If you ever go to Hyderabad and have some free time, visit the Paradise Cafe in Secunderabad. (Ask anyone for directions to Paradise and then ask for Paradise Cafe. They’ll tell you.)
Go to the counter and buy a cup of tea (Rs. 4, the last time I went). You’ll get a green token, which you hand over to the guy standing near the thermos flasks. He’ll give you a plastic “cup” filled with tea. Drink it.
If you’ve ever tasted tea like this before, I’ll eat my hat. (For the record, I don’t wear hats.) Irani chai is one of Hyderabad’s specialities and you get it in many of the cafes (pronounced kay-fss) in Hyderabad.
The tea is aromatic, it’s flavoursome, refreshing, and it sets off music in your head. If you love tea, you’ll probably love Irani chai.
I’m in Hyderabad, so you can bet your behind that I’ll be drinking Irani chai. The biryani at Paradise ain’t too bad either, but that’s another story for another day.