By Rajah Banerjee
Foundation Books/Cambridge University Press
Makaibari tea Estate lays claim to being the first tea estate to be established in the Indian Himalayas. Founded by a Captain Samler, a former officer in the British army who debunked in protest at the harsh treatment Indian soldiers were forced to suffer, the estate was seeded with tea plants "liberated" from tea nurseries established in Kurseong and Darjeeling in the 1840’s. In 1859, Samler bequeathed the by now prosperous estate to a young entrepreneur, Girish Chandra (G.C.) Banerjee, whose holdings in the area had already earned him a fortune. Makaibari’s current owner is Rajah Banerjee, the author of this lavishly illustrated book. He is a direct descendant of G.C. Banerjee.