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Rajah Banerjee inspects his tea plants on Makaibari Tea Estate. (Photo by Aroon Thaewchatturat)
Tea Leaves

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Tom Vater | India

Life is chaos; the world is chaos, according to Rajah Banerjee. "The only constant is change. What are we doing here and where are we going? We need to answer these questions to be free, to find our way."

This is hardly the way one might expect a Darjeeling tea-plantation owner to introduce himself. Banerjee, 70, took over his father's Makaibari Tea Estate in 1970, creating what has been described as the world's most expensive tea: It retailed for $1,850 per kilogram in 2014.

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