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More of a travel blog than a book on Hot Tea
on 4 September 2017
If someone has read the introduction in Jim Corbett's "My India" one can probably get the essence of the role that tea probably plays in binding a country as varied as ours. It has probably taken time for the brew to become popular amongst the Indians and it would be wonderful if someone could do a research on how Tea became such a popular brew amongst Indians. Historian Manini Chatterjee writing in her book on revolutionary Surya Sen, DO and Die speaks of how the revolutionaries were given rice and a vegetable made from tea leaves to eat by the villagers who had no idea of how the tea leaves could be put to proper use. From there to the modern day, when the Darjeeling tea is protected with a geographical tag, such is its popularity, tea has come a long way in India. When I bought this book, it was with the intention of knowing more about the brew and its usage across India. Being a tea lover myself,I am always all ears to know and learn more about tea and stories associated with them. In that context, the book was hugely disappointing as tea made only small cameo appearances in some parts of the book.
The book primarily is about the author's journey across the northern India. Once i got over the initial disappointment over the Tea bit, found the book to be a refreshing read. Written more like blog postings, the disconnect between the chapters become a little too obvious. At one instant the author is travelling on a truck and immediately afterwards he talks about a bike ride through Leh and Srinagar. It would have been a more interesting read had the author tried to use a specific theme to bind the chapters together.
The author however deserves full marks for his lucid and humourous style of writing that helps keep one's interest rivetted on the book. Recommended for those who prefer to read travel blogs.