Saturday, March 8, 2014

Chai...A sip of India !!

When I was told by The Indian Trumpet
that their March April issue is celebrating Chai
and that I needed to do some illustrations for them
I was thrilled because
Chai is ...
a sip of India !!
It carries a great importance in the life of an Indian :)

and so I began my journey...

Do you drink Chai ? Which one is your cup of tea ?
Different regions in India have their own special Chai ...with special names !!

Masala chai is a healing elixir if it creates a state of balance within our being. 
During winter, warming spices like ginger, cinnamon and pepper
 will keep us in harmony with the season. 
However during summer, 
mint, fennel, coriander, saffron, and the cooling nature of sweet milk, 
can help us stay cool and balanced.

Hum Saath saath hain (We are always together)
 shows the various things that go absolutely, crazily well with a cup of Chai...
I asked a few friends the first word that comes to their mind 
when I say Chai...
and then this illustration came up :)

These are a few tea labels which I illustrated ! Some known...some old  :)

These are a few of the excuses we Indians take to enjoy a cup of Chai !!...
morning chai....chai with breakfast...
chai for no time chai
chai with friends.....and so on  :)

This is the humble Chai waallah (Tea Seller) who is the life line of India :)

Hope your voyage with my cup of Chai has been memorable :)


  1. Beautiful artwork Ritu, love it. Happy PPF, Annette x

  2. Wonderful illustration and education on Chai!! I often Chai tea over my favorite drink Coffee! Yes I LOVE it all seasons! The infusions of spices is delectable. The spicier the better for me!! Great post, wonderful artwork!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Beautifully done ritu di :)


  4. it sure was a memorable experience -it reached all my senses! Just seeing and reading the chai and ingredients has me breathing more deeply to take in those wonderful scents. But your drawings -wow- they are spectacular!!! I'd love to try an authentic Indian chai one day.

  5. These are such fantastic pages!
    They are a wonderful tribute to chai, tea, and to India... Beautiful!

  6. Wow! Pages and pages of this wonderful tea story! Love all the intricacies , details, lettering, people, cups of tea! Wow!!! And brown paper too!

  7. These are really beautiful! There's so much to see and to discover. I also love the drawings on the brown paper ...

  8. beautiful! love chai and this work!! happy PPF

  9. What a wonderful assortment of illustrations that touch the senses. Love the colours and the learning about India and it's traditions. Gorgeous,gorgeous work Ritu!

    Annabelle : )

  10. This looks wonderful! It shows you put a lot of work and thought into it. :)