Tuesday October 24, 2017

Tea Story! Why Tea is India’s most loved Brewed Beverage

India is one of the largest producers of tea and over 70% of tea in the world is consumed in India alone

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Tea. Image source: az-teas.com
  • Over 70% of tea in the world is consumed in India alone
  • The northeast areas like Assam prefer Sah, Ronga Sah (red tea without milk) and northern Hindi speaking areas prefer Masala chai (spiced tea) or Kadak chai (strong and well brewed tea)
  • It is known that tea was cultivated in northeastern India much before the British began commercializing it in India

Tea has emerged as the most liked beverage in India. Tea or chai is easily found outside our homes. There is hardly any street where you don’t find a tea stall. Tea sellers are popularly called chai walas. Tea has become a crucial part in the life of every Indian. Unlike the British cup of tea, tea leaves are not steeped separately they are instead boiled along with water and milk and sugar are added.

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Over 70% of tea in the world is consumed in India alone. India is also one of the largest producers of tea. Areas like Assam and Darjeeling exclusively grow tea along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. These tea growing estates have made it to the international tea market. There are many variations of tea in India.

Different types of Tea in India. Image source: www.everydayhealth.com
Different types of Tea in India. Image source: www.everydayhealth.com

The northeast areas like Assam prefer Sah, Ronga Sah (red tea without milk) and northern Hindi speaking areas prefer Masala chai (spiced tea) or Kadak chai (strong and well brewed tea). ‘Malai Maar Ke’ is another variation where a gallop of fat cream is added to the tea.

Tea stall Tamil Nadu, India Image: Wikimedia Commons
Tea stall in Tamil Nadu, India
Image: Wikimedia Commons

It is mostly taken along with breakfast or just after waking up calling it ‘bed tea’. The guests are most served with hot tea along with snacks. Ginger is a popular ingredient in tea which improves the taste and also possess numerous health benefits.

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Tea plantations were set up in India during 1830s by the British, their main purpose was to export tea to Britain. Tea drinking from the modern prospective started during 1980s when the British organization, Indian Tea Association started making efforts to popularize tea among Indians. They organized promotional campaigns in several cities and towns. Home demonstrations were provided and factories were encouraged to provide the workers with a tea break.

A number of tea stalls were also set up. When Railway stations were being made, small tea stalls were set up there as well. The English Brooke Bond tea company also distributed tea samples in the country. By the end of 1990s, Indians had developed a great liking towards tea and the tea consumption increased steadily.

Woman plucking tea in a tea plantation of Assam Source: Wikimedia Commons
Woman plucking tea in a tea plantation of Assam
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Indian tea is different from tea in other parts of the world as it contains more of milk and also other immunizers like cinnamon, ginger or Tulsi leaves (mainly in winters). Tea is known to be very good for health. It is known that tea was cultivated in northeastern India much before the British began commercializing it in India.

by Shubhi Mangla, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @shubhi_mangla

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Almost every Indian’s starts with a cup of tea. Its modern variations like green tea, black tea and ice tea are also popular among the youth

  2. The first thing an Indian offers is tea. Not only does it refresh your mind, but also teas like tulsi tea, green tea, ginger tea had medicinal properties which is very good for one’s health.

  3. the beverage has become an integral part of Indian lifestyle. it is sometimes hard to imagine that tea originates from china, not India!

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Asia Cup : India Emerge Champions for third time, Beat Malaysia in Asia Cup Hockey Championship

India emerged victorious for the third time

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(representational Image) India vs Malaysia Hockey Match wikimedia

Dhaka, October 22, 2017 : India overcame Malaysia 2-1 in the final on Sunday to win the Asia Cup hockey championship for the third time.

Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) scored for India. Shahril Saabah (50th minute) scored the reducer for Malaysia. (IANS)

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7 Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India

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Places to visit in North East India. Pixabay

North Eastern India, the home to the ‘Seven Sisters’ is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions, yet the most unexplored part of the country. From Shillong’s rainfall to Assam’s beautiful tea gardens, the region is indeed the home to exotic beauty. However, the tourism of the region has gained pace in the recent years. The picturesque views of the streams, hills and farms are breathtaking.

Here is the list of 7 beautiful places to visit in North East India:

1. Kaziranga National Park

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Kaziranga National Park. Pixabay.

Kaziranga national park in Assam is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. It is the most famous tourist spot & one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. The place has been declared a UNESCO heritage site and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. Hundreds of migratory birds and around 35 species of mammals fly down every season to the national park. The incredible fauna cannot be found anywhere else in India.

2. Nathula Pass

Places to visit in North East India.
Nathula Pass. Wikimedia.

A trek on the Nathula Pass in Sikkim will give you a memory completely irreplaceable. The beautiful scenic views which you will observe through your trek journey can be found nowhere else in India & makes if one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. A vacation to this place with your family during the summers is a must. Also the fact that a bearable temperature in the summer season will let you enjoy your trek more. A trek in the Nathula pass should right away be added to your bucket list.

3. Cherrapunji

Places to visit in North East India.
Cherrapunji. Wikimedia.

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the world’s wettest place. The place is known for receiving the maximum rainfall in the world. And, the weather of the place adds to its beauty. It is definitely one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India.

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4. Phodong Monastery

Places to visit in North East India.
Phodong Monastery. Wikimedia.

According to reports, the Phodong monastery in Sikkim is built in the 18th century. It situated 28 kms from Gangtok. It is known to be one of the most religious places for a sect of Buddhists. The place is a residence to around 260 monks. The place is full of positive energy. The people around the monastery are amicable and have some interesting stories in their pockets to tell you. The architecture of the monastery depicts a unique culture and beauty. These characteristics make this monastery, one of the beutiful places to visit in North East India. So grab your tickets soon!

5. Dampa Tiger Reserve

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A bird in the Dampa Tiger Reserve. Wikimedia.

Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram & a must visit place in north east india. The Tiger Reserve is a home to leopards, barking deer, sloth bear, langurs, Indian Python and a variety of birds. The fauna and flora of the place will leave you stunned.

6. Majuli Islands

Places to visit in North East India.
Majuli Island. Wikimedia.

A river island situated along the Brahmaputra is a home to many tribes. A variety of birds can be found on the island. The size of the island has been reduced due to river erosion by the Brahmaputra.

7. Shilloi lake

Places to visit in North East India.
Shilloi Lake. Wikimedia.

Shilloi lake, the largest natural lake in Nagaland situated in the state’s Phek district is covered by picturesque views including beautiful mountain peaks and trees. The best time to visit this lake is in the summer season. The beauty of the lake makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in North East India.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.

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India Demands Data on UN Staff Misconduct, Use of Immunity

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India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about misconduct by UN staff. Flickr

United Nations, Oct 7: In an attempt to break the wall of silence around the crimes and UN staff misconduct and those on its assignments, India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about such cases and the immunity invoked against prosecutions.

Yedla Umasankar, the legal advisor in India’s UN Mission, touched a raw nerve here by criticising the UN on Friday for not vigorously following up allegations of serious wrongdoing by its employees who enjoy the equivalent of diplomatic immunity, a prized possession of its staff.

“It appears that the UN system itself may be reluctant to waive immunity even for serious misconduct carried out by its personnel while serving on its missions, so that such cases can be prosecuted by the host governments,” he told the General Assembly’s committee on legal affairs.

“Even a few of such instances or allegations of crimes committed by UN personnel is highly damaging for the image and credibility of the United Nations system and its work around the world,” he added.

His statement also touched on the practice of some countries that protect their wrongdoers at the UN.

Umasankar demanded that secretariat disclose how many cases of serious misconduct by UN personnel were registered and the number of cases where the UN refused to waive immunity to allow their prosecution.

He also wanted to know in how many cases the host country wanted the immunity waived so it can prosecute those accused; the number of times the UN asked the host country or the country that sent them to prosecute them; how many times it consulted countries before waiver of the immunity of their personnel and how many of them refused UN’s request to waive their citizens’ immunity.

The information he wanted does not cover the diplomats sent by member countries to represent them at UN bodies and enjoy diplomatic immunity with the nations hosting the UN facilities.

After scores of serious allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers, especially exploitation of children, the UN vowed to uphold a policy of zero tolerance and began publishing data on such cases in peacekeeping operations including how they were dealt with.

Starting with the year 2015, it began identifying the nationalities of those accused.

However, it has not made public a roster detailing all the allegations and proven cases of serious misconduct across the entire UN.

While the focus has been on sexual exploitation and abuse reported on peacekeeping operations, Umasankar said that “at a broader level, the issue of accountability has remained elusive in some cases”.

He attributed it to “the complexities of legal aspects relating to sovereignty and jurisdiction”, the immunity or privileges that may be necessary for UN operations, and the capability or willingness of countries to investigate and prosecute the accused.

He noted that the UN itself cannot make criminal prosecutions.

While Indian laws has provisions for dealing with crimes committed abroad by its citizens, not all countries have them, he said.

Those countries should be encouraged and helped to implement such measures, he added. (IANS)