India is full of eccentric characters spanning from the mildly to the massively. Rajah Bannerjee falls into this bracket, though I won’t say where. Inspirational, energetic, entrepreneurial, fascinating and a delight to spend time with. He is a fifth generation tea planter at Makaibari Tea Estate near Kurseong, the first purely organic tea plantation in India – he loves that there are giant spiders around the place as it show’s that no pesticides are being used – and it also has the distinction of selling the most expensive tea in India. In addition to the tea, he believes strongly in women’s empowerment and education and runs various excellent social initiatives around Makaibari.
We caught up with him, not an easy task, for a quick question and answer session.