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What is the purpose (reason behind the text) of A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell? what is the context that prompted his writing

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This is going to be a challenging answer.  One reason why Orwell might have written "A Nice Cup of Tea" might be due to the fact that Orwell loved tea.  His experiences in growing up in India and Burma might have helped develop his love of tea, and being a British subject, the love of tea is something that is taken as an issue of national pride.  Notice the opening lines of the article:

If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.  This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes.

It is evident that the discussion of tea is something of a national issue for Orwell, and does reflect his love for...

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