Tagged: Freedom in Exile

Tête-à-tête with my tea

Today’s Prompt was to pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.
Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

My word is “Tea” and the book is “Freedom in Exile”.

Freedom in exile


Dear Tea,

I am ever so thankful to you for being there for me through thick and thin. I vividly remember my college days when I used to trap you inside a stainless steel tumbler so that I could drink you later in the night to study for exams. But did you ever complain? No! Instead you would slowly and silently enter my system to help me through the night. I got distinction. And the credit goes largely to you. You are my silent hero.

And when I used to have puffy eyes in the morning, you came in really handy. How? Well, I would just put a wet bag of you over my eyes for 15-20 minutes and voila I would not have puffy eyes any more. I do that every now and then even today. I’m sorry to make you go through all the trouble in the process:

  1. Steeping you in hot water for 3-5 minutes;
  2. Refrigerating you for 20 minutes until you shrivel;
  3. Taking you out of the freezer and squeezing you to remove excess liquid before applying you over my eyes.

Thank you so much!

Wait, I’m not finished yet!

Dear Tea, you are truly amazing not just in helping me get rid of puffiness, but also for a large variety of your medicinal benefits. And you come in all types and color–green, black, white, oolong, herbal to name a few. I have tried your green, black and herbal avatars. I went through your glossary a bit ago on a site dedicated to you and your kith and kin. I am amazed that you are cultivated in so many great varieties. I am yet to try your other avatars and I’m sure you must be equally good in them.

Honestly, you are simply the best. A hot cup of green you in the morning works wonders for me, not to mention your superb ability to help digestion. When I come back home from a tiring day at work, you are there to welcome me with all of your invigorating properties. You are truly a lifesaver.

What more! You make me look younger by the day! You are brimming with antioxidants and you help me ward off diseases and early signs of aging. No or reduced wrinkles, that’s what I’ve experienced. It is scientifically proven that you have 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and veggies. No antioxidant supplements needed- just a few cups of you throughout the day and I’m done.

No matter how much I try I will never be able to thank you enough for your magnanimity.  The more I drink you or think about you the more grateful I feel I am to you. Thank you so much for always been there for me. I am sure you will never fail me even though I might not be as kind to you as you are to me.

Sincerely yours,


An avid tea drinker