Today, the taste for tea has evolved and we find the chai-wallahs competing with dispensing machines (nothing more than a runner-up in the race!) and tea shops that sell dozens of varieties of green, black and chaaite as reinforced with spices and herbs. With people developing a taste for black and green teas, it has become common for offices to have tea counters with different varieties of tea bags, slices of lemon, pots of honey and sometimes spice powders too.
People are becoming more knowledgeable about the different types of tea, and are beginning to try tea from different regions, of different stages of fermentation and so on. Over their cup of tea, nowadays many people are discussing tea itself rather than topics of national importance!
Indeed, tea is a magical and versatile beverage. Every person has their favourite brew – black, milky, hot, cold, plain, masaledar, and so on, and depending on how it is made, tea can not only wake you up but also soothe you and warm your soul when you feel down in the dumps! And of course, there is always ‘chai pe charcha’ with friends and colleagues, which is obviously incomplete without the perfect cuppa!