A tea party for Ganpati
We trooped in a little after half past four thanks to a traffic hold up but our hosts were none too worried by this slight delay. After paying our respects to the idol, we sat down for a spot of conversation before settling down to a cup of tea. And what a tea it was!
A silver tea service sat demurely in one corner of the table which was laid out with Royal Doulton china – quarter plates and tea cups with ever so fine ears , in dull orange, bordered with a delicate gold trim. We sat behind the waiting plates and soon the goodies came out – sandwiches and cutlets, crisply fried bhajias with a sweet and sour tamarind chutney, the bite sized besan ladoos and the Dish of the Day – patolya – a steamed rice flour pastry stuffed with fresh coconut and jaggery.
How I miss this kind of entertainment – the old fashioned tea party where one could spend a few hours of the afternoon in pleasant company and share a cup of tea.