People from India
An increasing number of people from India are moving into these United States as they seek the opportunities we have. Many are opening businesses and are often seen running restaurants, motels, clothing and convenience stores. They are frequently working in the information technology sector and many practice the healing arts.
It is little wonder that many people come to these United States from so many different countries. Small business is the backbone of the free-enterprise system and small businesses emody the American Dream.
That Dream has been shared by many hard-working immigrants for generations. The French, Spanish, English, Irish, Italian, Polish and many others have streamed through our welcoming gates to make this country what it is today.
A Diverse Country
India is a land of many contrasts. Cultures, customs and cuisine define the sections of India into its various parts. The Toda tribe and their huts in the Nilgiris contrast sharply with the Calcutta of Mother Theresa. Let us take a look at one section of India that is probably one of the most well-known.
Darjeeling and its Tea
Since the time when the British started the tea plantations in 1841, Darjeeling is probably best known for its tea. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it became a perfect place to grow distinctive hybrids of black tea. Some of the finest teas in the world come from these hybrids, but it is the process of fermentation that gives the Darjeeling Tea its distinctive taste. Mixing well with cream, vanilla and honey, it becomes an excellent base for what Americans think of as Chai. The spicing of teas varies from region to region, but can contain cinnamon (from the peeled, dried and rolled bark of a Southeast Asian tree), cardamon, cloves, and peppers.
You have heard of the Bengal tiger. They are from the region known in northern India as Bengal. After the Independence of India in 1947, Darjeeling merged into the Indian state of West Bengal. The town, Darjeeling, is the headquarters of the Darjeeling district. It's about 7,000 feet high. The British used Darjeeling as a Summer Capital during the intense summer heat of the plains. After the Communist Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1950, thousands of Tibetan refugees settled across the Darjeeling district. Because of its proximity to Nepal, there is a lot of Nepalese influence on the culture of Darjeeling.