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.
I have vivid memories of our unplanned family trips during my summer vacations 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. I hold preciously the smile on his face when he is captivated by something which leaves him with joy. The joy as he walks through the tea estates which are full of stories and memories for him.
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.
This blog is my escape through photography and writing. Being a full-time mother to two beautiful boys keeps me on my feet all the time and this is my creative outlet. Being a foodie, a book lover, an adventure seeker through travel, and someone who is in the process of trying to make the concept of mindfulness a part of my everyday, these are some other topics to look out for on the website.
Tea, shall we?