Aroma of Orange Pekoe

by Jeff Tikari

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These are stories, snippets from the day to day life of tea and coffee planters. They are mainly my stories - I spent thirty-three years serving in tea and coffee plantations in India and Papua New Guinea: from 1959 to 1992. I say mainly my stories because I have also included amusing stori.....more


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These are stories, snippets from the day to day life of tea and coffee planters. They are mainly my stories - I spent thirty-three years serving in tea and coffee plantations in India and Papua New Guinea: from 1959 to 1992.

I say mainly my stories because I have also included amusing stories told at the bar in tea clubs, usually late at night, with slurred words, halting speech, and good humor - a close and genial time when the true character of a tale is revealed.

Planters lived a simple life and so the stories are simple and from the heart. They lived a hard life which too is revealed in the telling. They made their own entertainment – cut off and living in far flung estates in large plantation bungalows staffed with a retinue of servants – no TVs only radios with weak signals over-laden with static; they entertained and kept sane by visiting, partying, and dancing. "Some nights I rode to the club," said Ome Anand, "the advantage being that if I got too sozzled I lay on the neck of my horse that unerringly, got me home." Furtive, short, love affairs blossomed here and there – with a ground swell of well healed, healthy, young bachelors, it was only but inevitable.

Hunting was taken up by many and tennis, cricket, football, etc. was played by all. Managers insisted that youngsters visit the club and play games, “Keeps them out of mischief,” they said. Young Assistant Managers were not allowed to marry during their first tenure (usually three years) and so formed strong friendships, visiting each other regularly. Club nights were very popular and allowed an outlet to the loneliness of living by one's self.

A good salary, generous accommodation including extensive flower and vegetable gardens, with a number of servants thrown in made an ideal situation where a young executive might like to bring home a bride.

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ISBN 9781452357874
Category Fiction and Literature
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2012
Publisher Jeff Tikari
Tags Fiction , Planters

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