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Masala Tee’s Clearance Sale. Finders keepers.

 

This summer’s spring cleaning of Masala Tee stockroom uncovered a box filled with goodies from the oldies- the last few pieces of Masala Tee Jewel (women), T-urban (men), Sugarcubes(kids) from past collections to savour!

Hence this autumn, we re-present to you our last pieces of evergreen Masala Tees that you can enjoy all year round, any year, any place, any time to be teamed up with anything that tickles your fancy.  And at reduced prices!

If you have had a taste of Masala Tee before, you can count on it being timeless, high quality, prime, adaptable tee that can be worn piping hot or uber cool.

Don’t wait. They will clear off our shelves soon. Check out what’s still available,  and grab yours now @ http://www.masalateeboutique.com

Happy shopping.

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Masala Tee is back – I present you a new capsule collection of bejewelled organic cotton tees for women. All are featured in a newly revamped Masala Tee website www.masalateeboutique.com.

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The signature look of Masala Tee – beautiful strong faces of Indian women printed on tees and embellished with jewelry – is still the mainstay. Click link to view: Masala Tee Lookbook.

Continue reading “masala tee jewel @ masala tee eboutique. freshly brewed.”

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Masala Tee Cool concoction – big & skinny, comfy & chic.

Masala Tee Vintage oversized tees in blue, charcoal grey and red are super-simple to weave into your current wardrobe, and still look timelessly chic.

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A solid oversized tee is a must-have  in your wardrobe for days when you don’t want the tee-shirt to stick to your skin (especially in the Delhi summer grilling heat averaging at 40 degrees!).

Wear Masala Tee super comfy big voluminous vintage tee that goes down to the hip,  and bottom it off all right with a pair of  skinny jeans (a true confidant of our wardrobe always) and you’re all set for a Friday night out where you can always end up indulging in a carton of mint chocolate chip ice-cream or fruit sorbet to cool yourselves down further! sorbets

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But of course, if you’re at the beach or running to the spa this summer, our oversized tee looks cool even with the oh-so necessary staple denim shorts for happy easy days, with the tee tucked in with a chunky leather belt for structure.  Or  you have the option of teaming it with a pair of skinny capris or leggings!

It is the dawn of a summer era, and if you want to start off the first day in style with a burst of color- you can team MASALA TEE vintage oversized tee with bright-colored skinny jeans for some fun and oh so happy and cheery summery color blocking. 

skinny jeans If you prefer it muted, wear your skinny jeans in neutral cool colors. Different strokes for different folks. 

Don’t forget to amp it with the right accessory -flat ballerinas, strappy sandals, or platform slip ons  and you’ll look the part – big and skinny , comfy and chic.

In celebration of our 4th anniversary month, MASALA TEE vintage organic t-shirts (along with all our other tees) are available at a Special Discount at our online clothing fashion store till 10th June 2013: www.masalateeboutique.com (or directly to the page: www.masalateeboutique.com/en/masala-tee-vintage/89-women-gruhini.html).

By the way, Masala Tee Vintage comes in Men and Kids versions as well so your whole family can rock this look.  If you wish to have a His, Hers and a Little One  this summer, check out the cool happy MASALA TEE VINTAGE family tee. All are available at www.masalateeboutique.com

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Thanks for reading. Have a great summer, y’all!

Stay cool always,

Masala Tee Wallah xx

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The day a Tee Wallah received a personal letter from First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Yes, I Did!  Yes, She Did! 

And Yes, He Can! 

Congratulations President Obama for your re-election!

And as I watched President Obama’s election night speech, this Masala Tee wallah had a personal flashback. President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to India in November 2010 was so memorable for several reasons.

To begin, it created a lot of excitement in my neighborhood when we had news that the US Presidential couple will tour the Humayun Tomb situated very near my home in Nizamuddin East. That was confirmed when my husband and I witnessed many army and secret service personnel pacing up and down our streets, crossing our gardens, climbing up our staircases and strutting around our terraces with sniper rifles and walkie talkies. Oh Yes, they did! Just like a scene out of ’24 Hours.’

   
Always an admirer of what the Obamas stand for, I (with my cheerleading husband in tow) excitedly armed myself less menacingly with a small camera and binoculars, and decided to get in the act – snooping at many men in green who were snooping around. From my own terrace where I had covertly located myself, an army personnel told me to  ‘please ma’am, get out of your terrace’. Amidst all this confusion around me,  I’d managed to aim hard enough and snapped some shots of Mr & Mrs Obama from my terrace through some holes from some distant bushes. These larger than life figures appeared as tiny tiny specks from my point & shoot camera. But I did not care. After all, how often do you get to see the Presidential couple strolling hand-in-hand in your own backyard (well, almost)? Feeling quite like a paparazzi, I sneaked in a shot- yep, I did!
See? Mr President in a white shirt & Michelle in a green dress.
A day later, a dear someone I know excitedly shared with me the news that he was attending a tea session with the Obamas. Fired up by my covert scene from the Humayun Tomb, I excitedly prepared a gift  for the Obama family- a pack of actual masala tea, a personal card for Michelle plus four Masala Tees : a Masala Tee Jewel for Michelle, a  Masala T-urban for Obama, and  Masala Tee Sugarcubes with bejeweled Indian animals for Sasha and Malia. Everyone close and dear to me said two words, “wishful thinking.” Undaunted, I went ahead and instructed my friend to pass along my gifts to them- yes sirree, I did!
Finally, the crux of the story ended like this.
The card and  gifts actually got handed over to the Obamas.
Oh yes, truly they did! (n.b: I am sure that the pack had to pass through many layers of security before it reached their hands!)
 

A month after I’d sent those gifts and card through my friend, and when all that excitement was forgotten, I saw a big yellow envelope peeping out of my dusty Indian post-box. Nonchalantly, I picked it up and saw the address printed at the top of the envelope.

It says THE WHITE HOUSE. 
Yes, indeed it did!
My heart raced. I opened the envelope to find a letter from her royal loveliness, smartness, grace and style (and of enviable ultra-toned shoulders), and a champion of poverty, military families and conscious healthy living. First Lady extraordinaire & Mom in Chief,
Michele Obama.
I read it, my heart thumping with joy and quiet disbelief that my gift of Masala Tees (and tea) and card actually got through to them. Over a tea session in India. And how very apt that was.

I high-fived everyone I passed  in my neighborhood that day  (from the chai wallah to the fruit wallah to the rickshaw wallah) without explaining anything to them, and happily called all those who disbelieved that I would pull this off.
Yes, I Did!
Yes, She Did!
And Yes, He Can!

Congrats President Barack Hussein Obama & First Lady, Michelle Obama!

All Signed. Sealed. Delivered. 

4 More Years of your values, of your coolness, of you.

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Masala Tee shoots & launches new kids and vintage tees

A Tee Wallah’s notes & musings on shooting sweet little tigers & taking a stroll to the Vintage heydays.

You can now buy the tees online at www.masalateeboutique.com

9.30am: Shoot starts with a bouncing sweet baby,  all of 9 months old. Photographer perspires profusely. Even in the heavily air-conditioned studio. Not used to shooting models any less than 1.75 meters tall,  he is now confronted by a teenie weenie model for him to coo, aim & shoot at.

9.35am : Should we have the baby sit up, held up, lie down? Decisions, decisions. The tiger print on the onesie  needs to show on this sweet little tiger.  We stood her up. We leaned her against a table. We made her crawl. And she drooled.  And elicited some cute baby noises. Oh dear, she’s slipping. Sidewards. Downwards. Backwards.

10am : Finally lying her (gently) is the best position. Her face and body & the tiger on tee are all there for the camera! Smile, please. Up the lullaby music.  Throw colorful ball.  ‘Goo goo gaa gaa’ coos from everyone. Look,  a lady bug. You don’t like the ladybug?  Oh no, no, don’t cry, sweetie. Mom and Dad  to the rescue.

10.10am:  Out comes her favorite  toy. We get a  smile on her face. Shoot. shoot, shoot-Purrfect, sweet tiger!  What a star.

10.15am: Masala tea break. Smiles &  sighs of relief, and cookies all around

10.30 am: Another sporting parent comes in with a 2 year old active toddler.

10.40 am: Out with all the puppets I’d  brought.  It works- a smile,  a chuckle and a giggle even.   Then even broader smiles,  and peals of laughter, and lots of jumping, running…skipping…jogging. To the side, to the corner, to the back of the white backdrop….oh no no, it’s not a wall.  Gasp-that makeshift wall might fall.

10.45am: Photographer  perspires profusely again. Mom pulls baby boy back. The boy has a look which says ‘ This is too fun, mama. What is this place?” More loud baby music.  Look, a big bird (puppet) is flying to you.  The boy’s hands are up and he runs away and with that crocodle hoodie tee on … another perfect shot!

10.50am: In comes an eclectic masala mix of lovely children from 3-8 years of age  with their parents, nannies, friends, brothers and sisters. Some shy. Some talkative. Others apprehensive, curious, nervous. The studio is beginning to feel very homey. Photographer is all warmed up & relaxed.

11am: Shoot begins. All  are warmed up now (42 degrees outside the studio). Aiming for  happy. natural, spontaneous shots. Out with the puppets and toys and loud boisterous music. We want circus, birthday party & amusement park atmosphere combined.  The puppets  do their magic and we see smiles  which turn into  infectious giggles and loud laughter. Photographer shoots away. With some, we cajoled. Smile please. No smiles today? It’s ok to look scared, love.  There are, after all, in our midst crocodiles & tigers, deers. With others, it’s a fun ruckus. Hey you, stop monkeying around with that monkey puppet!

12noon:  Kids now seem to be on some infectious sugar high. Pose. Smile. Show your claws. Gnarrrrl now, I want to hear you ROARRRR rrrr. Roaring FUN shooting that fun lot.

 12.30- 1pm: Juice break with cakes and    cookies for the kids,  and masala teas for all   cheerleader adults. Kids leave one by one with their cheperones. Studio seems strangely silent.

1.30pm: Vintage shoot. Female model walks in. Perfect with an Audrey Hepburn pout. Need pouf  retro big hairdo.  Improvise, improvise.  You Tube video on how to make vintage pouf-y hair to the rescue.

1.40pm: Need to seat this 1.7something meter model to do her hair or I cannot reach her.  And after this gravity challenging feat- all easy peasy. In just 5 mins voila, pouf! Big pouf-y retro hair done.

1.50pm: Next, catty eye make-up. Google search another You Tube video on how to create catty Audrey Hepburn-ish  makeup.  I love you, You Tube! Paint, stretch the eyes, load heaps of mascara and voila, Audrey Hepburn stares back at me. Feels like ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

  

2.05pm: Miss Audrey then whispers to me that she has forgotten to bring her tights to match with our Vintage tees. What?  Panic. Masala Chai break time. Thinking time. Improvising time. In walks male model.

2.15pm: Improvise, improvise. Female model now wears the black pants  that I have on. And I end up with the male model’s pants. Gasp.

2.30pm: Business as usual. Shoot, shoot. Ok people, think retro. It’s ok to look cheesy to look retro. Remember how they posed in the retro ads. Now strike a pose (but NOT ala Madonna please, ala Audrey Hepburn, ala Hema Malini & ala Sanjeev Kumar). That’s it!


4pm: The male model leaves and takes his pants back from me.  The shoot continues with Miss Audrey, and I end up wearing her shorts whilst she shoots in my black pants, and hiding behind a  chair whilst co-art directing the shoot with the photographer. Talk about a day of  improvisations. After that, all goes as normal as a normal photo-shoot can be.

And not forgetting taking a shot of yours truly rrrrRoarrring as a tiger as well.  And then, time for a last well-deserved cuppa masala tea.

7pm: Shoot finishes.  We are all tired.  But happy and high on masala tea.

Strike a Pose, the Masala Tee Way.

Enjoy the new Masala Tee Collections and  view the eLOOKBOOKs  :

* new MASALA TEE SUGARCUBE for kids:http://www.ebeyonds.net/ebook/masala_tee/sugarcubes/
* new MASALA TEE VINTAGE line for women, men & kids: http://www.ebeyonds.net/ebook/masala_tee/vintage/

Credits: To all parents who accompanied their children for the shoot, to the photographer for bearing with our ruckus, to the providers of puppets & toys as props – Rabani Garg from the Reading Caterpillar Club for the puppets & Charlotte Johnson from Pyjama Mahal for the hobby horses- Thank you so much.

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New Masala Tee eBoutique Springs Open!

Masala Tee e-Boutique gets a new Spring look @ www.masalateeboutique.com and is now LIVE.

This is our ode to Spring- a new beginning, a fruitfulness, a season of  life and love and laughter where birds start to serenade their lovely tunes.  And yes, you can hear them right here on our site. With that symphony playing in the background, we’re happy to announce  the official launch of our new light&breezy line – INFUSION by Masala Tee  @ our eboutique: www.masalateeboutique.com.  Available online now.


The freshest tees in bloom this season

What’s new with Masala Tee?

New is the buzz word for Masala Tee this season. Watch out for more new birth of tee flavors  with more Masala Tee kick this season- from new faces/prints to new colors to new lines, and  we will also spring on you a surprising new Limited Edition collection!

All  Masala Tee new flavors mentioned below will be unleashed progressively soon @ our Masala Tee e-boutique from this Spring!

Snuggle up with your favorite Masala Tee flavor that tickles your taste buds.

MASALA TEE SIGNATURE LINE : The core of Masala Tee,  this quintessential Indo-centric quirky line features Warhol style prints. These urbane, stylish green tees comprise of faces of Bolly-esque vintage heroines (Masala Tee Jewel for women), moustached turbaned villains (Masala T-Urban for men), and adorned Indian animals (Masala Tee Sugarcubes for kids). More colors and designs will be out in early June ’12.

MASALA TEE VINTAGE LINE : Targeted at the street-wear tee connoisseur, Masala Tee now goes hip Vintage. With prints on vintage effect tee to give that cool urban look, it is timeless mix and match. Think hip, grungy,  boho, easy to wear, shabby chic tees for women, men and kids. This new Masala Tee line will be out in early May ’12.

MASALA TEE INFUSION LINE : Infusion is a premium line from Masala Tee. A light and luxurious combo that is eminently comfortable, and always infused with a statement accessory.  Ultra smooth  cotton and premium modal tees in light & breezy shapes are teamed with eccentric fluid fabric neck accessory for added chic. This is now launched on our eboutique @ www.masalateeboutique.com

LIMITED EDITION MASALA TEE MANGA!: Masala Tee goes funky Shinjuku style. Watch out for this surprising Limited Edition collection. This Masala Tee collector’s item will be out in late June ’12.

Welcome to our new Masala Tee Universe.  Read all about it @  http://www.masalateeboutique.com/en/content/17-the-story

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The Happiness Project

INFUSION by MASALA TEE shares with you a wonderful article on self growth & happiness.

Infusion by Masala Tee follows the path to calm, peace and serenity.

And in going back to our roots, Infusion celebrates our natural nature and mother nature. And the best way to celebrate all the splendid glory of Mother Nature’s work is to bring the essentials of nature right into our inner sanctuary-our soul.

“There must always be music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very silent to hear it.”

Keep your sanctuary in tact and at peace. Feed it with the essential ingredients to keep it happy and joyful. We can choose to be happy or not in every moment, and no one can make us happy but ourselves.  Infusion will bring you some splendid reads on this, so watch this space.

Peace and joy always.

Finding Joy: Tips for creating your own 30-day Happiness Project

By Shelley Seale

Ahh, happiness … along with love, one of the most chased and elusive of human conditions. It’s so important we even wrote it into our Declaration of Independence: We have the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. But, what is happiness? Is it universal, or is it different for different people? Can we make it, find it or attain it; or does it just happen when we are still and accepting?

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin and her year-long Happiness Project, which became a blog and subsequent book, I embarked on my own happiness experiment as part of my 30 Days at a Time project. Rubin defines the project as an approach to changing your life through three stages: preparation, when you identify what brings you joy and contentment; resolution, when you create concrete actions that will boost your happiness; and action, when you put it all into effect and make it part of your daily life.

Like Rubin, I read and studied many different approaches to happiness, from the philosophical Buddhist perspective offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in The Art of Happiness, Robert Holden’s psychological approach in Happiness Now! (featured on Oprah), and the practical methods of Alexandra Stoddard in Choosing Happiness, among others. While styles and philosophies often differed, there were several underlying points of consensus, the most important being that happiness is a choice. It’s not something mystical or magical that happens to us by luck, and our internal level of happiness should not depend on external circumstances.

We can choose to be happy or not in every moment, and no one can make us happy but ourselves.

During my Happiness Project, I found the following 20 practices to be the most profound and effective:

Want what we have – not what we don’t. Happiness has less to do with our circumstances, than how we perceive them and how satisfied we are with what we have. Our feelings of contentment are strongly influenced by our tendency to compare; which is why the whole “keeping up with the Jones” mentality is such a debilitating spiral. But conversely, you can use comparison to shift your perspective and contemplate how things could be worse. Try this exercise: Complete the sentence “I’m glad I’m not _____.”

Make a list of “Happiness Islands.” These are places, things and activities that make you feel joyful and content. It might be music, traveling, time spent with a loved one, a hobby, working out, pampering, etc. Try to incorporate as many of these into your daily life as possible.

Ask, “What do I love about myself?” We rarely ask ourselves this; instead, our self-dialogue tends to be very critical. Write down all the things you really love about yourself, and refer to it to battle self-doubt, criticism and guilt.

Learn to accept the past and move on from it. We can perpetuate our own pain and keep it alive, and stronger, by replaying old hurts over and over. Dwelling in the past will never change it, but only keeps you stuck there emotionally.

Adjust our attitude toward suffering. Hurt, pain and grief are part of life—but our attitude toward these hard times is critical because it affects how we cope with suffering when it comes. What we give the majority of our focus to becomes stronger and more present in our lives; when the temptation comes to wallow in past hurts or even current bad feelings, consciously choose to give mental energy and attention to the positive as well.

Learn to deal with anger and conflict better. When conflicts with others arise, our outlook may become narrow until we’re focused only on the problem, leading to a self-absorption that can not only make the problem seem much more intense, but limits our ability to see the other person’s viewpoint or have compassion toward their suffering. Research shows that venting anger in a way out of proportion to the circumstance that created it physiologically arouses us and makes us even more prone to rage. A cooling-off period, which can give distance and perspective, helps address the problem without such high emotions.

View happiness in the long-term. Immediate/temporary pleasures are often harmful to us in the long run; for example, it might be more pleasurable to sit and eat ice cream in the moment, rather than work out. But ultimately, you will be happier if you’re active and healthy.

Choose carefully the people and activities you spend your time with. Make enough time for those which really matter to you, and make it focused time—be present with it, not planning all the other things on your to-do list.

Decide to be something, rather than chase it. Do not seek love—instead, act loving toward those around you. Do not seek peace, but be peaceful. Do not pursue joy, but determine to be joyful in the present moment as much as possible.

Act the way you want to feel. Doing this often helps propel us in that direction. Try a smile, even if you don’t feel like it; try helping someone else, even if you don’t feel like it. You might be surprised how those feelings change.

Stay active and physically fit. Sometimes if we’re feeling down, physical activity helps. Even just getting out of the house, taking a walk, or having a high-energy cardio workout. The natural endorphins are a proven mood-booster.

Approach others with compassion and openness. Often we expect the other person to respond to us first in a positive manner, whether that is brief exchanges with strangers or in our most intimate relationships. But by being open, positive and empathetic first, you are setting the stage for a more meaningful, happier encounter. It’s basically the golden rule – treat others the way you would like to be treated. It’s amazing what that little initiative will accomplish.

Give to others and volunteer. The “helper’s high” has been documented, and even the memory of helping brings it forth! Performing altruistic acts not only makes us happier, it is also the top indicator for a longer life.

Surround yourself with beauty. Make your home a place that brings you joy by surrounding yourself with prized things such as flowers, a certain color on the walls, photos of loved ones or mementos from travels. It’s not about how big or expensive your home is; it’s about the importance of our immediate environment being filled with things we love.

Write letters to those you love. Never underestimate the power of telling people closest to you why they are important to you—to them and yourself. Identify your “carrots” and reward yourself. We all have them: a good meal, gardening, a massage or bubble bath. Whatever yours are, the fun of planning a little reward and the anticipation of it often creates joy. It’s celebration for life being lived well, and these little mini-breaks for ourselves help take care of our own emotional needs and energy.

When you feel a little down, get in a groove. That’s what Stoddard calls picking yourself up and getting out to do something that you enjoy. It might be treating yourself to lunch, stopping in a favorite Austin spot or heading to the park. Like exercise, this is almost a guaranteed pick-me-up.

Resist the urge to over-discuss problems. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk to friends about difficulties—this very therapeutic and often they can be of tremendous help. But when we go on and on for weeks or even months about a painful situation in our lives we put too much energy into it that is not constructive. For small stresses, try the “5 minute bitch rule.” Ask a friend to give you five minutes to vent, but when those five minutes are up, be done with it and move on.

Keep a gratitude journal. Jotting down the things we are thankful for can help us appreciate what we have in life, and keep our difficulties in perspective.

Have a “happy hour” every day. Set aside an hour of time that is for you, to do something that makes you happy. Choose one of your happiness islands, read a book, go shopping, meditate, take a nap, have a cocktail. Whatever it is, this is your time. And you are worth at least an hour every day!

This article was taken from the ‘CULTURE MAP Austin’ site : http://austin.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-06-11-13-32-finding-joy-the-happiness-project/   Masala Tee had featured another book written by this same author called  The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India. 

Shelley Seale is an Austin-based freelance journalist who writes about lifestyle, travel, health, education, business and nonprofit issues. She has written for National Geographic, USA Today, Andrew Harper Traveler magazine, Yahoo, CNN, the Austin Business Journal, Austin Woman and many others. Besides writing, she’s into vagabonding the world, yoga, indie movies, farmers markets and a nice glass of wine. She has been zip lining in Thailand, volcano climbing in Chile, and was once robbed by a monkey in India. Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller: “Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”

And last but certainly not least, enjoy this happy video!

Happy weekend, all!

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INFUSION by Masala Tee

You have seen the spicy & colorful Masala Tee JEWEL, T-Urban & SugarCube – all in organic cotton, Indo-centric & quirky  in style.

We now introduce you to the newer, lighter & breezier organic brew:

InFUSION by Masala Tee.

Light & Breezy Luxury.

 Why INFUSION?

Infusion is a lighter &  breezier brew.

A fluid collection infused with new natural ingredients: stylised 100% organic cotton & silk tees in light & breezy  shapes teamed with a fabric neck accessories to add more zest.

Infusion  relaxes, calms and soothes.  And Infusion  goes back to our roots.

Infusion celebrates our natural nature and mother nature. And the best way to celebrate all the splendid glory of Mother Nature’s work is to bring the essentials of nature right into our inner sanctuary-our soul.

Hear the birds sing, the waters stream & the winds chime as we reveal the new Masala Tee collection, INFUSION.

Press on the following link to view the Infusion e-lookbook:

     http://www.masalateeboutique.com/facebook/eBook/

 

INFUSION is a fusion of  SOFT TEE (in 100% Organic Silk & Cotton) with FABRIC NECK ACCESSORY

Available in 4 fluid designs in 6 lovely neutral colors in organic cotton and 3 designs in luxurious organic silk in black. For all seasons. INFUSION teams fluid shapes with understated elegance.

End 2011 launch“with eternal summer in your soul” COTTON Infusion
Wind chimes & soft breeze, Infusion cotton is made of these.
Infusing chic organic cotton jersey with fabric neck accessory.

Beginning 2012 launch: “a fresh new bloom springs forth ” SILK Infusion
Streaming waters & singing birds, Infusion silk is made of these.
Infusing luxurious organic silk with fabric neck accessory.

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MASALA TEE FRESH BREW! new faces, new styles, new flavors! See, try, taste!

Enjoy Captivating Eyes “Saware Naina” from Kamasutra Lounge Album

 

All  new organic tee brews are available at our new Masala Tee eBoutique: http://www.masalateeboutique.com

Click on the following underlined link to see:

Masala Tee JEWEL!!

 

 

Click on the following underlined link to see:

Masala T-Urban!!

 

 

Our NEW precious Masala Tee JEWEL.

FRESHLY BREWED & NEW! Elegant NEENA in Blue & Hot Pink in various sizes & with longer sleeves & length.

FRESHLY BREWED & NEW!

Beautiful DIVYA & SAPNA in Grey combo & Hot Pink (print in plum) in various sizes & longer length!


Our NEW robust  Masala T-Urban.

POWERFULLY BREWED & NEW! Robust Jagat & Uday in cool shade of Grey in short & long sleeves in various sizes

(embroidery in contrasting red & orange).


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MASALA TEE e-BOUTIQUE OPENS & BLOOMS & CELEBRATES WITH FLOWERS!

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Calling People All Around The World!

 


Masala Tee e-Co & e-lectronic Boutique,

Opens 24 Hours a Day, 7 days a Week,

all around the world.


With the launch of  our new limited Edition:

BLOOMING Masala Tee Collection

AND MANY MORE new picks, new flavors, new yumminess!

Shop now for your

‘Piping Hot & Uber Cool Tee’

from the comfort of your own home,

while sipping your tea.




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MASALA TEE SUGARCUBE is growing taller, bigger, stronger! Oh my Sweetness!

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Buy MASALA TEE SUGARCUBE ONLINE now @ http://www.masalateeboutique.com

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A Dose of Masala Tee Sugarcube for Your Sweetie’s Sugar Fix

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Now in more sizes & doses for your ‘lil sweeties.

Click on the following underlined link to see:

Masala Tee SUGARCUBE COLLECTION!!


 

Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth by adding spoonfuls of

yummy, sweet & naturally  green

Masala Tee Sugarcube into their lives.

A dose of Fun.

Calory free. Eco friendly. Energy booster.

Releases Creativity.  Laughter 100% guaranteed.

We advise Unlimited intake.

 

 

A visually fun treat that allows you & your children to take their imagination away to faraway lands.


Where they will concoct fun & amazing stories about travelling & discovering exotic, funny animals.


Keeps them entertained and laughing  for a long time.

 

 

 


Available in * Onesies (6-12 mths, 12 mths to 18 mths) * 2T (2-3 yrs) * 4T (4-5 yrs)* 6T (6-7 yrs)* 8T (8-9 yrs) in short & long sleeves

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Celebrate ‘Masala Tee for Humani-Tee’ Week

God Bless the Child by Billy Holiday

Love is the Air.  Fan the Flame of Masala Tee.

Inspired by images of India– her beauty and color, as well as her extremities & vulnerabilities- Masala Tee is committed to building close relationships with the community within which we live.

Starting from Mother’s Day in India and many parts of the world which falls on 9th May last Sunday, we had declared the entire week as ‘Masala Tee for Humani-Tee Week’. This is part of Masala Tee’s social message where we pledge a certain percentage of our sales proceeds yearly to humanitarian organizations in India helping children and women.

And to you – our friends and fans who have supported us in our endeavour – we thank you.

Masala Tee honors underprivileged children @ ‘Masala T-Time Jamboree Charity Puppet Show’, 26th April 2010

Masala Tee celebrates "Masala Tee is for Humani-Tee" Week & supports education of underprivileged children in India. Rock on LI!
Masala Tee celebrates "Masala Tee is for Humani-Tee" Week with color & candour & cheer in an Orphanage in Delhi.

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“Masala Tee for Humani-Tee” Event

Will You Make us Laugh? Will You Make us Cry?

Masala Tee Charity Puppet Show, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Masala Tee’s initiative to allow underprivileged kids to dream.




On April 26 2010, the Masala Tee Charity Puppet Show took place in the late evening in Delhi under clear blue skies, rising temperature matched with equally raised spirits and a terrace converted into a colorful Rajasthani haven with the majestic Humayun Tomb setting in the background.

This was the first of  Masala Tee for Humani-Tee* series of events envisioned as part of our social message to give back to the community within which we live.

The Tee Wallahs had brewed a special potion for that enchanting evening –

50 special Indian chidren from selected slum, orphanages & underprivileged homes in Delhi, 1 cow, 1 camel, 1 elephant, 4 puppeteers, 3 musicians, 1 inimitable MC/comedian, warm camaraderie, masala tea & cakes & nimbu pani (iced lemon juice to combat the rising heat in Delhi), joyful laughter & excited giggles ringing in the air, song, dance & lots of applause at the “Masala T-Time Jamboree.”

And not forgetting a big measure of Love, Peace & Sunshine.

Guest performers included the House of Puppets, puppeteer from the Kathputli Rajasthani slums in Delhi who staged an animated Masala Tee customized Puppet Show entitled “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” featuring the animals characters from our Masala Tee Sugarcube Collection for Children: Nutty Trunky, the elephant, Humpy Khaly, the camel & Crazy Daisy, the cow.

Special mention goes out to the inimitable MC, Uncle P, who had the kids entertained & roaring with laughter, clapping excitedly, singing and dancing with such abandon!

And as for the Tee Wallahs, we laughed so much that we cried.


* Masala Tee for Humani-Tee idea: A certain percentage of the sales proceeds of Masala Tee goes towards selected humanitarian organisations helping children & women. Help us fan the flame of Masala Tee @ http://www.masalateeboutique.com

* Our thanks go to the following people: Mittal Tea, Jhilmil Breckenridge, Mehak Patissier for their contribution to this Event.

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The Bigger Picture:

This simple humble endeavor is now evolving further. Masala Tee is now involved in promoting the House of Puppets’ artistry to certain schools where they will conduct Puppet Making Workshops using recycled materials with the aim of encouraging creativity and building eco conscious-minded children.

The House of Puppets hail from the community of artists from the Kathputli Rajasthani Slums in Delhi. In “Midnight’s Children“, Salman Rushdie wrote of the “Magicians’ Ghetto” in Delhi, home to jugglers, fakirs and sweetmeat stalls, of “vendors of notions and itr-essences” and the “caterwauls of shoe-shine boys”. Kathputli is a real-life incarnation of Rushdie’s world.

HOP’s young group of performers who create & perform with their various crafts have turned their slum dwelling into a showcase of Rajasthani arts. The Kathputli Rajasthani slum residents are now facing a very uncertain future as their slum colony is now under threat from being bulldozed and cleared very soon, before India hosts the 2010 Commonwealth Games in October.

To read more, check out this article: http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/simon-wroe/what-will-become-delhis-slum-performers.

Masala Tee's brainstorming session with HOP @ Kathputli Slums, Delhi

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UNTYING & REVEALING the Face (& Body) behind Masala T-URBAN

Enjoy Captivating Eyes “Saware Naina” from Kamasutra Lounge Album

 

Masala T-Urban: Strong, Robust & Spicy

Want to see more?

Click on the following underlined link to see:

Masala T-Urban UNTIED!

 

 

Our Masala T-URBAN photo shoot advertisement  had specifically targeted at young, virile men with an athletic good body.

Enter Zubin Atre. A yoga instructor with all that litheness &  flexibility, all packed into his trim 148 lbs body. And the Tee Wallahs were immediately sold.

As a yoga practitioner, he emphasizes that through practicing yoga, not only will your body encounter a healthy change and stay physically fit, but you will empower your mental state, and ultimately achieve a positive outlook on life.  And we cannot agree more!

He embodies one of our Masala Tee Mantra to the Tee:

Love, Levitate & Live Happy. Do Your Yoga.


So the Tee Wallahs have decided to untie & unravel all the loose ends from the mystery behind this young man who sportingly tied our Masala T-URBAN around his face for the photo shoot (and oh, what grace!). We have him exposed in this interview conducted over Masala Tea, of course!

When & why did you start practicing yoga? Who were your influences?

I was exposed to yoga at a very young age as my Dad was practising yoga at home &  I have an aunt who is a yoga instructor. As a young boy, I was copying all of my Dad’s yoga movements. Proud Dad would always egg me on, and make me show off my yoga moves in front of the family, and I was 5 years old! At the ripe age of 11 (he laughed as we gasped), I was chanting along with my elder brother to the mantras on my Dad’s tape, ” Sacred Chants of Shiva.”  So yes, yoga blood ran very thickly in my family.

When did you decide to dedicate yourself to yoga personally & professionally?

At College level, I had opted out of  Medical course as I had not felt any affinity to it. I then decided to opt for Business Management & at the same time, I had attended a Teacher’s Training Course in Yoga at YogaLife. It was the turning point for me – I felt that yoga could be my vocation, and my Management course will complement & guide me through. I started out teaching yoga at many MNCs to get people to balance & manage their professional, personal & health aspects. And now my Management course again is aiding me in teaching yoga as well as running, managing & marketing YogaLife Studio.

Do you have a favourite form of yoga?

My personal favourite is Yoga Nidra which appeals to all of my senses- muscular, mental & emotional.  It is a resolution-based form of yoga where you are in a state of conscious deep sleep. During the practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep but the consciousness is happening at a deeper level of awareness – a state of mind between wakefulness & dream. Your mind feels like a child’s when you come out of the subconscious- every move is made sincerely in order that you achieve your aim, your target. It helps nurture the seed of great will power, inspire the higher self, and allows it to enjoy the vitality of life.

What do you find rewarding about being a yoga instructor?

Spiritually strengthening. Physically benefiting. Socially interesting.

My work is like break-time. It makes me feel very light. I am happy to introduce yoga to people – meet different people from all countries & all walks of life. It  gives me a big pleasure to spread the goodness of yoga to people.

Do your students inspire you?

Yes, I see their will power. I am amazed at their dedication- when they come daily, when they seriously follow my instruction say, in holding a particular position for 90 seconds.  I am learning continuously from my students – and,  it’s a mutual feeling. They inspire me big time when they put their trust in me. And i hope it’s vice versa.

What should someone look for in a yoga instructor and a yoga studio?

Passion, discipline, knowledge, understanding. A yoga instructor cannot ‘follow the book’ too strictly. He/She has to listen to the needs of the students and mechanism/limitation of the student’s body, and understand the mental state of the student, and instruct accordingly.

A yoga studio needs to be a haven of warmth & relaxation with all the necessary amenities- a place where people can feel light and experience a relaxation of mind, body, spirit. At YogaLife, we are trying to achieve all of that, with more in the offing.  In the near future, we will have a meditation room + a lounging room which will be the hub for our students to relax, and partake in the warm atmosphere.

What’s your own personal Mantra?

No cliché this- but it’s Omm.

Because  when i close my eyes, relax and recite it, each & every Omm is different. It expresses & reflects my state of mind and produces vibration, emanating from my different body parts. Omm gets broken into 3 pieces, starting out with ‘Ohhh‘ from the  stomach , ‘ooo’ from the chest region , ‘mmm’ from the mouth & nasal  region ….forming an ‘Ommmmmm.”  When the three parts come together, it completes me.

Any thing you want to share with us on your hot (hic) Masala Tee Photoshoot session in the cold winter of Delhi?

It was a mixture of ‘piping hot & uber cool’ ( and we applaud his answer!).  There was good energy & vibes all around,  and I warmed up to that, even in my cold, near ‘naked’ state..haha..I was totally relaxed – it’s a shoot like I’ve never done before. A funny & fun shoot…cheers to Masala Tee!

And to Zubin, we say Cheers! You were such a sport during our photo shoot and indeed,  a great yoga sportsman.

* For those interested in following the trails of this Masala T-URBAN model, catch him @ Yoga Life Studio in  252A, Nanak Bhavan, Shahpur jat (opposite Panchsheel Commercial Complex), Delhi or call  98118-63332 for enquiries.

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Strong & Sexy MASALA T-URBAN for Men: Get Tee Urban & Turban Cool!

Listen to “Billie Jean Remix by MC Punjabi.”

TURBAN’s GOT TALENT!

Masala Tee brews T- URBAN for MEN!

The MASALA T-Urban Collection is the Masala Tee version of

Tee Urban & Turban Cool

An earthy, robust, spirited, and ever spicy version featuring spirited Indian men’s faces with the TURBAN as the main accessory.

It is also the answer to the long queue of requests that we’d received from men, after the successful launch of our Masala Tee Jewel for Women.

MASALA T-URBAN Collection



For that ultimate visual & sensory experience, the turban is our star ingredient in our MASALA T-URBAN COLLECTION.

The Masala T-URBAN Brew

Strong, robust & spicy Organic Tee served with a generous dollop of SMOKING hot T-URBAN mix (Uday, Jagat, Ajay)  in bold colors (Tandoori Bordeaux Masala, Blue Masala & BlackPepper Masala).

It’ll make other heads turn, and then, spin some more!

Come to Masala T-URBAN country. Come to where the flavor is.

Order yours today @ http://ebook.masalateecollection.com/ or write to us at teewallahetc@gmail.com

Press on the link below to : SEE  YOURSELF in a TURBAN!

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via Turbanizer.com – Ever Wondered What You Looked Like In A TURBAN?.

 


So what’s in a TURBAN?

As quoted from the Turbanizer blog: “A suspiciously long piece of cloth or a funny looking hat? Turbans have been constantly viewed as markers of exoticism and wonderment. There is so much history, tradition, beauty and secrets that have been locked away in its folds that have caused for skeptical yet curious eyes to be shot at the proud wearers of this beautiful crown. It’s no surprise than that one of the fashion icons to have transcended time is in fact the turban! Today’s turbans aren’t only flashy and trendy but uniquely mark each individual style!”

Worn by the Sikhs, by the Rajputs in Rajasthan and by Royalty, and worn at special occasions like weddings and stately functions, it is a symbol of power and nobility. Providing a sense of identity, a symbol of pride & strength, of status, and generally, a source of dignity.

Our inspiration: MEN in TURBAN

Feel like something out of the ordinary this Winter and the follow-up seasons? Treat yourself to Masala T-URBAN Collection if you want to look strong & sexily Tee-Urban!

If you like this sizzling hot Masala T-Urban article, post it on Facebook or pass it on to your friends &  join our Masala Tee Facebook Fanpage.

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Masala Tee Sugarcube for your Tee-lightful Sweeties

Satisfy Your Child’s Sweet Tooth.

“The Masala Tee Sugarcube Collection & Story is dedicated to little Alya , a 14-month-old  funny little Indian princess (the ‘lil one behind the Tee above) who was sugarcube-hugged into the family of one of the Tee Wallahs. She loves head-banging to ‘mahnamahna’!
The other half of The Tee Wallahs is cheering them all on!”

Masala Tee Sugarcube Collection

Lovingly prepared for your wee delightful spoonfuls of trouble.

Kids will simply adore the burst of flavor & soda pop colors, and the sweet taste of their Masala Tee Sugarcube.

With the star ingredient-  a concoction of exotic animals– featuring a cool elephant, NuttyTrunky,  a funny cow, CrazyDaisy & a tall camel, HumpyKhaly .  All wearing the signature  Masala Tee jewellery, embossed for added effect. And ultimate cuteness.

 

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SERVING GUIDE

A Dose of Masala Tee Sugarcube for Your Sweetie’s Sugar Fix

Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth by adding spoonfuls of yummy, sweet & naturally green Masala Tee Sugarcube into their lives.

A dose of Fun. Calory free. Eco friendly. Energy booster. Releases Creativity. Laughter 100% guaranteed. We advise Unlimited intake.

A visually fun treat that allows you & your children to take their imagination away to faraway lands, and concoct fun and amazing stories that will keep them entertained for a long time.

Fancy a Bed-Time Story with a Sugary Hug?

A Masala Tee Sugarcube Story has been lovingly concocted  & starring our three crazy & fun animal characters –  NuttyTrunky, CrazyDaisy & HumpyKhaly–  entitled, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” This special gift to our ‘lil customers is set in a mini-book form, & is inserted into our exclusive Masala Tee Sugarcube Pouch together with infant/toddler Tee.

It will be a pleasure for you to read, and your ‘lil adventurous, imaginative ones to hear.

To read the Masala Tee Sugarcube Story, click on the following underlined words:

Masala Tee Sugarcube Mini-Book!.

 

 

” Families are Welcome. Read through the Night.

The Story is Friendly. The Animals Don’t Bite!”

 

 

Limited Edition: Masala Tee Sugarcube ‘T for Two’ Blend

Special ‘T for Two’ Promotion!

‘T for Two’ Blend : T For Tea-rrific Mommy & T for Tee-lightful Sweety

A Perfect Blend. A Sweet Deal. An Exquisite Gift.

Chai Tea, 100g: a Blend of rich Assam tea with spices for Mommy & Comfy Tee, 100% cute organic tee for Sweety.

Both Ts are packaged in exclusive Silver Masala Tee Pouches. For prices, write to us @ teewallahetc@gmail.com


Calling all Infants & Toddlers- Get your Parents to Buy Masala Tee Sugarcube Online!

Masala Tee Sugarcube is prepared in 3 yummy flavors & in various children’s portions to suit different tastes & appetites:

Strawberry Masala (Fuchsia), Blackberry Masala (Grey) & Blueberry Masala (Blue). Infant Size: Onesie (18-24 months) & Toddler Sizes: 2T (2-3 years) & 4T (4-5 years).


 

Our Inspiration: The ohsocolorful beautiful, fun animals of India!

The inspiration for the Masala Tee Sugarcube comes from the colorful animals that you see in India all decked up and paraded at festivals and fairs. All adorned in their finery, flowers, paints, jewellery and costumes, and what fun!

We send them flying kisses & say Hip Hip Hooray!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Faces behind Masala Tee Unveiled.

“Steppin’ Out” Music by Costes Re-Edit of Joe Jackson’s original…we love!

The Tee Wallahs say Peek-a-Boo!

Take a Sneak Peak @ them before they bury their heads in their Masala Tees again (and delve deep into their Tee comfort zone  to come up with more Tee-tilating ideas!).

And psst…The Tee Wallahs will be unveiling the new faces for their Masala Tee Men’s  & Children’s Collection real soon. Keep peeking into this space.

Take a peek @ faces behind Masala Tee
Take a peek @ the faces behind Masala Tee

 

CLICK on the link “Masala Tee gals UNVEILED!” below to un-Tee them!  A sneak peek on the creators of Masala Tee & more bytes on them in VERVE India & Mail Today,  Nov’ 09 Issue.

Masala Tee gals UNVEILED!.

 


 

FACES

Fat faces, small faces, faces with eyes so big I can’t even see their faces

Happy faces, cheerful faces, faces with excitement for new faces in some old places.

There have been new faces in the old places before, but never the faces of those who looked inside from outside.

To understand the faces

Which are never faceless.

Faces, All I see are faces

From television to newspaper, from YouTube to Facebook to tee shirts, the face is here.

The smile and the face are in all the places, everywhere you go the smile is there and on the faces of those who rejoice seeing, the face with the smile.

 

The eyes-soft and friendly, the smile-one of friendship, and the color-caramel and fresh.

The smile and the face offer peace and love, no longer a battle between black faces & white faces or yellow faces & blue faces.

Faces, All I see are faces

 

Read more on the faces behind Masala Tee: http://www.viadeo.com/recherche/profil/?memberId=002v20hlj42mssf

 

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A Dollop of Sweetness. A Sprinkle of Style.

Introducing the Masala Tee Skinny Scarf

This Fall/Winter, Masala Tee has added  a dollop of Sweetness & a sprinkle of Style to its Tee collection for added Smoothness.

It comes in the form of our freshly-brewed Masala Tee Skinny Scarf.

Ingredients: Smooth & Green 100% Bamboo Organic fibre, in  hot pepper Grey & cool  limey Green flavor

Size: 50x 180cm of yummy goodness: lightweight with flowing drape, smoothness & sheen

Suggested Use: Serve when feeling chilled or hot. Otherwise, when you want a general pick-me-up feeling

Nutritional Value: A Boost to your Style factor. Powerful, multifunctional & satisfying, you will head out of your door, smiling

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Why You’ll Want One

Masala Tee Skinny Scarf is a scarf for all seasons.

Versatile. Vibrant. Lightweight. Eco-friendly.

The Masala Tee Skinny Scarf is virtually weightless and part of the allure is the chic, airy, flowing feel –this feather-light, ultra- smooth scarf can ward off the chill of autumn, and even act as an extra layer of sunscreen in summer. Mixing sweetness and functionality, it also adds a  splash of personality & Ooomph! to your Masala Tee ensemble, and you can wear it any way imaginable. It’s your avenue for self-expression, baby!

Plus, made out of organic bamboo fabric, the Masala Tee Skinny Scarf has a natural sheen & softness that feels and drapes like silk but is less expensive and more durable.

It works well for an easy breezy summer look or a  fall/winter chic layer added for warmth & style. Very Vava Voom.

And it comes in hot pepper grey & cool limey green flavors. Yums.

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How To Wear It Très Chic

This Fall, toss it over your Masala Tee, layer on a short skirt over leggings, put on your boots and you can take the boho chic look from Fall to Spring! The idea is to have fun and be creative and use it to fit your style or mood of the day.

Just get ready to experiment: twist, braid, use it as a bohemian headband, knot the two colors together or  sashay with it as a belt AND if you’re caught without that beachwear,  try tying it a last-minute halter top. Très cool.

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Get a taste of the Masala Tee Skinny Scarf @ ebook.masalateecollection.com

Price on request at teewallahetc@gmail.com

Ps : Watch out for the Masala Tee Men’s Collection coming out end November!



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masala tee’s global kitchen

FOOD AND FUN AND LAUGHS AND LOVE

“L’amour” (Love) from Rouge Rouge, Hotel Coste Compilation

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“Food is our common ground, a universally beautiful experience.”

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We promise you Masala Tee and more. Food, glorious food. A taste of food from all over.

We will tee-tillate your tastebuds & tempt you. Using all sorts of ingredients, flavors & spices with names you can’t even pronounce. In this segment, we take you through an epicurean journey to kitchens around the globe that no true foodie should miss. We give you truly Masala Tee and food experience, and more!

 

 

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324680517_583fcc4603_t-1 “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”George Bernard Shaw

 

 

Just back from a vacation of our favorite things: friends, family, food, sun, love & laughter,  we have finger-picked our fave refreshing healthy recipe for you to try out this summer: Vietnamese Cold Spring Roll. High yum factor & totally guilt-free. Better still, get your friends together around the table & have a spring roll finger-licking party where each rolls their own spring roll.

But before that, enjoy our recent ‘Masala Tee’ holiday & food pics from the splendid seafood gastronomy region of Brittany, France. La Vita è Bella!

Go trippin’ everywhere with Masala Tee this summer.

 

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Vietnamese Rice Cold Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)

Preparation time: 40mins
Cooking time : Nil
Makes 48

Nuoc Dam dipping sauce
¾ cup (185 ml) fish sauce
¼ cup (60ml) lime juice
2 tablespoons grated palm sugar or soft brown sugar
2 bird’s eye chillies, seeded and finely chopped

150g dried rice vermicelli
48 round 15cm rice paper wrappers
48 cooked king prawns, peeled, deveined and halved lengthways
150g bean sprouts
3 cups (60g) fresh mint
2 cups (60g) fresh coriander leaves

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1.    To make the dipping suce, combine all the ingredients, and ½ cup (125ml) water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to two small serving dishes and set aside
2.    Place the noodles in a heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 10 mins, then drain
3.    Assemble the rolls one at a time. Dip a rice paper wrapper in a  bowl of warm water for 30 secs, or until it softens. Place the wrapper on a wok surface and put 2 prawn halves on the bottom third of he wrapper.top with a few noodles, bean sprouts, 3 mint leaves and 5 corianer leaves in that order. Ensure that the filling is neat and compact, he turn up the bottom of the wrapper to cover the filling. Holding the filling in place, fold in the two sides, then roll up.
4.    Arrange on a platter, folded side dowm. Cover with a damp tea towl or plastic wrap until ready to serve. Serve with the dipping sauce.

THINK AHEAD: You can make the rolls up to 8 hours beforehand, but make sure you cover them well or they will dry out rapidly. The sauce can be made a day earlier.

The Tee Wallahs send tee-licious summer holiday greetings to everyone!

Have a lovely, sunny, foodie holiday!

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laugh, smile, hug, sing, dance, be happy & merry & sip yer tea (extra milk & 2 sugarcubes for us today, please!)

“Tea for Two” Music by PINK MARTINI feat. Jimmy Scott

a TEE Wallah’s tête-à-tête with a TEA Wallah.

Tee Wallah Etc feat. Mittal Tea Store.

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As the Masala Tee Story goes – it all started with a Tea Bag. And evolved into a Tee Collection. So we’d decided to go back to the source of our inspiration in our favorite quaint tea brew bar where it all began.

Tucked away in lively Sunder Nagar Market is Mittal Tea Store, a real melting pot of tea (and now tee) and more. A treasure trove of a tea store where you can breathe in beautifully aroma-ed tea leaves from all over INDIA, check out fascinating tea-making paraphernalia, spice up your life with an assortment of packed masala spices & recipes waiting to be converted to mouth- watering masala dishes and most importantly, enjoy the personalized service provided by the charming bespectacled owner, Mr Vikram Mittal and his affable team.

A melting pot of locals, expats and tourists seek their moment of calm and repose in this cozy corner of Delhi. Forget wi-fi connection and all that new age addictive thing. Here’s where you can enjoy a truly tea-total afternoon, sipping your fine cuppa tea from shiny white porcelain cups in an atmospheric saloon amidst genuine smiles, laughter and a ladida tête-à-tête.

The sweet, charming, old-school way.

 

 

 

 

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We cheer & toast Lisa Neisa for her tee-rrific photography @ Mittal Tee Store!

 

 

 

Tee Wallah: Masala Tea feat. Masala Tee.  How do you rate our Masala Tea versus your Masala Tea?

Tea Wallah: They go hand in hand. They both fit to the T! Drinking Masala Tee, having mischievous Masala thoughts, and thinking of some spicy good times… that’s a man’s answer to the Women’s Masala Tee Collection (laughs heartily). But seriously, Masala Tee versus Masala Tea? They both have the same concept/idea, similar concoction, working towards a nice end result. Our Masala Tea is blended with fine quality, strong Assam tea with the finest Indian spices in the right proportions to set your mood. And your Masala Tee is blended with natural organic cotton, embedded with fine quality Swarovski crystals to give a smooth feel & touch.

Tee Wallah: What were your first impressions of Masala Tee? Were you tee-tilated?

Tea Wallah: My first thought was “That’s my kind of Tee! Shall I drink it or wear it?”

Tee Wallah: What’s your cuppa tea in life? And what’s your cuppa tea here in India and available here in your store?

Tea Wallah: My cuppa tea in life is to make people happy in reali-tea (we thumb up his play on word here!). And my cuppa tea here in this store ? A fine Darjeeling from the summer harvest like the rare Muscatel,  one of the finest teas produced anywhere in the world…

Tee Wallah: You’ve brewed pots and pots of fine good tea to a melting pot of people here. What are the tea preferences of people from different regions?

Tea Wallah: The popularity of tea is unbeatable, especially with its therapeutic & positive health effects. Tea is the secondly most drank beverage in the world after water. Forget about cappuccino, Coca-Cola or Pepsi — tea is set to be most popular with drinkers in the 21st century! Especially among consumers seeking to keep fit, stay young and live longer. In terms of preferences, Indians & other south Asians like the very strong Assam etc . The English like the orthodox Assam with longer leaves . Germans and other north European like Darjeeling from the spring harvest. Tea connoisseurs all across the world relish the special summer teas from the upper Assam, and higher altitudes of Darjeeling…and I expect that all nationalities will like your Masala Tee(shirts, hic)(laughter &  applause all around!)

Tee Wallah: For the foodies and tee-totalers out there, any good recommendations of good Masala Tea and food pairings (like how they do with wine and cheese pairings?)

Tea Wallah: Yes, food and tea pairings is practiced all over the world, for example tea salons in England serve tea & scones – a classic combo! We are considering including some home-made cookies soon in Mittal Tea Store specially blended with dried fruits like tangy mango, grapes or cumin spices etc, which can be paired with fine teas like Darjeeling and Assam teas, to be enjoyed in different seasons.  Spicy Masala Tea, on the other hand, goes well with savories like vegetable samosa, pakhora and kachori, which give a burst of flavor, and which is making me hungry now…

Tee Wallah: We have our Masala Tea Mantra: “Go Tripping with Masala Tee. And your every cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” Any good quotes that a Tea Wallah can give a fellow Tee Wallah?

Tea Wallah: “A Tea with a Tee can set you Free.” Ha!

Tee & Tea Wallahs (laughs & toasts): Very well put there. Cheers to that!

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You can find our Masala Tees and their Masala Teas @ Mittal Tea House, 12 Sunder Nagar Market. New Delhi Tel:011 24358588. Look out for our  Specially Brewed “Tea/Tee For Two” Promo & Contest, a special Tee Wallah & Mittal Tea collaboration, coming to you soon!

TeeParteepic-1 HOST YOUR OWN MASALA TEE PAR-TEE!

 

What’s this? A chance for you to be a tee-rrific trendsetter and to introduce your friends to a unique experience of buying Masala Tees at home sweet home. It’s fun & it’s unique. It’s brew-haha time.

 

What’s the idea? We are looking for ‘Masala Tee Hostesses with the Mostest‘ who will be our Masala Tee Ambassadors in other countries/regions and who will host a Masala Tee/Tea Par-Tee at their homes in a fun convivial atmosphere where they can invite a select cozy group of guests and introduce the Masala Tee idea/concept/philosophy of good hospitality. Laugh, smile, dance, sing, hug, be happy and sip your cuppa tea!

 

 

 

How can we help? The collateral support provided by us that will go towards ensuring the success of the “Masala Tee La-Di-Da  Par-Tee”:

* an Invite Card to the “Masala Tee la-di-da, tête-à-tête Par-Tee” Theme

* Par-tee Menu tips

* Ambient Music

* Add-on Sales of ‘Packaged Masala Tandoori Recipe all Ready to Cook’, and ‘Packaged Masala Chai all Ready to Brew’ especially prepared for the Masala Tee Par-Tee guests to buy and spice up their lives.

* Laughs and smiles are free

 

 

 

Our Masala Tee Hostesses get tee-dollar cuts for the sale of each Tee. For details, please contact us at teewallahetc@gmail.com with “Subject: MASALA TEE HOSTESS.”

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Masala Tee Casts Light on a New Book “The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India”

MASALA TEE IS CHEERING SHELLEY SEALE ON THE RELEASE OF HER BOOK TODAY, 15 JUNE 2009.

A non-fiction book by Shelley Seale

Visit the book site at http://weightofsilence.wordpress.com

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Masala Tee’s Musings:

The invisible children of India.
They are everywhere.
They are here, there
but do you really see them?

Often overlooked,
nameless & faceless,
they are there.
Basking like a cat on the sidewalk,
some scrounging through trash
for newspapers, rags
or anything they can sell
whilst others, beg.
Just for a bowl of rice.
Living hand to mouth.
abandoned
homeless
runaway
destitutes
on the streets of India

Do you see them
live, work, play,
laugh, sleep, dream
in orphanages,
in slums,
at railway stations,
on the streets
of our cities?
Extremely vulnerable
yet showing hope & resilience.
Braving their difficult environments
in pursuit of a better life.
The invisible children of India.

Yes, they are there
Visible children of India.
Perfect children in an imperfect world
Look at their laughing faces
How many secrets they hold
How many shadows of pain endured

Would it matter more if we know their names?

Masala Tee applauds those who have created an awareness of their Universe.

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AUTHOR BIO:Shelley Seale is a freelance writer based out of Austin, Texas, but she vagabonds in any part of the world whenever possible. Shelley has written for the Seattle Times, Washington Magazine, the Austin Business Journal, Intrepid Travel and Andrew Harper Traveler Magazine among others, and is the Sustainable Travel Columnist at The Examiner. Her new book, The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India, follows her journeys into the orphanages, streets and slums of India, where for millions of children the life portrayed in Slumdog Millionaire is their reality. Her mantra is “travel with a purpose.

The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India is a non-fiction narrative that gives a strong and hopeful voice to its most vulnerable citizens. ” The stories told in this book do not belong to me. They were given to me as a gift, often because I was the only person who had ever asked.” She can be reached at http://www.shelleyseale.com.  You can buy her book @ http://www.dogseyeviewmedia.com/

Read an excerpt from her book:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I never expected to be in India. And without a doubt, I never thought once I had been I would return, again and again.

It wasn’t the exotic beauty that drew me back. It wasn’t the warmth of the people, their gentle and inquisitive nature, their open hospitality. It wasn’t the storied, ancient history of the country or its rich and varied culture. It was not the colors or the spices or the sounds or the spirituality of the place. India is all of these things, to be sure, and I have grown to love them all. But they were not what seeped into my being and pulled me close, becoming a part of me that I missed with a strange emptiness when I left.

It was the children.

They are everywhere. They fill the railway stations, the cities, the shanty villages. Some scrounge through trash for newspapers, rags or anything they can sell at traffic intersections. Others, often as young as two or three years old, beg. Many are homeless, overflowing the orphanages and other institutional homes to live on the streets. I had no way of knowing just how much they would change my life.

As the New Year dawned on 2004 I was living in Austin, Texas, freelancing and trying to single-handedly shepherd a thirteen-year-old daughter through her teenage years unscathed. I felt slightly adrift after recently leaving Dallas, a relationship and a full-time real estate business to craft a life with more meaning. For me this meant going back to school, embracing my first passion of writing instead of the career I had haphazardly fallen into, and engaging myself more deeply with social and political issues of importance to me.

I had always been involved in children’s rights and nonprofit work with youth – mentoring at-risk teen girls, volunteering with Child Protective Services, and standing up for children as a court-appointed advocate when they had been removed from parents due to abuse or neglect. This interest had been sparked in me early, when my mother became a foster parent for a home for unwed mothers. More than fifty babies lived with us over the years on their journeys to adoptive parents, and in 1984 my parents adopted my youngest sister just as I was graduating from high school.

One day in early 2004 I was paging through a local lifestyle magazine, Tribeza, when an article grabbed my attention. It told the story of Caroline Boudreaux, who had visited India three years earlier and happened upon a home full of parentless children living in incomprehensible conditions. That night a toddler named Sibani walked over and laid her head on Caroline’s knee. Caroline picked her up and rocked her to sleep, singing a lullaby as Sibani pressed her small body into Caroline. When Sibani was asleep Caroline carried her to bed, but what she found chilled her. The room was filled with thirty wooden frameworks that looked like picnic tables; no mattresses, no pillows, no blankets. The couple who ran the orphanage constantly lacked enough food, clothing and supplies to adequately provide for the children they had taken in, children who had nowhere else to turn. Caroline had to put the sleeping baby down on the hard slat that served as her crib, hearing her bones clack against the wood.

The moment she returned to the United States, Caroline left her career in television advertising behind and started a nonprofit organization to raise funds for the children in the home, in spite of having no idea what she was doing or how to do it. She simply knew she had to do something. Next to the article was a full-page photograph of Caroline Boudreaux holding a picture of the little girl, Sibani, who had so altered her life’s path.

I wondered what could be so powerful about these kids that would cause a person to completely turn her life upside down. And what kind of a woman does that? A woman that I wanted to know, I decided. That afternoon I sent an email to Caroline, telling her I’d like to know more about the work she was doing and if there was a way I could help. She replied the next day, and the following week I was sitting in her living room with a handful of other supporters.

“Hey, girl! It’s good to meet you, thanks for coming,” Caroline welcomed me in an easy, friendly manner with her Louisiana Cajun drawl and infectious laugh. She offered pizza and wine, brushing back rebellious pieces of her curly dark hair that escaped from the barrette attempting to tame it. As she spoke to the small group about the children and her fledgling organizations’ needs, Caroline’s eyes were serious and the strength and passion of her dedication evident.
I walked away from that evening committed to redesigning and producing The Miracle Foundation’s newsletter and volunteering at the next fundraising event – and, for the first time in my life, with thoughts of India in my head.

* * *

One Year Later – March 2005

The plane from Delhi started its final descent for landing and my heart began to race. After thirty-six hours of travel this was the last leg of the journey bringing me and ten other volunteers to Bhubaneswar, capital of the northeastern state of Orissa located four hundred kilometers south of Calcutta, where the Miracle Foundation orphanage director, Damodar Sahoo, would meet us. As the plane touched down my stomach tightened while I waited impatiently for the exit doors to open. Eleven dazed Americans emerged into the piercing sunlight and walked across the tarmac to the small terminal. Caroline was immediately spotted by Mr. Sahoo – the man known to all simply as “Papa.” In his white Punjabi suit that looked a bit like pajamas he was just as the pictures I’d seen of him, only bigger. A large man, not fat but substantial, Papa swept Caroline into his arms for a hug across the metal bars separating the passengers in baggage claim from those waiting for them. He lifted his large, thick 1980s style glasses from the bridge of his nose and dabbed at his eyes with a handkerchief.

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The children greet our arrival

It was then that I saw he had an entourage. Behind him were his wife, two women staff members, and three girls from the home. They broke into huge smiles, waving excitedly and calling “Sister Caroline!” Caroline greeted and hugged them all while the rest of us gathered our luggage, our energy suddenly replenished. As we each showed our passport and exited the gate, the girls handed us bouquets of marigolds and red roses, then kissed their fingers and bent down to touch our feet in blessing. The oldest girl, Jhillismita – nicknamed Jilly – was about fourteen and wore a brilliant blue salwar kameez, the casual Indian outfit that many girls of adolescence and older wear, comprised of a long top over matching pants and a scarf. The two younger girls, Pinky and Meena, were around seven years old and dressed in simple cotton floral schoolgirl dresses, with headbands holding back their short glossy hair. They were bashful with us, dropping their heads and giggling together when we tried to take photos with them.

Our group made its way outside as everyone else in the small airport stared after us. Two jeep-like vehicles were brought around for all eighteen of us and our piles of luggage. Long moments of delay followed while Papa and the drivers held a frenzied discussion. I stood by with the other volunteers pretending not to notice the passersby pointing us out to each other. I wasn’t sure what the waiting and confusion were about, but after only a few hours and two airports was beginning to understand they accompanied most everything in India. At last our luggage was crammed into one car and tied to the roof of another and everyone piled in. We zoomed away from the airport, narrowly missing bicycles, pedestrians, cows and mopeds. Our driver, like all the others around him, merely laid on his horn continuously – presumably to warn those in his path that it would be their fault if they were struck, having been given adequate warning.

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City Street

As we entered the city, the cacophony of sights and sounds that was Bhubaneswar was jarring after the peaceful countryside I had gazed down on from the airplane. From the air the beauty of the place was unmistakable. Lush trees and hillsides, stands of palms along lakes and rivers. The green was a richer shade than I’d ever seen before, the water a serene silver mirror reflecting sky, the pure undeveloped land seemingly endless. Now, in the midst of it, there seemed no still or quiet space. Instead there were throngs of people everywhere, living and working and sleeping; hundreds of street vendors lined every available inch of sidewalk. The dusty roads peppered with potholes were filled with a constant stream of buses, bicycles, rickshaws, cars and cows; and rising over it all was the constant, blaring beep-beep of the horns. It was the most alive place I had ever been.

Leaving Bhubaneswar we drove another twenty minutes before reaching the smaller city of Cuttack, near the orphanage. We stopped briefly at the hotel to check in and leave our bags before continuing on our way to Papa’s ashram. Another careening ride down the bumping roads and a drive across a curious toll bridge on which there was much exchange of words and then money, more waiting, until the gate was finally hand lifted by a guard. Night was falling as we lurched along and then, without warning, turned in through the gates.

In a second, the cars stopped where rows of children were lined around the drive in a semi-circle, waving and chanting “welcome” over and over. I climbed out and they were all around, touching my feet in blessing. Overwhelmed and unsure what to do, I blindly followed behind Papa and Caroline amidst the sea of small bodies. The children were shy at first, excited but reticent. One little girl of about seven summoned her courage and touched my arm, then took my hand.

“Hello,” she said softly, looking up briefly before her eyes slid away from their contact with mine. As soon as she did this, the surrounding children shed their reserve and moved in close, putting their hands out for me to shake. I did, over and over; there was a never-ending supply of hands raised in front of me.

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The sweetest girls

“Hello, hello,” I greeted dozens of children who passed as a blur before me, the throng of us slowly making our way into the ashram. Everything seemed to be happening so quickly, I didn’t have time to look around, to see the new wing The Miracle Foundation built or get any sense of where I was in the darkness. There were just the children, all around, and my feet moving forward until we came to a courtyard. As one the kids left our sides and began climbing a staircase in an orderly fashion. We followed with the dozen or so staff, removing our shoes at the top of the stairs and entering the prayer room.

The children were already lined up and sitting on rugs on the floor, boys on one side and girls on the other, ages progressively going up toward the back with older kids sitting behind younger. Ceiling fans whirred overhead to stir up the warm air. We were escorted to the front of the room where we, too, sat cross-legged – male volunteers on the boys’ side and female volunteers on the girls’. At the front of the room was an altar holding flowers, small trinkets of devotion, a picture of the guru Sai Baba and a statue of Vishnu, an ancient Hindu god. Tacked to the walls on all sides were pictures of other Hindu gods – Ganesh and Krishna – as well as Jesus, Mary, Mother Theresa and Mohammed. A staff member lit incense at the altar while another blew a horn softly. The children sat up straighter and ceased any fidgeting or whispering.

Papa walked to his brand-new podium and microphone, a contraption he was clearly proud of, and began to speak. Alternating between English and Oriya, the local dialect, he welcomed Caroline as his “daughter” and the volunteers as friends, introducing us one at a time. When Papa called my name a girl I later learned was Sibani presented me with another bouquet and bent down to touch my feet.

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Salu

Then the prayers began. It started with a simple chant: “Om….om..,” the small voices resonating deeply. Finally things slowed down enough for me to begin to take it all in, to look at the kids clearly and in light, to start to feel my heart calm. The chanting gave way to a song, a hundred sweet voices dancing in the air and filling the room. Beside me on the rug sat one of the smallest girls, with glossy black curls and deep dimples. She was sitting lotus-style with her middle fingers and thumbs pressed together on the knees of her yellow and green flowered dress, eyes squinted tightly shut in concentration. Her strong, clear singing distinctly carried to my ears apart from the others. The voice of this three-year-old rising so pure and true was one of the most powerful sounds I had ever heard.

Soon the singing faded into silence and Papa prayed. He said there were many religions represented and respected in the ashram. “Here, there are Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and Muslims. We pray,” Papa said, “to God and Allah and Jesus and Mohammed. The meaning of life is to love all. The purpose of life is to serve all.”

It was a simple prayer, reminding me that life need not be complicated unless we made it so. A soothing peace palpable in the air filled me, and I breathed out deeply. The past forty hours of travel and little sleep fell away as if they were nothing. There seemed no other world outside this place. As Papa spoke my eyes traveled over the faces all around me. I wondered when each of them had stopped wanting to go home, or if they ever had. As much of a loving community as the ashram seemed, it was not the family that most of the children had once known, distant and ghostly memories for the most part.

Home is a fragile concept – far more delicate than those of us who have always had one can imagine. When a person no longer has a home, when his family is taken from him and he is deprived of everything that was familiar, then after a while wherever he is becomes home. Slowly, the pieces of memory fade, until this strange new place is not strange anymore; it becomes harder to recall the past life, a long ago family, until one day he realizes he is home.

The stories that were shared with me do not belong to me. They were given to me as a gift, often because I was the only person who had ever asked.

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