Today tea is consumed by about one-half of the worlds population. Legend has it that tea originated in China about five thousand years ago. The earliest reference to tea which scholars give credence to was found in 350 BC in the Era Ya, an ancient Chinese dictionary. The Story of Tea traces the history, myths and rituals of growing and drinking tea from the tea gardens of China to the roadside dhabas of Indiaits all here for the reader to discover. This book deals not only with the planting and manufacture of tea, but its tasting and blending, its sale by auction and marketing in branded packaged form, with a special reference to Brooke Bond India, and more.
E. Jaiwant Paul is a man of varied interests, having authored five other books: By My Sword and Shield: Traditional Weapons of the Indian Warrior, Baji Rao: The Warrior Peshwa, Har Dayal: The Great Revolutionary, Rani of Jhansi: Lakshmi Bai, and Unforgettable Maharajas. A hardcore corporate, he initially worked for Hindustan Lever and was later a director of Brook Bond India for several years. Thereafter, he headed the National Mineral Water Company in Muscat. Apart from collecting weapons, he is a keen cricketer and tennis player. His lifelong interest in arms and armour springs from the fact that his father as well as his grandfather served in the Princely States, where swords and daggers were part of everyday attire. He lives in Delhi and serves as a director of a few companies.