The chai wallah, Varanasi


I loved taking photographs of tea-making during my time in India – maybe because the chai wallahs seem able to turn just a simple act into such an atmospheric art form, in a totally unpretencious way.

It also brings back very fond memories as one of my favourite experiences was sipping a tiny cup of this brew on the streets of India while watching the daily drama of life around me; and maybe chatting to some friendly and curious folks at the same time. Who’d have thought that a 5 rupee purchase (less than 5p) could bring so much joy!

If I’ve whetted your appetite, I have another chai picture hereand a similar image also features in the short video montage that I have put to music.


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