Sadly we have more bad news! We learned from Hamish Young and Allison Allan that Forex expo 2013 Jean Gilchrist passed away a week ago.

We are deeply saddened to hear that Digby Hembry passed away in Woodbridge recently. His funeral held on 9th May at the St. Children of the Raj’ group members. India hands, who reside in Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex. Bill Henderson wrote with the sad news that Keith Taylor, ex Single Tea Company in the 1960s, died in Cape Town, South Africa in December last year.

He had lived alone and the authorities who cleared his personal belongings, found one of the last letters he received was a card from Bill Henderson for his 80th birthday, with his address and phone number. Bill Henderson first met Keith Taylor at the Binnaguri Club in 1960. A relic of the Raj – Calcutta’s iconic Fairlawn Hotel closes its doors. Hamish Young wrote to tell us the sad news of the death of Mrs Suresh Thukral on 26th March at her home in New Delhi. The funeral took place on 28th March. Sudha, as she was known, was the wife of Suresh Thukral who served both a a manager and superintendent with Duncan Bros. Dooars and the North Bank in Assam.

We are trying to contact Alan King. Fiona Winter want to get in touch with you. Peter Byrne has published a new autobiography “A Fortunate Life”. To learn more go to the BOOKS PAGE or www. Photographer Nikhil Kapur has photographed nearly 140 gardens in Darjeeling, Dooars and Terai with the intention of publishing a book highlighting the architecture, lifestyle and history of these tea estates. He is looking for information about specific gardens. Click Here to go to the ARTICLES PAGE to see the list of gardens and learn more about this exciting project.

New Stories on the Tea Storytellers Blog! Started by Gowri Mohanakrishnan this exciting new collection is growing with new stories added every day. The ‘sorting room’ is full, and rather like a modern tea factory, most of the work’s been done by women! 3rd Koi-Hai Reunion Lunch on 17th April 2018. To be held at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth. Registration opens at 1100 hrs with lunch being served at 1300 hrs and closing at 1700hrs.

40 guests have registered at this time. Click Here to go the Renunions Page for full details. Click here to go to the blogspot. Remembering Mohan, the ill-fated elephant and the fierce legal battle by Wildlife SOS for his freedom. Iqbal’s many friends who were in the Dooars, Sonari, Darrang Districts and New Guinea will be sad to learn of this. Richard Leitch celebrated his 60th birthday with family and freinds at the heritage bungalows of Wild Mahseer, located amidst the lush green plantations of the Adabbarie Tea Estate.

We are looking to contact the descendants of J. R Meredith who was with Amgoorie T. Many thanks to the Koi-hai community. Bangladesh has been published by Xlibris and listed with Amazon. To learn more go to the books page. Sadly we have been advised by Joydeep Barua that his father Pradyut Kumar Barua passed away in Calcutta on Thursday, the 23rd December 2017.