What can be more enticing on a cold, wet winter morning than ek cup chai ? Thats right - a hott cuppa - steaming little white curls of smoke that mingle with your wintry breath? The ubuquitious cup of tea or chai is an integral part of the Indian subcontinent. Chai is now popularly served as chai latte all over the world. It comes out of a tin as a blend of evaporated powders that tases nothing like the original brew was meant to be. But if you were to sample some real chai - the proper Indian cuppa - now that's a different story altogether.
Chai reminds me of cold mornings, shrouded with mist, huddling together under thick wollen shawls and breathing in the tantalising aroma of tea leaves and milk and sugar and ginger and cardamom boiling togerher on an old aluminium saucepan that sits on an even older primus stove that revs like a 1954 moris minor engine.
You boil the milk and water (almost equal quantities of both) in a deep saucepan with plenty of sugar ( forget diabetes if you want authenticity) with some crushed ginger and cardamom. When this mixture has been boiling for roughly 7- 10 minutes, add a few teaspoons of Assam tea or any good dust tea - not Darjeeling leaf which is a different kind of tea making process altogether- and simmer for another few minutes before you strain and are ready to sip and slurp.
Ohh! and don't forget the hot bhajias (fritters) with that cuppa!
Just fourteen years old and living in Shrewsbusry Massachusetts, Rose Steven’s life is like any other teenager’s until one fateful day when she decides to go for a walk in the woods. As she walks past the basketball court, she catches sight of her friends Kyle and Randy but does not stop to speak to them.
Three days later Rose wakes up in hospital with little memory of what happened to her in the woods except for a vague feeling of having met someone with ‘red eyes’. While recuperating in hospital, she learns that Kyle and Randy were brutally mauled by a creature. Kyle died a gruesome death on the spot and Randy succumbed a few days later.
Once out of hospital, Rose’s nightmare begins. She is mesmerised by this mysterious creature and meets with him on her way to and from school. It is a strange mix of attraction and revulsion, but Rose is unable to tear herself away from this half beast half man she nicknames Quench. Terrible things begin to happen in the little village of Shrewsbury. One by one, Rose’s school mates are found brutally murdered. What baffles the police is that although prior to their deaths Rose was seen with each of the victims, Rose herself seems to be innocent of any involvement in the killings.
Or is she?
Tracy Brusa’s first book in the Domen series is a good, fast paced read. Only 116 pages long, this racy, thrilling page turner will keep you engrossed till the end.
Also lookout for Tracy Brusa’s next book, ‘My Future is in His Claws.’
Published By: Author House
Copyright: June 7, 2010