Varun, it seems, will go to great lengths for a cup of chai. Or so I learned last week. Varun and some friends had gone camping for the weekend and I was secretly wondering if they had packed enough, were they eating anything other than chips…the usual. Of course, I was quite intrigued by Varun’s text which read, “Want some chai?”
As I waited for the picture to download, I wondered how they were preparing chai.
In Varun’s rush to pack, he had declined our strainer, tea leaves and chai spices. Since there were 3 Indian friends there as well, I imagined that perhaps one of them had brought the ingredients and accoutrements.
And then I saw this.
That, my friends, is a sock, filled with chai, with two sticks creating an opening. The guys drank chai strained through a sock.
Manping. This is the only word that describes this situation. Manping is when men go camping. They pack minimal equipment, less underwear and an even smaller amount of shower/cleaning supplies. When they realize they didn’t bring sunscreen, they tough it, returning home sunburned and feeling tough.
And you know what? As our three Indian friends hauled sleeping bags and coolers in from the car they were beaming. This, they reported, was their best experience in Canada. So, want some chai?