments of  former Indian Leaders from the history.

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Differentially Thinking Left Handers

left hand mug Today, August 13th, the left handers day! Do their ability to work; practice with left hand makes them different and special among our society? A study says that the righties judge objects on their right side as positive and object on their left side as negative. But lefties have an opposite aspect. They valued positive things with their left side.

brainorgDo you know the left handers use their hands and feet differently than righties? The brain that control movements should be different in lefties and righties. A survey study shows that more males are lefties rather than female and Canada is the country with maximum percentage of left handers. Psychologists found that left handed people are more affected by fear. They showed more fragmentation in their memories.

Some Psychologists claims that lefties are more creative and brilliant because there is a notion that they use both side of the brains for the tasks where righties use the only left side only. They are better in three dimensional perception and thinking.

Cheers to Left handers!!!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Love, so tender and caring, what can be better than seeing her smiling face first thing in the morning! How about creating a reason to ensure that she is the first person you see when you get up every morning with a hot cup of love, Tea:) ? I can’t start my day without a cup of tea made by her with lots of love.What a perfect way to start a new day!!!

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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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