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All in a Cup of Tea

by J. P. Gurung


All in a Cup of Tea, the story of Darjeeling Tea by Mr. J.P. Gurung, one of the Senor Tea Planters of Darjeeling, reads like an autobiography containing an account of the glorious past, present status, problems and prospects of Darjeeling Tea. It is peppered with personal experiences and professional insights as well as political and sociological influences that impacted the Darjeeling tea industry. It’s an insider’s take on what put Darjeeling on the world map of tea and what it takes to retain its glory.


J.P. Gurung is one of those legendary ‘Tea Men’ of Darjeeling, a leading Tea professional for the past 45 years. He has been at the helm of the Darjeeling Tea Industry in various capacities such as General Manager for Darjeeling Plantations India Ltd., Advisor, Consultant, and Quality Controller from Swiss Singapore to the West Bengal Tea Development Corporation.  He is currently the Whole Time Director for the Tea Promoter Group of Organic Gardens. He has served as President of the Darjeeling Planters Association as well as the Planters Club. He was Vice-chairman of the Area Scientific Committee Darjeeling of the Tea Research Association and continues to serve as a member of the North Bengal Committee. On the social front, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Doors and Darjeeling Medical Association. Since 1989, he has served as District Chief Commissioner of the Bharat Scouts & Guides, Darjeeling District and was awarded Medal of Merit by the Governor of West Bengal in 2001.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The College retained its A Grade under the New stringent Format of Accreditation in May 2019 and it is valid till 2024.

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Salesian Journal of ‘Humanities and Social Sciences'

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