Comfort from India

Tuesday, 4th August 2020

By Deepka Ratra

Above illustration by Madhav Nair.

5 pm. Our apartment smells like cake. “Jules’ tea?” asks Cam. We must! It’s actually Deepka, a masala chai from Australia; a gift from Jules, my sister-in-law. We’re aware of how odd it is to bring chai back to India. But we love it, this memory-in-memory of our Indo-Aussie homes away from home.

Gretchen Ferrao Walker

It's been a difficult time for a lot of people these past few months. With loved ones in different countries, and friends who cannot visit, some of us have needed some extra love and care. The wonderful Gretchen Ferrao Walker lives in India, one of the countries most affected by this pandemic. She has written some lovely words as part of Paper Planes' Mealtime Rituals essay collection. It explores comfort during lockdown, and it was an absolute delight to read about Deepka Chai! If you're looking for something to read with your cup of chai, be sure to check out Gretchen's comforting words:

Mealtime Rituals: A Tea Party for Three

You can also read a range of essays by many talented authors in Paper Planes' Design and Living section, and you can follow their journey here:

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I hope you will find some human connection and comfort through reading this, knowing that no matter where you are in the world, there is someone else feeling like you, and someone else practising the same teatime rituals as you.

Take care, chai lovers!