24/01/2015

A Cup of Tea in Solitude #IndiSpire49

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
Honoré de Balzac 
Living in rich diversity is a quentissential part of being Indian. Our county has ability to give birth to alteast 10 more countries, if not more.  

And our diversity is not just limited to the people having different skin color, religion, case, creed or language. Its vastness embraces the other domesticated forms of fauna too.

Such as lizards (chipkali), cockroaches (tilchitta - as per google), mosquitoes (machar) , mouse (chooha raam), housefly (makkhi), cat (billi mausi), monkey (bandar mama) and pigeon (kabootar ja ja ja). 

You might have not thought about it in your general day to day senses, who has the time to do that. But you will agree with me that these 8 creatures are very much part of an Indian middle class family aka extended family. Each one of them giving us company in not so lonely household, already bustling with people.

No wonder in our culture we don't endorse or believe in the concept of 'giving space'. And all this learning came to me in solitude during one of my visit to small town - where i belong. And i couldn't help but wonder how much solitude teaches some of the most valuable lessons in one's life or compels you to observe with or without humour !

Like in case you have found yourself alone and its raining and you are yearning for a cup of hot tea  - The attentive oggy cockroaches will keep an eye on exactly the number of elaichi, cheeni, patti and dhoodh  you have used. And if milk is still left in the pan, please chek if our billi mausi* has not already licked off its malai. 

Its solitude that teaches you to care about how *Billi Mausi is westernized over the years. They used to call her Garfield - a plump shrewd cat always on the right side of the scale. And i guess Talking Tom is her recent gravatar. 

The tea is now ready and now you are searching for Parle-G biscuits or rusks to dip, sip and lick along. As you zero down to the dabba, the attentive chooha raam will run cross country just across the shelf. Solitude teaches you how the phrase 'rat race' is derived. 

Three stages cleared. Following what Mr C. S. Lewis once said, " Tea should be taken in solitude", time to pick up a newspaper and retire in a quiet corner of the balcony. Before you glue yourself on that plastic chair two chipkalis from the ceiling view will capture all your moves. Don't feel yuck or chi chi. Wear your creative hat and think of Keanu Reeves doing an action sequence out of Matrix, in a different getup although. 

Source: http://www.wuwumagazine.com/
Chai, biscuit and paper are ready to be devoured in solace. By the time you reach the utterly juicy gossip to enjoy the first sip of solitude over cup of tea - a swarm of mosquitoes come patrolling on a sly to check your Hb level, fasting sugar and blood group. Be numb and give a brave insensitive look you give in clinic as they suck your blood. 

Unperturbed you are about to take first sip and oh no...a vigilant fighter plane like makkhi perch on brim of your cup, giving you a reminder to watch her debut in movie Makkhi. 

Ahh,,,all this was going on with a background music of guturr gooon guturrr goon gutturr goonn.. In solitude you wish why its always a Kabootar for me and why not a melodious Koyal....Oh you took so long and jhaapp Bandar Mama spilled your tea, tore your paper and eating biscuit.

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PS: Its solitude that makes me wonder why its Billi Mausi and Bandar Mama. Why not its Billi Bua and Bandar Chacha. You know what i am trying to say here !

Related Posts:

1- Romancing with Coffee or Committing to Tea - Part 2
2- Tea Time Quotes and Pictures

#IndiSpire49 Solitude teaches some of the most valuable lessons in one's life. 

This post is written as part of Write Tribe Pro Blogger Challenge and The Ultimate Blogging Challenge.


17 comments:

  1. I guess Mr. Lewis gave us the right message. Loved your post... It was hilarious :)

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    1. Solitude is the mother of creativity or boredom. For me its the former. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Loved it Shweta! Quite thought provoking indeed.

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    1. Thought provoking heheheh. Thanks.

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  3. That's really creative. Enjoyed thoroughly.

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    1. Thanks for visiting us. I too read your litti chokha recipe. Will try at home.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier - nice to meet you!

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    1. Same here. See you around in A to Z challenge.

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  5. Loved the fun element in this post...I was thinking about Meditation also aside from Solitude.

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    1. Meditation i have only tried when i have paid for it heheh during those hi-fi conferences or visiting ashrams of great babas .

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  6. Really creative & fun :) Smiled :)
    Agree with your "extended family" concept!
    Loved the Makkhi movie! Also all the Kabootars in Hindi movies. Remember the one in MPK & Masakkali in Delhi-6!
    They even have songs dedicated for them :) :)

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    1. Kabootar ja ja ja Kabootar ja ja ja...hehhee. Solitude takes you to the lateral thinking route !

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    2. Truly :) Tanhai songs are there for company!

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  7. Enjoyed reading it. What a great drama set up :D

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    1. Living in peace with fauna - middle class one hehe !

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  8. So you will always keep us grounded to our roots!!! Maakhi-Kabootar-Chipkali-Machar-Cockroaches :)
    Loved Bandar Chacha and Billi Bua and we can have a Tommy Ride as well!!!!

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    1. Sahi main...sare ladaki walon ko billi aur bandar ka khitab diya hua hai ! haan nahi to !

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