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I cannot tell you how glad I am, that the prompt for the day is ‘Tea’ and not ‘Coffee’. Then, this would have been a very short post πŸ˜‰

Considering how tea forms an important part of my day, this prompt ought to be easy. But , it is quite the opposite!

When I sat down to type this out, I wondered what I should write about. Tea is so soothing, so pleasing and so relaxing that I can write a post that runs too long.

My first cup:

I must have had my first sip of tea when I was 12. It seemed like a rite of passage. Moving away from the ‘growing-up’ drink and into early adulthood was somehow, marked by this event, in my mind. I still remember savouring the taste of the tea, as its strange aroma wafted through the air.

My first time:

As a cook. What did you think? πŸ˜‰

Yes, this was the first thing that I ever made. If there was one thing my mom could confidently ask me to make and serve guests, it was the milky, sweetened tea that I had managed to perfect. Of course, it was quite possible that most of the people praising my culinary skills were doing so out of kindness and not actual appreciation, but, hey, I wasn’t going to turn down praise πŸ™‚

My first meeting:

In arranged marriages in India, we have this custom where a potential groom comes to see the bride. On the ocassion, we are expected to serve tea and light refreshments. My task was to make the beverage, as always. I still remember V, sitting in the room, staring at my face, as he sipped the milky tea (which he detests, by the way!) Fortunately, he was preoccupied with other things to notice the tea cup in his hands, or so I like to think πŸ˜‰

My first couples tea:

Post marriage, once we had settled into our routine, V expressed his preference for dark tea. This isn’t black tea, mind you; it’s tea with just a couple of spoonfuls of milk. I started off making two varieties- the milky tea which I had grown up on and the dark, brooding one which he wanted. After about three months of washing two tea cans, I just gave up and started trying his way of tea-drinking. And guess what? I can’t drink it any other way now. It has to be just right- with that dash of milk, little sugar and the strong fragrance of steeped tea leaves, percolating through the kitchen.

My first tea set:

Honestly, I don’t remember this. I must have had quite a few over the years. But, I especially loved this set: A ceramic tea coaster set, complete with a teacup, a teapot, a creamer, a bowl of fruit, a saucer, some flowers for the mood and even a frilly, lace tablecloth to complete the ensemble.


The entire thing is ceramic, by the way. You do see the attention to detail, don’t you?

So, what’s your love story with tea all about? Care to share?

ThisΒ is written in response to the prompt “Tea”
as part of the Marathon Bloggers’ Challenge for this week

Β A story for every picture, a picture for every story
Use the prompt and a picture of your own to write your own post
The picture above was clicked at home by Yours Truly

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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Mahathi Ramya · February 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

Nice Shailaja.. so you have many memories around Tea πŸ™‚

tulika singh · February 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

Tea is such an integral part of our lives, isn't it? So you made your husband-to-be drink milky chai?? Poor guy! (Yeah I have poetry on my mind today). But you're right I'm sure tea would have been the last thing on his mind then. He would have been busy trying to make a good impression and checking you out at the same time.

Aparna · February 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

Nice tea history πŸ™‚ LOL on the milky chai, had to get used to it after I got married though I have converted my hubby to my ways now ;).

Shilpa Garg · February 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Wow! Glad to meet another tea lover. Loved your first meeting!! πŸ˜€ At our place, the husband drinks green tea while I have my milky tea. My style of tea is something that I cant let go of! πŸ˜›
I wrote a whole post on it here…

Scattered Mama · February 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Nice peppy post…i'm sure u were sipping some 'brooding dark tea' while writing the post!

Supreeta · February 22, 2014 at 1:46 am

I like mine brooding as well πŸ™‚ in fact, when people offer to make me cup of tea I ask if they would mind if I made it myself, so as to avoid trying to alter it once its made or trying to find a chance to pour it down the sink while trying to pretend I am washing my cup πŸ™‚
It's called a cup of builder's tea and I wouldn't have it another way. I am married to a coffee drinker who all the years we were dating drank cups and cups of tea made by my dad. Imagine my surprise when he told me he doesnt like tea.
One of my favourite indulgences is a full whack afternoon tea.

Shailaja V · February 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Absolutely, Mahathi! And this is only half of the memories, maybe even lesser!

Shailaja V · February 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Exactly! So, I could always work on the tea thing later, right ? πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · February 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Yay to women power! Sadly, I got converted, but I am not complaining for this particular conversion πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I have said it already, but this is a brilliant post, Shilpa!

Shailaja V · February 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Yes, I was πŸ™‚ Clever of you to have guessed that πŸ˜€

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