For the last week I have been missing my mayeka a lot. Amidst this pandemic, I haven’t been able to visit my mom even in the summer vacations. Yesterday morning, while talking to my mom, I just burst out and all I heard was, “We will meet soon. Worry not!” What else could I expect! In the evening, as I stood in the balcony, a soft breeze caressed my cheek.
Just then I got a video call from my mom. I picked up just to see my mom with mama, mausi, and all the cousins from across the globe on the same video call. My hubby slipped in from behind with 2 cups of kadak adrak wali chai and everyone shouted ‘Cheers!!!’ A sip of tea and I was in tears again.
No, I am not a cry baby. But in moments like these, my heart brims up with love and my eyes well up. Everyone teased me, cried with me, and made me laugh too. Towards the end, one of my cousins exclaimed, “Cheers to Supriti’s tears for bringing us together and chai for uplifting our moods.” And we all laughed our hearts out. Even after living in different cities, in different weather conditions, we all have always loved the desi kadak Chai. All our family gatherings, begin and end with a cup of tea. And even now when it was just a virtual hangout, a cup of chai was essential to keep the conversations rolling.
And after the session, I realized that there is no particular medicine or a formula to help someone cope up with the mood swings. But a cup of chai comes like an elixir for such emotional adversities. Whether you are feeling loved, crushed, exhausted, stressed, or emotional, chai brings our lives back on track.
Whenever we have guests at our home, a cup of tea is quintessential. The late-night talks with mom, cousins, and friends are incomplete without sipping on a steaming hot cup of chai. Someone in the office says, “Let’s go for tea” and the entire gang instantly shuts down the laptops. “Will you have tea?” has brought acquaintances together and relations closer.Headache? Sick? Tired? Mental block? Celebrations or bashing sessions? Firing or signing a deal? Chai is one stop solution for all. Anything and everything is incomplete without a cup of chai. And yes it’s Chai and not tea for me. Because for a true desi Indian like me tea is tea but Chai is an emotion to be felt and lived with..