Book Review: Hot Tea Across India

Popular travel writer Sanjay Sivadas an avid reader of our Lifestyle Portal shares a short book review on Rishad Saam Mehta’s newly-released book Hot Tea Across India. What intrigued Sanjay most about this book are the various characters that Rishad meets during his journeys across India and he has included a few of them in his book review.

If there is one certainty about the roads in India, it is that- no matter where you are or what the hour- if you want a hot cup of tea, you’ll find that it is within easy reach, says Rishad Saam Mehta; renowned travel writer & photographer in his riveting book Hot Tea Across India which has just hit the stands.

Rishad’s forte is driving holidays. A hot cup of tea has been an integral part of every driving holiday- and there have been many that Rishad has made across India, over the years. “When I travel, I like to drink tea, or rather, I need to drink tea; sometimes, I even survive just on tea” writes Rishad Saam Mehta in Hot Tea Across India. Tea is the common thread that one comes across in this book. So one week, Rishad is sipping tea in Pathankot in Punjab, the next week, he is drinking tea in Ladakh, while another week sees him bracing tea in Thekkady in Kerala.

Rishad meets various types of people on his cross-country journeys across India. Among them, the ones that stay with you from Rishad’s delightfully lighthearted book are Kanwaljit Singh; the pot-bellied policeman patrolling the Himachal Pradesh-Punjab check-post, Jolly Jhunjhunwala and his hysterical wife from Chandigarh, the big-bearded ruffian from Kargil, Moshin Khan; the old shepherd from Pahalgam, Keshav Murthy; the learned guide in a 12th century temple in Belur and the irate mob from Kerala.

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