Leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis drinks tea in a kulhad (earthen cup) during the inauguration of 'Atmanirbhar' tea stall outside BJP office at Dadar in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Kunal Patil

People buy tea from a roadside vendor as temperatures drop in the city, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Atul Yadav

Tea-tasting session at the Castleton tea factory in the Kurseong Valley in Darjeeling

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In Icchapore, near Calcutta, residence, tea shop and supporters parade Argentinian stripes

Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee

From Colorado came Brook Eddy, tasted our spicy masala chais on sweltering streets, and fell in deep, lip-smacking love. Back home, none ecould satiate her thirst. So she made the stuff herself, started selling ‘Bhakti chai’ from the back of her car, and soon exp­anded into shops. Now, it’s a $7 million brand. This is Brook, sipping the good stuff in Jaipur, eyes fixed in concentration.

Photograph by Una Morera

BJP National President Amit Shah listening to Prime Minster Narendra Modi's "Mann Ki Baat" (a radio programme) over tea, in Ahmedabad.

PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar

A worker serves 'Namo Chay' (tea) as BJP National President Amit Shah along with party leaders and workers listen to Prime Minster Narendra Modi's "Mann Ki Baat" (a radio programme) over tea, in Ahmedabad.

PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar

A tea-seller in Amritsar goes ­cashless

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A person distributes tea and bread to people on a cold evening, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Boatmen hold a traditional Kashmiri teapot as they sit on their boats on a partially frozen Anchar Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar.

AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan

A tea-vendor at India Gate on a foggy, day in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

BJYM workers wearing masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi serve tea to the people lined up outside Banks and ATMs to get their old currency exchanged, in Bhopal.

PTI Photo

Lions Club members distributing tea among people who are standing in a long queue outside ATM for withdrawal, in Patna.

PTI Photo

The Tea Villa Cafe in Versova

Photograph by Apoorva Salkade

Supporters of the global civic campaign group Avaaz wear masks representing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as they pose for the media to highlight the decisions Modi can make on climate change policy and financing ahead of the upcoming G20 summit and Paris climate talks, outside Buckingham Palace in London.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

@ Wind & Waves, Lake View From left, clockwise: Dr Satinath Sarangi, 60, Bhopal Group for Information and Action; Ajay Dubey, 26, CEO, Sonika Engineering and Construction Ltd; K.S. Shaini; Anil Chawla, 57, Business lawyer; N.K. Tripathi, 65, Ex-DGP, Madhya Pradesh; Girija Shankar, 62, Journalist-author

Vivek Pateria

@ Cafe Coffee Day, Gomti Nagar From left to right: Dr Krishna Gopal Dube, 62, Retd head, Aquatic Toxicology Division, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR); Dr Uma Shankar Srivastava, 63, former principal scientist (biotechnology), IITR; Dr Arvind Mohan, 49, Professor of Economics, Lucknow University; Vinamra Agrawal, 37, Entrepreneur;

Nirala Tripathi

@ Lodi: The garden restaurant From 2nd left to right: Srinath Raghavan, 38, Senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research; Gustavo de Aristegui, 52, Spanish ambassador; K.C. Singh, 66, Former diplomat; C. Raja Mohan, 62, Distinguished fellow, ORF; Nicola Smith, 40, Correspondent, The Sunday Times

Narendra Bisht

@House of MG, Lal Darwaja From left Rajiv Shah, 62, Senior journalist, former political editor of the Times of India, based in Ahmedabad; Ghanshyam Shah, 75, Social scientist and commentator; Sukhdev Patel, 57, Rights activist and Gujarat chief of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP); Vishnu Pandya, 67, Academic, historian and right-wing ideologue; Shridhar Narayan, (not in pic), a professional, also participated.

Mayur Bhatt

@Pizza by the Bay, Marine Drive From left to right: Sonal Jain, 25, engineer going abroad for studies; Pankaj Joshi, 42, director, Urban Design Research Institute; Dolphy D’souza, 58, social activist; Manjeet Kripalani, 55, heads a foreign policy research organisation; Nimish Asher, 40, financial advisor; Ashutosh Abhyankar, 49, director, Matoshree Constructions; DR Ashok Dhawle 61, CPI(M) central committee member; Nandini Sardesai, 70, sociologist and member, CBFC

Apoorva Salkade

@Bubble Cafe, Marine Drive From left to right: P. Rajeev, 47, ex-RS MP and CPI(M) dist secretary; Fr Paul Thelakat, 65, syro-Malabar Catholic church spokesperson; Minu Ittyipe; Sandya Vasu, 29, HR manager (with son Thejwal Shaji); K. Nandini, 50, social activist and lawyer; C.J. Mathew, late 40s, civil servant; Joseph Xavier, 62, Kerala Fishing Boat Assn president

Sivaram V.

@ Rashbehari Avenue, South Calcutta Sitting, from left to right: Kaushik Sen, 46, thespian; Anuradha Sengupta, 46, journalist; Ranjita Sinha, 36, head of a transgenders association; Afsar Ahmed, 28, carpenter; Shubhrajit Maity, 24, Jadavpur University student; Sanjay Raj, 43, business executive; Phonibhushan Nandi, 73, the stall owner, is pouring tea

Sandipan Chattarjee

O’Braan with a pot of his White Smoke tea

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pours tea for US President Barack Obama during their talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Shirish Shete

A man pours milk into a huge pot to prepare tea at a roadside stall, in old Delhi.

AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani sips tea in a saucer at a tea stall in Amritsar.

PTI Photo

MEA Tweets: Tea ceremony underway. PM @AbeShinzo special gesture for @PMOIndia.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, drinks a bowl of tea as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, looks on during a tea ceremony at a tea hut of the Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, in Tokyo.

AP Photo/ Yuya Shino, Pool

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, eat tea cakes during a tea ceremony at a tea hut of the Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, in Tokyo.

AP Photo/ Yuya Shino, Pool

Passionfruit tea at Cochrane Place

Sandipan Chatterjee

Pekoe-Dillo Assam tea, in greener times


Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during his 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign in Ahmedabad.

PTI Photo

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, at the chai pe charca campaign in Ahmedabad.

AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Sandipan Chatterjee

Two leaves and a bud—ideal for the production of CTC

Sandipan Chatterjee

Vendors distribute tea during a protest against Mani Shankar Aiyar for his remarks against party PM candidate Narendra Modi, in Bengaluru.

PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak

A roadside vendor prepares tea and milk for customers in New Delhi.

AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri

A road side tea stall open during the first day of the nation-wide strike called by trade Unions, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

A man warms his hands over a stove at a roadside tea stall on a cold winter morning in Kolkata.

AP Photo/Bikas Das

A gallery keeper pours tea on the floor to clean paint stains after a ceremony to open art exhibition for children who suffer from mental illnesses at 798 Art District in Beijing.

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

Suleimani chai

Varun Sreenivasan

Pearl milk tea

Payal Dhar

A traditional tea ceremony

Corbis (From Outlook Traveller November Issue, 2012)

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, a chai wallah waits for customers in his small shop in the Spice Market in New Delhi while Starbucks is set to open its first outlet in India by October end.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

Fragrant brew A tea-tasting session in progress at the Makaibari estate

Sandipan Chatterjee

Pluck season Tourists picking leaves at the Makaibari tea estate in Kurseong

Sandipan Chatterjee

Glass menagerie The way India drinks tea

Glenlorna, the only tea estate in Coorg.

Jyothy Karat

Tea-plucking in the verdant tea estates of the Dooars


Hot Cuppa: Women pluckers at work early in the morning in the Kanan Devan hills

Sabu P. Jose