Serving breaking news, sipping aromatic coffee and engaging in animated discussions, the English men flocked to coffee houses in England setting the stage for the coffee house culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Unlike the city based coffee house culture, Kerala boasts of a country side Tea shop culture which thrived mostly under the palm thatched roofs set near the dusty muddy roads. Ordering ‘strong’ tea, they would keenly read the news paper or listen to the morning news bulletin in the radio.
Each sip of ‘strong’ tea empowered them to bring up stronger views in the discussions and debates on the ‘broken’ news delivered to them. Fortunately, the fast paced urbanisation has not rung death bells to tea shop culture in Kerala. But some recent developments in the way print and visual media functions have resulted in considerable bringing down the lively discussions on news delivered by radio, newspapers and television.