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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

You can drop a dress size by drinking tea!

By S.H.Moulana

The house I have rented out in Riyadh from a Saudi citizen was a military attaché in one of their embassies in the West and is a true tea lover. He owns many properties in this fashionable Sulaimania district.

He loves our Sri Lankan tea especially and every time he calls at my residence to collect the six-monthly rent he would frankly express his intention to taste a cup of plain tea. The way he enjoys it makes us too to go for one although we have the age old habit of enjoying tea with milk.

This reminds me of my former British boss during my working days back home. He used to say that they are the real tea drinkers and we Sri Lankans drink milk and sugar.

Every time I return from my vacation I bring the Saudi gentleman few packets, which he has named ‘Seyed tea’ and treasure it very much.

His strict instruction to his wife is that this is exclusively for him and she should serve any other tea for the visitors. Compared to other land lords he is an extremely understanding person.

His craze for our quality tea shows that we still have people who love tea and especially our Sri Lankan tea but most of them are above the middle aged group.

The youth and the middle aged are now fascinated by the chain of coffee shops in the city.

Two decades ago you wouldn’t have seen a single American coffee drinker; however there were some hooked on to Turkish coffee in tiny little mugs most of them were either from Lebanon or Syria.

With the invasion of American coffee shops this too has almost disappeared.

The TV personality, Doctor Oz’s, show in the US once briefed the viewers of the benefit of drinking tea and instantly it made thousands of Americans to switch on to tea from coffee in one of the states.

He said drinking different types of tea can help prevent diseases and alleviate stress. He continued; you have tried diet and exercise but have you tried tea? Learn how you can drop a dress size by drinking the right tea.

Hundred years ago the famous English essayist Thomas de Quincey said “Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities, will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.”

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