Chandrayaan finds water & remnants of Mallu Teashop on Moon
New Delhi: The Moon Minerology Mapper(M3) carried by Chandrayaan I, India’s first lunar mission has discovered remnants of a Mallu Teashop on the Moon. Speaking to reporters, the ISRO Chairman said that while the complete data analysis will take a while, the M3 picked up distinct traces of water, tea dust, rudimentary vessels used to make tea, a wooden bench and bits of newspaper – all of which are the typical ingredients of a well run Mallu Tea Shop.
The Chandrayaan mission has in a way confirmed what has been suspected for decades – that post the visit of Mr Armstrong to the moon, atleast one Mallu Tea shop was established on the moon by enterprising Malayalees. For many years, this idea was dismissed by many as yet another ‘Mallu’ joke, but the confirmed
existence of the tea shop has redeemed the belief of the entire nation & restored confidence in the Mallu tea shop as a concept.
Raghav-ettan (pronounced as raghav-ey-ten), one of the founding fathers of the Mallu Tea Shop concept, said that he was not surprised at all by the development. “In the 70s, there was actually a huge rush of Malayalees to the moon to set up small businesses. But the moon did not turn out to be a big attraction, as we had thought. Then Gulf happened & the rest is history”, he said, passing a hot cup of tea to one of his regular customers & taking a break from the panel discussion on the relevance of Dostoyevsky in the new Russia.
The present government in Kerala was quick to claim credit for the development and said that all efforts will be undertaken to put pressure on the central government to bring back the remnants of the tea shop from the moon. “These remnants are part & parcel of our heritage & we demand that it be brought back. In fact the communist party has always been committed to the cause of the proletariats like tea shop workers”, said the chief minister at a press conference in Trivandrum.
Meanwhile, O P Vijay Kumar, a renowned intellectual from the state, told Utopia that in the face of the political & intellectual decay that the state was going through, the discovery of a Mallu tea shop on the moon was trivial & insignificant. Unconfirmed reports from across the country said that the Patels’ Motel, Sardar Da Dhaba, Original Kashmiri Carpets Emporium, Rajasthani Handicrafts shop and the Ayurvedic massage parlour on the moon are all still functional & waiting to offer visitors a taste of Indian hospitality.
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