“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Words cannot express the love I have for tea; simply put I believe Tea is the elixir of my life. So, when tea sommelier (and good friend) Anamika Singh invited me for an evening of Poetry narrations by  Thespian Actor Tom Alter accompanied with Anandini Himalaya Tea  at Le Meridien, New Delhi, I was most excited. 

I love Anandini Himalaya Tea blends and have been enjoying them for some time now, so experience them along with poetry narrations by Tom Alter was pure magic.   Le  Meridien PR staff, as always welcomed us warmly, along with Anandini green tea with rosehip & mint, which set a romantic mood for the rest of the evening.
Tom Alter started the poetry session with a candle in his hands and T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J Alfred Prufock’ . I was particularly mesmerized by the following lines;-
And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you
and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you
all”—
If one, settling a
pillow by her head,
Should say: “That is
not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at
all.”

Tom Alter welcomed us all and introduced the audience to Anamika Singh & Anandini Himalaya Tea Blends. Anamika Singh gave a short introduction on the tea blends and how tea is really different from ‘chai’.
And then, it was pure magic of Tom Alter as he narrated from TS Eliot, Mirza Ghalib, anecdotes from life of Maulana Azad, interspersed with  songs from Beatles, classic hindi movies. Time was forgotten and we just enjoyed with sips of Anandini Himalaya Tea. For me, it was double the pleasure as I was having 2 of my favorite blends ( First Flush with lavender & lemon grass and Green Tea with rhododendron and himalayan tulsi) while listening to such beautiful poetry.
Time flew by and when Tom Alter was finished , we wanted more ~ more of poetry & many more sips of Anandini Himalaya Tea. However, the evening had come to an end and we left with lovely memories of a magical evening of the perfect pairing – Tea & Poetry.

Note: for more images of the event, you can visit my Facebook Page here.

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  1. I loved this post..will try this brand for sure. This chef is really cute too 🙂

    Tom Altar is really very erudite, meeting him must have been an experience of a lifetime!

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