Miles away from home in Mangalore, India. Trees and distant peaks, cold water showers, and dish TV to name a few. Definitely a refreshing and much-needed change from U.A.E. Looking out the window to a moderately busy street and faded views of distant hills.
Note to self: Always carry your camera with you. This was my first time flying solo to anywhere with my son, A. It was only after we touched down and got out of the airport (which decided to be a crazy mess the day we chose to fly) that I breathed a sigh of relief. I didn’t quite trust myself with my camera and him and our luggage. Mommy struggles (Wide eyed grin).
I rummaged through the kitchen pantry and found a good lot of ingredients for a soothing Arabic tea blend. A strong black tea brew with some gently pounded spices and rose water. The addition of rose water added a wonderful aroma to the tea.
I had brought along a pack of chocolate covered dates which complimented the bitterness of the tea beautifully. Sweet dates made it all the more delectable.
‘A’ loved his cup of Arabic tea. He slid back on his lazy chair and gulped it down to the last drop. It was so heart warming watching him come back for more saying “Nice tea!”
It is what every person brewing tea for another wishes to see. The last time this happened with him was when I made a cup of cardamom tea with a squeeze of lime and honey.
Today again I saw the joy that tea brought to my everyday life. There is mostly always the curious question from my mother in law, “what did you add to it?”. I look forward to her reactions to my various experimentations with tea.
Which reminds me of a scene from the Malayalam movie ‘Ustad Hotel’ where a grandfather (referred to lovingly as Uppupa) and his Grandson (Faizee) have a conversation over a cup of Sulaimani (Black Tea). Faizee asks his Uppupa on whether whole cardamom or cardamom pods were added to his Sulaimani, to which his Uppupa said:
“Greater than whatever was added to the tea is the thought that crossed your mind”. (That dialogue sounds a lot more poetic in Malayalam).