First things first. CHAI. I absolutely love chai. Be it 2:00 PM or 2:00 AM. Something about how inclusive the beverage is; it appeals to me, makes me feel warm and fuzzy, and of course, the taste of a hot cup of chai is absolute bliss. Plus, it’s versatility facilitates conversations right from politics to fashion trends. It’s a little bit of heaven, chai.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to a couple other things I absolutely love.
Travelling is another thing I thoroughly enjoy. Yes, I’m a cliched millennial in numerous ways, and this is one among them. And hey, as much as I love Pondicherry as the next guy, I also love to go to less-touristy cities like Cuttack, Tirunelveli and such. And like anyone who enjoys travelling, I want to visit every corner of the country (and the world!).
Moving on. I can’t express my love for chaat enough. In fact, I love food in general, but that’s too vast a topic. So chaat. It’s one food category that is so uniquely Indian. Plus, there’s something for everyone. And need we talk about the crazy innovation it allows for?
Indigo, Ikkat, Ajrakh, Mangalgiri, Phulkari, Kanjeevaram, Banarasi. I immensely adore the classic Indian fabrics. Be it a beautiful saree or a vibrant dupatta, these fabrics suit all occassions. For me, it’s an added advantage that my mum has an exquisite collection of the most impeccable sarees.
Lastly, reading. There have been a couple books that I came across this past year. And they have changed my life, to say the least. There’s something very powerful about the written word. It compells and inspires you to stop and reflect about the choices you’re making in life. I came across a bunch of books written by Indian authors like Arundhati Roy, Anand Neelakantan, Devdutt Patnaik, and Amitav Ghosh who have all produced some thought provoking literature. Reading is one skill I’d endorse and urge everyone to develop.