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“Huh? Yes please with just a pinch of sugar. Thanks!” He took the cup from her hands, careful not to touch her fingers. - An Incurable Insanity
Indian tea or Chai pronounced Ch-aay, is black tea prepared with milk, perhaps to disguise the bitterness of the tea and herbal additives (basil, cinnamon, liquorice,pepper, cloves, star anise) which are considered medicinal. Additives such as cardamom, ginger and mint add a pleasant flavor while also having considerable medicinal value as per traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda.
Ginger: This aromatic, pungent and spicy root is has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. It is used in Asian stir fry and many vegetable and fruit dishes. It is also used in making ginger tea.
Adrak wali chai (Ginger tea)
“Madam here’s your adrak wali special chai!” he announced, presenting her with a steaming cup of the pungent ginger-flavored brew, his fingers deliberately brushing hers this time.- An Incurable Insanity.
Water – 1 cup
Fresh Ginger – 1 inch piece grated (depends on how much flavor you like)
Black (Orange Pekoe) Loose leaf Tea – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – to taste
Boil water with ginger in a pan. Let it boil until you get the perfect aroma of ginger. Add sugar and tea and bring to boil. Add milk, bring to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 1-2 minutes. Strain the tea and serve hot.
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An Incurable Insanity
by Simi K Rao
Paperback, eBook, 376 pages
Published October 8, 2013 by Tate Publishing
Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack.
She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. "I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It's probably a good thing to do anyway."
As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, "So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?"
Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.
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Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. The inspiration for An Incurable Insanity came from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends and casual conversations with acquaintances...
I am a physician–and to many I may appear serious and solitary. But once people get to know me better, they often think that I am frank, down to earth, with quite a quirky sense of humor. And that is what I bring to my writing—read and you shall see.
I was born in the dead center of India, but had the privilege of spending time both in the north and south. Therefore I have been able to sample and absorb to some extent the vastly diverse cultures and languages of both these regions (the very quality that imparts tremendous richness to our country’s heritage,) —a phenomenon perhaps not seen anywhere else in the world.
After immigrating to the United States in my early twenties and spending several years in this country, whenever I travel back to my homeland now, I find that I appreciate my roots a lot more. Still there is so much to see and learn, that a lifetime won’t suffice.
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