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Presentation By – M K Rohit
T G T English (J N V
LESSON 7.GLIMPSES OF INDIA
CLASS 10TH (FIRST FLIGHT)
Tea from Assam
-Arup Kumar Dutta
M K Rohit (T.G.T English)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born on July 2, 1946, at Jorhat, Assam, in Eastern
India, Arup Kumar Dutta did his Major and Masters in
English Literature from Delhi University. He returned to
Jorhat to teach English at J. B. College for several
years before taking up writing as a full-time career.
Dutta made a permanent place in the hearts of children
with his very first book, Kaziranga Trail, in 1978, after
which there was no looking back. The book not only
won prestigious awards, but was also translated into
many languages, both Indian and foreign, including
Japanese, German, Russian, Czech, Hungarian and
Italian. Kaziranga Trail was followed by other awardwinning books, The Blind
Witness, Smack, Revenge, The Lure of Zangrila (which
won a National Award) and many others. Two of his
books have been included in Literature of the World
series by the Asahi Shimbun.
Tea from Assam
a youngster from Assam, is
Rajvir’s classmate in school in Delhi.
Pranjol’s father is the manager of a tea
garden in Upper Assam and Pranjol
has invited Rajvir to visit his home
during the summer vacation.
Rajvir and Pranjol on the way to Assam :Rajvir and Pranjol were travelling to Assam. A tea vendor
called “chai-garam…garamchai” . They took tea and sipped
it. Rajvir told Pranjol that over 800,000,000 cups of tea are
drunk everyday throughout the world.
Tea gardens scene :Rajvir looked at the beautiful scenery outside. Pranjol kept
raeding his detective book. There was greenery outside.
Soon the soft green paddy fields gave way to tea bushes .
There were shade trees also over the areas. In the distance
there was an ugly building. It was a tea garden
ABOUT LEGENDS BEHIND TEA:
They were in Assam, the tea country. Assam has the
largest concentration of tea plantations in the world. Rajvir
told Pranjol that no one really knew who discovered tea.
There were many legends about it.
Chinese legend :-
A Chinese emperor always boiled water before drinking
it. One day a few leaves of branches burning under
the pot fell into the water. It gave a delicious flavour.
These were tea leaves.
Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk cut off his eyelids
because he felt sleepy during meditations. Ten tea
plants grew out of his eyelids. These leaves when put
in hot water and drunk, banished sleep.
Tea and China :Rajvir told Pranjol that tea was first drunk in China.
It was as far back as 2700 B.C. Words like ‘chai’ and
‘chini’ are Chinese. Tea came to Europe in the
sixteenth century. It was drunk more as medicine.
the destination :-
Both of them dropped at Mariani junction. They were
driven to Dhekibari Tea Estate. On both sides of the
road there were acres and acres of tea bushes.
Women with bamboo baskets were plucking the new
leaves from them
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN ABOUT 40 WORDS :-
Q.1 What did Pranjol told Rajvir about Assam?
Ans.1 Pranjol told that Assam is heartland of tea cultivation in
India. It is their commercial crop. Assam has the largest
concentration of plantations in the world. It exports tea to
other countries in the world.
Q.2 What is the Chinese legend about tea?
Ans.2 A Chinese emperor liked to drink boiled water. Once
while boiling the water gave a delicious flavor. They were tea –
leaves. Since then theses leaves are used as beverage.
Q.3 Write down the Buddhist legend about tea.
Ans3. Once a Buddhist ascetic was meditating. During his deep
meditation he fell asleep. The monk became furious on
himself. He cut his eyelids and threw them on the ground.
There grew ten tea plants. Their leaves can remove sleep.
• Q.4 How are the tea leaves collected in Assam?
Ans.4 Tea leaves collection is a labour intensive work. In
Assam, this work is done by ladies. Ladies in groups carry
bamboo baskets on their backs. They wear plastic aprons. They
pluck tea leaves and collect them into their basket.