064 - stove and smoke

Visiting small roadside tea shops is one of my favorite things to do when cycling outside city limits. It may not be everyone’s cuppa ‘tea’ (I know as some of my friends hate it), but it certainly is mine. I have never felt these shops to be unhygienic or their teas to have a strong smell/taste of kerosene or smoke. Or maybe they might have a tiny bit of that, as most of them still use either kerosene stove or the traditional Indian stove that uses firewood, and I am perfectly okay with that because what I get from these tiny shops, along with some tea made with affection, is a lovely conversation, if I am willing to have a chit-chat with them, and some beautiful memories to take back home with me, and that, I feel, is what makes my bicycle rides complete.

Make tea, not war – as someone said. πŸ™‚



  1. Appreciate little things in life is what I preach …Moments in side stalls of India ….Listening to their chit chats it’s all fun ….

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  2. We have these here in Nepal as well. And I have the exact same thought. I never felt anything bad about going there. That is so me. And I know most of my friends wouldn’t. It was such a pleasent read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It was refreshing. I really want a cup og tea now.

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  3. That’s one of my favorite thing too! Road side tea or food stalls and the conversations. Those are million dollar experiences that no fine dining can match up to. And this is one of the many things that make me so choosy about the people I travel with :P…….btw, that’s an incredible pic.

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  4. Amazing pic and write-up. Have seen those tea-shops and yes a lot of conversation happens there…village news, politics…they know it all☺

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