65. Mangra Oraon – A Man of Many Parts

65. Mangra Oraon – A Man of Many Parts

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM. I do look forward to these Friday posts, because re-reading all the 'Indian Chai Stories' is as much fun as reading them for the first time. This week, we have Aloke Mookerjee's 'Mangra Oraon'. Aloke spent many years in the Dooars - in Nagrakata, which I think was the most picturesque place in the entire district. Most of his stories are about his experiences in the area.  My husband and I spent a lifetime in the Dooars and my favourite weekend outings were in and around…Read more
64. Margaret’s Hope – A Darjeeling Legend

64. Margaret’s Hope – A Darjeeling Legend

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM! It is so good to revisit a story like the one that I am sharing with you today. For me, the name 'Margaret's Hope' brings back memories of a very dear friend who spent many years there. I also remember seeing glimpses of the place from my flat in the plains through the clouds that floated around the Darjeeling hills immediately after a thundershower. Those days, it always rained in Darjeeling. This story is about a legend that may well leave you with a deep sense of…Read more
63. It’s always Tea-Time in my World

63. It’s always Tea-Time in my World

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM Last week we read Norman Wood's story, 'Shobha the Bison' and today we'll be reading his sister Noreen's contribution to "Indian Chai Stories".  From her magical tea garden childhood to present day life in Canada, Noreen tells us it's 'always tea time' for her. 'Tea is and has always been a strong link to my roots with the tea gardens of Southern India. In a coffee drinking world in North America, tea still has its place in my life and over the years I have got my…Read more
62. Shobha the Bison

62. Shobha the Bison

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM! Last week's story by Gumi Malhotra brought in the summer holidays - time for travel, as well as time to stay indoors and away from the harsh sun. And time for family.  Today's post makes me think of families. I got this lovely story by Norman Wood from his sister Noreen, who mentioned that there were three generations of tea planters in their family! If you have young ones at home, they will enjoy hearing about Shobha the bison and her tea garden sojourn!  Off we…Read more
61. Trains and Toddlers

61. Trains and Toddlers

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM. This week's post from Indian Chai Stories is sure to take you all on a nostalgia trip. Yes, all of you, even if you have never visited a tea garden in your life.  Gumi Malhotra's story takes us back to that time when we travelled across the country by train: children, old folks and young folks. Now it would be delightful, dear reader, if you too could write down something that you remember about a train journey from 'those days'.  But first, you need to get…Read more
60. Teatime in Tajikistan

60. Teatime in Tajikistan

Hello again, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM. Friday's here, and I am all set to go looking for a good cup of tea. You do know that tea helps to beat the summer heat, right? Cheers to this magic brew. "Tea drinking is a centuries-old practice around the world. It has a rich history and, in many countries, it is steeped in tradition.", says Sarita Dasgupta. Let's join her as she does the rounds of the choikhanas in Dushanbe, Tajikistan!  Read the story here Enjoy your read, and remember, you'll have another tea-time tale…Read more
59. A Coffee Lover’s take on Tea!

59. A Coffee Lover’s take on Tea!

And hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM. Today's story is 'A Coffee Lover's Take on Tea'...and as the writer himself asks, "After all, what is coffee doing in a collection of tales full of chai ka bagan and chai? " Read on to learn just why this story is special and does belong!  Thank you, dear Rajan Mani, for this most enjoyable read.  Don't lose any time, dear reader. Pick up a cup of chai and read the story of how chai entered the life of this coffee lover.  I'll be back next week…Read more
58. Assistant Manager- The Best Days

58. Assistant Manager- The Best Days

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM. On Friday afternoons we could all do with some fun, so here is a lovely tale from Manjit Singh to set the ball rolling! "I received an invitation on an embossed card for a party in Nyamakad Bungalow which stated that ‘pyjamas /night suits were dress de rigueur’. I went and checked in the Oxford dictionary and ‘de rigueur’ meant order of the day. I had never attended a pyjama party before and was not totally convinced..."  Oh, for those days of innocence and leisure. They're…Read more
57. A jumbo ‘earthquake,’ from the eyes of a nine-year-old

57. A jumbo ‘earthquake,’ from the eyes of a nine-year-old

Hello, all you lovely people at CFC/FOM.  There's a lot of excitement in the air with the new CFC adda season coming up! Now in the tea gardens, excitement meant elephants most of the time! We rarely had a dull moment, and believe me, life sometimes got too thrilling, and I would pray for boring days! Sudipta Bhattachrjee recounts some exciting moments from her childhood visits to her uncle and aunt in the tea gardens. "To a nine-year-old from the bustling city of Calcutta, the flight to Guwahati and the long but smooth drive…Read more