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Tea Leaves

Trouble brews for India's 'royal' tea

Pandemic fallout hits Darjeeling and millions of devotees around the world

India's Darjeeling district is reeling from the impact of a labor crunch caused by the COVID-19 outbreak that has wrecked this year's harvest of its eponymous tea. For Darjeeling, which lies in the misty, emerald green foothills of the Himalayas, this is an economic and social disaster. But it is also a blow to tea lovers like me.

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