Is there a problem that chai can’t solve?
Okay, maybe it can’t solve the calculus problems in your math textbook. But when you’re stressed about those problems, taking a break and going out for a cup of chai can be a lifesaver.
And chai breaks do a lot more than beating stress. Catching up is better when punctuated with sips of a hot cup. Some masala chai can provide that extra dose of spice to your gossip sessions. Even books seem better when paired with some chai.
Asks the students of Bharati Vidyapeeth in Pune. They have some killer chai points/centres/waalas near their campus where they go for their daily cup.
1. Raju ki Chai
What’s a better spot to be your hub than a place with an endearing name like ‘Raju ki Chai’. A short walk from the university, Raju ki Chai keeps it simple. Its glass of cutting chai has devotees all over campus. Before lectures, after lectures, even during lectures, they are found sipping on it. Treat yourself to one, and you’ll find out why.
2. Kundan Tandoori Chai
A ‘Tandoori Chai’ is the final product of an elaborate process. First, a kullad (earthenware cup) is heated inside a tandoor. Then the kullad is taken out and bubbling hot tea is poured over it, so that the tea bubbles some more, and absorbs some of the kullad’s earthy flavour. The chai is then transformed into a fresh kullad and served to you. Hard to believe? Fair enough. You’ve got to see it with your own eyes and taste it with your own taste-buds.
3. Pokket Cafe
People love Pokket Cafe near BVP for many reasons. They have great sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, milkshakes and more. But they also have ten varieties of tea, from green to masala to a sinfully sweet and creamy Irani chai.
4. Engineer’s Cafe
Okay, so we’re cheating a bit. Engineer’s Cafe is not very close to Bharati Vidyapeeth. But it’s worth the journey. And their one-of-a-kind chai menu is the reason. From Diploma Chai (served at cutting quantity) to B.E. chai (served at full quantity), from Defaulter’s Lemon Tea (black tea served with lemon and mint leaves) to our favourite, the ATKT chai (black tea served in full quantity), this menu will get top marks on creativity and flavour.
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There are many unassuming chai stalls in and around the Bharati Vidyapeeth campus. Some known, many unknown. The flavours differ, sometimes at the same stall at different times. But remember, it’s never the chai alone that makes chai delicious. The company and the occasion also add their own hints of flavour, in their own way. So go with an open heart and try out all the chai spots you can find.