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Dairy Cross, Yelahanka New Town is just another sleepy suburb. But some of its inhabitants are up and running at the crack of dawn. I find it rather hard to start my day without a cup of tea. Most of Dairy cross’s early risers seem to agree with me. At a time when the sun has barely risen, tea is a difficult commodity to find. That is where Mr. Chengappa comes in, the man who helps Dairy Cross start its day with a hot cuppa and a smoke. I stumbled upon Mr. Chengappa and his tea cart a while ago. While heading to town early one morning, I stopped by his shop for some tea and have been doing so ever since. Patrons to his cart are as regular as patrons to any cafe in town. For some the day has just begun while others have just concluded a long arduous night shift. In the pages of this book are the memories I captured at the cart over the durations of a month. Every Tuesday I would leave home at 5.30am. I would proceed to sit by the cart, with a cup of tea by my side and a camera round my neck.


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Credits: Mr. Chengappa and customers: For tolerating my presence and providing free cups of tea.

Mr. Shankar Natrajan: For guiding me through the process of compiling the book. Srishti School of Art Design and Technology.


The Chai Table Book  

Compilation of images clicked at a tea cart.

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