Welcome to Maya Tea World!

Maya of Australia TM (a brand of Australian company Aei4eiA Pty Ltd) sources pure, single origin, single estate, Organic Darjeeling Teas (Black and Green teas).

These teas are grown at an altitude of 3200 ft at the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India. The unique agro-climatic condition of the region contributes to its distinctive flavour and aroma which cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

Maya of Australia have collaborated with the plantations to not only source the teas but also package it near the source and directly air freight from there to Australia, to preserve the freshness.

Darjeeling Black Teas are known worldwide as ‘Champagne of teas’ and our carefully chosen ‘not bitter in taste, aromatic’ Organic Darjeeling Green Tea is nature’s gift to nurture active & health-loving people.

Women, who form majority of the workforce in this tea producing ecosystem, play a significant role in the sustainability of the tea industry. This ethically sourced, carefully crafted tea is more of an art. The sight of a mother (a tea-picker) holding a ‘tea-leaf’ while at the same time carrying her child in her pouch is a sight- that is quite common. And that, in a way exemplifies the nature/nurture bond. Thus, through the ‘mother and child’ image on our products, we pay our respect to all those women working in the tea gardens while nurturing both their human child as well as the industry. It is in their nature to nurture and that help produce the best tea (both in terms of flavour and aroma) in the world.

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Tea, Tiger & Tiger Hills @ Darjeeling

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Tyger Tyger burning bright,

In the forests of the night:

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

(William Blake, 1794)

The above poem by William Blake aptly describes the beauty of this tawny and black majestic creature…

Ever since 2010, every year on 29th July the world observes International Tiger Day, to raise awareness of the decline in number of this largest species among the Felidae family.

In a 2004 online poll conducted by TV channel Animal Planet, spreading across 73 countries, the tiger was voted the world’s favourite animal. It is also considered to belong to the world’s charismatic mega-fauna.

Yet, over the last century, major and rapid changes due to expansion of human habitation, urbanization, fragmented wildlife habitat, hunting and poaching, there was a steady decline of wild tiger numbers, leaving them on the brink of extinction (Ahmad 1981; Nandy 2006). A recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report notes, globally, in 1900, there were 1, 00,000 tigers in the wild while in 2010, the number dwindled to just 3,200 (Chanda, 2017).

Through constant efforts at multiple levels, this scenario, however, is changing for better. Did you know, India is home to the world’s largest population of wild tigers? And the latest results of the tiger census (2018) shows the tiger population in India has increased to almost 3000- a huge growth of nearly 30% since the last count four years ago.

Now, have you started wondering what connection does ‘tiger’ have with Darjeeling- the land of world’s finest teas? Darjeeling is located in the same state of West Bengal- which is also well-known for its exquisite Royal Bengal Tigers. It is interesting to note that one of the major attractions of the Darjeeling Himalayan Region is known as Tiger Hill.  Located 11 km from Darjeeling town, at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters) and above Ghum (the highest railway station in Asia and second highest in the world– a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it offers mesmerising views of the Kanchenjunga and the Mount Everest.

Though not quite documented as to why the hill is called ‘Tiger hill’, some believe tigers may have been a plenty at that altitude, hence the name. There are evidences that in the past, the tiger was common in the sub-montane terai of Darjeeling District. For instance, O’Malley (1907) observes: “The tiger is met with in fairly large numbers in the plains portion of the District, as well as in the lower hills up to the height of 2,000ft (606m); and it is said to have been found, in a few instances, as high as 7,000ft (2,121m). And recently, to everyone’s delight, the big cat was seen roaming around freely in Neora Valley National Park in Darjeeling district (The New Indian Express, 2017).

While sipping our finest Darjeeling tea, we immersed in the tea time chat and pondered…..

Tyger Tyger burning bright,

In the forests of the night:

What immortal hand or eye,

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

References

  • Ahmad, Y.S. (1981). With the Wild Animals of Bengal. BRAC Printers. Dacca, 80pp.
  • Chanda, A (2017), First tiger photographerd in Darjeeling’s Neora valley, New Indian Express, 20th Januray, 2017.
  • Nandy, S. (2006). Wild Cats of West Bengal. West Bengal October, 11-16pp.
  • O’Malley, L.S.S. (1907).  Bengal District Gazeteers. Darjeeling. Logos Press, New Delhi, 12-13pp.

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Maya Emporium-Exclusive Darjeeling Tea and Indian Art Gallery opens in Australia

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We are glad to inform one and all about the opening of Maya Emporium in Killara, Sydney- one of the most premium suburbs in the country with a long history and heritage. It is a place to nourish and nurture finer works of arts and we say ‘Welcome to Maya Emporium, an exclusive Darjeeling tea and Indian art gallery for finer things in life…

Here’s more about our story…..

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Please visit us to experience for yourself at Maya Emporium,680 Pacific Highway, Killara New South Wales 2071, Australia.

Ample visitors parking available both at the basement of the building (Killara Ridge) (2-hrs limit) or 1 hr on-street parking along Pacific Highway till 3PM on weekdays.

Let’s talk Bio-dynamic Farming

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Let’s talk Bio-dynamic Farming. Initially developed in 1924 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, it is a wholistic agricultural practice that considers the earth as a living being and believes in caring for the earth by not only being ‘chemical free’ (organic) but in working with the energies which create and maintain life. It treats soil fertility, plant and animal health as ecologically interrelated tasks and believes in the spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition.

Our teas come from the plantations in Darjeeling at the foothills of the Indian Himalayas which not only are organic but embrace the bio-dynamic principles of agriculture. That makes the taste so pure, fresh and refreshing!

Did you know, in the time of Aristotle, there was a belief that relationships exist between certain cosmic constellations and the various plant species.

YOGA & Organic DARJEELING Green Tea- A Divine Connection!

 

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Yoga- the ancient science of well-being…
A journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
The harmony between the body, mind, & soul to attain wholeness……

Yoga improves blood circulation & Organic Darjeeling Green tea antioxidants are better spread throughout the body when taken after a yoga session.
Sip our exotic, pure and fresh Maya of Australia Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from the
foothills of the Indian Himalayas to rejuvinate…
YOGA & our DARJEELING Green Tea- A Divine Connection!
Celebrating International Yoga Day- 21 June 2018…..

ANZAC Day And The Darjeeling Connection: Lest We Forget!

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Each year, in Australia, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is observed on 25th April. It is the most significant national occasion to mark the battle of Gallipoli. The battle of Gallipoli that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (now Turkey), was fought between the British forces and her allies and Ottoman Empire supported by forces including Germany, Austria-Hungary, between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916.  This campaign resulted in heavy casualties on both sides.

India, then under the British dominion joined hands when it came to helping for a greater cause they believed in (Krishnan, 2014). The ‘HistoryLearningSite’ (2014) notes, “When war was declared on August 4, 1914, India rallied to the cause. Offers of financial and military help were made from all over the country…Indian troops were ready for battle before most other troops in the dominions… In all 47,746 were classed as killed or missing with 65,000 wounded. The Indian Corps won 13,000 medals for gallantry including 12 Victoria Crosses.

Military historians now confirm that between 5000 to 15000 Indian army men fought in the battle of Gallipoli and that three Gurkha Divisions and one Sikh division also fought in Gallipoli alongside Australians. Interestingly, these brave men fought not only alongside their colonial cousins- the Australian forces, but as a part of, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)s and died side-by-side as well (Chhina, 2010) (Wikipedia, 2015).

In the battle of Gallipoli, given the difficult hilly terrain of the region requiring suitably trained men, Ian Hamilton, the general in command of the Gallipoli operation, knew the Gurkhas would be ideally suited in this part of the war and three divisions of the Gurkha Indian army were chosen for the operation. The 6th Gurkhas gained immortal fame at Gallipoli during the capture from the Turks for what later came to be known as “Gurkha Bluff”. At Sari Bair, they were the only troops in the whole campaign to reach the top by scaling 300 ft. almost vertical slope on their hands and knees and holding the crest line and look down on the Straits which was the ultimate objective. To quote from Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s introduction to the second volume of the 6th Gurkhas’ history: “I first met the 6th Gurkha Rifles in 1915 in Gallipoli. There, I was so struck by their bearing in one of the most desperate battles in history that I resolved, should the opportunity come, to try to serve with them. Four years later it came, and I spent many of the happiest, and from a military point of view the most valuable, years of my life in the Regiment”(Gurkha Brigade, n.d).

Did you know that Gurkha or Gorkha are the ethnic group (originally from Nepal), who have settled in Darjeeling for generations. Considered loyal, fearless and quick with the traditional curved sword, the kukri, they have not only graced the British and later on the Indian military but also toiled hard in the Darjeeling tea plantations. They account for 80 percent of the people of the Darjeeling region (Crossette, 1989).

The Gurkha Regiment has been the pride of the Indian Army. Numerous Gurkha soldiers from Darjeeling hills serve the nation and over 75 soldiers have gallantly died in wars and operations following India’s independence (Darjeeling tourism.com, n.d). A War Memorial located at the center of the popular Batasia Loop garden in Darjeeling was inaugurated in 1995 to honor and to serve these brave souls.

The above further brings to the fore the deep-rooted connections between the brave ANZACs and the gallant men from the hilly regions of Darjeeling in India. There are evidences that friendships were formed on the battlefield between soldiers from the two countries (Australia and India). “There are also various Australian and New Zealand accounts — in soldiers’ diaries or in photographs that they’ve sent back home — where they refer to ‘my Indian friend’ or ‘my Gurkha friend’ (March, 2015).

And, on this ANZAC day, we salute all brave soldiers and sum up with the lines from ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon–

“They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them!

[This article is written by Dr. Jayantee Mukherjee Saha, Director, Aei4eiA. Maya of Australia- Organic Darjeeling Tea is a brand of Aei4eiA].

 References

Goodness Is Global: Let’s Talk Business

Goodness is global. Let’s talk business!- Just a short pondering upon introduction of Organic Darjeeling Tea in Australia.

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At the beginning of this year global leaders assembled at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit held at Davos, to ponder upon the theme, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. The theme itself was quite symbolic.  There is a growing realisation that there are certainly dysfunctions around. Dysfunctions, that thrives on anomalies. So, before it is too late the ‘fractured world’ needs to be mended.

To some, the above may look like a distant macroscopic discussion not so close to their day-today realities. Interestingly, a recent WEF (2018) report rightly notes, “most citizens evaluate their respective countries’ economic progress not by published GDP growth statistics but by changes in their households’ standard of living — a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses income, employment opportunity, economic security, and quality of life”.

An inclusive growth and mending of the ‘fractured world’ will only happen when most (if not all) Governments, businesses, organisations and individuals work towards that direction.

Now, let’s talk business and share a simple case and one of our experiences of introducing Organic Darjeeling Tea (one of the finest produces in the world) in Australia.

Darjeeling tea is a restricted commodity and is highly regulated by the Government of India. It is a rare, coveted and exotically flavoured tea that is grown only in Darjeeling, India and cannot be grown, manufactured or replicated anywhere else in the world. The unique agro-climatic condition of the region contributes to its distinctive flavour and aroma. Darjeeling is the only tea growing region globally which has 80% of her plantations certified organic- meaning, in the production process that include harvesting, fertilising, weeding, pruning, soil conservation, control of pests and diseases, no chemicals are used (Banerjee, 2015). These premium quality teas are all harvested and nurtured by hand to guarantee that the leaf is whole, undamaged and the natural flavour and aroma is well intact and the produce is good for health, environment as well as community. This means this industry is one of the most human intensive industries, a contributor to the local employment, income and environment protection.

“Darjeeling Tea” is registered as Geographical Indicator (GI) under the Indian Law. “Darjeeling (Word & logo)” are registered in Australia as the “Certification Mark”, which is a strong Intellectual Property in Australia. However, according to the official sources, each year, around 10 million kg of tea are grown in 87 tea gardens spread over 17,500 hectares of land but over 40 million Kg teas are sold worldwide as Darjeeling.

Such unethical practices negatively impact the business cycle, reduce the genuine demand of the commodity, lower prices of the tea thus negatively impacting the profitability of the tea gardens which in turn directly impacts the wages, livelihood and social sustainability of the garden workers. On the other hand, it also denies the consumers to enjoy authentic produces which is good for their health.

As an Australian company, we are not only enabling to make these rare produces available for the local consumers, but also contributing to the local economy (by generating works, engaging with other businesses to operate and more) as well.

Finally, would like to recollect what Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum recently said, “Our collective inability to secure inclusive growth and preserve our scarce resources puts multiple global systems at risk simultaneously. Our first response must be to develop new models for cooperation that are not based on narrow interests but on the destiny of humanity as a whole”.

Goodness is global. Let’s talk business!

​[Source: https://www.aei4eia.com.au/jmsfeb2018.html]

The lesser known fact about Organic Darjeeling Tea

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Polyphenols are micro-nutrients that are found in natural plant food sources including tea and have antioxidant properties. Several researches have confirmed that Polyphenols possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties and may aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as protect skin from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) (Saric et al, 2016). The polyphenols found in tea is also beleived to help in gut healing (Parsaei, 2013).

Depending on the agro-climatic conditions in which the tea is harvested, the way tea is picked and processed determines the polyphenol level in the tea.

A pioneering study was conducted by Friedman et. al at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA,2005). Friedman et al. (2005) developed a method to estimate total polyphenols in 77 commercially available black, green, herbal, and specialty (including white and oolong) teas.
They found that Organic Darjeeling green tea had the highest polyphenol content at
100.0 mg/g tea leaves while Organic Darjeeling black tea rated as among the top five teas.

Our ‘Maya of Australia- Organic Darjeeling Teas’ are carefully chosen from the high-quality tea gardens of Darjeeling at the foothills of Himalayas in India and when you have the freshest harvest you know you have the best and the best….!

References

# Friedman, et al (2005), Distribution of Catechins, Theaflavins, Caffeine, and Theobromine in 77 Teas Consumed in the United States, JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE—Vol. 70, Nr. 9, 2005

# Parsaei, et al (2013), Bioactive components and preventive effect of green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract on post-laparotomy intra-abdominal adhesion in rats, International Journal of Surgery, Elsevier Volume 11, Issue 9, November 2013, Pages 811-815

# Saric, S et al (2017), Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris, Antioxidants 2017, 6, 2; doi:10.3390/antiox6010002

SEASON’s GREETINGS from Maya of Australia: Organic Darjeeling Tea

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A loving recipe for a perfect cup of our TEA……

SEASON’s GREETINGS from Maya of Australia: Organic Darjeeling Tea!

Tea & its aroma: Natural or Added?

Tea-aroma-19Novupdate-blog#DYK: The agro-climatic conditions where the teas are grown often contribute to its distinctive aroma. There are three key types of ingredients used to add aroma to the teas – a. Natural (eg. rose petals);

b. Nature-identical (those that have similar molecular structure like the natural ingredients but are reproduced in the laboratory and are cheaper) and

c. Synthetic (often are low quality chemicals).

Our Maya of Australia®– Organic Darjeeling Teas are naturally aromatic with NO added scents or flavour but only the distinctive aroma bestowed by the pure Himalayan climatejust as nature intended