[Assam] A Book on TEA TECHNOLOGY
cmahanta at charter.net
Thu Dec 29 17:46:15 EST 2005
Well written review.
At 4:44 PM -0600 12/29/05, Rajen Barua wrote:
>The following review by me was recently published in Assam tribune.
>The book is not available in the USA at present. One will have to
>write to the publisher.
>TEA TECHNOLOGY - By Gokul Sarma, P. Eng.
>Published by Assam Review Publishing Co
>27A, Waterloo Street; Calcutta - 700069
>1st Edition 30th June 2000
>ISBN No 81-901169-1-6
>Price Rs 260 or US$16.00
>There are probably dozens of books written on the romance of the
>tea, the tea industry or the tea culture and their historical,
>cultural and economical impacts on various societies and
>countries. However there has not been an up-to-date book, so far,
>written on the tea technology, the manufacturing process of tea
>itself. By publishing exactly such a book, Mr. Gokul Ch Sarma of
>Canada has indeed made history and fulfilled a long needed demand in
>the industry. Before we go into a review of the book, it is
>important to know how he came about writing such a book in Canada.
>Mr. Gokul Ch Sarma is a resident of Toronto, Canada and presently
>works in the Telecommunication company Nortel Networks. He received
>his Bsc Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the USA. Before coming to
>the USA for higher studies, Mr. Sarma was in the tea industry where
>he started his career as a trainee in Doom Dooma Tea Estate in
>Assam. Later, he joined the Assam Agricultural University (AAU),
>Jorhat, as an Asst Professor in the newly formed Department of Tea
>Technology. During his six years of teaching Tea Technology at the
>University, he spent much of his time in Tocklai Research Centre,
>Jorhat and was engaged in developing the first ever Tea
>Manufacturing course at University level. During that time, he
>traveled widely in various tea factories in Assam, Darjeeling and
>also visited some tea gardens and factories around Caspian Sea in
>North Iran. Later while he was settled in Canada, the then Vice
>Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, Dr. Prafulla Ch Bora
>requested him if he would undertake to write the much needed book on
>Tea Technology for the University level classes. And that is how he
>got into writing the book. Besides his text material from teaching
>Tea Technology at the AAU, Mr. Sarma acknowledges the help taken
>from Tocklai Research Centre where he used numerous reports,
>journals and magazines. While writing an Introduction to the book,
>Dr Pafulla Ch Bora stated, "The teaching experience early in his
>career has given Mr. Sarma the knowledge base to make this book a
>worthwhile treatise, It covers all aspects of tea manufacture, tea
>machinery and the principles of their working, tea testing for
>assessment of qualities etc..."
>The book is about 230 pages long, and one does not have to be a tea
>technocrat to see that it is a professionally well written technical
>book on the technology of tea manufacturing. The process of tea
>manufacturing is very sophisticated and involves various processes
>like withering, rolling.crushing, sifting, fermentation, drying,
>sorting/grading, storing, packing etc. All these processes have been
>improved over time through research done by Tocklai Tea Research
>Center in Jorhat in collaboration with various member gardens. The
>book include all of these with latest updates and much more. Mr.
>Sarma also included technical information on tea characteristics and
>common defects, the principle and process of tea testing as well as
>application of engineering principles in designing tea factories,
>tea garden roads etc. At the end of the book, there is also recipes
>for preparing various types of tea.
>Needless to say that the book is a valuable contribution to the
>industry. This is a thorough and complete book which will be useful
>to many even outside the tea industry. The book has already been
>sent to some tea producing countries outside India, where the book
>is receiving good review and is being used a text book for training
>We congratulate Mr. Sarma for completing the much needed book out of
>his busy schedule. The modern tea industry started and developed in
>Assam in the early nineteenth century, and the first tea garden was
>opened in Chabua in 1837. Since then Assam has been playing a major
>role in the world tea industry and producing about one fifth of
>world's tea. It is in Assam that we have the world's only tea
>research centre at Tocklai. As such we are glad to see that book on
>Tea Technology has been written by someone from Assam. As a way of
>improvement for future editions, we have only one suggestion.
>Inclusion of an introductory chapter on the process of tea
>plantation and tea plucking would make the book more complete. We
>are sure future editions will see further improvements. We also
>suggest that Mr. Sarma should seek some international book publisher
>like Penguin, Mc Grew Hill and others to get the book published so
>that the book will get the world wide distribution.
>Rajen Barua, Houston, Texas
>2nd November 2005
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