Some Unusual Collective Nouns
Take me from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge - The Sun in Darjeeling is not harsh like the plains. It coaxes and cajoles, it encourages and motivates. You can literally hear sunshine in the hum of the bees, the ringing of the cicadas, the music of the birds. It does sound heavenly and so we can call it a 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗼 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲.
You may have seen a couple of sunflowers in a vase or maybe a few more in flower pots or many more in your garden. However, in Selim Hill, when you see an entire mountain side of sunflowers, you can easily be mistaken into thinking there is a forest fire. Hence, a collection of sunflowers can be called a 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀. They may not be the all knowledgeable sun, but they sure are ardent followers of their guru as the sunflower heads keenly keep up with the movement of the sun from sunrise to sunset.
Are you looking for a needle in a haystack? What if you were given an entire stack of needles to sift through? The paths of the Selim Hill Tea Estate are carpeted with these unique leaves. When you walk on them, you don’t feel the hard stones, as you pressurise these leaves with your feet, you release an essence which is a pleasure to the senses. This spread of pine leaves on the earth can be called a 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝘀. Even when you trample, you can sample the magnanimity of the Darjeeling Hills.
Rain is an integral part of the Darjeeling hills. It comes down in sprays, it comes down in showers, it comes down in buckets and it comes down in sheets. As rain falls downwards, life grows upwards. The water collects in puddles, ponds, streams, rivers, waterfalls (jhoras) and even drains of houses. Every drop that falls and every drop that collects compels you to look at it and through it. This 𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗼𝗽𝘀 forces you to review yourself and all that is around you through the prism of every fresh drop.
As you stand on a hillock and look around, you will see tin roofs of different colours - some with chimneys and some without. Most have a delicate trim of eaves-boards which look like lace. The people of Darjeeling are blessed with a creative and aesthetic sense such that you feel like you are looking at a 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗳𝘀. The lives and stories of the people living inside follow the four flushes and live the tea life.
The roll of the hills, the batter of the earth and mud, the crumble of the rocks, stones and pebbles are all essential for the nurture and growth of the precious tea bushes and the sprout of the two leaves and bud. The halo of sunshine, the mirror of raindrops, the hard work of the people of Selim Hill, acres and acres of tea bushes can be 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗧𝗲𝗮 𝗘𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲.
What or who can preserve something as dynamic and magnificent as the Selim Hill Tea Estate from becoming a thing of nostalgia? A lot of passion, patience and commitment is required - a collection of people from different fields have 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗺 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲. Headed by Mr. Rajah Banerjee, in collaboration with Dorje, we hope to provide Selim Hill Tea Estate with a stable and sustainable future.
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