From A Morning Walk In Varanasi

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A mid-morning chai break. See that lady in the blue sari in the background? R is convinced she is the old man’s wife…..”No question!”. Her body language (see below), according to him, resembles mine during the days when I briefly tried to give up all caffeinated beverages in the vain hope of losing my weight without losing my mind!!
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My take? The old man has spent their grocery money on a second cup of tea and is not even apologetic:/

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

85 thoughts on “From A Morning Walk In Varanasi

  1. Great post, Madhu! πŸ™‚ I love my coffee just as much your good humored text. Lovely shots!

    Tell Steve McCurry to watch out!

  2. Yeah right, a photo which make us think of an old married couple… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    Excellent captured… πŸ™‚

    “Why do you use the money for tea instead of visiting the barber”… “lol” πŸ™‚

  3. All over the world, so many people having a coffee to start the day! Lovely photos telling the story beautifully πŸ™‚

  4. just remember they said eggs were not good for you once…and butter was replaced with ‘ick’…margarine

    1. Absolutely! Especially these man/woman scenarios! πŸ™‚ Appreciate your stopping by Amy.

  5. My take?

    Blue Sari: “When you gonna relief me at the stall, so that I can cook lunch?”

    White Dhoti: “Can’t you see I’m having my coffee break.”

    Blue Sari: “You already had your morning coffee break.”

    White Dhoti: “Yes, but this is my mid-morning coffee break.”

    Blue Sari: “What about MY coffee break?”

    White Dhoti: “But caffeine is bad for you.”

    Blue Sari: “I’m getting my broomstick.”

    White Dhoti: “The sidewalk is already swept.”

    Blue Sari: “You don’t get it do you?”

    White Dhoti: “I’m a man, what did you expect πŸ™‚ “

  6. Great studies in human nature. I used to enjoy sitting at a bazaar for no other reason than to watch and listen to all the human interaction. Better than any TV program! Oh, and your first instincts were good. Caffeine is not good for you. lol

    1. Oh I know caffeine isn’t good for me Ian. Perhaps that is what makes it harder to give up! Thank you for your generous comments πŸ™‚

  7. She’s probably cross because he is sitting around drinking tea instead of carrying the shopping home! Umm now what are the chances of that in India.

      1. It isn’t so tasty like the real coffee… but you got at least something which tastes alike. Here we have “orzo tostato” (roasted barley) or “caffΓ¨ di cicoria” (chicory coffee)… πŸ™‚ kisses

  8. Ha ha….husband and wife watching husband and wife πŸ™‚ What is that called in psychological language…transference?

  9. That guy looks like he’s got the right mindset for a good morning. Nicely done.

  10. She’s probably wanting him to do some work at home.

    My English friends tell me I make a cup of tea incorrectly. In Scotland we put the milk in first, then pour in the tea, but in England they pour in the tea, then add milk.

    I told her it was something done before pasteurisation of milk and the hot tea was thought to kill any germs in the milk.

    1. The tea sold in stalls across North India is boiled down and very thick and syrupy. Don’t mind it occasionally minus the sugar, but I prefer making it the British way having lived on a tea plantation for decades. Mom called my tea ditch water πŸ˜€

      1. If there is one thing the English taught us which is good, is on how to make a decent cup of tea. It should be served in china cups.

        They also showed us how to drink it with a scone, cream and jam.

        I have a Breville kettle which has a small basket for brewing tea. Keeps the tea nice and hot so you can pour more cups from it and it is still hot.

    1. Me neither Jo. And I need to maintain a constant (caffeine) level through the day too πŸ™‚

    1. I started clicking because I thought he looked so regal. The domestic squabble was added bonus πŸ™‚

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