We are habituated to beverages. They motivate us, provide us a 'kick', wake us up from a slumber, freshen us up... all of it implies the same.
My favourite is tea. Commonly known us chaha, chai amongst us, it is indeed a rejuvenating drink. I don't drink it very often, on a normal schedule. But, the amount consumed has definately increased. Presently, i drink it, to keep myself from dosing away. Somehow a cup of tea seems essential after breakfast.
Interestingly, i've started to enjoy brewing tea. A recent discovery of mine.
Boiling water in a vessel... sprinkling tea leaves, crystals of sugar into it... allowing the colour contained in the leaves to diffuse into the hot water. The preparation of a heady decoction. A beautiful red-brown.... a brick-red hue if i may call it. Later, on the addition of milk, the colour softens.
The smell... the taste..... the colour... pleasing the senses.
With a hot cup of tea in my hand, i occupy the rocking chair, my study material and a pencilto accompany me. On realising that the act is an improbable one(invariably something or the other falls), i gulp the tea down.
Strangely, i drink tea at specific places only. At Roti Ghar, Chalukya, MTR, Nescafe counter(at college)... Roti Ghar provides fantastic tea, a little too hot, yet simply delicious.
To my chagrin, Red Label(which is used at home) has added herbs/spices in it. Tea with additions is not favoured by me. On the other hand mother fancies it.
Why did they have to introduce something new? The other variety was better.