Future of Community Radio in India

 

In India, there are three types of radio broadcasting. Those are public, private and community radio. Community Radio is one which is operated by the people, for the people and covers local issues of the community. It is a non-profit organisation which works for the welfare of the people. Some of its characteristics are as follows. It serves a recognisable community and encourages participatory democracy. It allows a particular community to put forward their problems and work towards a solution. What sets it apart from the public and private radios is its non-profit nature and its emphasis on coverage of local issues.

There are a number of community radios in India. All of them are working towards their respective target audiences. For instance, Sangam Radio in Andhra Pradesh, Radio Matoli in Kerela, Barefoot in Rajasthan and Namma Dhwani in Karnataka. All of them are local and regional in Character.

For community radio to succeed in the future it is very important for it to clear certain hurdles. One issue is that of policies and laws. The government if not funding, needs to promote community radio from its side. They need to recognise the role it plays in social and economic development. Community radio alone can not be a medium to reach the marginalised section of the society. It needs to be accompanied by ground level initiatives. For example, the Udaan campaign by Radio Udaan. In which the employees went door to door distributing pamphlets and raising awareness about disability. It should be seen as an add-on factor and not the only means for social development.

Financial consideration and funding are important for the growth of this sector. License conditions favours well-funded radio stations as compared to low power radio stations. Since these community radio stations serve the poor rural populations earning a revenue through subscription is not an available option. Therefore, external support becomes even more necessary. Danish Mahajan, owner of Radio Udaan has spoken about the financial difficulties they have to go through. Their monthly expenditure is around 50-70 thousand but since three years they have only received 2 lakh rupees. There needs to be enough funding for purchasing technical and programming equipment and editing software.  For this external support through contributions is a must.

Community radio has great amount of potential to spread developmental messages. However, first there needs to be an agenda, based on collective needs, which will benefit the society at large. Most of the communities depend upon Non-Governmental organisations(NGO) to handle this whole process. A lot of communities have applied for licenses but it has been rejected due to one reason or the other. At times the processing time period is so long that the communities loose their enthusiasm. Everyone needs to stop depending on the government and take a lead in their respective directions. This is important for community radio to prosper.

In order to make it a popular medium it is important to speed up the growth in the community radio sector. More platforms for open dialogue should be created. In which the government, community radios and organisations interested in funding can interact. In these forums operational costs and hassles, technical expertise and funding can be discussed. All the required negotiations can also take place here. One of the chief problems faced by various community radios is that of sustenance. Since according to Ministry of information guidelines clearly state that government will play no role, they need to find other means of sustenance.  Community radio station can not remain dependent on government and need to find a solution themselves for all the problems encountered by them.

Workshops at the regional level should be organised to encourage people to set up community radios. Owners of successful community radio stations should be called in these workshops. So that they can talk about their entire journey and how they went about tackling each problem as it came.

To conclude we can say that the future of community radio depends mainly on two things. One is funding from external sources. So that they are able to purchase high-end equipment and editing softwares. Second is peoples participation. More and more people need to come forward and start their radio stations in their respective community. Since community radio is handled entirely by the people of the community and no amount of dependence should be done on the government.

 

 

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Jallikattu Row- A Cultural or Political agenda?

 

Jallikattu is a bull taming sport which is played on Mattu Pongal, the third day of the harvest festival Pongal. It is considered to be very close to the heart of the Tamilians, as it is a part of their history.

It sparked off protests and clashes in different parts of the state. However, the seeds of this unrest were sown many years ago. The question which needs to be answered is whether there is a cultural or political agenda.

Firstly, there is a battle going on between the people of Tamil Nadu and the Supreme Court. Since the latter has reiterated its stand that Jallikattu is against the Prevention to Cruelty of Animals Act. Obviously, due to its deep history, the people are emotionally attached to Jallikattu. For them, it’s not merely a sport but a part of their tradition. They see the ban as an attack on their culture. Something they are bound to fight for.

Their fight began with a few people in the Marena beach and gradually spread to different districts of the state. The result was that the state government passed the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act 2017, thereby allowing Jallikattu to be played.

On another front, every political party is trying to use this issue to its advantage and gain brownie points. One of the biggest achievement was the coming together of DMK and AIADMK for the first time. They both opposed this ban. After Chief Minister Panneerselvam permitted the event in the state, BJP has been seen taking credits for this development. Rightly so, it is almost election time and Jallikattu supporters would prove to be a massive vote bank for him.

Even though with the passing of state law, the cultural crisis seems to be over for the time being. Politically a lot is left to be seen in the state, which has elections round the corner. It can be said that even though the fire has settled, the smoke is still left to disappear.

 

 

Gowri Ramnarayan:PIFF was less of glitz and more of substance

 

Gowri Ramnarayan has earned a name for herself in the field of journalism, theatre, music and academics. She has worked with The Hindu for a period of 23 years. Currently, she teaches Media and Culture in Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

Q1) What inspired you into the field of journalism?

Honestly, I never thought that I would be a journalist. Right after my marriage, I moved to Hyderabad. Over there I had taken up a teaching job at a college. However, when we returned to Chennai, I faced a bit of struggle in order to find a job. While I was applying someone in The Hindu suggested me to write a music review. Since they knew I was a musician. They liked my work so much that they offered me a job.

 

Q2) How was your experience working with the Hindu?

I joined because their main music critic was overburdened with work. So I was able to provide him a helping hand. When I got the job, I became the first female correspondent with a byline. As time passed they wanted me to write dance and literature reviews as well. My personal favorite was socio-political issues. One particular thing noticed by me was the patriarchal nature present in the office.

 

Q3 How did you cope up with the patriarchal nature prevalent in The Hindu.

The office at that time had a majority of men. There were only 3 or 4 women working at the desk. I don’t know whether it was deliberately patriarchal or women did not prefer coming into journalism. Since very less percentage of women were willing to work at such odd hours or even travel to such a large extant. This profession became non-patriarchal over the years, as women decided that they would take up these jobs. Because today you have a large number of women working in the Hindu or for that matter any leading newspaper.

 

Q5 According to you what are the three most important qualities a journalist should poses?

First would be alertness. Second would be a certain flair for nosing out interesting things to write about and the ability to write. Third would be reliability.

 

Q6) How has your experience been at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF)

My experience has been very good. I have really enjoyed this because I felt that this is a genuine festival. There is less of glitz and more of substance.

 

Q7) Do you think because of popular or high culture our classical culture is loosing its relevance?

No, not at all. This is because it is all available on the internet. Now more people have access to classical music and enjoy it than ever before. All over the world, you will find people who have a better understanding of classical music than they did ever before.

 

She attended the PIFF, which took place from January 12 to 19 as a part of the Jury. Other than her, the films were judged by world famous personalities such as Aparna Sen, Bennett Rathnayake, Narhes Abyar to name a few.

Violence in Nagaland over reservation of women

Nagaland has been hit by protests, bandhs, and disruptions ever since the announcement of local body elections. The contentious issue is the 33 percent reservation given to women for the first time. This has been granted under Article 234T of the Indian Constitution.

The Nagaland Government had announced the civic body elections in the month of December last year. This was followed by the announcement of 33 percent reservation for women. According to tribal groups including, Naga Hobo and Central Naga Tribal group these reservations are against Naga customary laws and traditions. The tribal groups consist of men, who have been dominating the society since a long time. On the other hand, the women represented by Naga Mothers associations have been fighting for gender equality in the state.

This conflict has led to protests and arson in the state. It reached to a violent stage when a bandh was called by the tribal groups in various districts of Nagaland. It caused the death of two people and injured several others. In the month of February, the mob reacted by setting the Kohima Municipal Corporation building on fire. An indefinite curfew was imposed after seeing the violence across the state.

The conflict also has a legal angle involved. The article 371(A) of Indian constitution gives Nagaland a special status. It states that no law passed by the parliament will have direct relations to the social or religious practices of Nagas and their customary laws and procedure. However, it comes under direct confrontation with Article 243 (D) which gives 33 percent reservation to women.

There are reasons why this reservation is important for the women of the state. One shortcoming of Nagaland politics which is clearly visible is the lack of participation by Women. Ever since the state was created in 1963, Nagaland has only seen one Lok Sabha MP.  She is Late Rano M Shazia who was elected in 1977. The State Assembly with a strength of sixty members has not even seen one women MLA till date.

On seeing such miserable conditions, the women’s association named Naga Mother’s Association had approached the Supreme Court in 2012. It had demanded 33 percent reservation for women in urban local body elections. The order was in favor of the women’s association and the cabinet had allowed the holding of elections. Naga Mothers Association believes that providing reservation for women is crucial for gender equality.

The Chief Minister of the state, TR. Zeliang has been told to resign along with his cabinet for being unable to handle the law and order situation. The elections have been declared as null and void by governor PB. Acharya. Amongst all these clashes, bandhs and protest the main issue should not go unnoticed. That is the necessity to increase the participation of women in political processes. So that they get converted from being just voters to representatives of Nagaland.

Jaipur: A mix of culture and modernity

 

The famous Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta once said, “travelling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”. According to me a visit to a place is just like watching a film, every time you experience it, something new comes up. The same could be said about my trip or let’s say ‘trips’ to the Pink city- Jaipur. But here I will talk about my latest encounter.

There is a general perception that the kind of vacation you have depends on your company. The enjoyment is different when you travel with your friends as compared to the times you take a trip with family. In this context, I can happily say I got the best of both worlds. I had gone with my school best friend Anandita and her parents. They are almost like my second family in New Delhi. So this trip was meant to be special right from the beginning. It is worth a mention, that this whole visit to Jaipur was very impromptu. I had gone to visit Anandita on 28th December and the next day we hit the road.

We started our journey early in the morning on the 29th of January. Since it was a short trip of two days we had no time to loose and left as early as seven. In the midst of heavy fog and the chilly weather of Delhi, we headed towards the neighboring pink city. All four of us were full of energy and joy. While uncle and aunty were waiting to do their luxury shopping. Anandita and me, were all decked up to explore the city like never before. It was a four-hour journey and we finally landed in Jaipur at the perfect lunch time. While her parents decided to stay at the all so famous Maurya Sheraton, we kept our luggage at the nearby ibis hotel. Both of us thought to waste no time and started exploring from the time we kept foot in the city. Since we were in the mood for some light snacks, we decided not to head to the usual restaurants or the chaat and tiiki wala. ‘Lets check Zomato’, was the first thought that came into our mind.

Our lunch ended up being in a cute little café named Anokhi. As the name suggests, there was definitely something unique about it. It was a small cozy café, which got all its food straight from the farm. We ordered two coffees’ and a pizza. The food on the whole was marvelous and indeed very healthy. After satisfying our food hunger, we headed for a bit of sight seeing. Our first destination being the famous, City Palace. This palace is one of the main attraction of the city and is built on the banks of Pichola Lake. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh between 1729 and 1732 AD. Even though I had visited this city a couple of times I had only seen this place from the window of the car. This time however we decided to buy tickets and visit each of its structure. It was sheer beauty and we crossed each part of the palace, reading the boards on its history. We saw the Maharani Palace, Bhaggi Khan, Govind ji ka temple and Diwan- E – Aam, to name a few. This place was crowded from inside with both Indian as well as foreign tourist. All of them trying to get their pictures clicked behind the beautifully carved doors located inside the palace. So after refreshing our history and culture, we went back to the hotel to rest.

Just like the beginning, the ending of the day was also close to perfection. We got a call from her parents telling us that we would be having dinner at the heavenly Peshawari of the ITC Maurya Sheraton. The highlight was obviously their famous Dal Bukhara. With this, the hectic day finally came to an end.

The next morning, we decided to do some street shopping and headed straight to Mirza Ismail Road or popularly known as MI road. Junk jewelry has always been our favorite and we ran to the first shop we saw on the street. Looking at the amount of shopping we had planned to do even the shop keeper left all other customer and came to us. Taking out new boxes of earrings, anklets and necklaces every five minutes. We also managed to get an excellent amount of discount on them. Other than junk jeweler, the palazzo’s also attracted us and we picked up a few of them. We roamed around Bapu Bazar, Johri Bazar and Nehru Bazar. Later we joined Anandita’s parents and assisted them in their shopping spree.

Shopping as an art does drain you of your energy and therefore we left for another café experience. This time it was Tapri Central, located in S scheme locality of Jaipur. The experience to this place was perhaps the best thing about the trip. Located on the rooftop, it had both indoor and outdoor seating. They transformed simple food items into marvelous dishes. We tried the Tadka Maggie, Masala tea and Dal Pakwaan. Following this mouth watering lunch, we came back to the hotel. For the remaining part of the day, we stayed in the hotel room, gossiping, chatting and reliving our school memories. The next morning, we left for New Delhi.

Even though it was a short trip of two days, it definitely did teach me something. Most of us visit a city once and strike it off our list. One visit or even four or five is never enough to say, ‘I am done with this place’. Each city has a lot more to offer than what is visible from the outside. The city of Jaipur is generally visited for its heritage and local Rajasthani cuisine. But in this small little town, a lot more is happening than we know.

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CHAI AUR WOH

“If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated it will cool you; If you are depressed it will cheer you; If you are excited it will calm you.” Said William Ewart Gladstone, one the prime ministers of Britain. Indians perhaps understand the value of this quote the most. As for them their ‘Chaiwallahs’ and their ‘chai’ are dearest to them. We Indians can’t imagine our lives without this beverage. Just like the morning newspaper, our hot cup of tea is not the luxury but the necessity. ‘Chai’, can be thought of as our national beverage, in the same manner as the Peacock is our nation bird and Jana Gana Mana our national anthem.

The love for tea is depicted by the magnificent figures pertaining to this industry. After tourism, the cultivation of tea is the largest industry and contributes in big numbers to our gross national product and foreign exchange numbers. In the year 2016, we find every Indian being a consumer of this beverage, but the history reveals another tale. Back in the 1800’s the British, through the English East India Company brought the tea leaves into our soil from China. Their sole motive being to crush the growing Chinese monopoly. Earlier sipping a cup of tea was symbolic to a man’s richness and intellectual capability. However, now the situation has completely reversed and it can be referred to as the common man’s drink.

As they say, once a tea lover is always a tea lover! Indian’s especially are deeply attached to this beverage. On a more philosophical level chai teaches you a lot of things in your life. The process of making tea is one of the simplest. Just pour milk, water, sugar and tea leaves on a hot simmering pan and let it boil and our tea is ready. However, in this simple process, the catch is to have the right proportion of ingredients.  We Indians like our tea made with the perfect amount of milk, tea leaves and sugar. Life in the same way should have a right balance of happiness, anger, sadness, basically a perfect balance of all the emotions. So that you learn to value each passing phase in your life. Also for every individual, the right or wrong phase has a different interpretation. Just like for no two people a same cup of tea would be treated as ‘ideal’.

Tea leaves which are the most important component of the chai are cultivated mostly in Assam and Darjeeling. We can say it’s the one thing which puts an owner of a tiny shop on the roadside and an owner of a multi national company on an equal footing. Both like to begin their day with a steaming cup of tea. This is because nothing refreshes an Indian more than his chai. Looking around we will see that this is the beverage which is linked to us in every part of our life. Since this essay is titled Chai aur WOH, we will now move on to the later part of it. Who really is the WOH.

Chai aur Pyaar

There is no single answer to this question. This can be interpreted in different ways. First is of course, chai aur pyaar. In India majority of the love stories begin with this drink. It definitely is a conversation starter, as it helps to break the awkward silence (so to say). Just like the phrase ‘Lets have coffee together?’, chai too still has its charm. Mentioned below is a short story about two college going students and how their story had chai involved in it.

The story is set in a small college of Delhi University. Since fest season was coming closer day by day, societies had started practicing rigorously. As everyone desired to win the first prize for their college. It was a Saturday morning, and the practice of the western music and dramatics society had just got over. By the clock it was 8am and there was still another one hour for the classes to begin. While some of the students went back home, since they stayed near by, others went to their friend’s hostel or PG accommodations. Out of the whole lot there were only few who had no idea how to pass their time. Sameer and Rohini belonged to the later.

Sameer, carrying a guitar on his back headed to the college canteen. Standing next to the tables was a group of girls in which one had her face painted. She was Rohini and was the lead actress in her dramatics society. Both of them were very well known in the college for their respective talents. However, were no way associated with each other. After a couple of minutes only the two of them remained, as all the others had some place to be.

Rohini was the first one to go to munshi bhaiya and say, ‘bhaiya ek masala chai dena’. As she gave the order, Sameer for the first time noticed her and found something different. He had the urge of getting to know her. However, uttered no words and waited for his turn to order. He too ordered chai. As everyone knew that at this time of the day chai was the only thing available in the college canteen.

Rohini took her tea and went and sat on the extreme left side of the canteen. Sameer didn’t want to look desperate and therefore went and sat on the opposite end. This same story continued for one week when finally, he took the courage of asking her if she had no problem if they sat on the same table and drank their tea. Gradually small talks began and both of them realized they did in fact have a lot in common. Their passion, dreams, viewpoints were similar to great extent. Both spoke about a variety of topics, from studies in the college to the latest happenings in the world of politics to where they wanted to be five years down the line. Everyday it was just the both of them and their cup of chai. This definitely was the start of something beautiful, thanks to that cup of tea kept on the table.

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Chai aur Railways

A journey in the Indian Railways is implausible without the chaiwallahs and their chai. The fact that chai is so deeply embedded in the Indian culture is evident by its huge amount of sales. It’s a tradition that when the train halts, the passengers get down on the platform to get their cup of tea. In big railway stations, amongst the bustling activity, you will find one or sometimes many chaiwallahs. They will have their shops, in which along with chai they also sell magazines, chips and bottled water. However, what is fascinating is that there are some railway stations, which are isolated. No passenger gets on the train from them nor any passenger gets off there. Still in every station of India, along with the office of the station master, you will always have a chaiwallah.

There is one scene which we see in every train, irrespective of its destination. Early morning, when half the passengers are still fast asleep, you can hear the sound of chaiwallahs. They scream out loudly, ‘chai le lo, chai le lo!’. Their voices tell the passengers that it’s morning and they will soon arrive at their respective stations. That is the power of chaiwallahs in the Indian Railways. They are like the messengers of God for long train journeys. For instance, from Mumbai to Delhi or Kolkata to Pune. Sitting on the same seat and seeing the same surrounding for days can be very frustrating. Chai is the one thing that refreshes them and lets them flex a muscle. As they go down to the platform to purchase it at times.

In general, we can classify the chaiwallahs into three categories. First are the ones who have a proper cemented shop in the midst of a platform. The passengers have to walk towards this shop in order to get their tea. Along with tea, they will also find packets of biscuits, chips and bottled water. All these are neatly stacked up on the shelves of their shop. They brew their tea in aluminum kettles which have an insulated handle. Since aluminum kettles are lighter than their steel count parts and heat up faster. Second are the chaiwallahs who move around the platform with a trolley on wheels. Even though they have most of the components of the chai ready they are still at a disadvantage. Since their business is conducted in a much slower fashion. To overcome this, they hire small boys who carry trays of prepared tea around the platform. Due to their swiftness, they are able to move from one window to another in a jiffy. Lastly, we have the chaiwallahs who enter the train with readymade tea and serve it in plastic glasses. They come to our rescue when lethargy takes over us.

Earlier the tea was served in traditionally backed earthen cups, also known as kullarh. The fragrance of the earthen cup seemed to enhance the taste of the tea. However, now to make business more profitable they have switched to plastic glasses. I’m sure there must be some stations where you would get a glimpse of the past through these kullarhs. One thing to note is that there may be times where you will not find food or drinks at a station, but you will always see your chaiwallahs. They will be standing on the platform with a big smile on their faces, eager to serve you.

Our very own Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi was a tea seller in his childhood. He worked in his father’s tea stall on a railways station in Ahmedabad, Gujrat. One can say he grew up selling tea.

Even after becoming the Prime minister of India he still has connections with his roots. As he started his well know programme, ‘chai pe charcha’. In which he as diplomatic meetings on an international level. Some of the important chai pe charcha were with US President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister, Xi Jinping.

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Chai aur Monsoons

Tea brings you happiness and when it is accompanied with the rains, this happiness doubles. No drink or juice warms you up the way tea does. Especially in a cold, rainy day. Mentioned below are some of the reasons why tea is the best thing that can happen to us during the rains.

Firstly, its easily available. Tea is the most commonly found beverage in the country. Whether you are walking on the roads or shopping in malls, it will always be a few steps away from you. Secondly, its pocket-friendly. If you decide to stop over at a tea stall on the road, a cup will not be more than Rs.10. Even if you decide to go to a slightly more hygienic place, for instance, Chai Story or Chaayos, it will always be the cheapest item on the menu. In these outlets the variety of tea found is mind boggling. You find thandi sauf and elaichi chai and also the evergreen masala and cutting chai. Basically, there is something for everybody.

Thirdly, this is the best time to go on a road trip. One can stop by small dhabas to have their special kulhar chai. It makes you have a reunion and fun trip with family or friends. Some good places for these trips include Murthal and Lonavala. One should definitely not waste this amazing weather sitting at home but take out their vehicles and enjoy to the fullest.

Tea as a beverage is extremely adjusting. It goes well with practically every edible food item. However, when we talk about the rains there are some worth a mention. These include pakodas, bhajiyas, samosa and Vada Pav. The combination loved by everyone the most is of cutting chai and mirchi and pyaaz ke pakode. Yes, it makes the rain much prettier than it already is.

Lastly, love is the flavor of this season and it is the perfect time to take your loved one for a romantic tea date. There can be nothing more romantic than sitting under a shade and sipping that warm cup of tea together. It’s the cheapest and the best option for a date during the monsoons. It brings happiness and warmth to the person sitting beside you. It also shields you against all the germs leading to a cold, cough and flu. This is especially the case with ginger tea. On the whole, it’s the best option during the rainy season.picture2

Chai aur Vyapaar

As mentioned earlier, tea is a major contributor to the Indian economy. India is one of the leading nations in its production, distribution and export. This is evident as we consume 25 percent of the tea produced around the world and is itself the second largest producer of it. The process by which tea is manufactured is known as Tea Processing. It is the method by which leaves of the Camellia Sinesis is converted into dried leaves for the brewing of tea. The types of tea depend on the nature of the process they undergo. The basic steps involved are plucking, withering, disruption, oxidation, fixation, shaping and curling.

In India even though Tata Tea tops the list of tea brands, there are several others which are doing really well. They include Pataka Tea, Brook Bond Taj Mahal Tea, Wagh Bakri Tea and Brooke Bond Taaza Tea. Since Indian’s can not have their tea without some nastaa, the sale of biscuits and chips also goes up. Some of the biscuits which people like having with tea are Brittania Marigold and Parle G biscuit. Chai and Kurkure have been an evergreen favourite of people.

Due to rapid amount of industrialization, this industry has also expanded considerably. Even though normal tea is still the most preffered one, we now also have flavored tea. Some popular flavours being, ginger, lemon and tulsi. Secondly, tea bags have made our lives much easier. Even though they are more expensive, it is worth the amount of time saved. These are also available in different flavors. One variety of tea which has recently become really popular is the Chinese green tea. This is due to its health benefits. It increases fat burning and improves physical performance. It also improves the immunity and lowers the risk of various types of cancers.

The tea industry is a labour intensive one. It gives employment to thousands of people. According to one estimate, it creates employment opportunities for almost 10 million people on an average. The best part is that it is not seasonal, like the sugar industry. Another advantage is that the workforce of the tea industry is equally distributed when it comes to the question of gender. One of the careers linked to this industry is that of tea tasting. In which a trained taster determines the quality of a particular tea.

Just like in other businesses the picture is not as pretty as is depicted on paper. There are NGO’s such as Action Aid who are fighting for the cause of tea workers in Assam. According to them by the Plantation Labour Act, the workers should get health care, child care facilities, drinking water and education. However, the workers are being deprived of these.  Even in areas where they are being provided with these facilities, the quality is extremely poor. Half the workers in the tea gardens are women since they are considered to be better at plucking, weeding and cutting dead wood. The NGO says that the situation is so harsh that the women are being forced to work during and after their child birth.

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To conclude, we can say that you can not separate the Indians from their tea. Be it a marriage, social get together/ business get together, nothing is complete without a cup of tea. We find it in every sphere of our lives.

Tapri Central: Jewel of the Pink City

Instead of the usual happening places like Goa and Mumbai, I decided to spend my new years in Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City. Even though I have visited this city 4-5 times earlier, I decided to make Zomato my food guide. There was this one café, called Tapri Central which struck my attention. Since it had an outstanding rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Being higher than ever five-star restaurants such as Peshawari, located in the posh Maurya Sheraton.

Visiting this place, there were a couple of things which made me realize why it deserves such a high rating. This is one place where you will always be greeted by a minimum 15-20 minutes waiting. As it is jam-packed throughout the day. The credit can be given to its simple, yet elaborate menu. It obviously focuses on tea, giving you a variety of flavors to choose from. For instance, Darjeeling tea, black tea and season special to name a few. Out of which the masala tea is a must have. The best thing about this café is that even though the menu is so ordinary, yet they have the skills to make it taste out of the world. They serve different kinds of Maggie and I had ordered the Tadka Maggie. It was a delicious combination of perfectly cooked Maggie, with tomatoes, chopped and burnt onions. This place makes you feel warm and comfortable. It is ideal to go to when you want to give your taste buds a change from the usual heavy meals.

It has both indoor and outdoor seating. Each has its own charm. It’s worth a mention, that the outdoor one gives you a beautiful view of the entire city. Since this place serves food which can be consumed at anytime of the day, it is always flooded by hungry guests. Just like the food even the crockery is ordinary. Water is served in lotas and tea in brass pots and small glasses. It can be said that Tapri keeps it simple, yet stands out amongst the crowd. It is an amazing beginning to the café culture, which was earlier restricted to only metropolitan cities.

The cutest of all were its merchandise. They sold a box of six tea cups, at an amazing price of Rs530 only. All the cups were white from outside and painted by different colors inside.

When you visit Jaipur next, do stop by here for some amazing chai aur naasta!

*Food- 4.5/5

*Ambience-4/5

*Service-3/5

*Value for money- 4/5