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Noun. April 11, 2012, Word of the Day
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Cutting chai is to the Indian working class what Castrol super TT is to 4-stroke engines. The characteristic diminutive serving size of the nation's most beloved beverage imparts upon it an iconic status only rivaled by Madras coffee or dhabe ki lassi. The sights, smells and sound of piping hot chai being boiled and poured into 4-inch glass tumblers permeates every main street,bylane,railway station, bus stop, and other such addas. Besides its ridiculously low price tag of a rupee a pop, the other distinct cutting chai characteristic is the way its consumed..in short,loud sips followed by a prolonged gusty sigh of utter and complete contentment (phaaaaaaaah!). The 'cutting' part is in itself a social commentary, implying that consumption of the said chai is best enjoyed in company of friends, colleagues and associates, with cups being shared ('cut') among the group members.

Usage

Ram: Ei chhotu, 4 cutting chai le aa fatafat!
Added 2012-04-09 by Northern Southie

Root

Hindi

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

Parle G

Terms referencing this

half-af, cutting tea, Girmit, dose

Definition 2 of 2

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Half or three-fourth glass of overboiled tea from the tea stalls on the streets of Bombay. Slightly cheaper than full glass.

Usage

Ravi to friend: Let's take cutting chai
Ravi to chaiwalla: Bhaisab, ek cutting.
Added 2011-07-07 by itsacharade

Root

English

Region

Mumbai

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

one-by-two, filter

Terms referencing this

half-af, cutting tea, Girmit, dose