Dhaba Chai and its Addictive Elements

Anam Shahid May 30 2015
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Pakistan, the nation that consists of the city of food and culture and the city of light, is also home to a vast majority of small chai hotels known as dhabas. Every average Pakistani household has to have tea in the morning for breakfast and then the evening tea, which is to be complimented by Samosas or bakery goods. It is a good gesture of tradition in Pakistan that when a guest arrives, they have to be served chai at least once. The people of Pakistan have created a need for chai that they cannot live without. Many people who do consume chai and especially from a local dhaba are expected to create an addiction for it.

Thus, there are many side effects of the brown liquid. Some of them are:

  • Kidney damage
  • Irritated stomach
  • Drinking eight or nine daily duplicates the symptoms of ulcer
  • Slows the digestion process
  • Creates gas
  • Causes diarrhea and constipation
  • Affects respiratory and heart function
  • Causes indigestion
  • Overexcites the nervous system
  • Causes palpitations

Many people who are addicted to chai get addicted to a specific kind of chai that is from local dhabas. The chai created there is said to contain some sort of chemical which makes you want to come back and have more. The chai dhaba addiction also is a hazard for discipline. Many people of Pakistan belong to the lower class, so they can afford only the chai from dhabas but that has created an addiction of both chai and dhabas. The chai and dhaba addiction has also lead an increase in insomnia and late night socializing, it has also created many social issues as well because people who socialize in late sittings at dhabas often make themselves targets to many illegal activities. The chai dhaba addiction also is a hazard for discipline. Many people of Pakistan belong to the lower class so they can afford only the chai from dhabas but that has created an addiction of both chai and dhabas. Some people, like me, just go out for the dhaba chai because of the amount of varieties it has to offer. Chai for the younger generation has become an addiction for two reasons; to kill time with friends or to keep oneself up during exam season. Nevertheless, it does not mean that it does not have it chai addiction effects, it does.

To add on, a bunch of new dhabas have opened up in Karachi especially to cater to the elite chai dhaba addicts. This just proves how bad of an addiction you can get from the chai at dhabas. Even when temperatures rise to 42 degrees Celsius, dhaba chai addicts just will not give up on the hot beverage. It’s a daily dose that has to be consumed to make your body work. Now, this probably sounds like we are talking about a drug, but look at the amount of chai dhaba addiction cases we have. It has indeed become a drug! I know of so many people, which just simply cannot make it through the day without having chai, and some that will go out of there to fulfill the dhaba addiction which causes discipline hazards. How? Well, if you don’t give an addict something they need, they are bound to become reckless and aggressive. That’s why it’s called an addiction – and they are never healthy.

Still there are many social and health hazards, but the number of dhabas and chai consumption is increasing day by day. The major question is: can we check the quality of the chai at dhabas to create a standard or can we stop the people from chai addiction or dhaba addiction? If not, then what is next?

Anam Shahid

Anam Shahid:

Anam has always been fond of writing and fiddling with words which allows her to not only express herself but pass them beyond. Graduating as a media student at ICMS, creativity comes to her pieces on its own.