Thanks to everyone who responded to the cha/chai debate. I don't know
if I am any the wiser. I spent most of my life in India in East Bengal,
and as I said I never heard the word chai. The Munshi whose phrase book
I quoted stated in his Remarks on Pronunciation that: Accurate
pronunciation is a chief factor in any language, and if care is taken
from the commencement to follow the simple rules laid down for the
pronunciation of Hindustani words, very little difficulty will be met
Ha! Little did he know.
He was domiciled in Lucknow. Perhaps there were some regional
Anyway, I am sticking with the Munshi on this one.
Regardless of how it is pronounced; here's to the cup that cheers, but
does not inebriate.