Chai and Why?

An informal discussions of interesting scientific issues outside a traditional academic setting in a Science Café format. "Chai and Why?" aims to engage the public who are interested in science but generally don't have an opportunity to interact and discuss their views with scientists and ask questions.

Started in the year 2009 as once a month session, now being held at Prithvi theatre, Mumbai on the 1st Sunday, at Ruparel college, Mumbai on the 3rd Sunday of every month and at Alexandra School, Fort, Mumbai if a month has 5th Sunday. In the past 10 years, we have covered a wide range of issues relating to science and technology, in particular topics that affect our world today - lasers, nanotechnology, space exploration, stem cells, malaria, etc.

In summer, special sessions aimed at children - covering for example science in the kitchen, playground etc. proved to be extremely popular. Apart from the regular scheduled sessions, some special Chai and Why? sessions have also been held at other venues around the city.

Just for count: 310 total sessions till year 2020. 280 sessions till 2019.

Chai and Why? in the past: