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!!
My take? The old man has spent their grocery money on a second cup of tea and is not even apologetic:/
85 thoughts on “From A Morning Walk In Varanasi”
“leave me in peace, woman!”
Yeah…definitely much married 😀
These are absolutely wonderful photos and remind me of the great time I had in India people watching.
Never a dull moment eh? 😀 Have you posted any pictures Debra?
ha ha! Funny indeed!
I started clicking because I thought he looked so regal. The domestic squabble was added bonus 🙂
Not another morning! (if I had to give up caffeine 🙂 )
Me neither Jo. And I need to maintain a constant (caffeine) level through the day too 🙂
Great people-watching stuff, Madhu. And you’ve sussed the back story 🙂
Thanks Sue. It was great fun 🙂
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.
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 😀
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.
Your little tale made me smile. Wonderful photos too! 🙂
Happy it did…thank you Ishaiya 🙂
What a cute story and wonderful interpretation of morning.
Glad you enjoyed it Pat 🙂
That guy looks like he’s got the right mindset for a good morning. Nicely done.
Thank you. But your take perfectly describes my typical morning 🙂
That picture is great. It really tells a story. I interpreted it as, “Are you ever going to get up and do something?”
Not much hope of that happening from HIS body language 😀
Nice shot, Madhu. I prefer my tea with a few less people around. 🙂
Oh me too Janet, solo is even better 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I’m with you – no doubt about it!
Thanks Tina, he certainly asked for it didn’t he? 🙂
Great narrative and photos. I keep trying to give up coffee, but then I come to my senses. 😀
Thanks Jeff. Feels good to know I am not alone 🙂
Haha! I do believe you’re right about that. She’s definitely got that look. 🙂 It’s universal, I think.
Absolutely George, across all geographical and cultural barriers 😀
Ha ha….husband and wife watching husband and wife 🙂 What is that called in psychological language…transference?
Hehehe, can’t deny we are weird voyeurs sometimes 😀
What cool pics, Madhu 😀
Thanks Paula. Aren’t they cute? 🙂
Grinning over your comment. Thanks, Madhu 😀
Thank YOU Marion 🙂
Everyone has some weak point… I do love coffee too (but try to stay with the surrogate). Lovely pictures indeed! :-)claudine
Thank you Claudine. What is a coffee surrogate?
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 “caffè di cicoria” (chicory coffee)… 🙂 kisses
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.
Very slim, perhaps zero in all of UP 😀
Spot on interpretation.
Delighted that you agree Valentine 🙂
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
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 🙂
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 🙂 “
Ha, but you got it Eric! Always knew you were the exception to the rule 😀
Some scenarios require no spoken language! Are we humans something?
Absolutely! Especially these man/woman scenarios! 🙂 Appreciate your stopping by Amy.
Good shots, Madhu!
Thank you very much Stefano.
She just wanted to be in your picture, Madhu. 😆
Thanks Rommel. I actually thought she was glaring at me in the first shot 🙂
I don’t believe she is buying a word of the tale he is trying to spin! 😉
No she isn’t. But I love his reaction too 🙂
Great captures, Madhu. Thanks for the smiles. 🙂
Thank you Sylvia 🙂
A man needs what a man needs 😀
And his body language is stating that loud and clear 😀
Ha! What wonderful pictures, and they do indeed tell a story. Lovely post. Madhu.
Boy! THAT body language says it all! Lovely picture, Madhu!
I absolutely love your people pictures because they always seem to tell a story
just remember they said eggs were not good for you once…and butter was replaced with ‘ick’…margarine
All over the world, so many people having a coffee to start the day! Lovely photos telling the story beautifully 🙂
Beautiful pictures, very expressive.
Fabulous and priceless Madhu! Perhaps she was nipping his flirting in the bud!
Yeah right, a photo which make us think of an old married couple… 🙂 😉
Excellent captured… 🙂
“Why do you use the money for tea instead of visiting the barber”… “lol” 🙂
Wonderful street photography, capturing this exchange…Madhu, I hope you are not affected by the floods.
Awesome story. Sply the 2nd one. Were you waiting for her to scold? 🙂
Great post, Madhu! 🙂 I love my coffee just as much your good humored text. Lovely shots!
Tell Steve McCurry to watch out!
I love these! So candid and makes me feel like I’m there. Margie