Typical tea shop at the road from Mamallpuram to Pondicherry. No problem to drink a tea here as a good tea-man always clean his glasses with hot boiling water from the big red cupper tea-kettle, his trade-mark, just before he serves. The usual tea is a half glas mixed tea with milk and a lot of sugar, but you can get get full glass, without milk or without sugar but then you must specify. The way the tea-man mixed his tea is pleasant to watch as he drop the tea from one cup high in the air to your glass down, again and again, without burning his hands.
A tea-shop is a very important meeting place in Tamil society and you find them an any corner like hamburger-tents in America, or 'frietkot' (fried chips shops) in Belgium.
I had to do some highlightening as those shops are always in a very dark shade so that you could see all his stuff he is selling.