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Chaiwallahs

Wherever you go in India, there is chai

It's more than just tea – it's a national institution. People everywhere drink it morning, noon, night and all hours in between. Chai connects people, from family and friends sharing gossip, lovers canoodling to entrepreneurs sealing deals.

At the centre of it are the Chaiwallahs. An army of men and women stationed on every street corner, who brew, froth and roll shots of steaming, sweet chai all day long. Chaiwallahs are more than just tea makers – they’re street performers and entertainers, entrepreneurs making a better life for themselves with every batch they brew. India doesn’t run without them.