Cutting chai. At 3 am

Mid-day does a great job on unusual feature stories like going along with a night chaiwala on his rounds. I’ve seen these guys on their cycles serving chai and coffee in small plastic cups. Their existence is one of the reasons why I love Bombay. Want a cuppa at 3 am? You don’t have to shell out 300 bucks at the Taj. The chaiwala at the gateway will serve you piping hot tea for a measly rupees three.

However, I rarely patronise them because the tea / coffee they serve is not to my liking. I prefer either a good Parsi mint tea or Gujju masala chai and brewed coffee. No instant neskaapis please. Now if only the cops and the BMC were to allow Barista and Cafe Coffee Day to stay open all night.

3 Comments so far

  1. pragni (unregistered) on March 14th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    i was planning to blog this some time soon, i have a picture on this. will definately upload it as soon as possible. i caught these chaiwallas at 5 in the morning whn they were planning to just leave after a night of work and an empty barrel. they r really friendly, and wnted to know which paper will publish the picture i took of them.


  2. Akshay (unregistered) on March 15th, 2006 @ 6:37 pm
  3. Ajay D'Souza (unregistered) on March 17th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    Will second to Barista and Cafe day being open all night long.

    Have patronized the chaiwalas just once on Bandstand a few months back.

    Haven’t got an opportunity since.



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