Isnt it so delightfully fortuitous when sometimes the most mundane of things can transcend you back in time? As mundane as a tiny cup of some magical tea prepared by a stranger at work. The moment you take the first sip you are time travelling a decade and a half back. Back to your nana-nani's* place, where tea is not just tea, a ritual instead.
You blink again, and you're on that mammoth terrace, wrapped in that old shawl retrieved from nani's ancient cupboard.You smile for you now can hear the pitter patter of happy voices that are surrounding you there, mingling with the your-kind-of-chilly morning and ushering life into your heart. A reticent sun bathing the air as you look out at the horizon of greenery in front.
You decide to filch a moment then, from the morning that is making you stare at bizarre and haywire lines on a screen. Instead you are gonna glide where your heart wants to, at this moment in your life. And you breathe in and admit a magical sip again.
You watch your adorable maamus, your nana, your maasis and your mom huddled up together on the terrace floor, laughter and nostalgia reverberating their chords as the steaming cups of tea send out wisps of aroma that melts into the misty breeze. Nani is somewhere two floors down at the cow sheds seeing to that the mangers are filled just right.
And here you are - the king of the moment! Why? Because you're at nani's! Tea is not forbidden fruit in these territories as it is back home! Which is why, you're up, like no other day, gloriously perched up on the steps with that delicious-as-delicious-can-be-cup of manna like tea.
You open your eyes back to your non-challant today and realize you've been smiling for god knows how long, and unapologetic, you reckon. Perhaps this is how you probably fell in love with tea for the first time. Things like the tea ritual are one in a million reasons why you always loved being part of and living with a larger than life crazy family, why you love being an Indian, why you live by the rule that there's a celebration in the every moment when life chooses to exist around you. Even tea.
For those who may not understand : nana-nani - maternal grand parents, maamu-maternal uncle, maasi-maternal aunt.
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