Monday Moment: Chai-Wallah, Rajasthan, India

05.August 2012

India, Monday Moment

Chai-wallah, Rajasthan

This is one of my favorite photos from our entire trip.

Pulling into the small, roadside stand I couldn’t believe that there would be a phone at all but our driver was adamant that there would be a phone we could use to contact our next hotel and that chai could be had while we waited.

As he heard our tires on the gravel, a young mans head popped up from behind the small counter the biggest, kindest smile imaginable emanating from his face as he realized there were foreign tourists visiting.

He quickly set the driver up with the phone and set to making us chai all the while looking back at us, smiling.

I am not very good at asking people to take their picture but I did on this occasion and he happily obliged. Later, as were were leaving, he motioned me over and I could see that he had written his name and address on a small piece of paper. He slowly pushed it across the counter to me and motioned to my camera asking if I would send a picture to him. I said that of course I would.

It makes me sad to tell you that I lost that piece of paper and was never able to fulfill my end of the bargain. I hope he forgives me.

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One Response to “Monday Moment: Chai-Wallah, Rajasthan, India”

  1. Arti Says:

    What a moment! It is such small, simple moments during our travels which make them such a joy and make us remember fondly at our journeys. What a warm smile the man radiates. Rajasthan is my hometown :)
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