C is for Chai
Its detention day at The Alphabet Club and the letter for the month is C.
C is for Chai(चाय) - It may not be an exaggeration if I say Chai is national drink of India. Every guest is treated to a cup of chai in Indian homes. Chai is Hindi word for tea and can be prepared black, with milk, without sugar, etc. This comes from the Persian چای chay, which originated from the Chinese word for tea 茶 chá.
Until a few years ago I thought tea or chai is native to India ...ha ha the bliss of ignorance. It is prepared in many ways across the country ,here is the recipe my mom follows:
Makes two cups of tea:
1. Boil 1.25 cups of water. Add 2 spoons of sugar . Once the sugar dissolves add 1 teaspoon of chai.
2. Once the chai leaves its essence(the color of water will change ), add 0.75 cup of milk.
3. Bring it to a boil . Sieve the chai and serve.
This is the normal milky sugary version of chai which you will find being served in tea stalls in India . Various ingredients like ginger, cardamom, tulsi are added to it while boiling to add to its taste. Masala chai is one of the popular versions .
C is for Chandrama(चन्द्रमा)- Hindi word for moon. Also called as chand (चांद) in Hindi and Urdu.
Moon is considered as epitome of beauty hence its common to compare beauty of your female partner with the moon. Also its looked upon as a sign of simplicity. Children all over India and even elders call it affectionately as "Chanda mama". Mama means the maternal uncle in both North Indian and South Indian languages.
C is for Chakda - This is curious vehicle used to carry passengers in North western state of India, Gujarat.
It is improvised from a Royal Enfield with diesel engine, some sort of shaft drive and arrangement to seat people. Its decorated with colors and pictures and can be seen being used for carrying passengers in rural Gujarat.
Looking forward what others TACers are talking about.