Older than your thought
The birth of tea is associated with the pleasant encounter of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung with leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis (tea plant). What is planned, finds its way when tea leaves accidentally dropped in the pot of boiling water. The refreshing scent forced him to drink and he felt its warmth in every part of his body. In the third century, AD tea was described as a medicinal beverage by China. Its value can be well imagined as the Chinese Empire took control of its cultivation. It was even specified that only the young women will handle the tea leaves because of its purity. Those young females were not allowed to eat onion, garlic or strong spices in case the odor on their fingertips might contaminate the leaves. (Still not convinced hold on!!!!!)
Chinese introduced the tea to Tibet in the 9th century. The Buddhist monk Dengyo Daishi is credited for bringing Chinese tea seeds to Japan when he returned from his studies abroad. Tea became an integral part of Japanese monastery life; monks used tea to help stay alert during meditation sessions. In 1618, the Chinese presented a gift of tea to Tsar Alexis of Russia. Everyone was curious about the new beverage and tea quickly gained popularity. (Best has yet to come!!!!)
The Portuguese and Dutch first imported tea into Europe in 1610. In 1662 King Charles II married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza. Britain’s new Queen had always loved tea and brought with her, as part of her dowry.
So the journey started as a pleasant beverage, recognized as a medicinal drink, enjoyed religious importance and attained royal status. (Yes TEA)
A sip of tradition and cure
Tea has now become a tradition among nations. From Chinese dynasty to Japan’s matcha ceremony, from Zavarka for guests in Russia to classic afternoon tea in Britain. People in Zealand enjoy tea break and in Morocco the mint tea.
In Pakistan Chai from Barber Shop to populated railway stations, from wedding to divorce, from birth to death, from colleagues to friends or truck driver to CEO. If you are going to call writer crazy, go through article Tea and Health in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design (Vol. 49, issue 34). According to the writer, tea contains polyphenolic substances which are important in various physiological effects. Various studies suggest that polyphenolic compounds present in green and black tea are associated with beneficial effects in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, particularly of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Also, anti-aging, anti diabetic and many other health beneficial effects associated with tea consumption are described.
Warm your friendship with its essence
Tea is considered as the ideal companion for every mood let it be Rainy day, A Winter Morning, A soothing drink on a hot summer afternoon and a perfect way to greet your guests. Whether it is your first meet up with someone, meeting your friends after a long time or with your office colleagues for a tea break, Chai seems to break the ice and helps people to communicate. The whole idea behind writing this blog is to relive all those moments which I adore. Those evenings of university life….those cafe gossips…. those bunks or exam nights…. Those shouts to chahcha (Chai dy den)….Friendship truly blossoms when you call your friend and say “Chal Yar Chai peety hain”. That is exactly what I am going to do now! Where should I call them?? Chikachino, Chai Shae, Chai o Clock…?? A low budget should not come in the way of friendship as Jazz Discount Bazaar provides Buy One Tea and Get One free at these places!!
What are you waiting for? Just give your friends a call and take a moment to sip Chai and have a small chat!!