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smoked tea

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2019 by xi'an

The shop of the tea dealer Nathmulls in Darjeeling burned down last week. In possibly suspicious circumstances… While they lost at least 2,000 kg of their tea stock, and most sadly someone died in the fire, Nathmulls can still deliver orders, including great 2019 first flush Darjeeling teas.

missing [thumb] category

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2018 by xi'an

I had a fairly uneventful trip to Kolkata today, except for a rather long wait at the e-visa station in Delhi where the young agent in the booth was at a loss on how to handle my missing thumb and kept returning to a senior agent for instructions! As they were speaking Hindi, I could not understand precisely the exchanges but he was told to enter “missing” and when this failed, “disabled” which worked out fine! The Indian Statistical Institute is locate quite a fair distance north from the centre of Kolkata and I searched in vain for a tea dealer in the immediate vicinity tonight. (Walking ten minutes in the street was most likely equivalent to smoking a full pack of cigarettes!!! I am glad I did not bring running gear as this would have been borderline suicidal… (On the flight back, the security agent was equally interested in my absent thumb, enquiring how I had lost it.)

off to India

Posted in pictures, Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2016 by xi'an

I am off to India today to take part in the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of the Department of Statistics of the University of Calcutta, which was created in 1941 by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. (One of the first cohort of students to complete their studies in this department was C.R. Rao.) The conference is organised by Asis Kumar Chattopadhyay whom I first met in Bangalore a few years ago and who visited Frédéric Arenou and myself last summer. This trip is quite exciting, from visiting this department to discovering Calcutta and Western Bengal, with a short stop in Darjeeling and the Himalayas foothills on the way there… Obviously, ‘Og mileage may vary in the coming days, depending on the wireless coverage. (But expect mostly pictures, anyway!)

Pu Erh [普洱茶]

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on October 1, 2016 by xi'an

Two massive pancakes of Pu Erh (Pǔ’ěr) [fermented] tea my student Changye brought me back from Yunnan (made by the factory that revolutionised the making of Pu Erh) and that I am looking forward tasting!

Pu Er tea

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , on February 12, 2011 by xi'an

I came upon this Chinese tea by chance as Palais des Thés added a free sample of Pu Er Imperial to my last order. However, I got immediately addicted to its unique taste of wet soil and leather, with a distinctive coppery colour that I have not seen in other teas. I am apparently not the only one appreciating this tea since it led to a speculative bubble that burst a few years ago.