Tea isn’t just a steaming, hot beverage. Instead, it is a source of joy – one that can be enjoyed with family, friends and even by one’s own self. It is a beverage to flaunt with. For me, tea is sensational and romantic. I enjoy it most while sitting with my hubby, browsing the television or laying back cracking jokes, sharing laughter or just reading a book. Drinking tea brings so much pleasure, and it’s one of the simplest ways to shut off the day’s stresses. So, how would you prefer your cup of tea? Would you care to share?
As a kid, I remember that tea time gatherings used to be a lot more fun. They used to involve beautiful porcelain tea sets that were the untouchables otherwise, but a must at the family get-together. It used to be a mega food affair with loads of bakery items taking their turn at the table. Tea becomes even more delicious when there are snacks to go along. Tea cakes to bite-size sandwiches, pastries to lemon tarts, cupcakes to mincemeat pies; ah such mouth-watering delights to savour upon. Hmm! Can still feel my mouth drooling with the perception of them.
Childhood recollections are so beautiful! Memories are endless, and it just takes moments for our mind to fill up with them. Tea times used to be so much more fashionable then what they are today. I wonder why tea times lost their charm. According to me, neither tea lovers have reduced in count nor has coffee taken over the love of tea.
I guess people have lost the will to interact and share. Nowadays, everyone seems to be so busy that we have forgotten the urge to sit and relax. Or to take out a little while for ourselves. Holding a cup of tea, lounging on the terrace and gazing at the beautiful sky. This is another reason why people seem to suffer from depression and stress-related issues. Because we are not able to keep up with day-to-day problems. Having only our laptop, iPad or cell phone to interact with have left us good for nothing. So, get out there, grab a cup or two and zing up some tea. Invite friends or family over and sit, laugh and be happy. Be human!!
Tea parties used to bring together fashion, clothing purses, books, pretty tea sets, table covers, and many such things. Tea parties were also known as high teas that used to be a delightful time for the ladies to get together and gossip. And I’m sure those were a superb source of relaxation. It is a proven truth from science that people who interact more with their friends or family are healthier and stay at bay from the harmful effects of stress and tension. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more secluded. Although the trend for dining out has increased a lot, drinking tea and the tea fiasco has lost its charm.
The beautifully handcrafted crochet table covers have almost gone extinct and these days dining tables barely have covers on them. Then another blow to the lovely tea times came with the introduction of big mugs that replaced the beautiful tea sets and the associated cutlery and many other delicacies. However, all these changes remained unable to impress my mom. In this day and age of tea mugs, my mother still craves for her cup and saucer. Another blow to the tea fab was the entry of tea bags which also led to do away with loose leaf tea and in came the more comfortable-to-handle tea bags.
I appreciate Ono Teas’ initiative to revive the tea culture amongst the youth. To them drinking tea is as important as drinking the right kind of tea. They not just offer a range of premium teas but also educate and inform their patrons about the salient features and benefits of different teas. I particularly like the way they categories their teas suiting the mood of the drinker. For instance, their ‘lifestyle’ category focuses on teas that boost the drinker’s health. They offer teas for proactive care, lifestyle disorders, and preventive care.
Their ‘conversations’ category is a brilliant bouquet of fine teas that stimulate interactions and engagements among people. Their ‘solitude’ line-up is a great way for one to relax and reflect upon their life’s moments.
I remember throwing a tea party one evening for my dear friends, some weeks back. I brought upon this party as the occasion to let my friends taste Ono Teas’ Peppermint tea and Kashmiri Kahwa. Not only did we regale in these flavours but also experienced a softly-enhanced excitement in our conversations and spirits!
Today life is fast-paced than ever. To me, it is much more important now, to stop by and relax. Grab a cup of tea and a book and sit and enjoy it downing each sip. Tea is fashionable, and it should stay so. Tea shops and cafes should be brought to life where people should sit together and speak their hearts out.
Drinking tea is not just therapeutic for our souls, but it is a celebration of everything in our life. When it comes to parties, people usually uncork their elegant wines. I dare to suggest tea. I think, drinking tea is not just a way of life. It brings out the best in us. Getting together and laughing together holding the beautiful teacups and enjoying each other are the most amazing things of all; which should be lived and relived every time.
This article is one in a series of articles related to tea, written by Mrs. Zehra Zain, a creative writer and a foodie. She writes unique, research-driven content to enhance the reader’s perception of food, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Her innovative writings are an expression of her affair with food. She lives in Dubai with” the hubby”, “the kids” and “the four-wheeler”.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the writer, and not to the brand Ono Teas or other group or individual.
Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.