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Pune & Punekars Through the Eyes of a चहा टपरी Owner

Appa, as he is lovingly called, is a middle-aged, coy man with a wistful smile. His day starts with the same routine- making copious amounts of tea for the morning crowd, and then pouring the first cup on the road followed by water. Although a strange ritual, he is quick to explain it to me. “It’s Bhavani”, he says. An offering to mother earth for looking after him and his business.