There are lights going up all around me in my apartment complex. Blue, green, yellow and pink blink in varying disco-level frequencies as look out from my terrace. There is loud music playing in multiple homes. It feels like Bollywood is doing a jugalbandhi with EDM and pop at the same time. I’m being invited to parties where I must be willing to wear Indian wear and lose money at cards. The former I’m okay with, as long as I decide what constitutes ‘Indian wear’. Which is, an Indian, namely me, wearing clothes.
Clearly, it’s the festive season, Diwali, and I want to feel festive. In my own, independent, celebrating-with-myself kinda way. And so I treated myself to The Navras Teas.
Any thali (a round platter, usually containing food), brings to mind a whole lot of greasy, tasty, mouth-watering, calorie-spiking food. And it is not uncommon for thalis to be exchanged at Diwali, filled with laddoos, kaju katlis and other sweets. It is the traditional Indian gift exchange program, and one would see many, many thalis being exchanged at weddings. So it is the natural and apt choice for Teamonk to come out with a beautiful thali for Diwali.
But… this is a one-of-a-kind thali. It contains the deliciousness of drinking exquisite teas and all the joy of giving and receiving traditional gifts. But it contains so much more. I’m not going to be vague about it. It contains exactly eight more things.
Apart from joy, the Navras Teas induces eight other positive emotions. Experience junkie that I am, I decided not to believe in the advertising and try it for myself. I do love a good emotional rollercoaster.
I started at the beginning (if there can be a beginning in a circular tray), and decided to go through the teas one by one.
Koge Jasmine Green tea had a nice ring to it and I thought why not try a fragrant cup of love. To say I fell in love with the tea would be absolutely right. The world looked rosy (despite the neon lights flickering outside), so I decided to throw some black into it.
Bodh Second Flush Black Tea. If you’re a tea connoisseur, you would know that this tea is pure joy. There’s nothing black in the emotion you’re feeling. The joy I felt led to wonder and curiosity on how a tea could evoke so much emotion.
But mostly, it was Wa Oolong responsible for the wonder. I started wondering a lot of things. About the people in doll houses I could see on my terrace. If they were celebrating Diwali in the same way I was. Going on a euphoric trip, drunk on teas. When my curiosity reached inappropriate levels, I decided it was time for me to stop and relax.
So I made myself a cup of Sei White Tea. By the time I was finished with the first cup, you could’ve called me Rinpoche. The feeling of Zen settled into me with ease, the way smog settles down in Delhi. Even that disturbing thought did nothing to break my calm.
Just as I was floating on this Zen moment, the neighbours started playing Yo Yo Honey Singh in a decibel level that disturbed my inner monk. Fortunately for me, Seiki Peppermint Green Tea was close at hand. While the delicious tea did nothing to drown out the misogynistic cacophony, it relieved my stress of possessing perfectly good ears.
And then I decided to take things under control. Thanks to Dravak Golden Tips Black Tea. I found courage in the exquisite black tea to walk up to the neighbouring cavemen and asked them to soundproof their home.
When that didn’t go down well, I decided on something that would. Ikusei Cardamom Green Tea. Any sadness I felt from my previous altercation disappeared with this amazingly tasty and healthy tea.
But that was not to last long. I heard the doorbell ring and I immediately became anxious that my neighbours had decided to invite me to their party. Luckily, I was spared the horror, when I saw it was simply a kid who had played a prank on me. The ring-the-doorbell-and-run prank. How I love that prank! It was time for me to make myself some Kozan Spearmint Green tea to ward off the anxiety. Just after I turned off the doorbell for good. I must say, it worked. The tea as well.
Now there was only one thing left to do. Brew the last cup of tea, Zoho Lemongrass Green Tea. Because I felt sorry for myself that I had to dismantle a perfectly good doorbell. And that I couldn’t catch the errant child. Zoho really helped. I felt strong and buoyant already and even started considering fixing my doorbell. Already!
Suffice to say, I had a fantastic Diwali with my nine friends in the Navras Teas. We rode an emotional rollercoaster, and we emerged strong and happy, filled with nothing but positive emotion at the end of it. I would recommend The Navras Teas to anyone, but I urge you to not try them all at the same time. Unless you’re me.