The Chai Culture of India

Qazi Zaid

Tea was brought to India by the Britishers and has left a colonial legacy that is not just well accepted but a part of everyday life of people in India.
Tea in india has taken a very sugary, syrupy form of ‘Chai’.

Chai shops are situated everywhere, outside colleges, in posh malls and has become a part of peoples lives in the same way as pubs have become a part of peoples life in Europe. From political discussions at tea stalls to popular advertising about revolutions and democracy, tea forms an important part of Indian society.
Chai plays different roles for different people across classes and provides different venues in modern popular culture.



A stitch in time: Embroidery workers struggle in New Delhi

Sidrah Fatma & Qazi Zaid

New Delhi, Feb 18: Nahid Khan and his sons, run an embroidery workshop in Okhla, New Delhi. While together with their workers they create beautiful work, the nuances of their business and hardships are increasing day by day.

Not so cutting edge: The Ghazipur slaughter house


Sidrah Fatma & Qazi Zaid

New Delhi, Feb 17: The Ghazipur slaughter house on the outskirts of New Delhi came into existence due to the rising meat demands of the city. The old slaughterhouse at Eidgah, Paharganj was sealed and had to be abandoned, which put thousands of workers out of their jobs.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) claimed that the new slaughterhouse would be a hygienic and more cost efficient alternative. It proved insufficient to meet the city’s growing demand for meat. The claims of hygiene also stand exposed well before one reaches the slaughter house. It is situated besides a landfill and a dirty drain.

Illegal slaughter and sale of meat can be seen right outside the compound of the slaughterhouse, the waste of which ads to the growing landfill.

Although the slaughter house is managed by the MCD which is a government body, the place is strictly forbidden to outsiders. The place is guarded like a secret corporation and is partly managed by Allanasons Corps.


MCRC : The Tree In The Middle


A very intriguing and strange sight can be seen in the premises of MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia. Moving towards the canteen a large tree in the middle of the road greets you. Usually when roads are laid, trees are cut down as if to show the dominance of humans to the these immobile creatures. Here at jamia, that is not the case.

Reflecting the tolerant and accommodating nature of this institute, the road can be seen winding along on both sides of the tree and the tree in return provides shade to the hard road. To a keen eye it may look like a friendship between nature and development. Such brilliant display of coexistence can hardly go unnoticed.

Fatima Khan, a new student at MCRC says, “the tree looks beautiful, its existence proves that people still care.”