Once upon a time, people sold 'chaai-chaichaigaramchaaaai', on railway platforms and in train corridors.
Now, they sell 'dip cha-dip cha-dip... boliye saab?'
Once upon a time, the chai would come to the traveler. Now, the traveler must step off the train, go looking for a stall which serves properly boiled-n-brewed chai, from proper iron kettles. The asli cheez, as it were.
Or else, one must ignore the call of the garamchaai, and settle for some ashen-sweet dip-dip.
The latter has it's merits, though. With dip-cha, one can play with form and colour. One can control what the brew looks like. One can dip-dip until the colour deepens to resemble the five-o-clock winter sunlight falling across one's hands.
So... Boliye saab?
Chai, in other posts.