The redundancy of "Chai Tea" (Masala Chai)

We’ve all said it, “chai tea” — the greatest redundancy in the world of tea. In the Hindi language, “chai” means “tea”, so saying “chai tea” is the same as saying “tea tea.” Just think about that the next time you are in a coffeeshop and hear someone order a “chai tea latte” — whatever that is. Granted the popularized form of “chai tea” in America is syrup or powder based anyway – so calling what most drink in America “masala chai” would be a bastardization.  Masala refers to a mixture of spices; in masala chai, usually cardamom, cinnamon, cloves,
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Tea Culture in India: Photos

India has a rich tea culture, still the world’s largest tea producer — tea has become an important part of everyday life for most Indians. Masala Chai shops can be found on any street-corner, on the back of bicycles, and in many cases, the chaiwallah (“one who serves chai”) will come to you — as is the case while riding the Indian Railways. Many times, chai can be purchased in India for about 5 rupees – equivalent to just less than a dime (USD). Here are a few shots from my recent trip to India:
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