There’s something magical about a kullad of steaming chai made on a roadside stall on a rainy day. Nothing is better than having a cup of chai in good weather. Tea is undoubtedly the favourite drink of India. It is, in fact, more than just a drink. It’s a cult. Drinking chai in our country is more of a social act, an excuse to sit back and relax.

Coffee might be its fashionable cousin that plays cupid for youngsters, but there’s no beating the good old charm of a warm cup of tea. No matter how hot it might get, we will still drink that cup of chai after switching on the AC. If it rains by any chance during the summer, chai and pakodas it is! We Indians just need an excuse to have our favourite beverage.

Here are ten signs that prove tea has, by default, become our national drink and we can’t live without it.

1. A slight drizzle outside, and the first thing you want is chai.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

2. Sutta with tea on a bad day at work is the perfect recipe to wash the blues away.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

3. In office, “Chal yar chai peene chalte hain” makes you go like this.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

4. No work gets done on the day the tea machine at office breaks down or the pantry guy is absent.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

5. Whenever guests come over, tea is the logical choice after Namaste.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love
Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

7. Making tea is the first thing everyone learns to make.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

8. Having a bad day? Got a headache? Tea is the solution for everything.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

9. This is orgasmic for many of us.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love

10. You need tea even if you are not a tea lover.

Signs Chai Is Every Indian's First Love