President’s Note

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Dear ISMAANA members:

At the start of this year, we had changes at the ISMAANA board. Dipak Sarkar who for the past so many years had been the President of ISMAANA moved on to assume the responsibilities of the Presidency of the IIT(ISM) ex-student’s association. For those of you, who are unfamiliar with this organization, it is setup at IIT(ISM) to coordinate the activities pertaining to IIT(ISM) of all the IIT(ISM) alumni chapters worldwide. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Dipak good luck in his new assignment. I would also like to thank him for doing an outstanding job in making ISMAANA the best IIT(ISM) ex-student chapter. With the help of some of our generous members, large amount of funds was collected and sent to IIT(ISM), to award 56 merit cum means scholarships per year to the needy students. Naresh Vashisht Center for Tinkering and Innovation was built at IIT(ISM) and is now fully operational. Six classrooms have been updated to become smart classrooms with the latest audio and video capabilities. Two recording studios are also operational. In addition, ISMAANA alumni are setting up prizes for the IIT(ISM) students to come up with innovative ideas and products that could be patented.

I have assumed the Presidency of ISMAANA. The treasurer- ship and the ISMAANA funds management responsibilities have been assumed by Shivaji Dasgupta. This year has started well for ISMAANA, four additional merit-cum-means scholarships have been sponsored for the students at IIT(ISM). This brings to a total 60 scholarships/yr. that are now being offered by the ISMAANA members. This is in addition to the 8 merit scholarships that ISMAANA gives every year to the topmost student in the eight major departments at IIT(ISM).

ISMAANA’s online seminar program for the students at IIT(ISM) is going well under the leadership of Dr. Ganesh Thakur. So far this year Dr. Mrinal Sen of UT has given a seminar on “Artificial Intelligence”. Dr. Sidharth Mishra of TAMU just finished a seminar on “Signal Processing and Machine Learning”. Both seminars were well received by the students and the IIT(ISM) faculty.

Please let us know if you wish to participate in any of the ISMAANA’s existing programs or have ideas to initiate any new program to help the students at IIT(ISM). Additionally, if you have any ideas as to how ISMAANA could be more useful to you, please send an email to the ISMAANA Secretary Dr. Hemanta Mukherji (ipoinoil@gmail.com).

ISMAANA now offers Internships, under which a student interns online with one of the mentors in US. These mentors are chosen by ISMAANA based upon their expertise in a given field. Dr. Anil Kumar is heading this program. So far seven IIT(ISM) students are interning under this program. The interns are not paid for attending this program. Dr. Anil Kumar is starting an award, to be given every year to an outstanding intern. In the coming academic year ISMAANA intends to expand this program to many more departments at IIT(ISM)

ISMAANA’s online seminar program for the students at IIT(ISM) is going well under the leadership of Dr. Ganesh Thakur. So far this year Dr. Mrinal Sen of UT has given a seminar on “Artificial Intelligence”. Dr. Sidharth Mishra of TAMU just finished a seminar on “Signal Processing and Machine Learning”.

Dr. Ganesh Thakur has initiated Faculty Research Award, to recognize an outstanding faculty member at IIT(ISM). In addition, ISMAANA members are giving 7 Innovation & Invention prizes per year to the students at IIT(ISM). For the year 2021 Dr. Piyush Dutta Innovation prize of $1500, was won by two students (Saswata Som and Shweta Kumari). The detail of this award is given later in this issue of Patrika.

Please let us know if you wish to participate in any of the ISMAANA’s existing programs or have ideas to initiate any new program to help the students at IIT(ISM). Additionally, if you have any ideas as to how ISMAANA could be more useful to you, please send an email to the ISMAANA Secretary Dr. Hemanta Mukherji (ipoinoil@gmail.com). ISMAANA is your organization, please check with your IIT(ISM) friends in US, if they are not receiving this newsletter they need to register at the ISMAANA Web Page (www.ismaana.org). If they have any problem with the Website, they can send email to the ISMAANA board member, Gaurav Seth (smile.gaurav@gmail.com).

Lastly ISMAANA depends upon the financial contributions from the IIT(ISM) alumni in North America. We are constrained in expanding several our programs and initiating new programs to help the students at IIT(ISM), due to lack of funds. All of us have done well from the education that we received at very little cost, at IIT(ISM). Please help ISMAANA in making IIT(ISM) a leading educational institution in India. You can send your tax-deductible contributions to ISMAANA. Please make your checks payable to “Indian School of Mines Alumni”. Mail your check to the ISMAANA treasurer, Shivaji Dasgupta at “2303 Bayou Mist Court, Houston, TX 77077”

Sincerely

Atul Kumar

President ISMAANA (67 PE)
atuloky@gmail.com

Letter from Dean Rajni Singh

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Our Dear Alumnus,

Best greetings of the day!

The newly designed IIT (ISM) website is now up and running. I am happy to state that the design you see is the result of the combined efforts of the Media & Branding Team, Student Volunteers, Automation Centre, and Computer Centre.

Please visit the institute website at https://www.iitism.ac.in/iitismnew/

The new website is now available to you, and we eagerly await your suggestions and feedback. Kindly share your feedback at mbc@iitism.ac.in

The Institute’s Face is its website. Please provide us with suggestions and feedback so that we can make it better.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Regards,
Rajni Singh
Dean (Media & Branding)
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

18 New Merit-Cum-Means Scholarships

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

ISMAANA received the recommendation for the award of 18 merit cum means (MCM) scholarships for the academic year 2021-22 from IIT(ISM). Table below shows the names of the students along with pertinent data about those that have qualified for the award. For the current academic year 52 MCM scholarships were available for award, 34 of which are for the students that had received them in the past years and are continuing to receive them for the current academic year. ISMAANA funded these scholarships back in November 2021. The current recommendation for the 18 scholarships is for the students that are going to receive them for the first time.

These scholarships were possible because of generous contributions from Avinash Ahuja, Naresh Vashisht, Mohinder Gulati, J. K. Tuli, Vijay Banthia, Suresh Chugh, Dipak Sarkar, and Sriram Muralidharan. The scholarships totaled $20,400.00.

OFFICE OF DEAN (STUDENTS WELFARE)
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES), DHANBAD
ISMAANA SCHOLARSHIP 2021-22

Dr Pramod C. Thakur (’61 Mining Eng) Inducted in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

Congratulations to Dr Pramod C. Thakur (’61 Mining Eng) for induction in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame. This is a great news for IIT(ISM) around the world. We are all very proud of his accomplishments and achievements and wish him continuous success in his future endeavors.

Dr. Pramod C Thakur is currently the president of Expert Solutions for Mine Safety, LLC in Morgantown, WV, and an Adjunct Professor at the West Virginia University. He served the coal industry for 50 years before retirement. He received a B.SC (Hons) and AISM degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) (1961). He joined Penn State University in 1969 for graduate studies. He graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1974 with 3 degrees, MS (Mining Engineering), MA (Math) and PH.D. (Mining Engineering). He immediately joined CONOCO, the parent company of CONSOL Energy based in Morgantown, WV. He has lived here ever since with his wife, Meera and raised two sons, Dr. Gautam C Thakur (a Neuro-Radiologist) and Dr. Anand C. Thakur (an Anesthesiologist and Pain Expert).

He began his career with Andrew Yule and Co in India designing mine ventilation for 20 coal mines (1961-1969). He worked for CONOCO/CONSOL Energy for almost 40 Years (1974-2014) before retirement. He also worked with erstwhile Murray Energy for a few years by invitation but completely retired in 2016. His life-time accomplishments are as follows:

  1. He chaired the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Generic Center for dust control based at WVU and Penn State Universities (1984-96).
  2. Governor Underwood of WV made him a commissioner for writing the best diesel regulations for coal mines. Working with industry and Labor representatives the task was accomplished and diesel engines began to replace trolley wire haulage improving coal mine safety. He served on the Committee for 15 years.
  3. Working with mainly CONOCO, he developed four degasification techniques for Mine Degasification. These techniques are in use in USA as well as many countries overseas. It minimized the risk of mine explosions and vastly improved coal productivity from 14 to 40 tons/man-day in some mines.
  4. He has been awarded the Hartmann and Howard Eavenson Award for excellent work in Mine Ventilation and mine Health and Safety by SME.
  5. Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute awarded him Donald Kingery Award for mine degasification work.

Dr. Thakur condensed all his works into 4 books. He uses Advanced Coalbed Reservoir and Production Engineering (2016) and Advanced Mine Ventilation (2018) to teach graduate courses.

Dr. Thakur condensed all his works into 4 books. He uses Advanced Coalbed Reservoir and Production Engineering (2016) and Advanced Mine Ventilation (2018) to teach graduate courses. WV Coal Mining Institute has now inducted him into WV Coal Hall of Fame.

2022 ISMAANA East Coast Picnic on August 6

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

The 2022 ISMAANA EAST COAST picnic committee decided the location & made reservations for Saturday, August 6, 2022. Please check out the location map enclosed and mark your calendar regarding this event. As usual they need headcounts with food preference in advance for planning purposes.

Liberty State Park Picnic Pavilion – Confirmation
Pavilion Hours 9 AM to 9 PM
Pavilion GPS Location 5 Theodore Conrad Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Pradip Gangopadhyay, ISMAANA Board Advisor informs that as the event date approaches, the committee will provide pertinent information. It will try to book the sit-down dinner restaurant location first, and then decide the location of the nearest hotel. He has been informed that some of the volunteers would open their homes to accommodate a few out of state participants; just feel free to let them know your needs ASAP.

The committee consists of Debashish Chatterjee, Sneharthi Roy, Shishir Agarwal, Prabudha Gupta, Amit Roy, Buddhi Prakash Gupta, Ajaya Kapoor, Bharat Saraswat, Amit Kumar and Mihir Sinha. Debashish Chatterjee can be reached at dchatsg@yahoo.com or 484-321-1897 (cell).

BASANT AWARDS – February 06, 2022

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

IIT(ISM) recognizes the significant contribution made by distinguished personalities from Industry, Academics, and Research in the momentous function of IIT(ISM) Alumni Reunion “BASANT”, normally held on the first Sunday of February every year. This year’s BASANT event was held on 6th February (Sunday) through an online virtual session. Three IIT(ISM) Alumni from ISMAANA were recognized this year at the Basant Awards.

Pradip Kumar Gangopadhyay

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to his alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad is privileged to honor Shri Pradip Kumar Gangopadhyay with Nagendra Kumar Memorial Award for the year 2021.

Shri Pradip Kumar Gangopadhyay graduated in Petroleum Engineering with First Class Honors from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in the year 1970. Later, he earned a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1981.

Before arriving in the USA in 1979, he worked with ONGC from Feb 1971 through December 1976 and in IRAN from January 1977 to Dec 1976. Shri Gangopadhyay worked with Bechtel Petroleum Corp, Houston as Senior Engineer & Towner Petroleum Company, Houston as District Engineer. Once the oil & gas industry took downturn in 1980s, he received an opportunity to work with AT&T and ended with North Carolina State Govt Information Technology Systems [ITS — now named as Dept of Information Technology (DIT)]. From 1987 to 2018 he worked in computer industry in almost all areas starting from physical layer, datalink, network, transport, session & application layers and carried on assignments in project management, systems engineering, computer networking, statistical analyses & evaluation.

Ashutosh Ashish’s (’94 PE) msg to Pradip Gangopadhyay
My heartiest congratulations on being the IIT(ISM) 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient! Having worked with you to restart ISMAANA in early 2000s, I have experienced firsthand your passion for ISM. It was a pleasure working with you, knowing that I could always reach out to you to bounce ideas, guidance, and any help we needed in reaching out to any member. Your email signature says it all: CONNECT > COMMUNICATE > COOPERATE > COLLABORATE > CONTRIBUTE. No one does it better than you.

Shri Gangopadhyay contributed significantly to the ISM Alumni Association of North America (ISMAANA, a non-profit organization), and began constructing a database along with Manoj Choudhary & Ashutosh Ashish (both ’94 Petroleum Eng) and Pasupathi Sah (’98 Petroleum Eng) in late 1990s when he actively involved with ISMAANA. Subsequently, in addition to gathering the US domestic alumni data, he populated the database with all our ISM alumni around the world in which each pers on is uniquely identified with complete name, year of graduation, and major. He worked with all the ISMAANA presidents including Dr Ram Gopal Agarwal (’61 P. Tech), Mr. Jagjit Singh Yadav (’65 P Tech), Prof. Raja V. Ramani (’62 Mining Eng), Dr Ganesh C. Thakur (’70 Petroleum Eng) & Mr. Dipak K. Sarkar (’67 P Tech) and other ISMAA satellite/sister organizations for establishing the global communications, but he never held any officially elected, selected or appointed positions; simply performed communications duties so that ISM alumni from all around the world may communicate freely on a single platform on matters related to alma mater, her alumni, faculty members including higher administrative officials.

Once Shri Gangopadhyay received the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Volume (1926-76) from Mr. Rohini P. Sharma (’67 Mining Eng.), he converted into a PDF and distributed extensively among alumni around the world, for which he received great appreciation. Most of his work was done while Professor Emeritus Raja V. Ramani was Chairman and President of ISMAANA.

The first eight scholarships were instituted for the original four branches of studies, viz. Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics & Petroleum Engineering during the time when Dr Ganesh Thakur was the President and later many other scholarships and other fundraising activities expanded during the time of Mr. Dipak Sarkar as the President for common good of all. It may be worthwhile to mention that Shri Gangopadhyay met with almost all the individuals who sponsored scholarships &/or donated large philanthropic to our alma mater.

Shri Gangopadhyay is a life member of the Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad ISMAA organizations. Last year, former NGRI Director Padma Shri Prof. Harsh Gupta (’63 Applied Geophysics) presented him with an award for his outstanding alumni services at the ISMAA-Hyderabad Chapter’s annual gathering/general meeting in Hyderabad on February 13, 2020.

Shri Gangopadhyay is a life member of the Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad ISMAA organizations. Last year, former NGRI Director Padma Shri Prof. Harsh Gupta (’63 Applied Geophysics) presented him with an award for his outstanding alumni services at the ISMAA-Hyderabad Chapter’s annual gathering/general meeting in Hyderabad on February 13, 2020.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to his alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad is privileged to honor Shri Pradip Kumar Gangopadhyay with Nagendra Kumar Memorial Award for the year 2021.

Avinash Ahuja

IIT(ISM) is pleased to inform that Mr. Avinash Ahuja was selected for the Distinguished Alumnus Award under the category “Entrepreneurship Award” for the year 2021. Please accept our heartiest congratulations.

Mr. Avinash C. Ahuja is President of Magnum Producing, LP, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Texas. Prior to founding the company in 1987, Mr. Avinash Ahuja held key management positions in two oil and gas companies located in Texas and Louisiana.

Through ISMAANA Mr. Avinash Ahuja has been a generous supporter of multiple programs at IIT(ISM). He is currently awarding 10 merit cum means scholarships per year of $1000 each. He has also funded conversion of one classroom into a smart classroom with a donation of $25,000.

Mr. Ahuja is very active in local, National, and international organizations, including: Pratham USA, Magic Bus USA, Miracle Foundation, The Art Museum of South Texas, Christus Spohn Health System, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center of Corpus Christi, YWCA, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and World Affairs Council of South Texas. He also serves on the advisory board for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Business.

Mr. Ahuja received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Indian School of Mines in 1967 and an MS from the University of Houston in 1970. He has two grown children Ranika (late Dr. Ruben Cohen) and Rajan (Callie), three grandchildren (Lia, Ellie, and Avinash), and lives with his wife Peggy in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Anil Ambastha

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to his alma mater, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad is privileged to honor Shri Anil Ambastha with Research and Academic Excellence Award for the year 2021. Please accept our heartiest congratulations.

Dr. Anil Ambastha is a Chevron Fellow and Senior Principal Simulation Engineer for the Field Development (International) Chapter at Chevron Technical Center in Houston. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical guidance to assigned Chapter members carrying out reservoir simulation assessments. He has been with Chevron for 23 years and has held positions of increasing responsibilities over the years. Prior to joining Chevron, Dr. Ambastha worked as a faculty member in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alberta (1988-1996) and a Staff Reservoir Engineer at Shell Canada Limited (1996-1998). He completed BTech, MS, and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), University of Tulsa, and Stanford University, respectively, all in Petroleum Engineering. He also completed an MS degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.

Dr. Ambastha has authored or coauthored more than 80 papers in various areas of applied reservoir engineering/simulation, pressure transient analysis, and improved / enhanced oil recovery. Dr. Ambastha has been a Technical Editor since 1992 for SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering (SPEREE) and its predecessor journal, including being Executive Editor for SPEREE journal from 2008-2011. He was also a SPE “Distinguished Lecturer” for the 2015-2016 tour season. Dr. Ambastha has received SPE “Lester C. Uren Technical Excellence” (2009), “Distinguished Membership” (2009), “Distinguished Service” (2010), “IOR Pioneer” (2018) and “DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal” (2020) awards. He has been honored with “A Peer Apart” award for having reviewed 100 papers by SPE in 2007 and has also received “Outstanding Technical Editor” award 14 times from the SPE Editorial Committee. In 2021, Dr. Ambastha was also a recipient of “Career Achievement Award” from the US-based Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Ambastha was inducted as a Chevron Fellow in 2021 which represents the “highest technical recognition” Chevron bestows on an employee.

List of 2022 Awards

Rising popularity of Mineral and Mining Engineering

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

At the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, three Indian institutions made it to the top ranks for Mineral & Mining Engineering. While the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad [abbreviated as IIT (ISM)], became the second highest ranked university at 26th rank, two public Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) made it to the top 50 with IIT Kharagpur securing 37th rank and IIT Bombay pegged at 39th position. Despite being a conventional discipline, Mineral & Mining Engineering managed to edge past the more contemporary branches of Computer Science and Electrical & Electronic Engineering for which IIT Delhi bagged 65th position and 56th rank respectively, sharing its 56th rank with IIT Bombay.

QS judges institutions in this category on the following metrics and weights: Academic Reputation 40%, Employer Reputation 30%, Citations 15%, H-Index 15%. All three institutions score above 80 in our citations per paper metric, highlighting the impact that the research is making in the discipline. IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay also benefit from high Employer Reputation scores (82.7 and 87 respectively), showing how well connected those institutions are to industry. Particularly in a subject like Mining Engineering, which assumes a vocational progression into relevant work postgraduation, it is vital that institutions in this area remain connected to the main industrial players, and enjoy recognition from the industrial sector, thus allowing opportunities for work experience and placements.

While the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad [abbreviated as IIT (ISM)], became the second highest ranked university at 26th rank, two public Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) made it to the top 50 with IIT Kharagpur securing 37th rank and IIT Bombay pegged at 39th position.

In case of IIT(ISM) its success is because of a strong Academic Reputation score in the field, more than its Employer Reputation. As this indicator accounts for 40% of the weight, this alone contributes to its high position in the ranking. AK Mishra, HoD Mining, IIT (ISM) believes it is the institute’s multi-disciplinary research culture following a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model in which Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, etc. is utilized to broaden the research horizon that was a key factor. “That apart, students’ exposure to modem simulation & planning software, cyber physical systems, industry internships to gear them towards responsible mining of the earth and its resources which worked in the institute’s favor, he adds. Presently, the institute offers open electives, minor subjects, and dual degree programs with courses on Data Analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in mineral sector, mine automation, deep sea and asteroid mining to make the students future ready.

Let It Matter

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

As we live and breathe,
Let every breathe matter.
As we walk and move,
Let every step matter.
For every wish that comes true,
For every blessing granted –
Be thankful and let gratitude matter.
Let every thought and dream matter.
Every action and deed matter.
Let the right direction matter.
Let joy and life matter.
Let life matter,
Let it all matter.

-by Shailja Kumar

Mrs. Shailja Kumar lives in Spring, TX. She is the wife of Atul Kumar, President-ISMAANA. Her primary interest is in modern art and sculpting. She has also been writing poems both in English and Hindi. She is currently working on publishing her first compilation of poems.

Ode To My Friend

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

We were together in the best of times,
And when he got separated it was because of sweat and grime,
I tried other friends, but it wasn’t quite the same,
It didn’t look right, feel right, gel right, soon became a shame,
But one fine day, after a nice long shower,
I found myself in a colorful tower,
And who should I see, in one corner of the pile,
Lying on the ground, looking forlorn without a smile,
He seemed to have suffered the same fate as me,
But who cares now, it all is history,
I jumped as soon as the time was right,
His face showed glee, I will never forget the sight,
They say, our best healer is time, our favorite clock,
And I gladly agree, now that my friend is found, the other sock!

-by Pulkit Bhatnagar

Pulkit Bhatnagar is the son of Yogesh Bhatnagar, a Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of IIT(ISM). He works in the field of Fiber Optics and lives in Atlanta with his wife Pragya and daughters Maanya and Sumira. In his free time, he loves to garden, play tennis, and put on a circus with his two girls.

The Ses-Tea-Na

May 16, 2022 0 comments ISMAANA Admin

A ‘Sestina’ is a complex French verse form, usually unrhymed, consisting of six stanzas of six lines each and a three-line envoy. The end words of the first stanza are repeated in a different order as end words in each of the subsequent five stanzas; the closing envoy contains all six words, two per line, placed in the middle and at the end of the three lines. Here’s presenting a sestina on everyone’s popular love – chai!

She wakes up groggy, the tap water quietly goes tip-tip
And she wishes he’d put the good ol’ cup of tea
‘Softly on the table by the bed and she’d take a refreshing sip
Just right as usual, not too hot, not too sweet, not too weak’, this chai
‘Not too strong, not too much milk, and not a drop spilled in the saucer
A most amazing cove, Jeeves’. And there even be a Marie biscuit!

But what a pity! What a pity! There is no Marie biscuit
Or Jeeves or even the elusive cuppa; get up and start following Papa’s tip
Put half water, half milk in the teapot; reserve 1 spoon tea, 1 spoon sugar in the saucer
Drop it in when it comes to a boil, wait for the blush to appear in your tea
You will know when it is perfect, your toasty, misty, tasty chai
A perfect start to a perfect day commences from the first sip

Instantly, a million thoughts enter the mind, clamoring themselves for a sip
But wait, before the tsunami starts, I need to dip my biscuit
And sink deliciously into the comfort and clarity of my chai
Sweetness and a slight bitterness envelop the taste buds all the way to the tongue’s tip
I contemplate how to fix my TV remote and solve world hunger in the same sip of tea
The thoughts spill fast, as my tea spills of its own accord on the saucer

No rush though, this is Sunday morning, hence the little light blue cup ‘n saucer
Is the first friend I talk to; followed by more friends, more calls, more texts, and a sip
Chatting with mom, with books, with paintings and my bes-tea,
While we all exchange musings on our current, favorite rusk or biscuit
Did you grate or pound or candy your ginger, what’s your secret tip?
Is it poha or pakodas with your kadak adrak ki chai?

The discussions get animated, we have our veins coursing with chai
Each jittery and excited, talking, laughing, the cup clinking back onto the saucer
Giggles galore, gossiping wide-eyed, the little finger joining in too – with its frolicking fingertip
But before we know it, we are at the end, it is time for the last sip
Time for the dregs and the last bit at the bottom of soggy biscuit
What a pity, what a pity, our hearts sing as one for more tea!

 

‘Hell, it is well known, hath no fury like a woman, who wants her tea
and can’t get it’. A 5 am trek to the Hawaii Starbucks for tea latte ‘urf’ chai
Is perfectly normal, along with madeleines in lieu of a Marie biscuit
Or flitting off to a friend’s for milk like a furtive flying saucer
Something, anything, to satiate the need for the next sip
I am a tea lover, nay, an addict! I proclaim with a hat tip

An ode to tea is now complete, I can’t however, fit this ‘saucer’
In this ravishing rhyme for my beloved chai, and the super slurpy sip.
Tip-tip, tip-tip, all I can do is drown myself in tea like a biscuit.

-by Palak Verma

Palak Verma is daughter of Prem Kumar Verma, a Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of IIT(ISM). She is a Data Analyst and lives in Atlanta. On weekends (after her chai) she likes to go on nature walks, write, paint and vibe to her favorite Spotify playlist.