Chai, chai, garam chai, chai garam, garam chai…

Amritsari masala tea is dang fine

A charismatic chaiwallah whips up a batch with pomp and circumstance. Spicy with plenty of kali mirch and elaichi. Accha hei.

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Tea, glorious tea!

On a day off from school, I visited Namchi, a small city in Sikkim where I had some business. The trip gave me an afternoon out in the beautiful hills of fine Sikkimese tea.

Of course, I didn’t actually get to drink any of the tea as it was being freshly picked. But it’s still a wonderful place to while a few hours.

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Chai lounge

Mujhe garam chai chahiye

By the pool [!] at a hotel in Bikaner; tea, served on a beat up wooden deck chair.

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I’ve been drinking a lot of good tea lately

Future Darjeeling loose leaf

The last week or so I’ve been drinking two+ liters of fine Darjeeling green tea a day. Hot damn it’s good.

The picturesque hills (above) are easy photographic subjects. Buying tea, however, is a whole other story.

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Sunset over tea

The sun dips behind the ridges of tea in Darjeeling

The Darjeeling series continues with this silhouette sunset.

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Old Bay and my domestic Indian lifestyle

And some of you laughed at me for bringing along Old Bay

And some of you laughed when I brought along Old Bay

I love photos of domestic settings. There are so many little details to absorb. The one above, though not particularly stunning, is my kitchen.

At the time, I was making some noodle “curry.” The dented can of Old Bay Seasoning, the best salt on the face of this planet, was one of the many things I carried here in my overstuffed backpack. Thank God.

Though I’ve been traipsing about the world, as you’ll see below, I do lead a rather domestic life from time to time.

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