One of the best ways to put a finger on the pulse of India is to savor its varied traditions of tea, a romance at heart. From impromptu tea ceremonies at train stations to sealing business deals in trading markets, no matter that traditional religions and languages pulse at the heart of a modern nation, the essence of Chai defies understanding.
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Tea is widely touted for its reported health benefits. Tea is rich in polyphenols, anti-oxidant compounds that many researchers believe have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. A study at the University of Illinois even found that tea may inhibit the bacteria that cause bad breath. No wonder tea is the most popular drink in the world apart from plain old H2O.
They call it "Chai-Pani"
The world's largest producer of tea, India is a country where tea is popular all over as a breakfast and evening drink. It is often served as Masala Chai with milk and sugar, and sometimes scented. Almost all the tea consumed is black Indian tea. Usually tea leaves are boiled in water while making tea, and milk as well as sugar are added.
Offering tea rather than alcoholic drinks to visitors is the cultural norm in India. Tea has also entered the common idiom so much so that the term "Chai-Pani" (tea and water) usually refers to wages, tips or even bribery.