Chai = Love | Neha Sangwan, M.D.

February 6, 2015 3:41 PM

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Chai (tea) was a staple growing up in our Indian household. We had chai when a neighbor stopped by to say hi. When I needed a break from studying or work, the answer was chai. Experiencing a three o'clock energy dip? Must be time for chai. After dinner, you got it -- chai time. I don't recall my parents or their friends ever saying it was too late for chai or that they had had enough chai that day. Anytime was chai time.

Almost every morning for 48 years, my dad has made bed tea for my mom and any of us lucky enough to be home. I would awaken to the gentle pounding of my father using the mortar and pestle to crush fresh pods of cardamom. I knew what that sound meant. The time was 7:15 a.m. and in five minutes the sm...

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