Small tea shops, serving tea and basic food, are found throughout India. They tend to be busy, but often dark and grimy places, but play an important role for many in a society where large numbers work very long hours, and need to eat cheaply outside the home. In this video, a tea-shop worker makes Indian-style tea.
" That's what you people do. You make sweets. How can you learn to drive? "
Sweets often play an important part in Hindu rituals, and are offered to the Gods. The Halwai are one of many thousands of castes in India, making up part of an ancient and complex social system, in which all have their place. Its influence is lessening in modern India, but is still powerful.
" A sly, slant eyed Nepali with a while moustache "