Who was it who said books and tea make a winning combo? They were right! From wryly humorous to plain wicked funny and all the way up to hilariously bizarre, our pick of humor is paired with the choicest selection of spring teas!

  1. First Jobs โ€“ True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks and Small Payckecks by Merritt Watts

OK, we admit, we had to get this one out of the way first. This book promises to be hilarious, cute and inspiring all at the same time. And sure enough it also holds promise of having something for every kind of reader. Now, who hasn’t had a crappy job or a bad boss? But then again, who wouldn’t want to read about an atheist Bible salesman, an amusement park janitor and a nude model?

A book like this needs a tea with an all-embracing quality to it. We choose the Mim Organic Spring Darjeeling Black Tea a classic that finds connect among the novices and the connoisseurs alike.

  1. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

From the author of bestsellers likeFever Pitch and About a Boy, comes a seventh book. The story follows the life of Barbara Parker, a comic actress in the making. It traces her struggles, her rise to fame and her final reunion show. Hornby retains his brand of satire, which we think suits the weather best.

This one reminds me of the oolongs, borne as they are from a dedicated, labor-intensive effort and calling for patience and a strong will. Take the Singbulli Organic Flowery Spring Darjeeling Oolong for this one.

  1. I See You Made An Effort by Annabelle Gurwitch

A collection of essays by the author of titles like Fired! and I Say Tomato, You Say Shut Up claims to be an insightful and funny take on her turning 50. With grandma panties on its cover, this one vies to be a laugh riot. The non-fiction book has the nature of a memoir, albeit a funny one.

To soak in this slice-of-life, our choice is the Teabox Private Reserve Organic Spring Darjeeling Black Tea. A venerable brew, this tea elicits almost the same feelings as sitting in a cigar room in a well-worn armchair by the window with jazz playing in the background. Solitary appreciation recommended.

  1. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

From the bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes this heartfelt and entertaining tale. Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother for 38 years until she passes away. Having lost his grounding he finds what he thinks is a clue in aFree Tibet letter from Richard Gere in her drawer. Then on, he sets off on a new journey, writing to Gere and Dalai Lama. What ensues is a tragi-comic journey of the man.

This one needs some reassurance to accompany it. Try an earthy Jungpana Organic Spring Darjeeling Black Tea, a tea that take you back to a happy place, where God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world.

  1. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage โ€“ The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

Remember them? The inventors of the first computer now come featured in a non-fiction graphic novel written and illustrated by Sydney Padua. The two protagonists here inhabit an alternate universe and have built a gadget to fight crime. Early reviews of the delightful looking booksay it isnt exactly the greatest graphic novel you will see/ read, but has snippets of fascinating information.

Sounds like this book has the makings of something remarkable. And for that, we couldnt think of a better tea than Oaks Organic Darjeeling Black Tea, an understated classic.

  1. Design Funny: A Graphic Designers Guide to Humor by Heather Bradley

A one-of-kind insight into the design industry, the book features 300 images by 175 contributing designers. From funny ideas to witty images, rare facts and tidbits of history designers and this is the bare-it-all kind of book you’d want to keep on your bookshelf long after the spring months are gone.

Inspired reading calls for the Hibiscus Lush a tisane hand-crafted by our master blender. It excites and baffles you all at once. Brisk, bold and bodacious, the tisane is nothing short of designer itself.

 

Tea selections by Meeta Sharma

Photograph by Ritika Jobanputra

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