We love handmade, we love Indian artists, whether in India or in another part of the world. We have a ‘little bit’ of special love for those Indian artists who are spreading the joy of Indian art, culture and craft across the world and so we decided to do a whole series dedicated to just these wonderful people. The first shout out goes out to the brilliant, Uppma Virdi, aka ‘Chaiwalli‘, who also happens to be a lawyer but is brewing chai for the whole of Australia, one cup at a time.
Dunking your ‘Parle G’ in your steaming morning cup of chai, is something we all Indians have memories of and some of us still carry on this ritual every morning, sometimes replacing the ‘Parle G’ with a ‘rusk’. As you would have guessed, we Indians live and breathe ‘tea’.
Uppma, who was living in Australia, couldn’t find just the right tea anywhere so she decided to make it herself and treat the Aussies to some ‘real tea’ that she learnt to brew from knowledge gained from her grandfather, who is a believer, a follower and a practitioner of Ayurveda. Now, along with supplying a concoction of beautiful teas, she also runs ‘chai’ workshops to help you brew your cuppa.
Handmade in small batches with the holistic goodness of Ayurveda and flavour to savour, what’s not to like. If you’re in Australia, order yours today from one of the stockists and if you want your favourite cafe to stock it too, then ensure they get speaking to Anna@Chaiwalli right away. At this point, I must add, that Uppma was awarded the Businesswoman of the year award, last year. Many congratulations to you Chaiwalli, we say. Keep spreading the joy of chai…
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Cover image and all pictures: Courtesy: Chaiwalli