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Tea planters live by their guts and guns, like the wild west of America.

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I have always wanted to write a story set in the tea plantations of my childhood. My father was one of the first Indian managers of a British owned tea plantation in Assam, located in the remote, northeastern tip of India where the country borders Burma (now Myanmar.) Assam is dense rainforest country, with big rivers, green rice fields and tall areca nut palms that shoot like arrows up to the sky. But most importantly, Assam is the largest tea-growing belt in the world. Hundreds and hundreds of rolling tea plantations dot the silt-rich Bhramaputra valley, and the tea grown here is the finest black tea on earth, famous for its bright coppery color and distinct malty taste. Dense forested…

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