Be it a sore throat or a stressful sigh,
the ultimate solution mom had was a cup of chai.
A straight no was always the reply,
without even giving it a sip worth of try.
“Come on, we’re the Gen Z!
What do we have to do with a boring cup of tea?
Coffee is all we require,
to battle stress, anxiety or mire.”
These were the thoughts of a 16-year-old me,
who was yet to witness the magic of a cup of tea.
The opinion changed in a split,
when I first tried out a small sip of it.
Little did I know that the thick brown liquid,
could be so full of life and incredibly vivid.
Capable of filling silences with sweetness,
and a mind at havoc with calmness.
Thousands of unanswered questions were all answered at once,
what I had been seeing from childhood started making sense.
Now I know why dad asks for tea after a tiring day,
why the guests can’t refuse a cup once the aroma is lay.
Sorry for all the times I undermined your power, chai
You really do help in keeping my spirits high.
– Ishani Singh, Amity International School Noida1 Like