Do you take sugar with your tea?
It might not be a good idea if you're from Darjeeling. Mamta Baxi saw the problem of diabetes during her visit to the Indian town
- By: Mamta Baxi
Darjeeling is situated in the northern tip of the state of West Bengal in India. Here, in the foothills of the Himalayas and close to the borders of India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, the cultural melange is unique. The Nepalese, Tibetans, Bengalis, Biharis, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists all live together in harmony.
In the days of the Raj, when the British administrators took their summer breaks from the heat of Calcutta in the fresh air of Darjeeling, they became aware of the rich mountain soil. They opened several tea plantations, and Darjeeling tea was recognised as the “champagne of tea.” Today, Darjeeling has hectare upon hectare of tea plantations and rhododendrons.
For my elective I wanted to explore part of India completely unknown to me. Being of Indian origin and familiar with the busy streets of Mumbai, I wondered whether the mountain air and hilly terrain of the Himalayas would