Higher-Archy

Prefaced with an advance apology to Mac.  Some literary licence having been taken, never any offence meant! 1984.  Upper Assam.  I was at that time the Mistry Sahib (Factory Assistant) on Rajah Ali Estate. Other than the fact that the Burra Sahib would at regular...

The Periya Dorai’s (Big Boss) Angle to Angling

After two years on Panniar with my father figure P.D. (Abid), I was transferred to one of the other Malayalam’s properties in the High Ranges – Surianalle Estate.  Despite us being directly on the other side of the valley from Panniar with a clear line of sight...

Those were the days…

In 1975 at a young 22, I was despatched up to Panniar Estate (High Ranges) by the Agents in Cochin.  Being born and with my entire formative years having been in Simla where the only crop was apples, planting as a career had never ever crossed my mind.  Providence and...

Women in Tea

Vaideghi Kanan – Tea Maker at Tea Studio Vaideghi Kanan’s family has been involved with tea for decades. They grow the green leaf that is sold to one of the numerous tea production facilities in the Nilgiris. Many of the women who grow up in this region find...