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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ek Cup Chai Ho Jaye

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Every time I cross Café Coffee Day, I read its caption “A lot can happen over coffee”.  It’s a good ad line, a catchy one.

And yet it is Chai (tea) that is more popular with us Indians. There has to be a cup of Chai when we wake up, another with breakfast. You reach your work place and work starts with a cup of Chai, meetings are never complete without Chai. You get home from work and you finally have that much awaited “Ghar wali Chai”.

Exam times heighten the need for Chai, and when guests drop in there has to be a round of Chai. Chai in India is a convenient excuse for any and everything. Marriages are arranged over Chai and politics is discussed over chai, arguments about cricket matches are over Chai and distressed ones are consoled over a cup of Chai.Victories are celebrated over Chai and defeats are faced over Chai.  And let’s not forget those “cutting two by four chais” shared with friends and the sweet memories attached to them. The “Chal chai peene chalte hain” moments.

There is “mom ke hath ki bani adrak wali Chai” and “Ali ke tea-stall ki Irani Chai”. Nisha’s favorite “Elaichi wali Chai” and “Train ki kullhad wali Masala Chai”. There is “light Chai” and there is “kadak Chai”.

For us Indians, Chai is an excuse for getting together, for bonding with family and friends. There is never a reason nor a season for Chai. A lot can happen over a cup of coffee for sure but everything can happen over a cup of Chai. I value my Chai and for all those who agree with me..aaiye ek cup Chai ho jaye :)

12 comments:

  1. This post has made me remind the old proverb , Storm in the tea cup :-D..well written :-)

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  2. I guess it is very much a south Indian bit when you say Coffee Vyas. I used to be a little awed when I was in Delhi with such big fans of tea and I never used to find proper company for that being an ardent fan of coffee I am. As a part of an intro in the place where I come from, the first sentence that comes when we see someone is "Coffee aayta sir" meaning whether someone has had their coffee.. It is not hi, it is not hello, it is coffee aayta sirr :)

    Nevertheless coffee or tea or even a juice, it always is and will be about the people and that I believe is something you find only in this lovely country :)

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    1. Well said Vinay, Its not really about tea or coffee..its all about the nature of us Indians bonding with each :)

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  3. This is such a great post. Enjoyed reading it.
    Ek-ek cup chai ho jaaye? this used to be the usual one at our place when we were kids. Do you remember - shayad meri shaadi ka khayal song? Tea is the key there too.
    Really well written!

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    1. Thanks Parul ! Yes I definitely remember the "Chai pe bulaya hai" song..like I said..even marriages are arranged over Chai here !

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  4. Totally agree with it! Chai is a way of socialising in India. I admit that I find it hard to say no if someone asks for tea.

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  5. I agree with you there Ratna :)

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  6. Well everyone has said everything about Chai so issi baar par EK CUP CHAI HO JAYE AAP LOG KE SAATH. its 1130pm and I still can have it.......Good Post Renu....keep it up

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  7. And with this Chai thing I still cant forget, when I used to travel in Train in my childhood, the peculiar way these tea vendors at every platform, used to speak loudly.......CHAI CHAI....to sell their Tea in Kullars....

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  8. And with this Chai thing I still cant forget, when I used to travel in Train in my childhood, the peculiar way these tea vendors at every platform, used to speak loudly.......CHAI CHAI....to sell their Tea in Kullars....

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  9. Thanks Sumeet, and yes I loved those Kullad chai and I actually miss them !!

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