Tea review: Gopaldhara autumn ruby

The Gopaldhara estate teas have been a mixed bag. Autumn Ruby here. Brews into a bright orange liquor that has a mild honey smell. It tastes of a mix of honey and some ripe fruit. Sweetish, but not quite the way I like it. It feels as if someone dunked the leaves in a honey-fruit syrup to add this flavour as an after-thought. Zero astringency. Sweetish after-taste, but again, not quite the way I prefer it. 

Similar story with Gopaldhara Red Thunder autumn flush (2018) too. The biggest disappointment, however, is the Silver Needles white mix flush. All of them have this honey-fruit taste that feels like an after addition rather than a natural flavour.

Tea review: Korakundah organic green tea

Tried the Korakundah Organic green tea today.

It is green tea alright, but I didn’t find anything special about it.

Very mild woody kind of aroma. A sip wraps you in a woody and astringent taste that disintegrates slowly. After-taste is neither clean nor smooth, but isn’t harsh either. After tasting the White teas and Oolongs from the same estate recently, this one feels like medicine :(.

To be honest, I think I could have done a proper job of brewing. I suspect the water temperature was a tad too high. Will try sometime again at a bit lower water temperature.

Tea review: Korakundah Organic White tea

Today’s infusion was the Korakundah white tea. Another high-grown Nilgiri tea that yields a clear smooth liquor and has a meditative aroma.

As you slurp, you probably notice the floweriness first. The sweetish fruitiness kicks in much later and stays on for much longer leaving you with a clean soft after-taste, just like the one you get after you’ve just brushed your teeth.

At Rs 510/50gm, it’s not cheap – but then you could steep it several times. I infused my leaves 4 times and still got solidly good liquor. Was even tempted to brew a 5th time.

One of those clean, soft and meditative kind of teas with a very distinctive flavour. Loved it!!

Tea review: Korakundah Organic Oolong tea

My first tryst with Korakundah Oolong tea.

Pretty mild, flowery and fruity tea. Has a strong aroma that is distinctive of most Nilgiri teas. After a few sips, one would notice a flowery taste (jasmine?) and as it washes down the back of your throat, a mild peachy taste that lingers on.

Gulp it down and it is as good as hot water. Slow down, close your eyes and let the flavours unfold slowly – only then would you appreciate this tea.

Another note, this leaf is definitely for one brew only. On second infusion, the aroma was almost nonexistent (did I steep it wrong?) and the taste was much mellowed. My amateurish knowledge says that high grade oolongs could be steeped multiple times. Nevertheless, it appears to be a lovely delicate tea.

Baggage of dreams

It was his first TEDx speech.

He rehearsed for yet another time on the way to the venue. A lot of people knew about his achievements already. This was his chance to let them know the story behind it – the pain and hardships he had to undergo to make it happen.

Not every seedling becomes a tree!

Dreams don’t just fructify out of thin air. They need intense effort, discipline and dedication. They need a lifetime of sacrifice. Stuff that people with broken spine simply cannot manage.  Continue reading


Should I do it? Would I be able to live with the guilt? I kept thinking.

My mind wandered to the day when I first met her.

I work as a consulting neurologist and movement disorder specialist here. It would have been just another day in the hospital, but for this particular case.

Adhira was referred to me by our neurology resident Dr Kumar.

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Walking away from a wrong table

Several times in life, I’ve sat at the wrong table and waited for things to get better. A wrong job, a bad investment, a bad industry… to list a few. Talk about table selection and I’ve made all mistakes one could!

2 years in a job I hated. 3 years with a significant investment I wasn’t sure about. 2 years in an industry that I knew would take me nowhere.

I waited.

Nothing really happened!

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The bank loan

Part I

I received a memo from head office today. It makes me nervous.

They have marked Surya homes private limited as a red-flagged account and have asked me to prepare a report for the Central Fraud Monitoring Cell.

Making it worse is the fact that this case will be directly reviewed by our Deputy General Manager, Mr Bharat, a long-timer in the bank known especially for his honesty. Continue reading