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  1. The former Indian wicket keeper, Farokh Engineer, doesn't believe in mincing words, while claiming his disappointment for the Team India selectors and the 'major impact' Virat Kohli has on the team. He has gone on to label the committee a 'Mickey Mouse' committee and of course, questioned their credentials on holding an important job. © BCCL While expressing his disgruntled state of being over the selection committee he also remembered a time from the 2019 World Cup where the sight of an Indian selector serving tea to Kohli's wife, Anushka Sharma in the VIP box left him feeling absolutely disgusted. He also went on to say that only experienced crickets should be in the selection committee rather than the current panel of selectors, who're inexperienced to say the least. After the said claim was made, Anushka Sharma, through her Instagram account broke her silence on the numerous accounts she was aggressively blamed for Virat's performance and the tea incident Engineer spoke about in his claim. This is what she had to say: © Instagram © Instagram Maybe it's a little too late but Anushka breaking her silence on how she's always in the centre of attention whenever Virat doesn't perform his best is something that was urgently needed and we're glad she came forward and made her voice heard. Especially on the fact that she drinks coffee and not tea! View the full article
  2. Tipped as favourites to win the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Indian cricket team suffered a heart-breaking exit from the tournament after losing the semifinal to New Zealand. For a team that was comprised of match-winners and proven stars, Virat Kohli & Co. couldn't do much against the resilient Kiwis. Their ouster sparked a massive backlash from fans and the Indian selectors, notably chief MSK Prasad was blamed for failing to find the winning squad. The Indian selection committee's inability to fix the much-debated problem of No. 4 batsman, which played a part in the semifinal, further drew criticism from every corner. © Reuters While Team India and the selectors have moved on from their World Cup exit, former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer is still stuck on it. Lashing out at the Indian selection committee, Engineer labelled the panel as the "Mickey Mouse" committee and questioned their credentials to hold such an important job. Irked by the incompetence of the current Indian selectors, the former Indian cricketer went on to recall a moment from the 2019 World Cup where the sight of an Indian selector serving tea to captain Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma in the VIP box left him feeling disgusted. Highlighting their inexperience, Engineer suggested that experienced players, who have knowledge of Test cricket and international cricket, should be in the selection committee rather than the current panel whose experience is restricted to a mere 10-12 Test matches combined. © Reuters “We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee. Virat Kohli has a major impact (in the process) which is very good. But how are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn't even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him 'who the hell he was' because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors. All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli's wife) cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee,” Engineer was quoted as saying by TOI. Apart from that, Engineer, who played Ranji Trophy for Mumbai from 1958-59 to 1975-76, also slammed the selectors for mishandling Rishabh Pant. "They shouldn't have dropped him (from the ODI team). They should have picked him ahead of Dinesh Karthik (for the World Cup) for him to get as much experience with MS Dhoni," he said. © Reuters Besides, the former Indian glovesman hailed the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with high hopes from 'Dada'. "He was a dashing player, a captain who took bold decisions and I hope he does the same thing as board president," Engineer said. View the full article
  3. From calling him a 'chaiwala' to calling him the 'best PM ever', from using slogans like 'Modi hai to mumkin hai' to making gazillions of biopics on him for no reason whatsoever; people can never stop talking about him. You can like him, you can hate him. But, you cannot ignore him. That's PM Narendra Modi for you, folks. And his recent speech at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has now given people new fodder to talk about him. On Tuesday, PM Modi made quite a remarkable speech on how he comes from a very humble background and not from a "political family". He spoke about how he sold tea at the railway platform, which has struck a chord with most people on social media. I would like to particularly thank His Majesty @KingSalman and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for their hospitality. Interacting with them is always very special. pic.twitter.com/2DrqwNGhuS — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2019 During the speech he said, "My background is not that of any big political family. I have not learnt about poverty from the books but I have lived it. I have reached here by selling tea on the railway platform." © Twitter/Narendra Modi He further added, "In a few years, India will be successful in eradicating poverty. My fight against poverty is by empowering poor. Poor need dignity. When a poor person says that he will himself end his poverty, then there is no greater satisfaction. All we need is to provide him with dignity and empower him." He further said "It gives me immense satisfaction to see that a change in India brings the change in figures for the world." PM Modi's 'living poverty' statement has touched many hearts and people on social media can't stop praising him. Great, thanking Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi, thanking you, the Excellency., Haven't Learnt Poverty from Books, I Lived it by Selling Tea on Railway Platform, Says PM Modihttps://t.co/ZvCIgQLq90 Source : "News18" via Dailyhunt Download Nowhttps://t.co/gSp4n4qXcg — MOORTHY Kaliappan (@moorthyoilgas) October 30, 2019 #ModiInSaudi "I didn't learnt about poverty by reading books. But by living under poverty selling Tea got to know about poverty" Glad and Proud to have Modi as PM.pic.twitter.com/51ustL1bow — Ganesh Iyerâ¤ð®ð³ (@Jaz_baatein) October 30, 2019 Haven't Learnt Poverty from Books, I Lived it by Selling Tea on Railway Platform, Says PM Modi - v Indian mean it Sir!!! @BJP4India @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/izMtmo4Hmc — amin_anita@yahoo.com (@ChaukidarAnitaP) October 30, 2019 Here is our PM... https://t.co/IqhVL38ZGZ — Dr.B.G.Gokulan (@gokul64) October 30, 2019 But, not everyone was happy with his statement and soon started trolling him on social media. Is that why you wear 10 lakh Rupee suits and bvlgari sunglasses, and never repeat your designer clothes, while India starves? https://t.co/qDsJgYa6DW — Irreverent Lawyer (@rebelawyer) October 30, 2019 Wish poverty was read in books only ..... India at present would have been shinning...... Your Living in poverty did cost India the whole economy.....https://t.co/qUlUQVNT3j — Pawan Suri (@psp274) October 30, 2019 “ I have not learnt poverty from books but lived it”: PM Modi in Riyadh That is why his govt spent â¹2989 crore to construct a statue, decided to introduce a bullet train and spent â¹5200 crore in advertisements with his smiling face in 5 years! — Bharat Rao (@bharatrao1960) October 30, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Saudi Arabia said that constructing toilets and opening bank accounts have empowered the poor in India and have given them a sense of dignity! Thereafter his Chai, Chai, Chai started. Chai is giving me life goals now! https://t.co/MULshUJcUi — Shrishti Dutt Pandey (@shrishti827) October 30, 2019 View the full article
  4. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently announced that the Siachen region, considered to be the world's highest battlefield, will now be open to tourists. The glacier, known for its complicated terrain and extreme weather conditions, is now accessible for tourism. Speaking at the inauguration of Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge at Shyok River in Ladakh on Monday, Rajnath said that, “Siachen has tremendous potential in tourism.” The bridge will provide easy connectivity with the Daulat Beg Oldi sector along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Siachen Glacier comes under the Ladakh region, which along with Jammu and Kashmir, was declared a Union Territory after the central government's move to scrap special status for the state. “Ladakh has tremendous potential in tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes,” Rajnath posted on his Twitter account. Kumar Post is at a height of more than 15,000 feet. Tourists will be able to travel from the base camp which is at Partapur at 11,000 feet to Kumar Post. Looks like, it's only for the brave hearts. According to news reports, the tourists will now be given a permit to travel to these areas independently. From 2007 to 2016, the glacier was open to an annual expedition with civilians conducted by the Indian Army. Ladakh has tremendous potential in Tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for Tourism purposes. — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 21, 2019 Isn't this exciting? The minister also told the media that the newly inaugurated bridge will provide all-weather connectivity to the region and act as a strategic asset in the border areas. Delighted to dedicate to the nation the newly constructed ' Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge' at Shyok River in Ladakh. This bridge has been completed in record time. It will not only provide all weather connectivity in the region but also be a strategic asset in the border areas pic.twitter.com/cwbeixGOCR — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 21, 2019 The construction of the bridge started in the year 2017. The bridge is around 4.5 metres wide and 1400 ft long and is at a height of more than 14,000 feet. Interestingly, Siachen Glacier is also the second largest glacier in the world outside the polar region.
  5. With the serious spike in entertaining at home in 2019, more and more people are exploring new and innovative ways to outshine each other when it comes to throwing fun soirees. And, with Diwali kickstarting the wave of festivities, we could think of no one better than the fun, young Brand Ambassador of Glenfiddich India, Angad Singh Gandhi, to give us the lowdown on the best way to do cocktails DIY-style this festive season. __ECOMPRODUCT__247__ No surprises to hear him say that homegrown gin brands will continue their meteoric rise on the popularity charts, and single malts will be the way to go for those who love their whisky. And, when it comes to presentation, the glass you pour it out in will make all the difference, and according to Gandhi, Highball glasses are where it's at this year. Zero-Waste Cocktails With the world going down the sustainable route, zero-waste bars are shaking up the scene the world over. According to Gandhi, everything from citrus rinds that can be used as garnish to beetroot juice squeezed out of leftovers from your salads (and mixed with lime and honey) can go into your drinks. Minimising waste of every kind, and doing our bit to not distress nature is the way to go this festive season, and the next he says. How To Make A Ginger Beet Martini - Leftover beetroot as per the amount you need - 1 medium apple cored and peeled - A small piece of freshly peeled and sliced ginger - 30 ml vodka - 5 ml ginger syrup - 5 ml freshly squeezed lime juice Blend the beetroot, apple and ginger with about a 2/3rd cup of water until it turns into smoothie consistency. Sieve it well, and add more water and mix it well until it turns into a juice. Add about 5 ml of the beetroot juice, and 30 ml of vodka and a dash of lemon juice, and mix well in a cocktail shaker. Pour out into a chilled martini glass and garnish it with a lemon rind. Buh-Bye Sugar Close on the heels of sustainable comes the organic and healthy. Sugar syrups are being struck off ingredient lists at the hottest bars, and Gandhi's favourite DIY replacement is of course honey, and he also loves to experiment with different easy-to-make homemade elixirs. He uses everything from elderflowers to hibiscus, lemon zest, strawberries, chocolate, coffee, clove and star anise, and either just adds a few drops of the elixir when making a drink, or simply pre-infuses his alcohol with the ingredient so it soaks up all the flavour. How To Make A Vanilla Vodka - 1 Vanilla pod - 700 ml Vodka of your choice Cut the vanilla pod sideways, and release the beans and add to a glass jar, and pour in the vodka, and allow it to infuse for a week or two, before you strain it out into a bottle. Coconut People Coconut as a flavour is going to be a big winner this season, says Gandhi. No longer limited to just coconut-flavoured Malibu, or OTT Tiki-themed cocktails, the fruit has played subtle muse to many a bartender the world over this year - both as a supplement for sugar, and for the mild sweetness it adds as a flavour. Simply add the coconut water to a drink, or mix coconut milk in a shaker with the other ingredients. How To Make A Coconut Ginger Margarita - 10 ml Cointreau - 10 ml Tequila - 5 ml fresh lime juice - 5 ml coconut water - 5-7 sliced ginger coins Throw in all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake, and strain over ice in a glass. Garnish with lime or candied ginger. Mixology is no computer science, and with a little research and the right tools, you can master the art of making a mean cocktail or drink yourself. Or, if you don't want to spend all night playing bartender, you can simply pre-make a bowl of punch, or a flavoured cocktail and serve it in a big bowl or glass canister.
  6. One of the 22 districts of the state of Haryana, Bhiwani is known for producing some of the best boxers India has ever seen. If you'd knock on every alternate door in the area, there is a high possibility that an aspiring boxer is going to answer it. Fighters like Vijender Singh, Jitender Kumar, Anil Kumar and Kavita Chahal who have not only represented the nation in international tournaments and leagues but also brought laurels back to the country to prove their worth, all of them have been raised and trained as fearless fighters in Bhiwani with the 'winning at all cost' mentality. It is because of such passion for the sport of boxing that the place is known as 'Little Cuba' of the world. But even though fighters like Vijender Singh did not belong to wealthy families, they still had people who could back them up financially while they pursued their goals of one day representing India in the ring and eventually turn pro and earn big bucks. This story is not about those guys. This story is about Rajesh Lukka, another Bhiwani-based 24-year-old boxer who is working day and night to perfect his craft and make his country proud just like his seniors have done in the past. © Mega Boxing Lukka, who started boxing in 2006, had his first bout in Gurgaon during which he got beat up pretty badly. He had seen his idols fall on the mat like deadweight after getting knocked out but rise again only to try and become better the next day and that was what Lukka aspired to be as a youth. He understood that champions aren't made in a day and he continued to work hard. But it is his struggle off the ring that makes his story worth sharing. When Lukka was all but 17 years of age, his sister was diagnosed with cancer and despite all the efforts of the family, could not win her battle against the fatal disease. This had an extremely adverse impact on Lukka, who was very close to her and believes that she was the one who raised him to become the man he is today. Losing someone so close to his heart shattered his willingness to become a fighter. He gave up boxing and decided to look for another job. In 2014, things took a turn for the worse when his father too expired due to cancer, leaving the family in a suffocating situation in which there was no earning member in the family but a lot of stomachs to feed. Lukka therefore decided to open a tea stall on the road with the hopes of trying to make ends meet. His dream of boxing for his country nowhere in sight. This is when Lukka's brother came into the picture. He used to continuously motivate him to reach for the stars and do what he was meant to do, box. He reminded Lukka of his life's purpose, made him realise what a wonderful talent he was gifted with and why he should not be wasting his life like this. © Mega Boxing Lukka began to hope once again, began to dream again. Waking up as early as 3 in the morning, he would practice between 4 am and 5 am then go to work, selling tea at his stall and returned to the ring in the evening. “I practiced night and day knowing that if I believed in myself, if I believed in my dreams long enough, something good is bound to happen one day,” says the 24-year-old pugilist. And soon after, Lukka signed a contract with Mega Boxing, India's first Professional Boxing Intellectual Property, which is recognised by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) with an aim to position professional boxing as a premium sporting entertainment entity. Lukka went on to turn professional and there is no looking back for him. Challenging under the lightweight category the Bhiwani-born has had 10 bouts under his belt so far. He has fought four national level fights winning three of them and one ending in a draw. He has also sparred in six international fights with a 100% winning record, which not only makes it a dangerous athlete, it also makes him unbeaten. For his dedication and passion to go along with the various achievements Lukka has earned through the years, he was even felicitated with the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Asian Title in 2018. While Lukka aims to contest for WBO Asia Pacific title in the lightweight category in the next three to four months, his end goal is far more prestigious. “I am in this for something a lot bigger. While boxers like Vijender ji inspired me to take up this game, I want to become that bridge that brings the upcoming boxers of the country the opportunity to not only have great fights with international talent but also make good money for themselves and their families in the process.”
  7. For most of us here in India, travelling finds an unwitting connection to chai. Traversing through the country's picturesque landscape, these heavenly places serving steaming cups of chai can be found in quaint villages high up in the hills, or under the thatched roofs of a dilapidated chai ki tapri along the highway. Yet, no matter where we happen to chance upon one, it never fails to fill our heart with joy at the very sight of it. © Facebook Now, imagine such a tea-stall located in a small village in some part of this country, shouldering the weight of an elderly couple's ardent dreams to explore the length and breadth of not just India, but the entire world. Yes, you are right. This almost seems like an impossible dream when you hear about it at first, but guess what, there exists such a tea-stall and such a couple who have managed to realise their dreams of travelling around the world, by running a tea-stall! © Facebook Vijayan and Mohana, both in their late 60s, are from Kochi in Kerala, but are better known to the world as the “globetrotting couple” who travel around the world by selling tea. Vijayan and Mohana have been running a nondescript tea-stall in Kochi, called the 'Sree Balaji Coffee House' for the past 40 years, and the minimal earnings from that business have allowed them to travel to over 23 countries so far! © Facebook How do they manage to make all this happen you ask? Well, the key to their success is the couple's undying grit and desire. Vijayan and Mohana refuse to be cowed down by the financial restraints or the logistic trivia that might hamper their bigger plans. The elderly couple saves from whatever little they make at their shop, and rely on small loans to fund their travels. After saving Rs. 300 every day for decades, they used it along with their meagre income and bank loans, to explore 23 countries! It was back in 1963 when Vijayan began selling tea in the streets to fulfil the travel dreams he shared with his wife. © Facebook Singapore, New York and Switzerland are some of his most favourite places. The couple has been to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, USA besides many others, but currently, their plan is to check out Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Greenland Norway. There is simply not stopping this duo! For Vijayan, travelling is all about collecting experiences and learning about other people and their culture. Vijayan marvels over the beauty of landscapes and the kinds of people they meet during their travel. © Instagram Their philosophy is simple. Keeping their nest destination in sight, the couple continues to save Rs 300 every day, and keep their expenses to the minimum (they work both as worker and manager of their tiny shop). While on their trip, they spend very little on unnecessary things. Still, the loans they take keep getting piled up, and after every trip, they spend the next three years trying to repay that debt. Their story might be laden with a lot of struggles, but Vijayan and Mohana don't plan to give up as long as their arms and legs are moving. This couple is proof that no amount of limitations are big enough to stop someone from realising their dreams if they set their heart to it.
  8. Anand Mahindra's Twitter account is a goldmine of inspiration and his over 6 million followers can vouch for the same. Be it spotting a rare talent from across the world or sharing inspirational stories; the chairman of the Mahindra Group never fails to impress us with his knack of spotting the best of the world. Reuters Recently, he tweeted about a couple in their late 60s, Vijayan and Mohana, who own a tea shop called Sree Balaji Coffee House in Kochi and spend the money earned to travel the world together. They started the shop to fulfil their dream of travelling the world and have visited over 20 countries till now. The couple's inspiring story has already made them the internet's newest hero. And Anand Mahindra is their latest admirer. YouTube He wrote, "They may not figure in the Forbes Rich list but in my view, they are amongst the richest people in our country. Their wealth is their attitude to life." They may not figure in the Forbes Rich list but in my view, they are amongst the richest people in our country.Their wealth is their attitude to life. The next time I'm in their town I am definitely dropping by for tea & a tour of their exhibits.. pic.twitter.com/PPePvwtRQs — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 9, 2019 Well said, Mr. Mahindra. Their positive attitude towards life and their rich travel experience truly makes them the richest couple in the whole world. After Mahindra tweeted about this, people started replying to him asking if they could help the couple in any way, as the couple takes bank loans along with the income from their tea shop to travel the world. Well, Mr. Mahindra has the perfect solution for it. He requested people to find out the couple's wedding anniversary date, crowdfund the amount for their next foreign trip and gift it to them. Well what about us finding out the date of their wedding anniversary and crowdsourcing the funding for their next trip as an anniversary gift?? https://t.co/gZescVgjQk — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 9, 2019 This is the reason why people love him so much.
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  10. It is for good reason that tea tree oil is considered the new wonder potion for skin care. With its amazing healing properties, tea tree oil is being infused into a number of skin care products to meet the growing demand for this natural remedy to a host of skin ailments ranging from acne to dry dull skin. To combat the basic skin care irritant that men face, which is acne, we have found 5 natural tea tree products for your skin. 1. Handmade Charcoal Tea Tree & Cashew Facial Soap Qtrove.com Karmik Veda Charcoal Tea Tree & Cashew Soap is especially for face and contains Activated Charcoal, Rose Clay, Cashewnut Milk that absorbs excess oil along with the dirt from the skin and is also effective in the removal of dead cells, thus providing clean and flawless skin. If you tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the smoke, dust and pollution, you might notice dirt settling over your pores making them more noticeable and enlarged in appearance. This soap treats clogged pores, makes the skin look firmer and tighter at a rapid pace and protects against sun damage. Regular use of it can improve dry or mature skin. 2. 100% Organic Tea Tree Clarifying Toner Qtrove.com Cucumber Organic's Tea Tree Clarifying Toner has Witch Hazel – a nature's marvel, a natural astringent and the most effective acne treatment known to man. Combined with Mentha Arvensis (Mint), Lemongrass and Tea Tree, the toner has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. This wonder clears and refreshes oily/acne prone skin like a charm! It naturally balances excess oil and tones the skin, reduces acne/pimples, fades spots and scars, evens the skin tone and leaves your skin feeling smooth, firm, refreshed and oil-free. 3. Tea Tree Essential Oil Qtrove.com Vedaearth Tea Tree Essential Oil is a natural extraction from tea tree plants which can be used in aromatherapy to soothe your mind, body, and soul. It helps reduce mental stress, improve several skin conditions through better circulation and smell blissful. These should ideally be mixed with rose water and used on face. You can put them directly on acne. 4. 100% Organic Tea Tree Cleansing Oil Qtrove.com Cucumber Organic's Tea Tree Cleansing Oil works on the principle that oil dissolves oil and an overactive sebaceous gland is responsible for the excess oil & sebum. This cleansing oil is made carefully with non-clogging and light healing oils to cleanse your skin without making it sticky or breakout! Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil work with Tea Tree & Peppermint Oil and help control acne/breakouts. The oil deep cleanses oily skin by drawing out excess sebum and oil trapped within the pores leaving the skin balanced, clear, smooth and glowing. 5. Anti-Acne Turmeric & Tea Tree Face Wash Qtrove.com Vya Naturals Turmeric and Tea Tree face wash contains Haldi Manjal (Wild Turmeric) one of the most powerful herbs with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties. The face wash is paraben-free and helps combat acne and prevent breakouts. It even cleans skin and helps keep pores clear. And the best of it all- the face wash is cruelty -free! So men, dump those chemicals and switch to a more organic, and natural way of living even when it comes to your skincare routine. Fortunately for you, we have found the perfect one-stop destination that sells only natural, organic products that you will love. Qtrove.com is all that and much more. Qtrove.com makes sure they deliver only the most natural home-grown ingredients to you. This curated marketplace exhibits and sells only natural products from passionate sellers across the country. So it's time to say bye to chemicals and boring factory-made goods. At Qtrove.com, products are made in limited numbers, either by hand or in small facilities with individual care. Embrace Qtrove.com as your go-to marketplace for all things pure and good.
  11. FIile photo of US President Donald Trump with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States? closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen...
  12. As you make your way through the back-lanes of Saket and enter Champa Gali, a beautifully laidback street lined with cafes and Parisian charm, a strong whiff of coffee hits you. The place is Blue Tokai, a brand that has taken upon itself to bring freshly roasted coffee to our tables. Matt Chitharanjan and Namrata Asthana, the brains behind Blue Tokai, set up the brand for this very reason – the need for a good cup of coffee. © Blue Tokai A former economist, Matt Chitharanjan had come to Chennai for work, when he met Namrata Asthana. When the couple moved to Delhi, the one thing they found missing was good coffee, like the fresh filter coffee they were so used to back in Chennai. In the North, the coffee that was on offer was the mass-produced coffee beans, sold to a crowd that had grown up on instant coffee. They wanted to change that, and connect the consumer with the farmer, a thought that soon became the brand's defining motto: “Farm-to-cup coffee company.” They wanted to bring the authentic coffee experience to the Indian consumer. Thus was born Blue Tokai, which has today gained a respectable name for its quality coffee beans, and has 10 cafes across Delhi, Mumbai, and Goa. The founders plan to open another 12 by the year 2019. © Blue Tokai In a country of tea drinkers and instant coffee, running a successful niche coffee brand doesn't come across as a very easy thing to do. Chitharanjan tells us how in India, the average person may have 70 grams of coffee a year as compared to an average person in Scandinavia who will have 7 kilos of coffee in a year. “India's never going to be a 7 kilo country,” he says, but he, along with Namrata, hope to create a culture of coffee drinking by bringing in more awareness about coffee roasts. They started out on a small-scale basis. With their savings, they invested in a roaster and began to take online orders for freshly roasted coffee. Though, initially, most of their consumers comprised NRIs and expats, they soon began receiving orders from across the country. Soon enough, they opened their first café in Saidulajab area of Saket in Delhi and there was no looking back after that. With 10 branches running successfully across the country, their sales have doubled every year. Both Matt and Namrata lay great emphasis on the farms that are the mainstay of a good batch of beans. For this reason, they make it a point to put the names of the estates on the various coffee blends they have on offer. Chitharanjan says, “They are happy to see that their name is out there and they are getting credit and recognition for the coffee that they grow.” © Blue Tokai To the outsider, it looks like the perfect entrepreneur dream – to sell a coffee experience with your partner. The couple clears the air, “People think we're spending our days, testing out coffees and travelling to coffee farms. The reality is that we're dealing with paperwork, managing people, dealing with customers, and negotiating with suppliers. It's not all that pretty.” Matt and Namrata don't mind the work – they want to create a culture of coffee drinking in India, and educate consumers about the process that goes into making a good cup of freshly roasted coffee. For the perfect cup of coffee, like good art, is one that appeases the senses. Watch them narrate their journey to bringing a coffee revival in a nation of tea drinkers.
  13. No dream is too big or small if you set your heart and mind to it. And with each passing day, our faith in this statement is only growing stronger, thanks to some people and their inspiring stories. One such story is of 24-year-old Aanchal Gangwal from Madhya Pradesh. When Aanchal was in school, she saw the Armed Forces conduct a rescue mission and was highly impressed by them. Since then, she made it her dream to join the Indian Armed Forces. Indian Air Force According to Hindustan Times, she said, “When I was in class 12, there were floods in Uttarakhand and I was impressed with the way the Armed Forces rescued the flood victims and decided to join the forces, but my family condition was not conducive at that time.” However, the fact that her father sells tea to make ends meet and her family condition being unfavourable, never stopped her from achieving her dream. And it is because of her dedication, sheer hard work and parents' support, that Aanchal has now been selected in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Twitter In fact, Aanchal now aims to fly fighter planes. She beat over 6 lakh students to be among the 22 people selected from across the country, and the only student from Madhya Pradesh. She will now go to Hyderabad for a year's training from June 30th. A student of Metro H S School, Aanchal has always been a meritorious student who topped her class and was also the school captain. She even won a scholarship and went to Ujjain's Vikram University. Clearing the Air Force Common Admission Test was not an easy task for her. Aanchal had already faced the interview panel five times and was finally successful on her sixth attempt. BCCL As Aanchal receives congratulatory messages and wishes for her exemplary achievement, there's one man whose heart is beaming with pride today. It's her father Suresh Gangwal. “Now everyone in the area knows about my 'Namdev tea stall' and I feel very happy when people come and congratulate me.” He further said, “I took a loan to send Aanchal for coaching in Indore, and also financed my elder son's engineering. My youngest daughter is in class 12.” Indian Air Force While Aanchal gave her best to achieve her dream, her father is the real hero who stood beside her like a strong pillar and made sure that his financial condition never hinders his children's education. Stories like these are proof that dreams and success will only come true to those who work towards it, not the ones who sit and wait for a miracle to happen.
  14. This year saw children scoring some really insane and unimaginable numbers in the CBSE board exams. In fact, most kids made getting 98% and 99% look like a cakewalk. Bulandshahr's Sudeeksha Bhati is one of them, who topped her district by securing 98% in Humanities. But that does not even begin to define what an inspiration she is for all of us. Sudeeksha is one of the few girls from her village, who was lucky enough to get a chance to study. She is also the first person from her family to complete her education. Most importantly, she is someone who knows how difficult it is to get an education when you can barely make ends meet. But, Sudeeksha's story also proves that no dream is too big or hard to achieve, if you set your mind on it and work dedicatedly towards it. In fact, it is her hard work and dedication that earned Sudeeksha a full-time scholarship in one of the most reputed colleges in the US. Twitter Reportedly, Sudeeksha's father, a tea-seller earns nearly Rs. 72,000 per year and can barely manage family expenses. In fact, she overcame a lot of hurdles to reach where she is today. She said, “I was expelled from a private school when I was nine years old because my father could not pay the fees. I then took admission in the village primary school. This did not go down well with my family and relatives, as it was against the custom in my community to send a girl child to study.” So, any thoughts of watching his daughter study in a reputed college in the US did not occur to him, even in his wildest dreams. But now, Sudeeksha will pursue her Undergraduate studies in Entrepreneurship at the Babson College in Massachusetts. She said, “The realization that hard work pays off has further motivated me to be focused and aim higher. I am happy that my achievement today is a source of happiness for my family and my school.” Reuters (For Representation) Sudeeksha has received a full scholarship of USD 70, 428 per semester (Rs. 3.83 crores approx). But this is not a miracle, Sudeeksha has worked hard towards it. To begin with, she was associated with the Voice of Women, an initiative to educate people to send their daughters to school. She also attended summer programs like Duke TIP (in India) and Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (Lehigh University, USA). BCCL Sudeeksha is one of the students from the Vidyagyaan leadership Academy, an organization to support rural meritorious underprivileged children and was established in 2009 by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in UP. Until last month, Sudeeksha was a regular student waiting for her CBSE class 12 results. Today she is a role model and an inspiration for every kid in India, all thanks to her extraordinary achievement. We are extremely proud of her. Source: Times Now
  15. Photo: Twitter (Turkish presidency)ANKARA: In a surprise move, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an joined students of a university at their dormitory for a Suhoor (pre-dawn) meal.A student, Güngör Atak, asked the president on Twitter if he...
  16. According to researchers, the compound found in green tea breaks up and dissolves potentially dangerous protein plaques found in blood vessels. Photo: File Green tea could hold the key to preventing thousands of deaths each year caused by strokes...
  17. It is believed that only those who give up a dream, understand the pain of not achieving it. Prakash D Rao, a humble tea seller in Cuttack, had to give up his dream of completing his education after poverty struck his family. He has been selling tea for over 54 years to make ends meet and support his family. © Twitter However, it takes a big heart and a desire for change for someone to be hailed as a hero, and that is what PM Modi called Prakash after he applauded him in an interview on 'Mann Ki Baat'. Prakash is responsible for ensuring that over 75 kids in his slum area receive education and go to school. “I don't want these kids to lag behind in studies just because they don't have money. So, I divide my time between school, tea shop and going to a hospital to help patients. I started my life as a tea seller. Later on, I became a teacher and now people in hospital think that I am a doctor too,' he said in an interview. © Twitter For over 17 years, he has been donating half of his income to funding a school in the slum to ensure that the kids in the area don't have to worry about education. People touch his feet and call him a God today. He funds education for students up till 3rd standard and then helps them in getting admission in a government school. Turns out you only need kindness to be a real-life hero. It's your heart that needs to be rich and not your bank balance.
  18. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear the cap of a father, who can even move mountains (if needed) for their kids. People say “Money can't buy happiness.” But, after reading this heartwarming story, I beg to differ. Sometimes, you can buy happiness, and that joy of doing something special for your loved ones is truly unparalleled and probably the best thing in the world. If there's anything in this life that comes without any terms and conditions, it's our parents' love for us. They unconditionally love us, work hard and struggle every single day, just to fulfill our dreams and ensure that we lead a better life. And this Mumbai tea seller's 'happiest day of my life' moment is just the thing you need to read, to realize what all struggles our parents go through to put a smile on our faces. Reuters (For Representation) In a Facebook post on the Humans of Bombay page, a tea seller was asked about his happiest moment and he said that taking his wife and kids to McDonalds for the first time was the happiest day of his life. “There was some event happening at big hotel nearby. And after lunch everyone wanted chai. That day I made more money than I make in a month.” He further added, “I took my wife and kids to McDonald's for the first time and bought the kids their own burgers with the toys in it. My kids looked at me like I was their hero! That's the happiest day of my life.” Sometimes, we don't even realize before taking things for granted, when we have everything in our reach because our parents have made it easy for us. Folks, after reading this story, we are sure about one thing: every parent deserves a big hug right now.
  19. BRUSSELS: Taking high doses of supplements containing green tea extracts may be associated with liver damage, according to new research from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).Tea infusions, as used for brewed tea, are still considered safe....
  20. Problems in life will either pull you down and let you succumb to them, or make you fight your way up to win this game of life. The story of marathon runner A. Kalaimani is an epic saga of brave passion. She is a mother who runs a tea stall for survival and earns her daily bread, and also runs marathons for the passion of her gold medals. © Twitter She was always interested in athletics and actively took part in events all her life. Her family and her husband are very supportive of her passion, and she has already won over three gold medals in marathons. © BCCL © BCCL She is currently training hard for more events and with her hands full, even today she helps her husband run their tea stall, which is their main source of income. She recently won the first place in a 21 km marathon. that was held in Annur last month. While many women sacrifice their dreams after marriage and kids, Kalaimani is too busy to bow down to these stigmas and is basically her own hero. Yes! Fit and finding fun in exercise ðð This woman is my hero! #mademyday #ThisGirlCan https://t.co/zdtATkzdXQ — Akshita Nanda (@naraitai) April 7, 2018 An inspiration for all women, across India as well as Internationally. I have a gut feeling that @mrsfunnybones will produce a movie based on her life! — Priti Kara (@priti_kara1) April 7, 2018 As she nurtures her beautiful dream herself, there is no help from the Tamil Nadu government for her yet, which is the sad reality that many talented sportsmen and women have to face in this country. We need more heroes like Kalaimani and we need a structure from the government which assists people like her. Source: TOI
  21. From containing antioxidants to helping in weight loss, you will find innumerable stories on the internet, talking about the benefits of consuming tea. But, why does no one ever mention the benefits of selling tea? Well, had they told us earlier, most of us would have probably built houses castles and bought a couple of Rolls Royce and Aston Martin by now! And even then we'd be left with some petty cash to buy a few iPhone X, some lands here and there and more. Pexels (For Representation) Sounds impossible, right? We thought the same, before we came across the story of Navnath Yewle, owner of one of Pune's famous tea stalls, Yewle Tea House. Navnath reportedly makes Rs 12 Lakh every month by selling tea. Until now, most of us were losing our minds and getting jealous over the Pakistani Chaiwala, who got himself a modeling contract with literally just one picture. Some were low-key envying our Prime Minister Narendra Modi too, who possibly has the most unexpected success story till date (how often do we see a chaiwala becoming a PM?) Reuters (For Representation) But, Navnath Yewle's story has surpassed everything else. Honestly, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' could have ended in just 5 minutes instead of running for 17 years, had Amitabh Bachchan and the contestants been introduced to Yewle Tea House. While, people stressed their minds over difficult questions to take the money home, Navnath earned more than what we could ever imagine by just selling tea. We won't be surprised if his name appears in the list of richest people in Maharashtra or even India. ANI/ Twitter “Basically, in 2011, I got the idea of making tea and that I can create a big business by making tea. I saw that in Pune we have Joshi Wadewala, Rohit Wadewala, but there was no famous tea brand here,” Navnath told ANI. He further added, “There are many chai lovers here and most of them don't get the taste they desire. We studied tea for four years, finalized the quality of tea and decided to make tea into a big brand.” BCCL There are two outlets in Pune, which sell 3,000 to 4,000 cups of tea in a day. Navnath's dream is to turn Yewle Tea House into an international brand. In fact, he plans to expand his business in order to provide more employment opportunities. “I think I feel there is a lot of employment here. Every outlet has arounf 10 to 14 employees. We are thinking of expanding to around 100 outlets, so this will employ many more people.” While, most of us look down upon people who take up odd jobs, Navnath's story is proof that no dream or job is too small for anyone.
  22. Chef (mustard yellow shirt and holding a plastic plate) at the Bhittai restaurant, Khorwah, in Sindh's Badin district, Dec 26, 2017, which is lit by solar power-Reuters MURID KHOSO: Reclining comfortably on a bed outside his mud home, 75-year-old farmer Mohammad Khoso watches life go by. His family is now the center of everyone?s envy in the southern Pakistani village of Murid Khoso - they have electricity. ?Now I can eat fish and not worry about bones getting stuck in my throat,? Mohammad told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, describing how he enjoys a well-lit evening meal since his son, Ghulam Nabi, installed solar bulbs in his home three months ago. For nearly a decade, chronic power shortages have hobbled Pakistan?s economy, leaving 144 million people without electricity or enduring lengthy blackouts, the World Bank says. Globally, more than one billion people, or one in seven, lacked access to electricity in 2014 and many more suffer from poor supply, which keeps them trapped in poverty, reliant on wood, candles and kerosene, experts say. These numbers may be grim but young entrepreneurs like Saad Ahmad see this as huge growth potential in Pakistan, which generates only two-thirds of its energy needs. ?There is massive opportunity for business,? said Ahmad, 26, chief executive of solar energy supplier Nizam Bijli, which has powered 1,300 homes since it started in 2016 and hopes to reach 1 million people by 2020. ?There is room for many companies to make a difference in the lives of these communities.? Leapfrog While the government is investing heavily in coal-fired power plants, tapping into underground coal reserves, private investors are exploring renewable energy. A similar ?off-grid revolution? is afoot across Africa due to fast-dropping costs and plenty of sun. Currently only four percent of Pakistani households tap into solar power due to lack of awareness, limited supply chains and a shortage of consumer financing for relatively high up-front costs, according to the World Bank. Nizam Bijli installs pay-as-you-go solar systems in homes and businesses, where customers pay 2,000 Pakistani rupees ($18) a month over 16 months for three bulbs, one fan and two USB slots to charge their mobile phones. Ahmad believes this is affordable as families spend a similar amount on kerosene and charging mobile phones in nearby towns. The average income in Pakistan is about $1,450, according to World Bank data. Ahmad is certain the only way out of Pakistan?s energy crisis is to bypass the grid and leapfrog straight into low-carbon sources like wind and solar. Women and children of the village of the village of Murid Khoso in Sindh province's Sujawal district, Pakistan, pose beside their prized possession -- battery hub with in-built charge controller, December 26, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zofeen Ebrahim ?The whopping costs associated with grid extension (and) low electricity consumption by rural communities dispersed over large swathes presents a barrier to investment,? he said. Pakistan already has one major solar park in the eastern province of Punjab, built with Chinese investment. Meanwhile, the parliament in Islamabad switched to solar energy in 2016 and sells excess energy it produces back to the grid. Tea and Cigarettes Allah Dino?s barber shop in Khorwah, 180 km (110 miles) east of Pakistan?s largest city, Karachi, is connected to the grid. But intermittent power had forced him to close by sunset. Now he has solar, his business is open until close to midnight. ?There is never an idle moment and my men now work in shifts,? Dino said. Next door in Bhittai roadside restaurant, solar has also been good for Mohammad Azeem. It allows truckers to stop by throughout the night to drink his tea, brewed on wooden stoves. Azeem said he plans to add more fans when it gets hot in summer to make customers more comfortable and blow away flies for the longer customers sit, the more tea they drink. Ali Mohammad, who runs a cigarette kiosk inside the restaurant, has seen his business pick up as well. ?My shop would remain open using a torch but hardly anyone came,? he said. ?Now my corner is well lit and Azeem?s customers stop by on their way out.? Scaling up Nizam Bijli has proven challenging as Ahmad has to wait 16 months for payment for the solar kits, which means a lack of working capital to buy more stock in the interim. Many banks find the prospect of lending to a company whose customers live on or below the poverty line too risky, he said. Promises by aspiring politicians do not help either, as Pakistan counts down to polls next year. ?Potential customers often say they will wait for free handouts as they know a nearby village has been given solar by some politician or other to win over their constituency,? said Ahmad. ?This phenomenon is quite common near elections.?
  23. A study has found that smokers and drinkers should avoid drinking hot tea as it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus The study published in the Journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, the cancer which starts in the esophagus was already known to be linked to smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of "burning hot" tea. The risks to smokers also increase with high-temperature tea drinking, said the study, which examined data on 456,155 Chinese adults ages 30 to 79. Lv Jun, of Peking University Health Science Centre in China, who co-authored the study, told The Telegraph: "Boiling hot tea will harm the cells in the oesophagus. "If the person also smokes, then the harm caused will be more heightened." At the start of the study, none of the participants had cancer. Researchers followed half of the participants for at least nine years. During the study, 1,731 people developed esophageal tumours.
  24. Compared to coffee, soft drink and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 percent lower odds of having glaucoma: study People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, US researchers say. Compared to coffee, soft drink and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 percent lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. ?Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would be great if it could be prevented because there is no cure,? said lead author Dr. Anne Coleman of the University of California, Los Angeles. ?The best way to prevent it is to get your eyes checked,? Coleman told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. ?But we are also interested in lifestyle habits and what we can do to make a difference.? Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 58 million people. That includes more than three million Americans, only half of whom are aware they have the disease, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Coffee, or caffeine in general have previously been linked to increased glaucoma risk, although recent studies don?t agree, Coleman and her colleagues write. To evaluate the relationship between specific caffeinated drinks and glaucoma, Coleman and colleagues analyzed data on a sample of more than 10,000 people in the U.S. who were representative of the entire population. Participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey during 2005-2006 answered questions about their diets and lifestyles, had medical exams and blood tests and also underwent eye examinations. About 1,700 participants were over age 40, had no other known eye diseases and had full eye examination results from the survey. In this group, Coleman?s team found that just over 5 percent, 82 people, had glaucoma. Almost half of participants reported drinking coffee often, but less than 10 percent drank hot tea daily. The research team found no associations between coffee, iced tea, decaffeinated tea or soft drink consumption and the likelihood of having glaucoma. ?Tea drinkers should keep drinking and don?t need to stop because of a fear of glaucoma,? Coleman said. ?This makes sense, but we?ll see if it holds up in future studies.? Future studies should look at the habits, activities and nutrition that affect lifestyle and glaucoma risks, said Idan Hecht of Tel-Aviv University in Israel, who wasn?t involved in the research. ?In the past few years, there has been a tremendous increase in interest, and subsequently research, into the ways lifestyle changes can influence diseases,? Hecht told Reuters Health by email. Recent research indicates that vitamins C, E and zinc can help vision. Other studies indicate that antioxidants in tea could have similar effects, he noted. ?Patients can and should be involved and take an active role in the management of their ailments,? Hecht said. ?Exercising, eating healthy and trying novel ways to improve your health is something you should definitely explore and bring up with your physician.? Environmental factors could play a role in glaucoma risk as well, said Dr. Ahmad Aref at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ?As our population grows older, we need to think about the other factors that could help, particularly when it comes to the health benefits of physical activity,? he told Reuters Health by phone. Overall, both medical and non-medical approaches are key to treating the disease in the future, Aref added. ?It?s a tough disease because we don?t have a way to bring vision back once it?s lost,? he said. ?All we can do is prevent it from getting worse, and we want to help patients do that.?
  25. I love the rains. I love how it makes the sky dull and grey and for once, you can actually look up at the clouds and admire the work of nature without being blinded by the harsh sunlight. I mean no offence to the sun, it's nice when it needs to be. But, there's something about the monsoons that really gets me upbeat; whether it's the sound that the raindrops make when they're raining over everything—no bias, whatsoever; or whether it's the smell of the muddy wet earth right after the rain has done its job; or whether it's just the sense of calm and cool that the weather brings with it during this time of the year—it's what does it for me. And then, add to this, a cup of piping hot tea and the yummiest snacks to enjoy as the rain falls outside your window. Congratulations, you are now officially in a state of bliss. © InsightWalk I know you're imagining a cup of tea with the classic Indian pakoras made with besan flour and onions, cauliflowers, potatoes, or a combination of the lot of vegetables. That's what I thought, too. Until I sat down with the brilliant people at Chaayos for a cuppa and some snacks. And it was like opening pandoras box of tea-time snacks. Needless to say, I'm never tea and snacks the regular way again. But, with a lot of inspiration and recommendations taken from Chaayos, I urge you to move beyond the obvious this monsoon and try the following 8 snacks with your favourite cuppa tea, just the way you like it; and take that monsoon lovin' to a whole other level. 1. Kulhad Chai & Pakore © Chaayos Yes, it seems regular; but, it really isn't. Instead of going for a regular cuppa joe, opt for some hot tea in an earthen glass and team it up with these perfectly cooked pakore that are prepared especially to compliment your monsoon fever. You're probably never having tea in your fancy china cups ever again. 2. Cutting Chai & Bun Maska © Chaayos So, bun maska is a Mumbai classic. You'll find it at every nook and corner and it's served with a cutting chai—the most hard-hitting cup of tea, served in a glass tumbler. It's the stuff that street food snack dreams are made of (if that's even a legit thing… I'm sure it is). And with the little blob of butter in the middle of your hot bun, just melting away to perfection and soaking into the sponge-like texture, as you sip on your cutting chai... just waiting to dig your teeth into that moreish buttery delight—heaven, is a delicacy on your plate. 3. Desi Chai & Bun Samosa © Chaayos If you've never tried a bun samosa, you probably don't even know what you're missing out on and I don't which is sadder—that you've never tried a bun samosa; or that you don't know what you're missing. And if you have, then well, I'm proud of your palate. A Desi chai is quintessentially is one with a good blend of Indian herbs and spices that simmer to create the most perfect cup of tea that can literally cure all illnesses in a jiffy! Now, pair that with a bun samosa, and I dare you not to feel like you can run the world! 4. Ice Tea & A Sandwich © Chaayos And not just any sandwich; no. Pick out the freshest vegetables from your garden (or from the farmer's market) to create the crunchiest, juiciest sandwich that pairs so well with a glass of the most refreshing ice tea there is. This is for those of you who prefer to stay away from most hot lactose beverages and tend to wire more towards cooler smoothies and ice teas—you're healthy like that. This combination calls out to the heart in your stomach (trust me, there is one in every foodie). 5. Honey Ginger Tea & Kaala Chana Chaat © Chaayos Again, to those who stay away from lactose beverages and prefer a healthier, more holistic form of tea, you should try a cup of honey ginger tea with a bowl of black sprouts, mixed with some tomatoes, onions, coriander, lime and some chaat masala sprinkled over it. You will never stop devouring this, I kid you not. 6. Modinagar Shikanji & Matar Kulcha © Chaayos A special kind of shikanji, better known as lemonade in English, that is famed to be from Modinagar, in Ghaziabad; add some tea leaves to it for a smoother blend that also calms your nerves. And with this, you should try a good plate of matar kulcha. It's just about the way the flavours just blend together. You're never getting enough of it. 7. Lemon Iced Tea & Napoli Sandwich © Chaayos A Napoli sandwich is an Italian style sandwich, or sub, if you want to call it (because it looks like one). And teamed with a tall glass of lemon-flavoured iced tea, you could lose yourself, quite literally. This is the most delish combination when it comes to choosing a tea that's not hot and not lactose. With the juicy and chunky sandwich that your teeth can just sink into, and the iced tea that just adds to the flavour, you're sorted, mate! 8. Paneer Paratha & Iced Tea (Or Cutting Chai) © Chaayos Honestly, who doesn't love paneer parathas? I don't think I love paneer that much in any other form. . And it goes equally well with a glass of iced tea, or even a cup of cutting chai for those of us who simply can't get over our love for piping hot tea in the monsoon. At the end of it all, you're free to mix and try different foods with different kinds of teas. And maybe if you some killer combinations of your own, you can share those with me, too! I can't wait to hear about it and try it for myself.
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