Get Your Chai On!
Have you ever wondered why Facebook does weird and magical things to people? Some suddenly become the persona far removed from their actual selves. It exaggerates and alters behavior. Smart people write silly things. Airy people write heady stuff. Quiet people abuse awkwardly. Of course, hot red, raving people still rave. Sometimes it is weird how generous people are with appreciation. Have you stumbled upon some praises that are absolutely cringe worthy? It’s a doting crowd out there. Why do we turn to our phones every now and then? Why do we scroll or look for people or follow what they do? Why has social validation become a trend?
While we think about that let us take a short break. Let us make some chai! I invite you to blukitchen – my own kitchen cum play area of experiments and dreamy escapades. For the first time Gujaratistaple and my personal favourite snack dhokla fluffed up while the morning tea was made to stretch and fall into the cup like a waterfall in Kerala . Have you tasted the elastic tea? This one is popular by that name. I am not very skilled in this act of
jugglery that involves hot tea being thrown from the pan to the cups. This almostmartial- arts-sort of-act of stretching arms, aiming and throwing the hot tea from a cup and catching it with the other was a spectacle for me the first time I saw this at a roadside tea stall in Kerala. Recently an experienced elder demonstrated this to me in my own kitchen! And I am learning this new skill that calls for aim and efficiency. The net result is an aerated tea. Refreshingly different from the usual flat one, it has a soft and fluffy froth floating peeping above the rim of the cup. One has to softly blow through this mountain of foam to get the tea to the lips. If lucky you get a tea-moustache too! Simply fantastic!
Sharing my chai recipe here. The aromatic chai’s masala mix is not just a heady mix of spices that has an awesome aroma; they are full of well-being. Do try making the masala at home; it is aromatherapy in itself. Dry roast few pods of cardamom (mood enhancer), cloves (antioxidant), fennel seeds (digestive), peppercorns (anti-inflammatory) and pound them in a mortar along with some grated dry ginger (antiseptic). Add a teaspoon of this mix to boiling tea leaves. Strain to add little milk and sugar… do the elastic-tea gig. Savor the exotic whiff and take a sip while enjoying the taste of a revitalized drink, the warms of the cup that you hold and the beautiful day light that dances shadows into the room. Aah! More sips! Aha! This exercise transports me to the mountains that grow this magical brew. I can almost hear a bagpiper in the backdrop and
So why is this a trend – looking for validation online? Is it lack of creativity and thus resultant boredom? I have
observed that it is not that people are not creative. Most are perhaps not creating anything of actual value. However, everyone needs some sort of self-assurance of their social value and hence they seek it through virtual
social opinion. This most often results in increased stress, anxiety and nothing remotely phenomenal. But there is a solution.
Einstein believed in something called Combinatory Play. The idea is simple. By expressing creativity in one realm, you could get inspiration for another. So whenever he was blocked, he would spend some time playing his violin. This activity opened up some channels in his mind, and he could go back and solve that tough mathematical equation easier this time. Whatever it takes to get the inspiration flowing, get it flowing. Get on it right now! For starters, switch off that damn phone and simply get your chai on! Make that chai with some profound TLC. And sit down to enjoy the best cuppa made exclusively for you. Make the moment count.
Thank you for being the change! Happy Chai!