What keeps a city of 16 million people going you ask?
The answer is not coffee but copious amounts of Masala Chai. A simmering concoction of freshly made chai is hot, creamy, fragrant with black tea, fresh cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns and enough sugar to bring out the spice flavor.
This robust aroma of hot spicy sweetness personifies India and in a sense Bombay as well. Chaiwallahs [chai sellers] line Mumbai's bustling streets doing brisk business as Mumbaikers [denizens of Mumbai] young and old greedily slurp the beverage in small clear thick rimmed glasses.