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    Tea time tête-à-tête

    This is the tale of a young princess, a little packet, a treasure chest and a childhood dream of unravelling tales stored in a trunk. This is the tale of the princess who turned her passion and love for the little packet into a lucrative business. This is the tale of Snigdha Manchanda, corporate slave-turned-tea sommelier and teapreneur, who is among the handful of people working to guide a nation of chai lovers towards understanding their teas better. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember my post ‘Tale of three teas’ when I had attempted three tea recipes. I’ve come a long way since. While…

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    Talk,  Travel

    “50 Countries and Counting”

    I first heard about him when a friend and I were doing trial runs for the blog, sharing them with a select group of people for feedback. “He is an avid traveller. He used to blog too but it’s been a while since he wrote,” said Rem, explaining why his inputs on this blog would be helpful. “He has travelled to at least 50 countries and more. He is spending the New Year in Sri Lanka,” she added. “Wait! What? Fifty countries at 33 and he has managed that while he works? Are you kidding me! How? Is travelling his job? Can he get me a job like his? Which…

  • The Inspiration next door #fromthecornertable
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    The Inspiration Next Door

    At the New Year party 10 days ago, a bunch of us decided to warm up with a game titled “Looking Back”. Emotions ran high, albeit in a good way, and the room echoed with laughter and good-natured ribbing as we answered fun questions like: “Best song of the year”“Hardest you laughed last year”“Worst video of the year”“Most embarrassing moment” And then there were the introspective ones: “Your best holiday memory”“The happiest moment of the year gone by”“Your greatest achievement” Among these was a question that has prompted me to look carefully at the people in my life, the names stored in my phone book, the ‘friends’ in my social…