Monday 15 February 2016

Sail Away with Paper Boat

Hey guys, hope you're enjoying the 'not-so-cool' winds, wherever you are!

Please stay cautious because the changing climate has been causing too much of illness in the recent times! Yes, I know its difficult to stay at home 24x7 to avoid dust and virally spreading sickness, but certainly not so difficult to consume healthy food & beverages. Since we're all too friendly with beverages at local juice corners, I've got you a genuinely healthy and yummy substitute for it!

Now, a lot of you have been stalking me on Snapchat since a long long time. For all those who have seen me snapping about PAPER BOAT drinks, know how much I love the flavors. In fact, one of you recently reminded me to publish a full post covering the benefits of consuming these drinks. So, as per your request, here you go! Read the details below :

Any drink can be made to taste good. Or feel nutritious. But how many drinks tell a story? Because when companies get together and dole out a drink to the parched populace, it’s practicality. But when history and geography conspire to make a drink favoured through the ages, that’s destiny! PAPER BOAT is one such unique start up that gave me goosebumps while they told a story with each drink they produced. Mostly all from school times, and yes, I do recalled and missed the good times I had while I was a little student, with each sip I took of these amazingly yummy drinks and read 'Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome' (of which I had already read a portion during my school lectures, years ago), sent to me by the Paper Boat brand itself! Ah, some real school memories, I tell you! 

Unfolding the stories behind the fruit juices below, all the fruity flavors this brand produces are listed with a little nutrition description, so take a look now & choose your favorites :

Anar : It’s good at beating ageing. Packed with polyphenols, Anar has such commendable antioxidant properties that it probably lectured green tea on the matter. Anar is really good for the heart, its fibre is kind to the weighing scale, and its abundant Vitamin C is great for immunity. PS : If your mom could wish for a happy-health-elf to follow you around, it would be Anar.

Aam Panna : The aam panna cares. It cares if you've eaten well. It cares if you've not. And if you haven’t, then it takes care of you. With its numerous digestive properties, it’s a valiant fighter of terrible gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhoea, dyspepsia and dysentery. Not only that, due to its incredible Vitamin C content, it’s a powerful antioxidant and dreaded foe of scurvy. In simpler words,  If you don't happen to love this, we can't be friends!

Golgappe Ka Paani : Other than the functional benefits of salivating, Golgappe ka Pani has tamarind, lemon juice and a hint of red chillies. The tamarind makes it a awesome immunity booster, while the lemon juice makes it a potent digestive aid. The chilli bits make it a powerhouse of nutrients like Vitamin A and E, copper, iron and potassium. Who knew something this tasty (reminding me of pani puris everytime) could be this good for you?!

Kokum : Being a very specific berry, Paper Boat's Kokum, sourced specifically from Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, helps in lowering cholesterol, cleanses the digestive tract, is an amazing appetizer. Xanthone and Garcinol, which sound like fictitious villains from pulp literature, are very real heroes found in the literature of their pulp. Together, they have potent anti-oxidant, anti-glaucoma, anti-ulcer, anti-fever, anti-vertigo, anti-allergic, anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory properties. I hated it since its first sip, but my friends in Mumbai (Maharashtra) seemed to have to been loving this flavor way more than anything else in the beverage industry, I have been told!

Jaljeera : With its electrolytic and replenishing properties, Jaljeera is a heatstroke's worst nightmare. Cumin (Jeera), one of its key ingredients, is a regular fixture in Ayurveda. Cumin alone is a natural anti-oxidant and cleanses your vocal chords. The black pepper and rock salt help you cool down and digest food better. The ginger in it clears congestion and combats nausea. It also acts as a muscle relaxant as a random philanthropic bonus. And as all this happens, the lemon juice in the drink with its innate Vitamin C fights exhaustion, detoxes and even helps in weight loss. All without breaking a sweat (Phew)!

Aamras : Believe it or not, Aamras does have other functional benefits other than tasting like mythical, golden nectar from the heavens. For one thing, it helps prevent heart disease – The Beta-Carotene, Selenium, Potassium and Vitamin-E in the mangoes pretty much ensure that. Being rich in iron and copper, it also helps produce blood corpuscles. In addition to all this, it builds your immune system, aids in digestion, controls blood pressure, prevents anaemia, relaxes muscle tissues and occasionally, reminds you of summer vacations (haha)! Its a must must try, always the most in demand.

Jamun Kala Khatta : Jamun Kala Khatta weaves in several nutritional quadrants quite seamlessly. A great source of essential minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium, Jamun is the heavy hitter here with anti-diabetic, pro-digestive and skin-clearing properties. A source of iron and Vitamin C, Jamun helps cure anaemia and kill fatigue. Also, Jamun juice is said to improve eyesight and remove hoarseness of voice. Oh and Jamun is also rich in naturally occurring folic acids which are key components of DNA. You know, the building blocks of life. You're certainly trying this soon, right?


Other than the above mentioned fruit juice flavors, Paper Boat recently started producing two herbal ice-tea flavors and added them like a boom! Grannies have fallen in love with these and well, I've almost started taking sips of it in morning too! Read the detailed description below :

Ginger Lemon Tea : Darjeeling black tea (amber coloured) is a known anti-oxidant, it helps reducing inflammation and other oxidation related internal hullabaloo. It also prevents halitosis and general bad breath problems. It is not a substitute for brushing or dentists though. Oh, and the ginger in it is a massive immunity booster. Since ginger contains essential amounts of chromium, magnesium and zinc, it helps in regulating blood flow and combat motion sickness. Despite all this, ginger denies being in a thrash metal band!

Tulsi Tea : All the benefits of tea aside, Tulsi itself is a powerhouse of immunity. Often used to quell fevers and colds, tulsi is host to benefits that range from easing respiratory problems to kidney stones (yup). Tulsi has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is supposed to aid in capillary function and control blood pressure. And due to it's eugenol content, is helpful in removal of free radical and prevent heart ailments. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and a relaxant! Well, surely a reminder to all the tulsi water you've been made to drink during sickness while you were a kid (sorry not sorry)! I still don't like it much though.

Tea addicts, this one's for you!


Paper Boat had certainly lots of stories to tell. Or to be frank, its a culmination of efforts. Modified through trial and error. Perfected with every passing age. From a king’s royal cook to a soldier’s flask to a peace offering made by warring clans to a mother conjuring something special for her son’s return to a grand celebration of harvest. Everyone had something to contribute. And it’s their additions (and subtractions) that ultimately made their way into food carts in village fairs. 

And while we've all experienced the joy of tasting these drinks at these carts at one point or the other, we've also experienced the often awful gastronomical aftermath of these little joys.

But, to just review the product very quickly, I would say :
1. Packaging is eco-friendly, travel friendly, making the drink easy to sip.
2. No preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Very nutritious!
3. Perfect treat for Indian taste buds. A tinge of sweet, a tinge of tang and spice to balance them.
4. Rate is economical, making it affordable for almost all of us!

Paper Boat's inspiration lies in emulating these tastes and experiences standing tall on a benchmark of hygiene and safety; getting the good moments out to you while avoiding the unpleasant bits. So go on ahead, make new memories. They’ll watch your back! -------- Shop for Paper Boat drinks (also available in gift packs) from : Amazon

Photographed by : Exposure Imageries



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