From drinking a hot cup of masala tea and reading the newspaper to meditating and going out for a walk, we all have various morning rituals that we follow day in and day out before it’s time to go to work. But there is usually that one thing that often sets the tone for the rest of the day and that you would hate to miss or skip because of any reason whatsoever. The Week asked some people what they considered to be their most important morning ritual.
Tea has been the beverage of choice served in honor of guests. However, with the changing time, its purposes have also diversified. In the Nepali society, though tea was primarily consumed to stimulate energy, it has gained prominence for its vast health benefits.
There is perhaps nothing more enjoyable in life than sitting down in the morning, with music playing in the background, and sipping on some hot tea. This little ritual prepares you to tackle the zillion responsibilities of the day. Which is why it’s so important that you make a good cup of tea.
In between the morning sips of my favorite cup of tea, I could not help wry smiles as I listened to the song Aljhechha Kyare Pacchyauri Timro Chiya ko Buta maa (perhaps your shawl is caught in the tea bush), in the backdrop of beautiful tea gardens and maidens picking up the tea leaves in my television screen. The cocktail of romance and melancholy of Bhupi Serchan and Narayan Gopal in this song has intoxicated a generation of Nepali listeners, myself included.
ILAM, March 27: Tea workers of eastern Nepal have announced to launch protest against their employers, demanding implementation of the minimum wage fixed by the government. The indefinite protest will begin from Sunday.
80-year-old Thuli Maya Sunuwar is up hours before sunrise and starts work much before many of us have even had our morning cup of tea or coffee. Her knees and back hurt, she has troubles with her sight, and she can feel her body slowly giving up because things she once did with ease take a lot of effort now.
A mere picture that makes me walk through the memory lane and then chuckle and cry. A scene that I used to behold from the terrace of my house on every tranquil yet cold morning, being seated calmly and enthralled on the chair, webbing strange dreams and imaginations, cherishing each gulps of delectable tea prepared by my mom.
KATHMANDU, Sept 30: Tea has been the beverage of choice served in honor of guests. However, with the changing time, its purposes have also diversified. In the Nepali society, though tea was primarily consumed to stimulate energy, it has gained prominence for its vast health benefits.
ILAM, July 25: Tea producers in Ilam are facing difficulties in meeting the demand from international buyers Although the district is famous for tea production, it has not been able to produce sufficient tea to fulfill demand in the international market.
DAMAK, July 25: With price of green tea declining rapidly, many farmers of the district have decided to get rid of tea bushes and cultivate new crop. For this, they have decided to give green leaves as a bonus to laborers who pluck leaves for them.
ILAM, May 29: The obstruction in export Nepali tea has continued at the border, leading to severe inconvenience to tea farmers and entrepreneurs. They are still unable to export their products from the eastern border at Panityanki, Jhapa forcing them to use alternative border points that incur more expenses.
KATHMANDU, April 26: The export of tea, coffee, mate, and spices jumped 36.5 percent to Rs 6.5 billion in the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2017/18 as compared to statistics of last year to top the list of Nepal's exports.
JHAPA, Jan 16: Many small-scale tea farmers of Jhapa are leaving the profession due to rising cost of production, a decline in the price of green leaves, and frequent pest attack in a tea garden, among other reasons.
Undoubtedly, reading books is a good habit which enhances our IQ level and imagination. It is also a productive medium to pass some leisure time. As we know that there are works of non-fiction and fiction, the choice varies according to people’s preferences. To those who do not read novels and other works of literature, the terms might be entirely new.
Nine-year-old Shusil Khatri is a third grader at The Rolling Stones School, Bhimsensthan in Kathmandu. He is often found serving tea to the passersby and tourists around Basantapur. Though Shusil is usually busy with his studies, he says he likes helping his mother and sister whenever he is free. Sushil’s pleasant smile and innocence habitually convince people to buy a cup of tea from him.
ILAM, Oct 31: European tea traders are demanding Nepali tea in large quantities after disruption of their import from Darjeeling due to ongoing Gorkhaland movement. A team of 10 European businessmen were in a three-week visit to Ilam and Dhankuta districts in eastern Nepal to order tea for next year.
KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A good cup of tea is always the best way to start the day. Some take it black and plain, other like tea with milk and spices. Though there are numerous cafes and coffee lounges catering to the younger generation that crave coffee, Chiyapaan is probably the very first tea lounge in Kathmandu.
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka, August 12: Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his sixth test century Saturday before Sri Lankan spinners hit back with three wickets in the middle session as India reached 235-3 at tea on the opening day of the third and final cricket test.
JHAPA, June 24: A tea garden laborer Panchi Rai has participated in protest rallies and election campaigns several times. Whether it is for Nepali congress, CPN - UML or Maoists, she has always been there along with other laborers. Picking them in van and taking to destinations, telling them to chant slogans, demonstrate placards or sometimes even stage sit-ins are general activities all those parties follow. Their presence is vital during sensitive times, they know, says Rai, a local of Mechinagar - 15. However when it comes to addressing their grievances, political parties have never show interest, she accused.
The World Tea Expo 2017 was held from June 12-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, USA. According to the press statement released by Teafresho International a total of 268 companies from India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, Columbia, Nepal made their presentation where booth no: 1162 presented Teafresho Nepali Tea and Herbs.
BIRGUNJ: Brewing and drinking tea started thousands of years ago in China. It came to Nepal only a few hundred years ago but embedded itself quickly into Nepali culture. Nepali tea grown in Illam and Jhapa has become popular in both national and international markets. Many tea bars have started opening up all across the country where people drink tea to a myriad of conversation topics. Birgunj is no different. If you go around Mahabirsthan or Adarswaisthan Mainroad during the early mornings, you can see a cluster of tea shops on footpath catering to the need of their early-rising customers. These tiny shops have become hubs for critical chitchat amongst the locals.