There’s no running away from the fact that chai has had an omnipresent existence in our lives since we gained consciousness. You cannot say ‘no’ to a chai. It’s just not fine. Indian culture has its roots growing up with the seedlings of tea plantations for decades!
Chai is more than just a cup of tea to start the day, It is an integral part of the cycle of life.
One cannot entirely experience India’s diverse culture without coming across its chai culture. On a whole, India cultivates and consumes more tea than any other country in the world. An indispensable drink, literally catered on every street, alley and corner of the distinct parts of the country! You can see people selling it on tapris throughout the day.
It is a regular entertainer, a source of living for people, a refreshing and energising drink, an excuse for discussions and affairs, a part of gossip culture and an age-old household tradition in India. Culturally speaking, there is a broad spectrum of chai in India. Offering tea is an essence of hospitality to relatives. Even if it’s the season of summer, winter, rainy or spring, nothing can beat chai. Getting its origin from China, then slowly diversifying through the various regions of India in the British era. In some way or the other, it dominated the nation and gave an excuse to get addicted to a hot beverage that relives one’s mind.