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Meet the famous chaiwalas of Nagpur

Nation Next tells you about some chaiwalas of Nagpur who with their distinctive style and irresistible tea have become very popular over the years!
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I was once in Mumbai on a work trip when I suddenly felt a strong urge to have tea. A friend of mine, sensing my discomfort, took me to a tea stall nearby. Not that the tea I had wasn’t nice, but it somehow did not satiate my craving for tea; something was missing. And then like a thunderbolt, it stuck me, I was missing the tea made by my favourite chaiwala in Nagpur. If you are from Nagpur, you’ll relate to this: A Nagpurian is very serious about where he has his daily dose of tea, just like the Lannisters who are very serious about paying their debts; GOT fans will agree. Nation Next tells you about the famous chaiwalas in Nagpur and their irresistible tea.

Dolly Chaiwala @ VCA stadium square

How old: 20 years

Daily sales: 3500 ? 5000 cups

Time for tea: 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

Things to know: This stall is operated by two brothersShailesh and Sunil Patil. Sunil is popularly called Dolly? by regulars and over the years has earned quite a fan following among regulars because of his absurd sense of style and way he talks. Don’t call Dolly ?bhaiya? if you visit this stall as it may offend him. Dolly has a fan made page to his credit on facebook which has close to 5, 000 likes on it! Situated in the up-market area of civil lines which is a hangout place for many youngsters in the evening, this stall sees a high footfall.

Raavan Tea Stall @ Times Square, Dharampeth

How old: 12 years

Daily sales: 1200 ? 1500 cups

Time for tea: 8:30 am to 7 pm

Things to know: The distinct yet catchy name of the stall can be attributed to Sumit, who assists Shankar Sarose – the owner of the stall. Shankar named the stall Adarsh? and Sumit rechristened it as Raavan. Shankar is well known in the area for the tea he serves and for the social messages he chalks down on a board at his stall. A pinch of elaichi powder and superior quality tea powder ? that’s Shankars recipe to a perfect tea. Regulars which include office goers and students, claim that therere addicted to the tea prepared by Shankar. Sumit has now set up a snack kiosk just beside the tea stall.

Arun tea centre @ Tiranga Sqaure

How old: 16 years

Daily sales: 600 ? 1000 cups

Time for tea: 6 am to 7 pm

Things to know: The owner of the stall is Arun Khadse who is called Arun bhau? affectionately by the customers. Arun bhau always has his hands full with making tea and mouth full with pan masala and that doesn’t allow him to talk much. Picture this: You tell your preference of tea to the chaiwala once and then you never have to repeat it again ever whenever you go again! Arun bhau prepares strong and sweet tea in two different kettles. If you have visited his stall a couple of times before, he will identify you and will give you tea, the way you like it!

Baba Chaiwala @ Mohd Ali Sarai, Mominpura

How old: 52 years

Daily sales: 3500 – 4000 cups

Time for tea: 5 am to 3 am

Things to know: Parvez, an undergrad is the owner of this tea stall. He inherited the stall from his father Noor Khan who opened it in Mominpura a couple of decades back. Parvez has no regrets of leaving studies and enjoys doing what he does. More milk and less water, that’s the mantra at this tea stall to prepare tea. The measure of ingredients to prepare tea is constant and that’s the reason even when the tea is prepared by different employees, the taste remains the same whenever fresh tea is prepared.

Santosh Chaiwala @ Laxmi Nagar square

How old: 47 years

Daily sales: 1000 ? 1500 cups

Time for tea: 5 am to 7 pm

Things to know: This tea stall in the morning becomes a buzzing hub for tea enthusiasts. As there’s ample of place to sit near the stall, there’s a lot of ?chai par charcha? which goes on. Joggers and students from various tuition classes around the area throng this joint for a morning cup of fresh tea. Although the stall primarily serves tea, coffee is also available on special request. The owner, Santosh Sahu has a knack for using ginger extensively for the preparation of tea thereby giving the tea a strong taste. One can also have black tea and special tea at the stall. A little around 7 am, samosas and poha are also available at the stall. Santosh is also affectionately called ‘Mithai’ by tea lovers who visit the stall.

Ravi tea stall @ Opp Accharaj towers, Chhaoni

How old: 16 years

Daily sales: 1000 ? 1500 cups

Time for tea: 7 am to 11 pm

Things to know: Ravi Shinde is many things to his customers ? he is a confidante to young students, a friend and an advisor to many others and a chaiwala who makes perfect tea for them. Regulars at Ravis tea stall claim that Ravis cooks the finest tea in Nagpur. Tea prepared by Ravi has an aroma to die for and it can be attributed to the perfect well thought combination of ginger and cardamom.

Raju Tea Stall @ Traffic Park, Dharampeth

How old: 32 years

Daily sales: 1000 ? 1500 cups

Time for tea: 7 am to 7:30 pm

Things to know: Well-known Nagpurians like Ramesh Mantri, ex-corporator Baba Maid, ex-mayor and current member of MLC Anil Sole are regulars at this stall. Other customers mainly include students and office goers. Raju Tajne, the owner of the stall serves tea in porcelain cups and that’s the reason the tea remains hot for a longer duration. Keep the water less, boil the milk for a longer duration and the result is delicious tea ? That’s Raju bhaus mantra to perfection!

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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