As Indians, we don’t take our wheel lightly, and if you want to be accepted by us, neither should you! We are a nation that thrives on our daily cup of tea. Whether it’s morning tea or ‘cutting’ in the corner shop next door, we can’t imagine spending a day without tea. And we usually rejoice when people from other cultures and countries take our favorite drink and try to make it themselves, it’s all fun and games, unless – you just don’t do it. Recently, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a well-known Indian-American neurosurgeon, a prominent TV personality who is also CNN’s chief medical correspondent, was teaching his daughters how to make tea. The recipe was like a hereditary family heirloom, and it all went great, until, it wasn’t!
As the video begins with a nostalgic note, Dr. Sanjay explains that the cups he is using came from his mother, who lost the internet when he was seen using a tea bag instead of loose tea. But the thing that struck everyone the most was the final product, like one of Dr. Sanjay’s daughters pouring tea into a teapot – it looks a lot lighter and not like the kind of tea we get in our Indian home. Posted from CNN’s official Twitter account, here is the 3:31 minute video; Take a look:
Continuing the family tradition, Dr. Sanjay Gupta taught his daughters the tea recipes he had learned from his mother. https://t.co/wVDFVQ6l67pic.twitter.com/M4gxsjGxqu
– CNN (CNN) December 9, 2021
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The final product did not sit well with tea lovers on Twitter and many were apparently dissatisfied after watching the video. Indians all over the world have made fun of him for westernizing the local staples. Many have mentioned that it is not tea at all:
God, what an abomination!? !! Ugu … I never thought that Sah or Chai would ever leave me with a bitter taste, but no thanks Dr. Gupta.
Also, do Americans believe in using silicone ladles to ‘stir’ tea ???? https://t.co/hj6sMMpDK6— Shaheen Ahmed (akAakori_Baakori) December 11, 2021
And many more were annoyed to see how pale and tasteless the drink was:
The color is too bad https://t.co/jJz3oHhvgS— Anisha (@ anishaa25) December 10, 2021
Sanjay, it doesn’t look like flavored milk. lol https://t.co/Y2rfyfzFGs— Poetry (avkavita_says) December 10, 2021
I want that very pale https://t.co/hlOndVXEwV— Shahid HN (@shahidnaushad) December 10, 2021
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Among the many unhappy comments, some also mentioned that it was really sweet for Dr. Sanjay to share a part of his family inheritance with his daughters:
I actually think this is a really sweet video. You all need to be calm. https://t.co/vyoWEWB16C— Mansavin Rajagopalan (outhSouthAsianBuoy) December 10, 2021
I actually think it’s healthy. I’m not a very good tea maker (I switched to coffee when I moved to the US), but I hope one day I can teach my kids. ???? ☕️ https://t.co/scTVZGqUDl— Copy (slide / text should be created) (ratPratitiTiyas) December 10, 2021
What are your thoughts on the video? Do you think this tea could be made better? Let us know in the comments below.