Tea is one of the most popular beverage in the world. In fact, it is the most consumed liquid in the world after water. Especially in India where you will find a tea stall at every corner of a city. Furthermore, acknowledging the fact that the Prime Minister of India himself used to sell tea at a railway station. It has had a long history, going back to circa 59 BCE in South China, where it is originally from.
Tea started off as a medicinal drink in China. During the Tang dynasty (a contemporary of Magadha), it was popularised as a recreational drink. Due to the geographical extent of the Empire, it spread to many parts of south Asia. It was only in the 16th century, when the Portuguese introduced the beverage in Europe and later the British who became enamored by it started the mass production of tea (India being its hub for manufacturing of tea).
After India attained Independence in 1947, it continued the production and export of tea. The domestic market itself is quite large for tea (Approximately 750gm/person is the average). It has quite the fan following in India! So much so that there was an instagram world record attempt for the most liked post on the platform.
Even my friends like tea a lot, I can guarantee that there is one drinking tea right now as I write this SnapKey. A whole range of topics are discussed over tea, popularly known as ‘chai pe charcha’ (Discussion over tea). Indeed it is an essential part of our lives as Indians, not just economically or politically; but socially and culturally as well!
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