History is basically a collective memory of a people. And we realize that history is a sum of parts.
And some of those parts, are delicious. It all began when fours guys who are history buffs (and
beverage buffs!) sat down to have lunch on a hot Indian summer. They would always share their
lunch and one of them would always bring a flask of delicious homemade aampanna with him.
Among the four of these history (and beverage!) enthusiasts, one comes from a far away land -
A land of bald eagles, of bowls that are super and of cars that are Nas. He is quickly taken to the
idea of commercializing this raw mango ale.
"I want to commercialize this raw mango ale", says the man from the far away, hitherto
unknown land. "Aye!" the remaining trio heartily agree. "Woof!" goes the company dog who
the narrator of this tale forgot to mention until now.
And thus began the journey of Paper Boat. A journey of going back in time and bringing to fore,
liquid traditions. Drinks, that the many civilizations of this subcontinent inspired. Drinks, that are
practical and delicious. Drinks, that are a product of generations of trial and error. Drinks, that
are sadly being lost to the excesses of urban life.
We hoped that Paper Boat, much like the Tagore poem, would send these drinks, these culinary
messages to those who have never tasted such concoctions. And of course to those, who long
for the days gone by. Of homemade Aamras, Jaljeera, Kokum, Aampanna, Kala Khatta and many
other secret recipes.
Moral of the Story: If you could make people taste memories, you should.