And a GI tag for it!
Can we claim and authoritatively place the seal GI on it because our PM is very fondly connected with it?
With 252 words ending with tea in the lexicon and now the question is who can claim the ownership?
Can we forget our V K Krishna Menon who made an eight our long speech at UN who was lover of tea and it was rumored that he had 38 cups of tea in between this long speech which no one has made in UN?
Can we have a biopic on tea titled ‘two leaves and a bud’?
Dear Mulk Raj Anandji, it’s not based on your novel. It has no connection with 1952 film Rahi or the English film ‘Wayfarer’.
It’s purely based on the story of tea leaves.
The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. … The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
The similar in way how the first men in caves discovered the taste of fire fried meat.
From this mythical emperor who is regarded as the father of Chinese medicine and agriculture, this wonder brew have travelled through the hands of Buddhist monks who had been travelling as envoys and scholars and landed in Japan and then round the globe and thus passed through many hands from the elite classes of Chinese society to a common man on the road side.
Around 9th century, Arabs found processing bitter tea by boiling the leaves. Later Marco Polo is credited to be one of the early tea tasters.
The early British men were the tasters of coffee and the women preferred the tea as a genteel drink.
The drink gained legitimacy when Charles II married Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese royal
and this lead to a foothold for British East India Trade Company to establish a tea processing factory at Macao.
Thus, tea was one commodity that made British to establish an empire in India, exercise significant political power, to annex land, direct troops and dictate British laws.
It was Robert Fortune, an English Botanist, on an undercover mission to China, disguised as a Chinese merchant travelled around to learn about farming and processing techniques.
This lead to a connection between the British and Chinese tea experts, enabling the British in planting tea seeds and experimentation in India.
When the British Army Major Robert Bruce accidentally stumbled upon indigenous tea bushes in Assam, the discovery of tea plants came to light in and around the foot of the Himalayas and Dr Campbell first planted Darjeeling tea seeds in the garden of Beechwood, Darjeeling.
Then The Boston Tea party and the American Revolution that followed in 1776 made a history.
And slowly the British Tea monopoly crumbled in 1874.
During the 19th century, tea drinking played an important role in social life.
Then Iced Tea originated in 1904 at St Louis, Missouri.
By 1903 tea bag concept became popular. Tea bags made in muslin and silk bags were provided to visitors as free samples in trade fairs.
Today, tea is the world’s most sought after beverage after water. The centuries old tea traditions in Japan is an important ceremony to watch and enjoy the drink taken out from a big bowl and is a ritual.
Now the GI tag for tea is a big question. We cannot claim it. Then to whom it should?
We divided our country into states and now the GI tag has divided the country on our own food items. The men on the state borders have started fighting for the rights.
The AGMARK and the green circle for vegetable proprietary edibles and food stuffs in packages and the ‘fssai’ number are too much for its legitimacy. In Thirunelveli it is famous for very soft halwas and they say it’s due to river thaampraparni. If a GI tag is given for that what will happen to the ‘toughy’ bheempushti Halwa? What type of fight it will be?
In Kerala not a single meeting is complete without the favourite Chaai with ‘local Paruppu vadai or Masaal vadai’. It’s the hot tea filled in the soda bottle thick glass that pushes the vadai. Meetings can end in a chaos or violence of fists but it’s all after a round of tea.
Can anyone boycott the hot tea poured in the earthen pot ‘mudka’ sold on the street corners of Kolkata during early morning 4 O’clock in winter? With dexterity he pours tea in the 100 of mudkas kept in front sitting in front of the hot coal filled burner. I have skipped the tea served in German silver cups of the star hotels many a time. Even Lady Macbeth would not have killed King Duncan if she were given that tea at her most disturbing hours!
We talk too much about hygiene.
Will anyone be able to identify the bread slice that is fresh from Owen and one that is a week old once it is fried in ghee or butter and served in dim light? Everything is palatable.
When my mother pored some water on the large rectangular heavy weight granite grinding stone to wash it to remove the bird droppings and placed the chillies, pepper asafoetida salt and shredded coconut and some other seeds on it and squeezed with another roller stone pushing it to and fro and in between swaying aft and fore and surging, a mariner in me got wonderstruck what she was doing.
When she lifted the roller and scrapped out the red paste over it and the paste on the large stone up to the last spot on it the aroma emanating from it made me forget the world for a while.
What GI tag she had pasted on it to get a credit rather than satiating the hunger of the entire family?
She was the real GI ‘God Incarnate’.
Is there any GI tag on and for the digestive capabilities of a person?
Just like the slogan ‘Jiyo aur jeene Dho’ let us have another slogan on tea as ‘piyo aur peene dho’ and for all types of food across the world as ‘Khaao aur khaane dhO’.
By Sundareswaran Date: 26th Nov 2017.
Source: Without internet and Google I could not have tasted this cup of hot tea.