On Drinking Tea

What will drinking one cup of green tea a day do for my health?

I drink at least two cup of tea(not green tea) everyday and every time I get the free advice that green tea is better. But here I am not going to compare the benefits of these tea.

>Over a cup of Tea

People love to recommend a tea to cure their cancer, halitosis, premature balding and tennis elbow.  And to be honest, I’m sick to death of other tea businesses luring people in with health benefit claims.

There are actually be some health benefits, but it’s my opinion that they are grossly overstated and misleading. I personally think the biggest benefit you might get from drinking any kind of tea would be the benefit derived from replacing a sugary, high calorie, possibly carbonated beverage with tea, which has no sugar, or calories by itself.


I think that once upon a time, you had two choices:  drink tea, or drink water.  In early communities, the water supply was frequently tainted, and drinking tea required boiling the water.  Lo and behold, the people who drank tea were healthier, they were less prone to disease and they lived longer.  Someone decided that tea must be medicinal and an industry of snake oil salesmen was born.

The short answer is drink tea because you enjoy it, or drink tea because it is better for you than soda, but don’t expect it to work magic on you.


About Disagreements: my thoughts

Two people sit opposed to each other. In between them is a cup:

cup of teaOne person argues: the handle is on the left. The other argues: the handle is on the right. Even when talking about a cup there can be disagreement.

Disagreement often rises from different points of view. Only when two people share the same point of view we could establish if one of them is wrong.

This reminds me of the story of the Blind men and an elephant, they all touch the same elephant but claim different qualities. One feels its tusk and says it’s like spear, another touches its legs and says it’s like a tree trunk.

This alludes to the many possible perspectives that are available to look at the exact same thing. Every perspective though is true but partial.

Integral theory (Ken Wilber) makes the attempt to create a framework which incorporates different perspectives. Someone can be looking at an idea from the inside (subjective), another person could be looking from the outside (objective) – who is right? They both could be to a certain extent.

So when two people disagree, it does not necessarily mean that at least one person has to be wrong – both can be right at the same time.

>Over a cup of Tea

>For Aligarians, Tea is the drink of all moments and times. If they want to celebrate, they have Tea. If they are unhappy about something, they have Tea. If they want to tell you something, it will be over a cup of Tea. If two disputing parties want to reach a consensus, it will happen on a Tea table. Even if they are vvvvvery busy, you can catch them catching up with their cup of Tea.

I was browsing and found the following beautiful poem on tea.

A poem over a cup of tea………

Meri labon ki talab hai ye chai,
meri zubaan ki chahat hai chai,
mere khoon mei josh bhare ye chai,
mere armanon ko hosh de ye chai,
Doston k sath jashn ka zarya hai chai,
baaton ki kashti mei sawar hone ka darya hai chai,
toote badan ko rahat deti ye chai,
pareshan aur tang zehan ki shafaat ye chai,
nazar na lage kisi ki, mere dosto ko kabhi,
sada roshan rahe ye chaman aur peete rahe ham ye chai!!