He gave it the title ‘Ceylon Tea the Trade That Made a Nation’. Within its pages the comment ‘This may not be a scholarly literary work’ was perhaps an afterthought. Whatever Richard says about himself and his work, perspective content of the metamorphosis of the plantations and an irresistible enactment of the, as he says, ‘rough and tumble’ of that evolution is succinctly captured in its pages. Read More
Ceylon Tea is a must-read, must-absorb work of art. Its review of the history of tea in Sri Lanka is set in deep context – context historical, context political and context social. As such, it is a tour de force.
Presented in simple yet arresting prose with a commendable economy of words, Ceylon Tea illuminates many aspects of life in British Ceylon as well as Sihalee and Sri Lanka past and present. Read More
This 254-page book about the history of Ceylon tea was sent to me as an email attachment to download and read on a screen, in the fashion of those who use devices to read, instead of being able to hold the actual book in one’s hand. The disadvantage of this screen version of the book, certainly for a reviewer Read More
Plucking, Picking or Harvesting are all synonyms with tea harvesting as the marketable product of tea is
manufactured from young or tender tea shoots which are picked at specific intervals depending on the
rate of growth which also differs due to weather, temperature, elevation etc. The policies germane to
harvesting of tea involve Read More
Nursery infrastructure and management practices: The objective of Tea Nursery Management is
to raise healthy, vibrant plants of uniform size of the appropriate cultivars [clones] with minimum
casualties, properly trained and adequately hardened within a reasonably short time, eminently suitable
for planting in the field. Read More
To the end, Larry Schokman’s life revolved around the plants.
For more than three decades, the horticulturalist and former tea planter brimmed with love for all green things and how to care for them. Read More
The first, and only unbeaten Wimbledon Singles Champion in its 136-year history was a coffee planter from Sri Lanka, then Ceylon.
Whilst the achievement itself has now been reduced to an obscure statistic, covered with the dust of history and totally overshadowed by more spectacular Wimbledon performances since the circumstances in which Read More
Born in Colombo on January 15, 1931, into a family who were pioneer settlers in the then salubrious suburb of Havelock Town, Tony received his education first at St. Peter’s College, and later at St. Joseph’s College Colombo. His father Wilfred Peries was already in the top echelons of Colombo’s corporate world of the 1950s Read More