The Kolkata Boys evoke Nostealgia

It must be the air of Darjeeling. How else do you explain the change in plans of Souvik Nandy and Tathagata Samanta? Two Economics undergrads who reach the State Bank of India, Darjeeling for their summer internship. Their internship goes very well – from analyzing income statements and balance sheets, understanding unit economics and pricing… Continue reading The Kolkata Boys evoke Nostealgia

Of journeys – The potter and clay

Winter chill in the air and the afternoon sun on your face. A cup of steaming hot adrak chai completes the picture.  We are sipping tea in a miniature tea cup made at Vanmala Jain’s Kuprkabi factory in Mumbai. We had long felt that the stories about tea entrepreneurs were incomplete without stories about entrepreneurs… Continue reading Of journeys – The potter and clay

Tea in the Himachal

What if you have always wanted to have a cup of tea that smelt like rose, tasted like vanilla and looked like a whiskey. This is what a restaurateur in Adelaide, Australia had wanted. He was lucky enough to know Anamika Singh and she quickly whipped up a fusion of rooibos, rose petals, vanilla and oolong tea … Continue reading Tea in the Himachal

Chai in Bhopal

It is a crowded evening at Chai34. Groups of youngsters come up to the counter, place their orders of Chai and take a seat on carved blocks of wood strewn outdoors. A cool November evening in Bhopal means that it would be late in the night by the time the throng eases and the café… Continue reading Chai in Bhopal

Healing people, one cup at a time

Oh, you just cannot have the same cup of tea at different times during the day. This is a conversation we are having with Akshi Khandelwal Bhutani – the founder of Butterfly Ayurveda Tea. We are at the World Tea and Coffee Expo in Goregaon, Mumbai. The Butterfly stall, brightly lit and elegantly designed stands out. Why not,… Continue reading Healing people, one cup at a time