A tea seller from Pakistan has become a model after his picture made the internet melt
Photographer Jiah Ali was out wandering around Itwar Bazaar, in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, when she decided to snap a tea seller.
But her subject has turned out to be no ordinary tea seller. Eighteen-year-old Arshad Khan has since become quite the internet sensation because, well… oh you know what, just take a look at him (and those dreamy blue eyes) for yourselves.
Here he is making Ali some tea.
And here posing for a photo.
We could go on and on…
As the images of Khan went viral, Twitter responded, well, just how you’d expect really.
— Mark ZingerBurger🍔 (@FBkaBaap) October 17, 2016
One hella hot Chai Wala breaking internet #ChaiWala
— Sara Edwin (@SaraEdwinTariq) October 17, 2016
Can the #ChaiWala come to India please? Need to stare at him for endless hours.
— Ratnabali B (@reallybadhairda) October 17, 2016
Unsurprisingly, #ChaiWala started trending on Twitter in Pakistan. But, in a perhaps more unlikely turn of events, the picture of Khan also went crazy in India.
Tensions are running high between the two countries after a series of incidents, including calls for Pakistani actors to be banned from the Indian film industry.
But some people took to Twitter to discuss how this one vendor may have eased tensions between the two nations.
India and Pakistan are divided by terrorism and cricket but are united by hot chai wala.Funny but true. #RandomThought
— Maitrayee Iyer (@maitrayee94) October 18, 2016
Looks like all Pakistan and India needed to become friends is a hot chai wala to agree on 😂🙃
— taco belle (@IrumZar) October 19, 2016
The photographer later managed to find Khan again, as she explains in this Facebook post.
And then came the announcement we had all been expecting – Khan has been snapped up as a model. He’s now working for Fitin.pk, an Islamabad based online shopping store.
I LOVE THE INTERNET MAN WE JUST TOOK A HOT CHAI WALA AND TURNED HIM INTO A MODEL
— McBaŋɠ (@TheMcBang) October 19, 2016
Bet you’ll never look at a cup of chai the same way again.