The New Face of Tea-rorrism


The New Face of Tea-rorrism

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


ou know what rhymes with fleabag? Teabag; and never have two words been as easily interchangeable. If you’re reading this at work (and you probably are), there’s a good chance that you’re sipping on a cup of coffee or chai from your office pantry. If you’re drinking coffee, you’re in the clear, but if your beverage of choice happens to be tea, you’re pretty much screwed. The teabag, that perennial pretender to the chai throne, is here to ruin your drink.

As a kid visiting the offices of my dad and the uncles scattered across the city, I always found it curious that all their offices had a chaiwallah right outside the compound gates. I had noticed a pantry, and even fancy coffee machines in some of these offices, so what need was there for an outside chaiwallah?