Oct 16, 2007

Price Less

Three TeaThis photo was taken at a tea stall near my office. Since my college days I have been drinking a lot of tea. And I started haunting roadside tea stalls during my second year in my college. If you keenly observe the roadside tea stalls you can see some interesting things. Almost all these shops are visited by just about everyone from lorry drivers, road workers, bus conductors, mechanic, office goers to software professionals.

What is it about these tea stalls that attract so many people. With increasing penetration of outlets such as Barista, Coffee Day, Mocha, Starbucks etc, these tea stalls still make a hell of a lot more business than the costlier coffee pubs. So if you need a place to stand and talk to your friends and think drinking a coffee or tea costing more than a kilogram of Tea or coffee powder is a criminal waste of money. Then please head to the nearest tea stall, one thing is sure, it definitely won't be hard on your wallet. You also get other eatables with rates ranging from 1 Re. to a maximum of 5 Rs. In case you are too careful about hygiene etc. then I would definitely advice against tea stalls, otherwise dig in.

Drinking a cup of tea in a tea stall - 3Rs.
Talking to your friends over a cup of tea - Priceless.


  1. Hi rakesh,
    You have really pictured out a deadly thing!!! To add to wat u said , wats more admirable is having a sip at such stalls helps keep us close to our roots, You never feel alienated like the one that happens in any glitzy coffee shops

  2. Hi!Rakesh
    I like the subject and the simplicity in your writing .No Barista/ cafe coffee day offer the human touch that these shops do.even if u visit a kinari/ grocery shop u get personal attention which is unavailable in malls .

  3. rAKeSH, you've taken a beautiful photo. i remember drinking tea in India .. the most wonderful experience. No starbucks could ever match a roadside tea stall!

    michael, melbourne

  4. @sauravcraze: yep tats true, no one will ever feel alienated in a tea shop its infact the best place to hangout.

  5. @monica: thankyou monica, actually if one regularly visit a tea shop or any other small shops then the shopkeeper will even know you name. In fact when I was living near kanyakumari most of the shop keepers even knew my name. but then you visit any of the big malls, they won't even remember you no matter how many times you visit that place. of course its not very not easy for them to remember since a huge amount of ppl come in and out of such malls. I dont blame them for that but you will never feel uncomfortable in smaller shops :)

  6. @michael: hey tats great. Looks like starbucks will have stiff competition if someone opens a roadside tea stall in australia.

  7. Rakesh I loved teas talls when I lived in Indonesia. Sitting there watching the traffic go by and engaging in smalltalk was a great way to spend time. I learned more about daily life there than any other place.

    Rock on.