The Great Indian Chai Experience || Chai near Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

I love waking up to the sound of raindrops hitting my window. The mesmerizing fragrance of fresh grass after the rains, the clean freshly washed look of bright houses against a dark sky, and the little cottony clouds dashing across the sky to reach God-knows-what destination. There is no season as wild, as beautiful, and as full of character as the monsoon. And now imagine that you are in Mumbai, the city that has earned a reputation especially when rains are concerned. Imagine being on the seaside, holding a hot glass of tea in your hands, and talking politics to your friends, all this while light raindrops are caressing your cheeks. Can there be a better scene than this?  This was exactly the position I found myself in recently. The exact location was the road that leads up to the Haji Ali Dargah, which is located on a little islet close to Worli, southern Mumbai. We happened to be walking towards the Dargah on this road when we saw the ubiquitous aluminum tea kettle lying on a table. A cheerful man was selling tea. He greeted us as we approached. Add to that the tantalizing aroma of chai. The decision was made. It was time for yet another Great Indian Chai Experience.I love waking up to the sound of raindrops hitting my window. The mesmerizing fragrance of fresh grass after the rains, the clean freshly washed look of bright houses against a dark sky, and the little cottony clouds dashing across the sky to reach God-knows-what destination. There is no season as wild, as beautiful, and as full of character as the monsoon. And now imagine that you are in Mumbai, the city that has earned a reputation especially when rains are concerned. Imagine being on the seaside, holding a hot glass of tea in your hands, and talking politics to your friends, all this while light raindrops are caressing your cheeks. Can there be a better scene than this?

This was exactly the position I found myself in recently. The exact location was the road that leads up to the Haji Ali Dargah, which is located on a little islet close to Worli, southern Mumbai. We happened to be walking towards the Dargah on this road when we saw the ubiquitous aluminum tea kettle lying on a table. A cheerful man was selling tea. He greeted us as we approached. Add to that the tantalizing aroma of chai. The decision was made. It was time for yet another Great Indian Chai Experience.

The chai was served in plastic cups. We couldn't locate any dustbin around, but when asked the chai-wallah asked us to dispose off the crushed cups beneath the table. The chai was hot and perfect for the rainy season. And the fact that he served it to us with a welcoming smile made it taste better. Following is our analysis of the tea:  Color: Dark amber Sweetness: just sweet enough Milk content: appropriate Strength: good, the tea was well boiled  In short, I totally recommend this chai experience if you happen to be in the area.  If you have your own chai experience that you would like to share with our readers, send your post to us at VJ@travellingcamera.com

The chai was served in plastic cups. We couldn't locate any dustbin around, but when asked the chai-wallah asked us to dispose off the crushed cups beneath the table. The chai was hot and perfect for the rainy season. And the fact that he served it to us with a welcoming smile made it taste better. Following is our analysis of the tea:

Color: Dark amber
Sweetness: just sweet enough
Milk content: appropriate
Strength: good, the tea was well boiled

In short, I totally recommend this chai experience if you happen to be in the area.

If you have your own chai experience that you would like to share with our readers, send your post to us at VJ@travellingcamera.com


If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -

- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.

- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite 

5 comments:

Ami said...

Love your message at the end of this post. We need people to realise this.

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Ami !

I have been adding this message in most of the posts for quite some time. Although I don't know how effective it would be.

Shaunak Marulkar said...

Nice post, reminded me of my post graduation days in Pune ! And as Ami said, the message towards the end of the post is something new and great I have seen so far. May I follow the same style of sending worthy messages too ? :)

indu chhibber said...

Should I add one more request?Give your service with a smile.

VJ Sharma said...

Shaunak - why not. Please go ahead and spread some awareness. Hope it would have some impact.

Indu - (Y)

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