The curious case of cutting chai

7 October, 2013
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Pop-up: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Pop-up: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

2012, Kala Ghoda, Fort.

Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court recently ordered the police to drop the case against Vijay Patil, arrested in Kolhapur one morning for drinking chai (tea) in a suspicious manner.
“We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night. One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’…And while cutting chai is permissible, now even fashionable, cutting corners with the law is not.” Justice Patel ruled.

Hersh Acharya cuts his chai glasses but rigorously keeps the law.

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