“Chaaye garam chaaye” is the trademark of all the train stations in India. There has to be a tea seller at the train station.
Anytime, anywhere, we just love tea. A remedy, a stress-buster, a healer, our everything-TEA.
We all love tea but how many of us know how it was found?
Let’s unfold the story, of our most loved tea’s invention. It all began in ancient china more than 5000 years ago…..
Emperor Shen Nung had a philosophy that all drinking things should be boiled before consumption. One summer when he was visiting his farm lands of the kingdom he stopped to rest.
In accordance to his ruling his servants started boiling the water he demanded, it was at that time that some dried leaves from a nearby shrub fell into the water and a brownish liquid started forming.
The emperor was very interested in the new found liquid and quickly consumed it and found it to be very refreshing.
This is how tea was first found, now how did tea travel its way to India.
Tea in India was a ‘brought to you by’ the EAST INDIA COMPANY in the early 1800’s.
But Ooty tea is popular for its own; the early experimentation of tea in the nilgiris was first started in 1832 by Dr. Christie.Dr Christie died in the same year and the tea plantations were handed over to his colleagues.
In 1834, Lord Bentick viceroy of India at that time sent a Commission to fetch tea seeds from China; unknowingly that ASSAM already had the crop in abundance.In 1839, under the supervision of expert botanist M Perottet reported that the crop ion Nilgiris (Ooty) was growing luxuriously.
In 1840, they published an article to attract the attention.Credit for the first manufacture of Nilgiri tea goes to Mr Mann.
The tea industry and the cropping blossomed at that time in the Nilgiri’s at that time and in 1859 and 1863 Thiashola Estate in Ooty was formed.This tea would soon emerge as the mainstay of the economy of the Nilgiri’s.
And so is the story of OOH-TEA, but the relation between railways and tea isn’t new it’s been there since forever.
The tea garden express was a special train launched to transport tea chests from Mettupalayam to Cochin. This train is functional even today, as a train that runs between Trichy and Ernakulum and even so the railway authorities call it TEA GARDEN EXPRESS.
Every word has its origin, how did TEA get termed?
The Chinese word “Tchai” is the origin of the word, breaking the word we get Ch’a and T’e, used to describe the beverage and the leaf and pronounced as “CHA”. So the Punjabi’s have always pronounced it when they call it cha. Even in Japanese, Persian and Portuguese the beverage is called cha.
In the 20th century the tea industry of India flourished and at this time India is one of the leading producer and exporter of tea all around the world.
When it comes to Ooty, we must think that tea is the major source of living there. Yes, the answer is right and you can see tea plantations more in the area than you can see for vegetables, Ooty is the city that revolves around tea, the second major produce of the place is coffee. You will find tea gardens wherever you go, by the lakes, on roadside, and everywhere.
But, what about the living that the people earn from tea? When we see tea all around waiting to be plucked and produced, the finest tea is the smallest leaf. The smaller the leaf, finer the tea will be. If you visit a tea garden don’t hesitate to pluck one, observe it, read it and put it in the bag of the worker who is there to gather the mature tea leaves, because they earn only 200 rupees for plucking 1 kilogram of tea leaves, hard, isn’t it?
If you plan on visiting Ooty, pack your winter stuff well, because it sure can get chilly around there and you would not want to miss out on the fun of Ooty than be grounded inside your room.
Doddabeta, the botanical garden and of course tea, coffee, and chocolate factories are the favourite and abundant in the place.