Tracing Tea on a Rickshaw

16Mar07

I received an interesting email from Neil at The Tracing Tea Project today.

Tracing Tea Route Map

They’re going to be traipsing about in an auto-rickshaw on a quest to produce a book and TV series that celebrates tea culture. Their journey starts in Kolkata and will end up in London.

From the site:

In 2007, the 350th anniversary of tea’s introduction to Britain, the Tracing Tea team will journey from the famous Indian tea port of Kolkata to London through the world’s great tea-drinking nations. Using tea as a passport, the team will be working closely with local experts and academics to produce a book and TV series celebrating the peoples, history and cultural diversity of the countries along our route.

Fascinating stuff. They have a blog too, which I presume will be updated as they travel.

They’re also selling ad space on their rickshaw – you can load up a 3D model of the rickshaw and choose where you want your ad to appear.

A brilliant idea! Good luck guys!

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5 Responses to “Tracing Tea on a Rickshaw”

  1. I also received an email from Neil. Honestly, I am quite concerned about their safety…traveling 3 mountain ranges over 15,000km of treacherous trails…in a Bajaj??? Unless Bajaj now is made by Range Rover, it is not quite a vehicle for mountain trekking…I practically grew up riding them. My bones are still shaking from the engine vibrations. Brrrr…..

  2. Dangerous, yes. But fun! This will definitely put the little Bajaj to the test! I can only imagine the crazy roads they’ll have to deal with. Getting up to Darjeeling itself (the first leg of their trip) can be quite an experience in a regular car, let alone a scooter. And if it rains, chances are there will most likely be landslides.

    You grew up riding a Bajaj?? You’re full of surprises, Phyll! Where?

    Incidentally, Bajaj seems to have made it to the US at some point…

    http://www.bajajusa.com/

  3. Jakarta…there are tens of thousands of Bajaj’s there. It was my daily mode of transportation to go visit the stores, friends’ homes, malls, etc. I’m a long way from home, Nikhil, literally and figuratively speaking. 🙂

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