Serving tea to guests in India is so traditional that after a while it borders on common place. When prepared over a fire in the rustic kitchen of a village home in Rajasthan, tea becomes the main event and is treated like the ancient ritual that it is. The fire imparts a unique smokey flavor to the brew that lingers on the palette and remains a lasting memory.
In comparison to the West, the day to day chores are more difficult without running water, a gas stove or a washing machine. All of these hardships fade into the background as guests unite over a soothing cup of smokey, sweet chai.
While Mom is busy in the kitchen, Big Sister keeps her baby brother out of mischief but before you know it, Big Sis will be the source of another kind of mischief but for now she smiles shyly while waiting for tea.