Savouring The Assam Tea & The Colonial Planter's Life

In Dibrugarh, Assam, you get a chance to know about the history of tea and of the people whose lives revolved around it

The Mancotta Tea Estate Photo: Purvi Discovery

Tea is in my blood. Growing up in the tea gardens of the Dooars, I learnt early to savour the brew, and to live the good life of a planter's family -- the bungalows, the parties, the gastronomic indulgences, the good graces and much else. The tea estate was the planter's kingdom—the owners of the gardens called "company sahab" by the workforce—usually lived in Kolkata, and visited once in a while, and when they did, everyone was on their best behaviour. Even the tea bushes!