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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chai kitli -- The meeting place

Believe me when I say - the conversation at a 'chai kitli' is more interesting than any 'current affairs' news segment. That is what my friend told me when we were having tea at, of course, a tea stall or better, 'chai kitli.' There is no denying the fact that the best and open conversations happen over a cup of tea. You sit at one of these road side tea stall and just listen to everything being talked about. There not one topic which is left out or not discussed.

Like just a couple of days ago, I overheard a couple of young guys discussing Indian politics, in their own way. The discussion was not only funny, but really illuminating. They were discussing how the next assembly elections would effect Gujarat. Who would be elected this time? Which party has the best chance? Who would be the next CM? More intricate details like which party could be the deciding factor etc. But this really got me thinking, these two guys are really discussing some very important issues. And not only that, they actually know what they are talking about. The question that I asked them after this (yes, I just couldn't hold myself back!), "Would you vote in this assembly election?" And the answer was equally thought provoking, "It would be my first ever time to vote, but can we get 'none of the above' as an option?"

This is just one of those thousands of amazing conversation we have at tea stalls. Some are illuminating, some result in arguments, and some other are just plain rubbish. But that is the beauty of a tea stall! No context needed. And you get to listen to some honest opinions of people who matter.

Long live 'chai kitli'