It’s half past four in the afternoon, that moment in your work day when the midday slump sets in and you stare at the clock from your desk longing for a cup of tea. That is when our devoted chaiwallas save the day! India’s neighborhood tea sellers line the streets ready to serve delicious chai to those in need of a second wind. As one hurries down to their local street corner guided by the sweet aroma, a makeshift box just enough to accommodate the vendor, his assistants, if any, and his tea-making apparatus is seen. Often, it could just be a four-wheeled cart but thankfully they are always found at the most accessible spot. A huge vessel, usually made of aluminum, but sometimes copper or steel, is placed on a gas or kerosene stove, with the tea boiling constantly for hours together. As it empties, the shopkeeper pours in more and more milk, adding the appropriate quantities of tea leaves, sugar, and their unique ingredients: cardamom, ginger, or a mix of all spices, including cinnamon and cloves. The entire process takes about a minute and behold, local chai-drinkers get to clutch a cup of the sweet brew- sit, chat and relax with friends before heading back to their offices. Chaiwallas have created everyone’s favorite part of the late afternoon and for this we say thank you!