Indian Railways’ ‘Chai garam chai’, with the earthy smell of the kullar.
Tea in styrofoam glasses, milky with a Milkmaidy taste.
Hot tea with a dash of lemon served in a government office in Orissa,
Earl Grey in a bone china cup at an upmarket coffee shop.
The camomile brew that passes for tea in the Americas,
The hot infusion with mint leaves we put together at a recent offsite.
Iced tea in a long glass with paper-umbrella.
Tea infused with ginger from the roadside stall.
The perfect cuppa is still elusive.
Maybe because so many are so near perfect.