3 Things Thursday – Of Books & Chai



Brainchild of Nisha from  Love Laugh Mirch, Raj from Pink Chai Living & Salma from The Write Balance
Talking about 3 things that have been on your mind (but doesn’t require a dedicated post for each!)
 A wonderful way to share tips, ideas and tell us what you have been obsessing about this past week & make new friends!

 Thing One

Ok clearly I have lost track of what day it is but better late than never right? Every day should be Thursday in my book. The day you try to wrap up as much work as you can eagerly awaiting the next day which of course means the weekend is around the corner wohoo. My past ‘on the clock’ working life is still very much a part of me. Some reactions are simply instinctual.Now back to Thing One…

burnt toast 3 things thursday www.drivingmsdesi.com

I have a problem with timing. I ALWAYS burn my toast and ALWAYS boil over my tea. For those of you wondering what the eff I am cooking in the pot up there, yes that is tea. My in laws got me hooked to strong Doodh Patti chai and once I figured out how to make it myself there was no turning back. For those of you who know me will understand I am not the most desi in many things. For instance although fluent in Urdu my accent is atrocious and I still screw up gender words. A consequence of several back and forth moves from East to West and back during developmental years. Ah well. But considering I survived working in Pakistan for a long time is a testament to my charms 😉 . There are things that I am very desi about, and one of them is my chai. It just isn’t tea until the ground leaves have been boiled in a concoction of water, milk, sugar and for the indulgent days a few sprigs of podina and/or elaichi. Yes I am routing you to my dictionary section so you can check out that lovely translation I am building. But coming back to timing, I don’t know what it is. The moment I leave the pot on to heat up and put the bread in the toaster oven (i have much more use for this versus the  pop up toaster- although am sure that would solve my problem) my mind enters some time warp where I am suspended in a slow moving day dream where everything is h a a a a p   p e    n  i     n g         a a   a    a t        a        s n a    a  a  a           a i    ls        p aa a  a  c e.  Only to realize too late  there is smoke everywhere and a bitter crisp has wafted up my nose as I dejectedly look at my charred breakfast. Bubbling over frothy tea is the worst because of what it does to the glass top stove. Try scrubbing that. Any tips on cleaning burnt milk and tea leaves off of that would really help. My “Classic Sanober’ moment is when I successfully manage to burn toast and spill over my tea at the SAME TIME. Dude, seriously what is wrong with me? (the images above are from when I’ve managed to save my breakfast just in the nick of time- nobody should have to see anything charred. It is just not right.)

Quick Doodh Patti recipe for one!

1 standard size mug
1 small cooking pot
1 tsp of ground tea leaves
2 tsps of sugar or any kind of sweetener or none if you like it without
Fill just under 2/3 of the mug with water and pour into pot
Fill about 1/3 of the mug with milk and pour into the pot (where water already added)
Add the ground tea leaves and/or sugar
Put stove on high heat and let it boil (occasionally stirring)
Once it has cooked you will see a frothy layer start to rise, turn the heat down, stir the mixture and just to ensure a good cook, increase heat to allow froth to rise again maybe once or twice more.
Strain the mixture back into the mug and voila, desi style cooked tea.
Optional**for aroma and flavour add crushed elaichi into the mixture while it is cooking (1 to 2 pcs) 
Optional** for a fresh mint flavour add a few sprigs of podina into the mixture while it is cooking

Heck sometimes I add both elaichi AND podina. It really is a taste thing, even the proportion of water to milk entirely depends on how you like it. I would suggest to experiment. Good luck and let me know how it turns out! (and needless to say watch out for the spill over)

Thing Two

3 things thursday gabriel garcia marquez www.drivingmsdesi.com


Well we all heard about the passing of an incredible author a couple of weeks back. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He was 87.  A Colombian novelist, a short story writer, a screen writer and a journalist, he has left an awe inspiring legacy for generations to enjoy. It is sad to say but it is usually when something ‘newsworthy’ like this happens does attention come back to the work. I admit I was only aware of the popular two books that come to mind when you think of this author and I had only read one of them. Above: One Hundred Years of Solitude & Love in the Time of Cholera. His passing has compelled me look through his repertoire. And so I start to rebuild on a library that I had barely scratched the surface of back in Pakistan. Before the beloved ‘tree books’ become a lost art and technology takes over I realized I need to have these influential reads in my collection to pass on to my daughter. How will she know of great authors otherwise? Sure she will discover many on her own throughout her lifetime but the love and passion for it should start at home. What is a ‘must have’ tree-book from your personal library?

Thing Three

book signing, 3 things thursday, shyam selvadurai, www.drivingmsdesi.com

My brother invited me to a book signing the other day sponsored by RBC. This was my first one! It was for the novel The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai. I had not read his books before but vaguely recalled hearing about his first novel Funny Boy and it was well received. I am always interested in reading about stories of the South Asian diaspora. It is very enriching and inspiring for me especially having being brought up in two worlds myself. I can relate to the constant journey and search to define things in our life that these authors write about, regardless of what the struggle may be. This backdrops both Toronto and Sri Lanka (the birth country of the author) so proves to be a very fascinating read. Will keep you posted once I have read it. Along with the Mr.Selvadurai’s autograph I managed to get a quick writing tip as well!  Would love your recommendation on books by South Asian authors that involve the impact of a western world and country of heritage!

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  1. sarahjmir 2 May, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    thanks to this post I may actually learn to make real tea! my chai making skills are pretty pathetic :/

    • Sanober Bukhari 2 May, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      oh believe me took a few tries. my sis in law guided on the approximate proportions. but it really is trial and error till you figure out what you like. also hubs rarely drinks tea but when he does it HAS to be desi style. My inner saasu ma would not let me be if i couldnt make a cup of decent doodh patti for my pati 😉 hehe

  2. salma 3 May, 2014 / 12:12 am

    Yes, I can totally related to the chai boiling over and I’ll stay tuned if you get any cleaning tips. And I’ve never actually made chai with ground leaves, only tea bags so I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the author/book suggestion, I’m always interested in books like that as well. Thanks for linking up with us, great post 🙂

  3. Tehmineh Kashani 3 May, 2014 / 1:07 am

    I like a decent Doodh Patti Chai but your Abbu is a tea bag person:)

  4. Raj Thandhi 8 May, 2014 / 10:07 am

    I’m addicted to dhood chai and have at least one cup a day – it’s my comfort food! Not gonna lie, I may have lost some saucepans to boil over disasters too 😉

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