Change has never felt more compelling. We don’t just grow up with age, but it’s every experience over these years that define us. Stemming from these thoughts, Once Upon a Chai is all about these experiences. It’s about taking “something” seriously; something that can define me.
Growing up as a child, chai wasn’t just any breakfast beverage. It was my excuse to never-ending conversations over the dining table. Fact is, cups of chai made up most of our meals in a day at home. I grew up watching my parents chat over chai, about nothing and everything, all at once. They say, the outcome of an experience draws you closer to it. For me, this magic was what lured me into loving chai and conversations. And even today, when I look back 22 years of my being, the need for comfort from a hot cup of chai hasn’t changed.
As someone rightly said, “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”
Over the last eight years, I didn’t realise how much I loved chai, until I needed a cup every few hours. Suddenly it became an important part of life. My need started with me following a pattern in college. During the final year, every evening was a about a well-cooked egg-burma at the college canteen (the infamous Foyer at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai), accompanied with (at least) four cups of chai. And ever since, my days follow a routine pattern of four chai breaks everyday. Occasionally, I need a couple more to make up for the blank space.
For me sipping on a cup of chai has never been about driving away a headache or killing sleep. It’s about relieving myself the constant chaos and simply making conversation. It is about bonding and building a relationship. It is about day dreaming. It is about simply being. And once you’ve taken your first sip, you’ve led yourself into storytelling and candid memories. You’ve led yourself into becoming an addict of life as we know it.
In all this time, it’s safe to say that no chai will taste the same on any given day. Hot or cold, each cup has its own mix of greatness. Sometimes it’s too milky or sometimes it’s too sweet. Just as your relationships and life experiences.
So this is my attempt to being more honest with myself and letting that something take over. This is an attempt towards change and writing about the nothings, anythings and everythings in life, drawn from experiences that have happened once upon a chai.
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” ~ Denis Whitley
My adventure has made me stronger, better, and led me on a path to dream big. I hope you enjoy your time here. If you are looking for a freelance writer, would like to talk, share or show some love, get in touch!