Hello! I am Sherin and welcome to Pardesi Trotter. I am a tea enthusiast living in the U.A.E. with a love for storytelling.
As with every story, once upon a time…
My grandfather worked in three tea estates in Kerala, Bonamy (Vagamon), Pashumalai (Munnar) & Manjumalai (Vandiperiyar) for over 2 decades spanning from the early 1940’s to the late 60’s.
School vacations meant trips and stay at tea estates for my father who I call Pappa and his siblings. Pappa formed a connection and love for tea plantations from a very young age. He admired the discipline with which tea factories operated. There is a special place in his heart for old English bungalows that decorated the estates.
Years later my summer vacations to India meant a trip to at least one tea estate. I have vivid memories of our unplanned family trips driving up winding roads to distant mountains in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The sight of tea pickers specking the hills was something I loved. Pappa is a businessman and he is obsessed with his work. The rare moments when he is captivated by something which leaves him with joy and the smile on his face as we walked through the tea estates is something that I hold dear to me.
Through the Pardesi Trotter, I wish to essay stories of the beauty and mystery of the steeped tea leaves that have traveled through those picturesque tea hills to my teacup.
Tea, shall we?