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John Flinn, the travel editor for the San Francisco chronicle recently wrote an excellent piece about his travels in Darjeeling. His vivid descriptions of all the places I used to haunt as a child are spot-on! The story starts off with an indignant (Indian) guest at the Planter’s Club lamenting the fact that the club […]


I’ve lamented the fact that it’s remarkably difficult to find high quality teas on the Indian market since the bulk of the good stuff ends up being exported. Aside from a handful of specialty tea shops, high quality teas are just not as ubiquitous as coffee (in India’s urban centers). There’s nothing necessarily wrong with […]


In 1929, Sigmund Freud argued that civilization “obtains mastery over the individual’s dangerous desire for aggression by weakening and disarming it and by setting up an agency within him to watch over it, like a garrison in a conquered city.” [link] A recent article by Satis Shroff – Drinking Tea in Darjeeling – seems to […]


Few people remember that during World War II, Americans were firmly planted in India. India was part of the so-called China-Burma-India theater. I was delighted to come across this brief account of life in Assam from the (it appears — rather bored) American soldier’s perspective. Time Magazine: Monday, March 8, 1943. (Incidentally, Time has free […]


I’m very interested in tea. I’m also very interested in people. Have you ever wondered about the story behind your tea? Who grew it? Who processed it? Who set its price? Who packed it? Who shipped it here? The transformation of a simple tea leaf from its raw form to the beverage we so enjoy […]



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